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Old 08-04-2008, 03:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have been lifting for about half a year consistently now, and I need some help. Last month I went on vacation for 3 weeks, so I could not lift for the full time. When I got back, I was really skinny. Before I left my muscles were pretty big, but they all shrunk when I got back. Now I have been back and lifting for a month now, and my question is, my muscles are not getting as big as they used to be, especially my chest. I am working out hard and doing essentially the same thing. I have gotten a little bit bigger than when I got back, but they are still not as big. What's wrong? I am doing the same weight, and in on some work outs, I am doing even more. So it's not a strength thing, my muscles will just not get back to the same size as they used to be.

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Old 08-04-2008, 04:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Now I have been back and lifting for a month now, and my question is, my muscles are not getting as big as they used to be, especially my chest. I am working out hard and doing essentially the same thing. I have gotten a little bit bigger than when I got back, but they are still not as big. What's wrong? I am doing the same weight, and in on some work outs, I am doing even more. So it's not a strength thing, my muscles will just not get back to the same size as they used to be.
Forgive my ignorance, but... so far as I can tell... you don't gain any (significant) edge in MMA for bulging muscles. Strength, which you say is still there, is a much bigger deal. I get the ego boost element of larger (in visual terms) muscles, but, based on my limited understanding, it seems that the slightly smaller size could actually give you an edge in competition (easier to slip limbs through openings) if strength/performance isn't affected.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Forgive my ignorance, but... so far as I can tell... you don't gain any (significant) edge in MMA for bulging muscles. Strength, which you say is still there, is a much bigger deal. I get the ego boost element of larger (in visual terms) muscles, but, based on my limited understanding, it seems that the slightly smaller size could actually give you an edge in competition (easier to slip limbs through openings) if strength/performance isn't affected.
Just because this is an MMA Forum doesn't necessarily mean that everyone here trains with an MMA based workout program.


A few things you may want to consider

-make sure your form is good

-Change up your exercises. Doing the same exercise on the same body parts over and over are eventually going to lose their effect over time.

-Make sure you are eating right and getting your body weight in grams of Protein daily.

-Make sure you are getting enough sleep

-When you get back into the swing after a layoff don't try to hit the weights heavy start out light and work your way up.


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