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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    so whats with my deload?

    ok so i reached the 4 week point in my program and went into deload. so tonight i was starting back to the regular routine with lower reps and more weight, and it felt like a lost most of my gains! i started benching and i couldn't complete the set. this is really a let down to me. any ideas of what went wrong?

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    Did you ramp back up?
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    Were you ready for a deload?
    Were you ready for more weight?
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    ive been lifting for over a year now, def in better shape then when i started but never really pushed myself to add alot of weight until bout 2 months ago, i was at the same weight i left off at before deload and now i cant get a set down. it sucks

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    At your stage it would probably be best to ramp back up after a deload. Start back with 80% and build back up 5 or 10 lbs a week.
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    silly question but if you start too heavy, as in over 80% of your max, do you NOT make good gains? can you increase weight faster by starting lighter?? stupid question i knw but ive never seen anyone ask it

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    Starting lighter keeps you from hitting the wall too early. If you start lighter and build up slowly, you give your body a chance to adapt to the new loads. Like when you stall, you drop the weights back, build them back up slowly, and you will surpass your old lifts. It's called adaptation.
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    I'm under the impression you should not deload until you've hit a wall in your progress.

    Starting light and progressing from there allows all of your tissues and systems to keep up with each other.

    For example, muscle adapts much quicker than your bones/tendons/ligaments. You can run in to some issues if you get the muscular strength, but not the other connective tissue to support it. I ran in to this issue with my shoulders, and deloading corrected it.

    Deloading, prematurely or not, can temporarily decrease strength. You must keep lifting, eating and resting to break through.
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    The last two posts are right on... and I've experienced the ligaments not keeping up with the muscles also. It's depressing.
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    it's def depressing lol but i dont let that stop me. give myself a minute to loath, then i erase it lol. yea def need to wait a lil longer until im completely unable to increase weight. Deloading isn't something ive had much knowledge of until recently so thanks for the input. thanks for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by runriot26 View Post
    it's def depressing lol but i dont let that stop me. give myself a minute to loath, then i erase it lol. yea def need to wait a lil longer until im completely unable to increase weight. Deloading isn't something ive had much knowledge of until recently so thanks for the input. thanks for the help
    The 5/3/1 routine has you deload after every 3 weeks...It is designed so you can make tiny,consistent, incremental gains.

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