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Unexplained Gains?


#1

Okay, so noob here, this is like my third post, but at least I've used quite a few forums before and am a long time lurker.

So, here's my situation. I've been lifting since 7th grade football offseason. Made pretty good gains for several years after, hitting a plateau senior year at 320 on bench at 235 pounds bodyweight. I was stuck there for a really long time. I've been lifting on and off since graduating and stayed at roughly the same maxes (bench 320, squat 425). Then I dieted down to 195 (bench 295, squat 385) and have been slowing building back up to my current weight of 205-210 depending on the day.

Over the last six weeks or so, I've been awesome gains, but I haven't been doing anything that I can think might cause them. I eat close to a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight but have always done that. Sleep 6-8 hours per night most nights (4 or so if I procrastinate on a paper). I haven't been following a specific program, just lifting how I feel (I know not the best idea, but this is a hobby now; I'm no longer in competitive sports). So, over the course of about six weeks I've gone from about 315 bench to 335. I can do 295 for five reps, did maybe 2 before. Squatted 410 for seven reps last workout. 405 for seven the time before that. My squat max has gone from 425 to at least 465 (maxed about 2 weeks ago, thats 10 pounds per week!)

I'm not trying to toot my own horn or anything, and I'm really enjoying this. Anyone had a dramatic, unexplained increase in their strength? I want to know what I'm getting right so that I can hopefully replicated this in the future. Thanks in advance for the replies :slightly_smiling:


#2

Sometimes strengh gains are really unpredictible and just happen out of nowhere with no good logical explanation. I once had my bench max go up by like 40lbs in a short period of time with no change in training or diet or anything.


#3

+1

I find that my gains come in waves. Also, sometimes after I've been lifting for a few weeks with no discernible progress I'll take a week off (or deload) and come back noticably stronger.


#4

I had the same thing happen to me recently. I had a meet so I deloaded the week before the meet. At the meet I lifted realy well and then I deloaded for a week after the meet. I expected to come back to the gym feeling weak since I hadn't lifted anything heavy (except for the meet) for two weeks. I came back and hit a nice PR on squats.

I think training day in day out realy taxes my CNS, joints, muscles etc... A little break every now and then seems to help. I'd say you are doing everything right just enjoy the gains.


#5

Just wanted to update on the progress. Things have been going great. Last Friday I was able to squat 425 for 11 reps, which is by far my personal best. Yesterday I squatted 455 for 5 reps. I'm taking a break from benching though, because my left pec has been hurting a little. I think it is mildly strained. I cant wait to lift again!


#6

OP, yea man a few years back, my squat jumped 65lbs within about 8 months I believe. And shortly before that, my deadlift jumped about 40lbs with 6 months. Nothing had changed at all in terms of training or diet. I wish this happened more often! LOL


#7

somebody is adding something to your PWO shakes.


#8

get a log book


#9

Its been a couple weeks and the gains have continued to be awesome. Over the weekend I maxed 345 on bench and 515 on squat, both of which are by far the best Ive ever done :slight_smile: I want to keep going, but it's definitely break time because my left pec is strained pretty bad and all my joints feel a little achey. I put a lot of muscle on too. I'll try and get some videos when I start lifting again so I'm not just another guy on the internet claiming random numbers.