I train for increased size and strength and typically go through phases where I focus on one or the other. For example I completed two rounds of The Complete Power Look Program this year and now I'm trying the Best Damn Workout For Naturals.
Every once in awhile I get tired and begin to question why I'm doing what I'm doing. What's the point? Is the pain and abuse worth adding 5 lbs to my squat? Am I ever going to exceed my current lean body mass amounts? Since age 23 I've gained and lost weight but it's pretty much only been fat. 220 @ 10-11% BF. 235 @ 14%, etc.
Sometimes I think about going to an indefinite maintenance program. What could I do to maintain what I have and keep at least 90% of my current strength? In reality all that I care about is looking good, being strong for an average Joe, and being athletic (don't want to be that guy who blows out a different joint every time he plays rec league softball).
It's just a thought about a bare minimum program. Anyone else had these thoughts or actually tried a long term maintenance program? Be nice. I'm just throwing this out there for the sake of discussion.