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Growth When Least Expected


#1

I just returned from an awesome 5-day Caribbean vacation. Prior to leaving, I trained 6 days in a row, but did not train arms or delts. But in spite of the great vacation, I took no supplements of any kind, got drunk on one day, and missed many normally scheduled meals everyday... not to mention my protein intake was very low.

The day before I came home I got really ill with a bad cold, and because my equilibrium was off, I fell and cut my foot and bruised my elbow badly. The trip home took an excruciating 9 hours. Today I feel like total shit, no appetite, my ears are blocked up and I have a runny nose.

But just because I knew I was back on square one, I decided to measure my arms just to gauge how deep I was in the hole... and to my astonishment, my biceps are larger by over 1/4"!!! And at 5'4 1/2" tall, that kind of growth is damned near spectacular considering the sub-par situation I was in days previously.

Anyone have a friggin' clue as to what's going on here?
I mean, shit... if I grow this easily from poor practices, I'm going to repeat the pattern regularly! lol


#2

Sounds like your body was using the extra calories to supercompensate from your previous training cycle.


#3

At risk of asking the obvious, could you have been in need of a deload? Could it be water retention due to diet change?


#4

But that’s what’s odd, Dave. I didn’t eat anywhere near what I normally do at home.


#5

Nice haha, I had a similar experience when I went on spring break. I ate a max of 4 meals a day and either got drunk or altered my state in other ways every day lol :wink: I ended up looking and feeling the best I have in a while upon returning.

Like davey said I think it’s supercompensation. I train 7 days a week almost non stop so I guess that week off helped.


#6

[quote]ctschneider wrote:
At risk of asking the obvious, could you have been in need of a deload? Could it be water retention due to diet change?[/quote]

Ah! There’s the logic! I’m sure I was slightly dehydrated all those days in the sun. I rehydrated last night… which would have added to my thirsty tissue. And yes, I probably needed the deload (usually my “deload” is just an extra day or 2. This time I did 6 days off).

Thanks CT!


#7

Then maybe supercompensation without extra calories, did your weight stay the same?


#8

You actually grow when you’re resting. I’m guessing the rest you took gave your body some time to grow?

I actually still believe deload weeks still have a good place in bodybuilding for many lifters. Not everyone needs them but they are great for many others.


#9

[quote]DaveyD wrote:
Then maybe supercompensation without extra calories, did your weight stay the same?[/quote]

Good question. I almost never weigh myself, so I have no reference point.


#10

[quote]LankyMofo wrote:
You actually grow when you’re resting. I’m guessing the rest you took gave your body some time to grow?

I actually still believe deload weeks still have a good place in bodybuilding for many lifters. Not everyone needs them but they are great for many others. [/quote]

Even with all the negative factors I experienced, I believe this wholeheartedly… now!


#11

[quote]DaveyD wrote:
Then maybe supercompensation without extra calories, did your weight stay the same?[/quote]

IronDwarf could have grown even with a decrease in calories. If I haven’t worked out in a few day, it seems like the number of calories required for maintenance suddenly drops by about 1000kCal.


#12

You were able to rest and recover, well, for at least some of the time on your vacation. I believe in, “Work hard, play hard, rest hard.” This doesn’t surprise me, I think your body got some much needed rest, you might be a bit leaner as well.


#13

I’m convinced people look great coming back from vacation because it’s probably been a while you’ll gotten away from stress. And, no I don’t just mean workout stress, but life stress.

Couple that with lots of food and probably getting laid a bit more (or with a different girl, or just in a different location) and boom! You’re bigger and leaner.


#14

I gained a 1/2" on my thighs in the two weeks after smolov ended. Yeah us!


#15

Sometimes your body is just beaten down and you don’t even realize it. Mentzer used to always talk about how after a brief lay off, most people came back into the gym a little stronger. The largest my arms ever taped was after I went away for a week and promised my then-GF that I wouldn’t train (“not even pushups, I promise!” -lol. When I came back, my brother wouldn’t stop pestering me that I had actually gotten bigger. Sure enough he was right, a full 1/2"!

S


#16

[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
Sometimes your body is just beaten down and you don’t even realize it. Mentzer used to always talk about how after a brief lay off, most people came back into the gym a little stronger. The largest my arms ever taped was after I went away for a week and promised my then-GF that I wouldn’t train (“not even pushups, I promise!” -lol. When I came back, my brother wouldn’t stop pestering me that I had actually gotten bigger. Sure enough he was right, a full 1/2"!

S
[/quote]

you didn’t promise her that you wouldn’t be injecting snythol though. Very clever Stu…very clever.


#17

[quote]waylanderxx wrote:
The Mighty Stu wrote:
Sometimes your body is just beaten down and you don’t even realize it. Mentzer used to always talk about how after a brief lay off, most people came back into the gym a little stronger. The largest my arms ever taped was after I went away for a week and promised my then-GF that I wouldn’t train (“not even pushups, I promise!” -lol. When I came back, my brother wouldn’t stop pestering me that I had actually gotten bigger. Sure enough he was right, a full 1/2"!

S

you didn’t promise her that you wouldn’t be injecting snythol though. Very clever Stu…very clever.[/quote]

LMAO! Stu pulling a Valentino?


#18

It reminds me of that Poliquin’s visit in the Dominican republic…


#19

Rest=growth. You don’t grow when your lifting…