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Retaining as much strength/size while going light

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2011/03/31 13:28:49 (permalink)
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Retaining as much strength/size while going light

Hi folks, not sure if I should put this here or in bodybuilding routines so I'll try here 1st.  I'm currently on a slow cut and have gone down from about 25% BF to 15% or so.  During that time I have had a bulging disc in my back which has caused me a fair bit of grief (havent raelly been able to train legs effectively since September when this first arose).  I have finally come to my senses and decided to not try and work through/round the issue as after 6 sesions at a sports physio nothing really changed except vastly improved flexibility from doing loads of streching.  I am nearly at the end of a week off weights and figuring out if I want to give myself another week off or not.  When I do start again I will be going light for a while on everything for a month or so and will be doing no legs or shoulder pressing, only chin ups for back and light bench as well as I might as well use the time to resolve a slight shoulder niggle at the same time.  I know I will lose a bit of strength and size but are there any techniques I could employ to keep this as small as possible and would it bee an idea to stop the cut (am a trainee wrestler so not too concerned about getting down to 6 pack level was just a bit too fat to bulk).
 
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    Bollard
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    Re:Retaining as much strength/size while going light 2011/03/31 13:52:51 (permalink)
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    Just make sure your form is bang on and you take the sets to exhaustion, or near exhaustion.
     
    Try and use light compounds too, if injuries allow, this will give you an opportunity to get a really good basic fitness in place ready for when you kick back on to lifting heavy. This will also help your wrestling physicality.
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    Re:Retaining as much strength/size while going light 2011/03/31 13:52:51 (permalink)
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    Just make sure your form is bang on and you take the sets to exhaustion, or near exhaustion.
     
    Try and use light compounds too, if injuries allow, this will give you an opportunity to get a really good basic fitness in place ready for when you kick back on to lifting heavy. This will also help your wrestling physicality.
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    Re:Retaining as much strength/size while going light 2011/03/31 18:56:11 (permalink)
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    cheers bud, is it worth stopping the cut as well, I'm wondering if a calorie defecit is hampering the healing process a bit?
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    Re:Retaining as much strength/size while going light 2011/04/02 19:57:19 (permalink)
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    Hi mate i have the same prob as you, were do you get the pain,is it down the leg an hip, i can still squat but at the min i cant do any kind of deadlift you could still do seated shoulder pressing, i would eat of maintence i think it would b the best way to hold onto the gains you have, its a real painfull thing to have good luck with it mate hope you recover.
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    Re:Retaining as much strength/size while going light 2011/04/03 10:07:39 (permalink)
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    cheers bud, you too.  
     
    I get the pain in my left hip and leg.  Feel a fair bit better after taking a week off weights, just going to take it easy for the next couple of weeks weights wise and see how it goes - find driving's the worst.
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    Re:Retaining as much strength/size while going light 2011/04/03 12:36:07 (permalink)
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    Thats the same as me left hip an leg,yes driveing for a long time kills me if you saw me trying to get out of the car youd think i was 92 instead of 22.
    My back is playing up at the min,am doing a ppL so am thinkn next week or so mite just do push pull push leve deads an squats out. just take it easy an do wat you can.
     
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    Re:Retaining as much strength/size while going light 2011/04/04 13:23:44 (permalink)
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    Get it looked at - it sounds near to the sciatic nerve
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