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    Bobbo is offline Junior Member
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    Hitting Plateau - Less Free-Weights???

    Hey there,

    I have a question. I switched from Barbell to DBs for Incline, Flat, and Decline presses a few weeks ago. I have definatley gained in my chest since. I work out 3 x per week, whole body. My question is; If/when I hit a plateau should I cut back on how much I workout. I only have 3 days a week to workout so I can't do upper 2 days then lower 2 days (that would take 4 days per week, which I do not have) and I do not want to do upper or lower only 1 day per week.

    I have already added weight to my presses. When I reach a plateau can I trick my body by switching back to Barbell for a while then back to DBs? Will this help me to continue gaining? If I take a break and do cardio on days off will the cardio cut back on my mass?

    Thanx for the help,

    Bobbo

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    switching back to barbell might work
    depends on your body
    you can experiment with some exhaust moves or supersets
    how many days is off days? are you including the weekend to
    if you are including the weekend it will cut back on your mass
    unless you take in enough calories

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    Hey there Yung Wun,

    I am off a total of 4 days. I lift Mon-Wed-Fri.

    I'm eating plenty of protein, more carbs pre-workout than any other time, and protein post-workout.

    Any recommendations/suggestions/changes?

    Thanks,

    Bobbo

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    hey brotha

    if your goal is to add mass
    cut cardio out completely
    but if you insist on doing it no more than 2times a week
    why kind of protein are you eating? dont count protein found it grains
    the carbs in your meals should be mostly complex
    only exception is postworkout when you should down some simple carb
    with your protein.
    you can do a push pull routine in those three days

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    Hey man,

    I've cut out cardio about 6 months ago. At the same time I started lifting heavier. I had gone from a 40" waist to 30" waist. Since I stopped cardio and increased free-weights my waist dropped to 29" and I've gained muscle up top. I actually gained 8 pounds with waist dropping another inch. I started working on lower body this last month and can already see a gain in legs, upper/lower, calves.
    I do eat mostly complex carbs. The only time I eat simple carbs is pre-workout and in the morning I have my yogurt. I get the one one with least sugar.
    My main question is; "If I hit a plateau, how do I get out of it and continue to gain mass?"

    What is a Push Pull Routine?

    Thanx,

    Bobbo
    Last edited by Bobbo; 03-10-2003 at 12:20 PM.

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    push pull routine
    is this

    day oneush movements
    all moves that push weight away from the body
    so this would include chest,shoulders,triceps

    day twoull movements
    all movements towards the body
    back,biceps

    day three
    legs



    when you reach a plateau its time to shake your up workout routine
    keep your body guessing
    switch up which days you train a certain body part the order of exercises
    add some exhaust,drop sets,supersets etc...

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    Yung Wun,

    Thanx allot. I'll remember that.

    Bobbo

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    no problem brotha

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