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Old 03-25-2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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i dont know why but i cant get any stronger. i eat alot of good food and work out like 4 times a week. i do 5 by 5 for my main lifts like bench squat dedlifts lat pulls and millitary press and 3 by 8 for my auxilary lifts. im 17 and have been working out since i was 12.
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Old 03-25-2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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switch up your routine for a few weeks. in order to make progress you have to do things your muscles dont normally do. i may not have worded that the right way and some people may be able to explain it better. but lets just say you been doing 5x5 workout for a few months. lower the weights and switch it up to 3x10 or 5x10. or you can do a pyramid workout for a few weeks. you know start off light then work your way up to heavy as possible.

subtract some aux excersices and add some new ones. there is plenty you can do

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Old 03-25-2008, 06:13 PM   #3
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just quick off the top of my head a couple of ideas would be back off the major lifts and try to build your way back up and break your old pr's, try a different program, or change the number of sets and rep range
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ok thanks. i really should switch it up becuase i do the same routine every week.
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ou def have to switch it up. drop the wieght down and do sets of 10
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What is "a lot of food"? Can you give calories and a macro nutrient breakdown? Post what you ate yesterday. How many grams of protein?

Stick with your major compound lifts. No need to stop doing those or their variants. Just try resetting your weights and building up or changing your rep range as stated above.

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i remember when i used to eat a lot of food.


after some research i now eat a SHIT TON of food.
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Also, you really should deload every once in a while. Like how the guys have been saying to switch up your routine, it's similar to that, but it's mainly a pretty good decrease in volume for roughly a week (sometimes more depending on your fatigue level).
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yea i had the same problem a while back nothin seemed to work, but i tried deadloading and takin some rest and now im back on track

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I agree with what the others have said but I'm going to say one more thing. If your main goal is to get STRONGER then relying on volume over intensity is always going to disappoint you in the end. Try lower reps at a moderate volume and a higher intensity. All rep ranges will be needed at one time or another to continue getting stronger but right now what you are doing is neither here nor there.

In general for strength INTENSITY is the number one factor, imho. Sacrifice volume, sacrifice number of exercises, sacrifise anything before that. As I said, everything is relavant but right now you are still "on the fence" between "bodybuilding" and strength. Everyone who wants to get strong will have to eventually jump off onto the side of strength. And if you want it to and you eat a "shit ton of food" as pity said, you will also grow big.

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If you act sanctimonious I will just list out your logical fallacies until you get pissed off and spew blasphemous remarks.
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