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Unread 05-05-2008, 03:18 PM
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Default Change routine every month - Also while dieting?

Hi Lyle,

I'd like to ask you this question...but while dieting it's usefull to change the workout program every 4 week or so like in a bulking phase?

I mean...if I'm trying to retain muscle mass what are the benefits of a change?
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Unread 05-05-2008, 09:18 PM
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I'm not Lyle, but something tells me he'd wonder where you got the idea that you are supposed to change your program every 4 weeks while bulking.

That whole "change workouts every X weeks to shock the body" is nonsense.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 03:58 AM
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not the entire workout but the load parameter, rest periods and all those things.

why you say that the "whole" change is a nosense?

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Unread 05-06-2008, 07:45 AM
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not the entire workout but the load parameter, rest periods and all those things.

why you say that the "whole" change is a nosense?
You don't need to 'shock' your body with tons of varieties to progress.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 07:46 AM
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If you are progessing there's no need to change the program. While dieting, the most important factor is heavy lifting (4-6 reps) because it'll preserve your muscle mass.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 09:39 AM
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what htey said

a. I see no reason to change the workout every month unless you really just enjoy spinning your wheels

b. certainly don't do it while dieting
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Unread 05-06-2008, 11:16 AM
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Ok thanks guys
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Unread 05-08-2008, 11:31 AM
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Not changing a workout as in completely changing exercises but definitely changing weights as my preferred setup is linear progression in which you go to maximal weights for e.g. 3 reps and then after a brief deload, start over again at a lower weight. Preferably at a slightly higher weight than last time.
Generally I go for about 6 - 9 months for a specific set up but will swap out 1-2 exercises regularly.

Switching to an entirely different routine during a cut is possible, but mistakes are being punished more severe.

A month ago I switched routines in a major way while on a cut. Man, was that ever hard to do. Partially because a LOT more emphasis was put on exercises targeting hamstrings, and getting DOMS from hell which had a huge impact on recovery time. So much so that I took a week off and am starting over again this week with less volume. Not giving up yet after just one month.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 12:03 PM
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a. I see no reason to change the workout every month unless you really just enjoy spinning your wheels
but its fun
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Unread 05-09-2008, 10:07 AM
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but its fun
spinning your wheels is fun?
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