Detraining is the
partial or complete loss of training-induced adaptations, in
response to an insufficient training stimulus. Detraining characteristics
may be different depending on the duration of training cessation
or insufficient training.
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Squat strength of Olympic Weightlifters declined approximately
10% in after 4 weeks of cessation of weight training.
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Detraining can result in a decrease in muscle mass.
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Muscle fiber cross-sectional area declines
rapidly in strength and sprint athletes (during detraining).
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Loss of over 24 lbs of muscle after 7 months of detraining.
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Muscle mass returned to pretraining levels after 5 months
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detraining appears to shift the contractile characteristics
towards type IIb, although muscle atrophy is also likely to occur.
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With detraining, however, muscle cross-sectional area decreases
and there is an increase in the number of oxidative fibres (slow-
twitch) versus glycolytic (fast-twitch) fibres in elite powerlifters
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