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HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!!

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2009/07/15 13:17:36 (permalink)

HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!!

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I have been training for 7 years and in that time have built a physique I am extremely happy with. However, there is now an issue. My wife is pregnant and obviously when the baby is born I will obviously have to cut down on my training. I have a few questions about this, any expert advice would be awesome:
 
1. I will hopefully be switching my routine as follows:
 
CURRENT
 
Mon-OFF
Tue-CHEST + TRI'S + 20 MIN RUN
Wed-BACK + BI'S + 20 MIN RUN
Thurs-CARDIO
Fri-OFF
Sat-CHEST + BI'S + 20 MIN RUN
Sun-LEGS + SHOULDERS + 20 MIN RUN
 
NEW
 
Mon - OFF
Tue-CHEST + TRI'S + 20 MIN RUN
Wed-BACK + BI'S + 20 MIN RUN
Thurs-OFF
Fri-OFF
Sat-LEGS + SHOULDERS + 20 MIN RUN
My question is, should this new routine, if stuck to, maintain and even build on my current routine? My diet is nailed so that is not an issue.
 
Also, through pregnancy ad birth etc I envisage probably 3 months off, if I maintain my diet do you think this will mean a big loss of muscle/tone etc?
 
Your advice would be awesome.
 
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    Re:HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!! 2009/07/15 13:26:28 (permalink)
    yes that should be fine, is a commonly used split..



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    Re:HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!! 2009/07/15 13:47:35 (permalink)
    Naththebeast, cheers, how about the 3 months off, should that loose alot of my physique? And if the new split means that I occasionally miss workouts, so perhaps i'm missing a leg workout every other week or sometimes just managing 2 workouts a week, do you think my physique will continue to maintain what it is now?

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    Re:HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!! 2009/07/15 14:59:21 (permalink)
    it may slightly detiriorate, however if you train hard on the sessions that you do (even if just twice a week) and eat well (as you said) then there shouldnt be too much of a problem.

    There are a fair few people who only train twice a week and get very good results, mike metzner for example at times would only train once a week but very very hard on high intensity for that workout and it obvioulsy worked for him (maybe he had great genetics but still)

    As for the 3months off, if not taking part in any training then you may lose a bit yes, but that is to be expected with no stimulus for the muscles then they wont stay as they are but in 3months you wont lose loads and laods.

    If for those 3months you cant get to the gym then id suggest getting a chin-up bar and basically just do some bodyweight work with chins, press ups, jumping jacks, tricep dips (on sofa/bed etc) and so on just to keep things ticking along.

    That would be my suggestion anyway.



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    Re:HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!! 2009/07/15 16:59:33 (permalink)
    You'll be fine mate, we recently had a new arrival and Ive cut weight from 3 times a week to twice a week, just doing full body workouts since the change and get out walking a couple nights a week with the other half.  I dont think my gains have been hindered.

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    Re:HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!! 2009/07/15 17:45:37 (permalink)
    Cheers Bigin. How long had you been training prior? Also, how did the period approaching birth and after birth affect your training? And the lack of sleep?!!

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    Re:HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!! 2009/07/15 19:41:36 (permalink)
    Mr lover you could always try a HST routine then you'd only have to weight train 3 times per week. and it has a reputation for massive gains.
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    Re:HAVING TO CUT TRAINING IN HALF!!! HELP!! 2009/07/15 20:11:42 (permalink)
    If you have built up over seven years your muscles would probably be pretty well adapted to training then a few months off could see hardly any loss at all .

    I think there is a rough rule that it takes one third of the time to lose of what it took to gain muscle? I could be wrong with that though!

    You could do a mainly compound based full body routine so it takes the effort out of thinking about your training when you have so much other stuff on your mind, just when ever you get the chance to train you will work all the muscles.     

    Through this period I guess you will just be looking to maintain/lose as little as possible.
    post edited by dempsey - 2009/07/15 20:13:15
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