As a fitness competitor, I have an off-season and a season where I need to be leaner. Anyone who has gained a little weight and body fat knows that they’ll also experience an increase in strength. I enjoy my off-season because I’m able to set new personal bests in my lifts and add more muscle.
Even though my weight never fluctuates more than 8-10 lbs., it’s enough to see different numbers across the board in my lifts. With the surplus of calories, I’m also able to make aesthetic changes to my physique more easily.
But what happens while leaning down? My goal is to keep the muscle I’ve worked hard to gain and to maintain my strength. This can be tough! A few training principles that have helped me are:
As I began to lean down for my September appearances, I worried that my 165 lb. bench press max would suffer. This week I benched 145 lbs. for 3 reps; something I wouldn’t have been able to do during previous periods of leaning down! BetaTOR has helped me maintain my strength! I can’t wait to resume training for my bench press competition later this year!
Thanks for reading! Until next time, train hard, y’all!!