lol tatoo’d poppeye i predicted you would say exactly what you did before i looked at the comments. It’s a interesting question and it makes a better bodybuilder in the long run because they don’t injure them selfs and have a longer career. And i bet when kevin levrone took 6 months off bodybuilding and didn’t have a off season just a cutting phase where he went on cycle his strength shot up dramatically.He would loose around 50 pounds in the off season.
If you do 3 cycles a year every year or are on trt and running cycles of course your not going to notice as big of a strength increase. And I think the ronnie coleman comment is pretty accurate i made. He would have gotten injured alot sooner if it wasn’t for him maxing out his natural abilities and power lifting. I think thats why alot of the newer bodybuilders fade away so quick now days either because they get injured from lifting to heavy or they did gear to build the base of their physique and have no other way to enhance it except more gear.
The point of the thread was to try and determine injury prevention techniques mainly based on weight percentage increases. But as the conversation went on i realized the rep range is more important because it is a better indicator of how well you can handle the weight and is easier to determine.
Slow and steady wins the bodybuilding race in the end. And honestly watching a lot of pro bodybuilding video’s has made me wonder this question because you see them doing crazy lifts.Its easy to believe thats the answere to bigger size. And then you read how all the ones who did that have torn muscles and fucked up tendons that end theyre career. Look at dorian yates how many damn muscle tears he had in 1997. Than you look at dexter jackson who had a different style of training and has been competing every year since 1998 to date.
So theres a good point to the thread and that pretty much is the point. I know its common knowledge that tendons don’t grow as fast as muscles. So that is why I wanted other peoples opinions on the whole aspect of lifting enough weight to maxamize results and minimize possible long term damage. There is a small line between damage and growth and some times the mind can take more than your body can and be your worst enemy.
Alot of the information i have learned from the members on this site combined with my motivation have increased my physical natural ability a pretty crazy amount and I am able to train harder and gain muscle at a rate that is actually hard for me to comprehend in just a 2 1/2 month period part is due to muscle memory. I had set backs for 2 years. I trained for 4 years religiously before that. So strength and injure prevention are becoming more important to me.
Cause i know even 500 mgs a week of test is gonna make me insanely strong compared to what i am now. So that is my motivation for this post. And the answer’s I got may have saved me from a injury. Don’t go under 6 reps when strength is increased dramatically on cycle, keep consistent pace and possibly look into power lifting while i’m still naturally training to increase tendon strength. All great advice!