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Unread 09-15-2009, 09:52 AM
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Unread 09-15-2009, 11:56 AM
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Good article.

For the endurance types, Jack Daniels' Running Formula has some very specific information on necessary reductions in intenisty and volume due to layoff time.
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Unread 09-15-2009, 01:36 PM
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Squats after a layoff are a killer, be very cautious.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 07:11 PM
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I've got a question wrt to injuries.

Right now, I've got some pelvic imbalances and back issues, so heavy squatting has to be thrown out the window. Right now all i'm doing is the rehab stuff + some light lunges and single leg RDLs.

However, upper body work is basically as per any usual bulking routine; trying to push the weights. Also doing slight caloric surplus to support growth in upper body and (hopefully) recovery for the lower body.

Question is that when I'm back in action (say 4 months from now), I'm expecting to be at the higher range of the 'acceptable' range, about 15-16%. This implies that some dieting would be needed before attempting to gain mass again. I'm assuming about 6-8 weeks dieting to get back to approx 10% bodyfat.

What would be the best time to diet then? Would it be alright coming back to squatting after such a layoff while on a diet? Or do I have to suck it up and build back some strength in the lower body before I even bother to diet?

Thanks in advance.

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Unread 10-26-2009, 09:36 AM
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I'm not sure i understand the context of that final question in terms of needing to rebuild squat strength first before dieting? Are you asking in terms of muscle loss or something else.
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Unread 10-26-2009, 02:49 PM
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I'll try to phrase it better.

I want to rebuild squat strength. But after all this rehab i'm not going to be lean enough to bulk per se.

Would you recommend that I:
- Rebuild strength first, eating at maintenance, then diet after that
- Diet and try to rebuild strength in the lower body at the same time

I'd much prefer the 2nd. Does it tax recovery systems too much (affecting other functions like upper body recovery/sleep/immune system/etc)? Or can I expect a newbie gain muscle/lose fat effect? Or am I overthinking and should just listen to the body as it goes and simply try to push the weights regardless?
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Unread 10-26-2009, 07:08 PM
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A big part of the strength regain will be neural, that shouldn't tax anything.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 01:34 AM
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Alright, thanks for info.
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