I know that the general consensus in the bodybuilding World is to ‘always progress’ and ‘add weight/reps’, so even considering this option seems quite controversial. I’ve just been curious if there can come a point where resetting the weights on your lifts (lowering the weight and then building back up again) can actually be beneficial?
For example, if I’ve been stuck at a certain weight/reps for a number of weeks, and it’s not down to lack of food intake etc, is there any benefit to lowering the weight and working my way back up, hoping to eventually push past the point I was stuck at, or would it be better to just stick with the same weight and hope that eventually I manage it? Could this prove to be beneficial, and does it have its place in bodybuilding? It kinda seems like a ‘1 step forward, 2 steps back’ situation, where I’m going against what is always preached online about progressing, but I figured it may work. That being said, I don’t want to drop the weight on my lifts pointlessly, if I’m just going to work my way back up and reach my sticking point, only to be stuck all over again.
It’s just something I’ve thought about recently, and tried searching for the answer to this online although I wasn’t sure how to word it so I couldn’t find any answers.