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Old 08-16-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:34 AM   #2
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Oh FAWK!

I've been doing the same program (give or take some exercise selections) since November and have only gotten bigger.

I must be doing it wrong.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:38 AM   #3
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I must be doing it wrong.
Obviously.

Changing programs aside, you have to love the "You must...DO THIS...or gains will cease" information that is passed around and will probably never die.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
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Obviously.

Changing programs aside, you have to love the "You must...DO THIS...or gains will cease" information that is passed around and will probably never die.
Oh Yeah.

Let's see, my gains ceased/stalled when I (a) had the stomach issues and couldn't keep food in me and (b) I wasn't eating enough.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:51 AM   #5
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Hard work, food and consistency is so undervalued compared to all the things elevated as magic fix alls.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:26 PM   #6
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My last program I did for 22 weeks which is approx. 5 months, I believe.
I didn't start to get my best gains until after 2 months.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:39 PM   #7
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I have found that there is an adaptation/conditioning period that takes place for most programs because of volume/intensity/whatever differences. I don't feel I even begin to perform at full speed until after weeks 3-4.

For example, when I used rest pause in 2008 it took me 4 weeks before I adapted and was able to progress consistently.

The SAID (specific adaptation) that occurs allows a lifter to better focus on performance and progression as opposed to fatigue/energy management.
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Agreed. Consistency isn't only important in relation to getting in the weight room, but also what is done... lifts, reps, sets, technique, order of movements, etc. You take a person who is used to squatting sets of 5 and get him doing sets of 8-12, hes going to suck at first. When I switched from a upper/lower 4x week system to a full body 3x week system, I wasn't used to squatting and THEN pressing and THEN pulling. For a year and half I became accustom to doing 1 of those with the same effort that I'm now doing all three. When you make changes you have to be consistent for sometime or you'll never adapt.
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One of the worst cases of adaptation for me was my transition to fullbody training. I think I drove Glwanabe nuts. It took almost a year. I was trying to do too much.
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I have done fullbody since February and have just changed. I have had some good gains, could have been better if diet and consistency had been better, but the only thing you need to change regularly is how much food you eat as you get BIGGER

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