029: Revive to Stage – Transitioning into an Offseason

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Summary

10 weeks ago I dropped out of the contest prep. If you can’t recall the reason why you might want to check-out the episode in which I explain everything; Go to Episode

Anyway, long time no see and I thought it’s about time to check in with you guys again. I’d be lying if I would say it was easy to transition into a gaining phase and tbh. I’m still struggling. Even though I’m eating more calories, I’m hardly ever satiated and on top of that, I find myself struggling with hitting my macros, which I’ve never experienced before since I’m tracking macros. 

Good thing, however, is that my performance in the gym is skyrocketing. I’m making amazing progress, also because I had the available time to give 2x day training a try. Go check-out that Instagram post below to see what I mean 😉

  • Macros: 220p | 450-500c | 50f – 3200-3500kcal 
  • Weight: —
  • Sleep:    7 hours
  • Hunger: 3/5 (typical)
  • Energy: 3/5 (not bad, not great)
  • Steps: 15k (due to 2x day training)
  • Cardio: No cardio

Performance Update

If there aren’t videos or photos of it, it didn’t happen, right?

A fairly common fear is to lose strength and thus lose muscle mass throughout a cutting phase. X Usually, you should still be able to progress in your lifts or at least keep them stable. However, there are situations in which your strength will suffer. Mostly it's because of changes in mechanics/leverages due to you losing weight or a lack of motor unit recruitment because of high levels of fatigue and macro nutrient deficency. X If however, you are actually losing strength or muscle mass…DON'T PANIC! It will come back. Once you've established a certain level of strength or lean body mass, it's fairly easy to get back to old levels. X This is why I wanted to share my story with you so that you have a real life scenario. X For those who know my background, you know what I've been through over the past 1.5 years. X Now, during my contest prep I was working my way back from 0 in terms of squatting and struggled massively in keeping my strength on the bench. Steve Hall can attest to that. X At the end of the contest prep, I was hardly able to do 6 reps for 90kg on the bench. Now, only 9 weeks after I stopped the contest prep and an extremely long dieting phase, I'm back benching 110kg for 8 reps@RIR 2-3… and the same applies for the squat. X No matter the reason why you're losing strength or muscle mass, may it be due to a severe injury that keeps you from doing that lift, you're on a long lay off because of personal circumstances…know that, once you've built it, it will come back quicker than you think. X So live your life and be okay with when things interfere with your training. Keep the bigger picture in mind and don't focus on the short term. #strong #powerlifting #bodybuilding #crossfit #lift #muscle #squat #bench #deadlift #nutrition #physique #eatclean #eathealthy #johnreed #mcfit #revivestronger #workout #gains #training #fit #fitness #strength #fitfam #bikini #fitnessmotivation

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