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Old 04-24-2012, 04:28 AM   #1
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I've just started back lifting after a layoff. I'm feeling great and loving the Iron again. When I finish week 8 on my current workout I will be taking off on a road trip to Canada with a buddy for a week or so. When I return should I A) reset to an earlier level and work thru that? Thinking maybe I should reset occassionally using a 8 weeks and reset scheme or B) should I change up my routine all together?

I'm currently doing a full body routine of compound lifts with constant set and weekly progression.

I've read it's good to switch things up, but I also really like my current routine.

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I would pick up where you left off. I feel stronger after a rest week.

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Switching things up is a commonly misapplied concept in muscle building. It tends to get pushed around that confusing a muscles is important, even if progress is being made. While it certainly can be useful for more experience lifters who already have built a quality amount of muscle and strength, it's nothing to be concerned about right now.

Right now the best thing you can do is continue to get stronger in standard hypertrophy rep ranges, and stay persistent. This will work magic during the first several years.

So, if you like your current routine, stick with it and start at the weight you used last. I always get stronger after a week off.
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stick with it and start at the weight you used last. I always get stronger after a week off.
^^^and this.^^^

Nothing more to add since I was going to say the same thing
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