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Quick Training Question


#1

I am openly admitting that this is an unintelligent question.

Recently, through career and life, I have been experiencing bouts of anxiety and stress.

Due to that anxiety, I have experienced minor muscle and strength loss. I have lost 5 pounds over the last week and were I could bench press 315 pounds for an easy 20 reps, I can now do 325 for a struggling 18. IE .. im feeling the anxiety

Will my muscle mass and strength return 100% once the anxiety stops or will I never be back to 100% strength?

The strength loss and weight loss have caused me additional stress due to an upcoming meet.


#2

[quote]Crankk wrote:
I am openly admitting that this is an unintelligent question.

Recently, through career and life, I have been experiencing bouts of anxiety and stress.

Due to that anxiety, I have experienced minor muscle and strength loss. I have lost 5 pounds over the last week and were I could bench press 315 pounds for an easy 20 reps, I can now do 325 for a struggling 18. IE … im feeling the anxiety

Will my muscle mass and strength return 100% once the anxiety stops or will I never be back to 100% strength?

The strength loss and weight loss have caused me additional stress due to an upcoming meet.[/quote]

People rarely reach their maximum strength potential so it’s likely you can get back to where you were. If you’re experiencing a lot of stress outside of lifting, sometimes it’s good to ease off a bit instead of continuing to go full throttle. Mental stress can be just as taxing as physical stress.


#3

315 for 20… 325 for 18… sounds about right. Maintained or even gained some strength. Is this a joke?


#4

I find it hard to believe someone who is benching about 500 lbs has never had an “off” day.


#5

[quote]TheAugustKid wrote:
315 for 20… 325 for 18… sounds about right. Maintained or even gained some strength. Is this a joke? [/quote]

I second this.


#6

yes, it’s stupid. i know. it was a stupid thought to have. I think i got into my own head a little too much.

My coach says the same - that im my own worst enemy. I’ll be the first to admit that im a little ‘tweaked’ in the head.

I go through these bouts of anxiety and then, in my head, thoughts of ‘you just took a step backwards’ start to creep in … along with not reaching full potential because of that anxiety. Takes me a day or two to snap out of it.


#7

Well if you’re serious then you haven’t lost any strength at all. And even if you did, shit happens. You can’t always improve every week.