198lbs/12% body fat
Lifting 6 years+
Bench - 110kg 1RM
OHP - 70kg 1RM
Deadlift - 220kg 1RM
Squat - 170kg 1RM
Previous cut 182lbs/8% body fat
Recent lean bulk 198lbs/12% body fat
Currently (and similar to past scenarios) I hit a plateau during a hypertrophy phase. I get to a point where my lift’s stagnate. I can’t put any more weight on that bar working at 8-12’s despite deload’s and additional rest/sleep/calories. So. I keep the calories slightly above maintenance, reduce the volume and increase the intensity. My reps go down, my numbers go up week after week.
For a period.
The reason for that. It Hurts. A Lot!
Working in 8-12’s my pain is manageable, pain free most days, pain level 4 or 5 on training days, pain level of 1 or 2 the day after, but eventually my results stagnate so I need to switch to a strength phase.
Strength phase begins. Working in 3-6’s. Week upon week my numbers are going up but my pain gets increasingly worse. It goes from a slight shoulder twinge and patella pain in the knees to having severe problems with knees and shoulder on training days, having to cut workouts short, problems with elbows/forearms/wrists and being in varying degrees of pain most days.
How can I keep encouraging growth and progress when my body keeps saying no?
A few years back I was struggling with addiction and severe depression, the gym got me back on track. I’d been obese and inactive through my younger years and turned anorexic in my mid twenties. The gym gave me self worth, I could look in the mirror and say ‘not bad!’. We’re all trying to push forward though and right now though i’m like 'Is this all I’m going to be able to do? Is my body gonna let me go any further? It doesn’t seem far enough.