[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
Dirty Gerdy wrote:
I’d never use the term maintenance training phase in bodybuilding, where you are just trying to stay where you are at. Imo the only time this can possibly be used here is if you are a few weeks out and you think you are pretty much contest ready. This meaning that you wouldn’t change anything else with your body and your ready to step onstage on the spot. You can maintain here but very few people are 100% contest ready a few weeks out where a “maintenance” phase can be used.
My view is taken from a pretty hardcore bodybuilding view. It is my life and it is 24/7 probably 360 or so days out of the year taking days of from christmas, etc. Otherwise when I’m bodybuilding I am pretty much living my life the best I can for my goals. If you are biking/kayaking, etc then you are not in a “training” mode. You are in a kayaking, etc mode.
I agree with you and I am the same way. Heck, even when I went on vacation to Cuba with my girlfriend I would wake up at 5am so that I could walk 30 minutes to the training ‘‘facility’’ get a workout in, walk 30 minutes back to our room and arrive right before she would wake up so that we could go eat breakfast together.
Heck, I remember when I was a kid still living in my parent’s house on December 22nd I realized that all the gyms would be closed from the 24th to the 3rd of January. I went out and bought a bench press with a dip station, leg extension, preacher bench, high quality olympic bar, EZ bar, bar and 500lbs worth of free weights just so that I could train on those 10 days Cost me around 800$, which was a lot of money considering my situation at the time.
I also worked as a mover the summer of my last year of high school. It was a crazy job but I actually found time to train in the cities we were in… sometimes I would train at 1-2am at a 24 hours gym, and that was after moving heavy s**t all day.
However the reality is that we are the exception. For most people, the concept of maintenance training is real, and as a coach I must be aware of it. Do I like it when a client of mine who has been making great progress decides to come in only twice a week all summer because he prefers to play golf? Hell no! But it is a reality that I have to deal with.
Yes I see your point and agree. I think that was just part of a rant on how this is a bodybuiding forum and I’d like to think in my perfect universe that everybody posting here is the exception like you and I.(lol I’m honored to be in the same category as thibs jk)
Maybe with all these “new forums” we can make one titled “causal lifter” and then the bodybuilding forum can be dedicated to dedicated or hardcore people that fit the “exception” as you stated?
Okay I got a funny story since you mentioned finding any way to train.
Sophomore year in high school I didn’t have a gym membership, I stole the master key to the entire school and would get up and train before the “zero” period class would get there.
I found the first class started at 7:15a.m they didn’t turn the camera’s on until 7 a.m. so if I was done and out of there by then I was in the clear. lol I managed to have that key to my advantage through graduation. I passed it down to a buddy in a lower grade and he was busted
ok back to the topic…I agree. Thanks CT