Effects on Strength Training on Bulk

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Effects on Strength Training on Bulk

Post by Dave X » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:08 am

Question about Strength / Bulk training...

Right now, I'm both strong and bulky (5'8, 175), but I want to focus on strength now. If I start doing 3-4 reps in my program, to target strength, will I end up losing bulk? Will my weight change?

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Post by Jeff D » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:20 am

Hmmm....I'm not sure, others would know alot more than i would being that ive never really lifted for bulk. But lifting for strength would be a good idea, because once you return to more of a bodybuilding routine after, all that extra strength you acquired in the strength phase can then be put to use in gaining size...since you'll be able to lift more weight than you do now.

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Post by Matt Z » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:27 am

If by bulk you mean muscle mass then probably not. You may even add muscle mass on a strength program, though probably not as quickly as you would on a hypertrophy (muscle-building) program.

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Post by Matt Z » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:31 am

Likewise, you'll likely get stronger on a hypertrophy program, but not as quickly as you would on a strength program. Mass and stregth are complementary, but not exactly the same thing.

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Post by George G » Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:29 pm

I don't think this question can be answered without considering nutrition.

IMO, if you eat and adequate amount of calories, there is no way you will loose any muscle mass.

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Post by Dave X » Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:55 pm

Just for clarification, I meant training for hypertrophy (by saying 'training for bulk')

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