A lot of people in the middle or just coming out of an LP program often complain about the quick loss of strength following a break. This got me thinking as far as how to avoid this, and I figure several factors affect this:
1) CNS "forgetting." If a lot of initial strength is the CNS adapting and recruiting other muscles, it can "forget" about them as well.
2) Weak joints. Joints take a few more weeks longer to get strong compared to the muscles
3) Lack of muscles. Few novice LP programs focus on hypertrophy, so novices don't have the muscles to retain strength.
This got me thinking as far as ways to retain strength, and I figure:
1) Get stronger. If you're stronger you may still lose strength, but you'll still be stronger. granted, a 10% loss off of 300 lbs may hurt more than 200 lbs.
2) Slower progression. This is more relevant to people done w/ LP and move to a slower program that will give the joints time to catch up w/ the muscles.
3) Consistency and Intensity. Duh
4) More hypertrophy. I'm not too sure about this one, but would it make sense to focus on some hypertrophy coming off an LP program to gain some mass in addition to giving the joints some time to strengthen up compared to continued focus on strength?