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2004/02/25 01:15:24 (permalink)
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Maintaining strength or getting weaker?

HHey u all...im coming off of a minor injury...and when i lift again....im gonna decrease the weights a little...for example, this WAS my routine for chest a week ago:

BB bench: 8x125 7x145 5x165 4x180
DB bench: 8x45 8x45 8x45
DB incline bench: 8x35 8x35 8x35

Now iu think this will be my routine when i return (for a couple of weeks, until i get better)

BB bench: (warmup a lot!) 5x145 5x145 5x145 5x145
DB bench: 8x35 8x35 8x35
DB incline bench 8x30 8x30 8x30

My question is: i kno i wont gain any strength...but im not worried about that....im worried about this: will i lose strength? or will i just maintain my strength i had (not losing any...yet not gaining any either)??
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    Dano
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    RE: Maintaining strength or getting weaker? 2004/02/25 02:21:23 (permalink)
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    What did you injure?

    If it is a bodypart associated with benching then i would probably take it even lighter for the first week back. Theres no sense in rushing back and reinjuring yourself or keeping your injury nagging you. Go light and make sure you are fully healed. Your strength will come back fast. You have your whole lifting career, what is one or 2 weeks off going to hurt? Nothing but not taking those weeks off when necessary could ruin your lifting career by worrying about missing one week. Think in the long term and you'll be all set.
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    RE: Maintaining strength or getting weaker? 2004/02/25 02:50:32 (permalink)
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    so should i do 5x135 5x135 5x135
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    RE: Maintaining strength or getting weaker? 2004/02/25 17:17:39 (permalink)
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    Whats did you injure???
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    RE: Maintaining strength or getting weaker? 2004/02/25 19:29:52 (permalink)
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    lbs or kg's mate
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    RE: Maintaining strength or getting weaker? 2004/02/26 03:08:27 (permalink)
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    pounds...sorry bout that...my rotator cuff is the one thats injured...its very very minor tho
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    RE: Maintaining strength or getting weaker? 2004/02/26 04:28:29 (permalink)
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    Brak86,

    You should feel very very lucky that it is minor. Have you gotten it checked out by a specialist? If not it would be a good idea. Also more than a week off might be smart or if you dont want to listen i would go SUPER light (i mean really light) for a few weeks atleast. Your rotator cuff might be very minor at the moment but if you continue to aggrevate it then you could turn a minor injury into a major injury over time.

    Also look up exercises for your rotator cuff and start with them REALLY light and progress. Only do this once your rotator cuff is feeling better. The best advice i could give you would be to......

    1. Wait till your rotator cuff is feeling better before doing anything else.
    2. When you do begin I would do just VERY light rotator cuff exercises for a few weeks atleast.
    3. After number 2 then start back into pressing and other movements and start LIGHT again to make sure it's ok to go.


    This might sound much too cautious and might even seem like you would be wasting time. But you can ask most people that have a serious injury from lifting and most will tell you that it started out as a minor pain and they thought they could work through it and it would disapear. But surprise it got worse and now they have a serious injury that will be with them for probably the rest of their lifting career.

    Remember to think long term, you have alot of lifting ahead of you, this is the wrong sport if you are in a rush.
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