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Lost all my strength in chestWhat to do9226

Kiva private msg quote post Address this user
Hi, i was going to the gym for around 2 years with only the occasional 1 week break every approx 15 weeks and i had made some nice muscle and strength gains. But over the holiday period i stopped going and didn't gym for 3 months.

I recently started back at the gym and i am into my 4th week, and since i've started i've been getting some strength back in my back, legs, arms, shoulder workouts but my chest has lost so much strength its disappointing.

I was pushing out, (before i stopped)

Bench(Then) :
40 kg warm up 20 reps
60 kg 1st set 12 reps
65 kg 2nd set 12 reps
70 kg 3rd set 10 reps
75 kg 4th set 8 reps
80 kg 5th set 6 reps (max)

Bench(Now) :
What i try to do anyway....
40 kg warm up 10 rep
50 kg 1st set 8 rep
50 kg 2nd set 8 rep
55 kg 3rd set 8 rep (need spot on last 2)
60 kg 4th set 6 rep (need spot after first 2)

other example,
Incline dumbbell press:
27kg max 8 reps (then)

17kg max 6 reps, with spot on last 2(now)
......

my back has been alright, same as for legs and arms (slightly lacking) and shoulders (slightly lacking), but my chest is terrible any advice on how long it will take for me to regain my strength?

thx

Kiva
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eingold private msg quote post Address this user
just give it time you will get it back whats your diet like aswell?
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AustralianOak private msg quote post Address this user
I found that the best way to build strength is not pyramiding your weight like that. When i was pyramiding that way my chest was very fatigued by the time the heavy weights rolled in. After being on a routine for a fair while im on a bit of a HIT one now and loving it.

But the way i built up my strength was warm up with 3-4 sets and then do 2 sets of 6 reps so you have strength and hypertrophy in there. If u want strength i would do 3-5 reps. This is what worked for me but if this doesnt work try these.

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/reg_parks_5x5_program

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/how_to_build_pure_strength
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Dukenhiemer private msg quote post Address this user
Stop pyramiding your sets, train in the 3-5 rep range.
Aim for your working sets to be 80% of your max, progress every week.
Profit.
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