I got a question for a few of you guys that have reached your goals in the fitness world, more geared towards the long time lifters.
I’ve been lifting for 3.5 years, I started at a skinny 135 lbs. Both of my parents have been the same weight all their life, so I’m a hard gainer, and was naturally skinny. 3.5 years later, I’ve reached 200 lbs, I’m 100% happy with my physic that I built, other than the few small details I want to work on such as calves, core, and a few small body parts.
Over that 3.5 years, I kept my routine FAIRLY simple. Weighted Pull Up’s, Weighted Dips, Squats, Deadlifts, Bench, Barbell Rows, then isolation movements at the end of my work outs. Every single week I forced myself to add weight, I grew to where I wanted to be and I’m 100% happy.
After 3.5 years of lifting, the last 6 months on an Arnold Split 2x per day, working 65 hours a week as a heavy equipment operator, and building fences when I could find time, I’ve exhausted myself. I feel I’m at the point to where I could keep fighting it and going and going, but I don’t need to. I have other things I need to prioritize in my life, other than lifting heavy weights all the time. I have a new house that I need to find time to do a bunch of work on. I have a new born child on the way, and a lot going on.
With that said, I’m at the point to where I’m 100% satisified with my physic, however it’s time to stop putting so much time into building. I need time for other things. With that said, I don’t want to waste what I worked so hard for and made so many sacrifices to get, including waking up at 3:30 in the morning for over 3 years straight.
My topic or question is, for you guys who’ve reached that level, what did you do to maintain all your hard work without losing any of it, while giving you more time for your lifestyle? Can I simplify my workouts? Drop all of the isolation crap at the end, and not sacrifice all of my hard work?
For example, just do all of my heavy compound lifts, 2x per week, for a couple sets per lift and maintain my gains? Has anyone tried it?
Bench 2x per week 5 Sets of 5
Deadlift 2x per week 5 sets of 5
Squat 2x per week 5 sets of 5
Weighted Pull Up’s 2x per week 5 sets of 5
Weighted Dips 2x per week 5 sets of 5
OHP 2x per week 5 Sets of 5
Will I be able to maintain my gains 100% without losing anything by doing such thing and cutting so much of my lifting time?
Thanks for the help.