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Training during PCT

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2005/07/25 11:42:45 (permalink)

Training during PCT

When starting pct should i change my routine alot i.e. less sets n reps ?
And once pct is finished and my test levels get back to normal can i go back to my cycle routine ?

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    RE: Training during PCT 2005/07/25 13:02:30 (permalink)
    I try to maintain the same weight and intensity so reps are therefore less than on cycle [but still aiming for at least 8 ]. I reduce the number of sets so that the session is completed in no more than 40 minutes.
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    RE: Training during PCT 2005/07/25 13:30:06 (permalink)
    If you were to cut the weight down and amount of sets and reps surely you would loose alot of the strength and size you developed, wouldnt this defeat the purpose of going on the cycle in the first placce.

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    RE: Training during PCT 2005/07/25 13:48:01 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: DonVito

    If you were to cut the weight down and amount of sets and reps surely you would loose alot of the strength and size you developed, wouldnt this defeat the purpose of going on the cycle in the first placce.


    I didn't say that the weight should be reduced at all and strength loss is inevitable after most cycles as the androgenic effect of the gear and inter-muscular water retention is lost. Cortisol levels are higher post cycle and attempting to train with the same number of sets as when on is conducive to muscle loss and would defeat the purpose imo.
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    RE: Training during PCT 2005/07/25 13:53:19 (permalink)
    You will lose strength because you've got less androgens floating around. You will lose size because the muscles will deflate a little bit. This will happen no matter what you do when you stop a cycle. However, this will happen either before or just into PCT and is not a loss of muscle per se.
    Lifting with less intensity for a while will not necessarily lose muscle. I've rehabbed muscle injuries for 6months+ and when I came back had not lost any strength.

    My answer to your original question is much like actin. I tend to drop weight, reps, sets by 20% from the cycle intensity (which itself is perhaps 10% higher than off-cycle intensity). Frankly in the post cycle depression that's about all I can motivate myself to do.
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    RE: Training during PCT 2005/07/25 14:17:54 (permalink)
    From most literature i've read, the advice tends to be to continue to work out with the same intensity/weight, but increase the rest time betweeen workouts. For example, your body will no longer be able to recover from 1 5 day on, 2 off split. You might be best reverting to something like a 1 on 2 off split.
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    RE: Training during PCT 2005/07/25 15:12:28 (permalink)
    So basically drop some reps and sets but increase intensity ?
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    RE: Training during PCT 2005/07/25 15:32:41 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: anabolic lion

    So basically drop some reps and sets but increase intensity ?


    Yes, if you can. Less reps and sets will help minimize catabolism, and the intense contractions will help to maintain as much hypertrophy as possible.
    Keep your workouts under 1 hour, and down to 40 mins if possible. This helps preserve mass too.
    Immediately post workout have a mixture of protein and carbs.
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