My arm muscles are getting STRONGER, HARDER, smaller... WTF?!! Was it just fat in muscle? Maybe I am more fast twitch?
So I am on a deficit, and have been for a long time. I had a lot of fat to loose. I plan to stop cutting come July when I should hit about 8% bf. Right now I am at 10% (not exaggerated). I can finally clearly see my 6 pack without flexing. This is down from 30% bf in December 2009.
I want to cycle between 6-8 after cutting and 10-12 after bulking.
Honestly though, I can do weighted dips 5 sets of 5 at 290 lbs (weighing myself and adding a dumbbell between my legs). I use a 501 tempo and go deep with good form. That is up from from 245 last month. Gains like this are pretty much there in all lifts.
Note: my protien grams are around 1.25 per lb of body weight each day. And my recovery is good.
06-16-2010, 07:57 PM #1
Muscles getting STRONGER, HARDER, smaller... WTF?!!
06-16-2010, 09:53 PM #2
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Yeah, aint' that a bitch
Losing the fat, building muscle.
The cool thing is when they go back up to where they were before, but instead of fat it's muscle. Also, don't forget you'll weigh MORE when that happens, b/c muscle weighs more.
That's why they say don't look at weight for fat loss, look at BF%.
06-17-2010, 11:11 AM #3
06-17-2010, 02:59 PM #4
Happened to me too just recently. I just lost some size in my biceps (which is discouraging because I was already unhappy with their size). I was convinced they suddenly got weaker somehow, but in my last bicep workout I had some of my best lifts ever. I don't get it. They got smaller but stronger.My Blog:
06-17-2010, 03:05 PM #5
Same here. Been cutting for a while (dropped 25lbs so far) and my arms lost almost an inch. (just flexing, not pumped). So I did a workout, measured again, and there we go, size was still there. Pumped I gain a little over an inch.
So I'm guessing fat loss from the arms themselves, not muscle loss. Keep up the good work!
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06-18-2010, 11:16 AM #9
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Real struggle for me below 10%. I keep bouncing around 9% and have been for months. I cant have any cheat meals, miss cardio, etc or I bounce right back.Resident smart arse and grammar fool....instagram: heartandfitness
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Same thing happened to me and my chest. I used to be very barrel-chested and chest heavy but I carried a lot of fat around them. They are stronger than they have ever been but I'm guessing I've lost about half the mass in my chest at least. Before it was mostly fat/some muscle now its the other way around. Damn, can't seem to get the last bit of fat off of them. But they appear more ripped, so losing size sucks a little but looking more fit and toned compensates.
06-18-2010, 08:55 PM #11
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The women in the female section complain about the same issue, but in a different way. They say they are getting "bulky" because they are building muscle under the fat. Its not the muscle making them look that way, its the fat on top. When you start leaning out, its actually not such a pleasant surprise to see how little muscle is actually there under the fat!"A champion is someone who gets up even when he can't" ---Jack Dempsey
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06-19-2010, 03:30 PM #12
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