Interesting article by Bret on how much training is necessary to maintain strength and muscle? It seems us older guys and gals need a bit more volume than younger people but not by a huge margin. One question that does come to mind from reading this is, could one cut back on training volume and just maintain while dieting without negatively impacting the muscle you gained? In my past preps the volume and frequency for the most part was kept the same during prep as in the off season, the logic being that what is best for building muscle is the best for maintaining it. I would love to see a study comparing maintaining off season volume & frequency during prep versus reducing volume to more of a maintenance level and the impact on muscle retention.
We all get busy from time to time. Many of us find ourselves getting swamped during various times throughout the year and we feel like we’re drowning. Normally, strength training serves to reduce stress and increase our sense of well-being, but during times of extreme business, it can do the opposite. When we are buried up to our noses with work and responsibilities, training 3-5 times per week for 60-120 minutes can feel overwhelming and add more stress to the plate. For optimal progress, we want to be in eustress and not distress, so it’s advisable to reduce training frequency and volume during these times.
But how low can we go to still keep our gains? Six years ago, I wrote a really good article on this exact topic. Rather than just link to the article, I’m going to copy and paste it as it’s a short article:
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