I think I do train hard enough, I gain weight and strength, can’t see any extra fat yet, I am trying to do clean bulking.
My “backing off” was like this: last training on thursday, 1 week full rest. Next thursday and friday some sets with 60-70% normal resistance for upper and lower body. Again 4 days off and training started. During this, I still ate like I did when I was training, gained some weight due that. It was enough protein, moderate carbs and fat. I kept off from christmas food and sweets.
I hoped to bust out more reps than 1,5 week ago, but no, even less.
Btw an other guy who trains just his chest and arms was talking about how much he drank alchohol during new year and he had gained some strength and knocked out many more reps than last time.
That made me so angry that the ones who are not dedicated at all do better than ones who are. Not fair
I was thinking it is not OK to lose strength when in articles the trainers say you should gain strength. Is it?
Btw I try to take a easy recovering week after every 6-8 weeks.[/quote]
Try not to compare yourself to others, especially easy gainers like your friend. Life isn’t fair. You probably are training hard enough, and a back off week every 3 or 4 weeks is better than 6-8 in most cases.