Will this help with avoiding plateus?

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    Mar 01, 2009 10:46 PM GMT

    Im trying to avoid a platuea, I dont know if i've hit one or not.


    Ive been working out for the past nine months and have gain about 30lbs. and stayed at the same bf % of about 8%

    I guess my question is, can i avoid plateau by just simply changing up my routine..


    for ex chest.

    one month ill use dumbells with flys and chest press in inlince decline etc.

    next month ill use cables

    and the month after use barbells


    or one moth ill split back and bi etc etc and the next month slip bi and tris..

    will all of these things avoid a plateau???

    if so, I may just be trippen and have to realize im progressing and it just takes time ;-D

    thanks!!
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    Mar 02, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    Other than switching up the exercises, you can also try different techniques..

    - pyramid sets
    - reverse pyramid sets
    - double pyramid sets
    - drop sets
    - pump sets
    - super sets
    - etc
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    Mar 02, 2009 11:28 AM GMT
    jmb05 said

    Ive been working out for the past nine months and have gain about 30lbs. and stayed at the same bf % of about 8%




    You've gained 30 lbs in 9 mos? What?
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    Mar 02, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    Tapper said
    jmb05 said

    Ive been working out for the past nine months and have gain about 30lbs. and stayed at the same bf % of about 8%




    You've gained 30 lbs in 9 mos? What?


    true story

    went from 165 to 195

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    Mar 02, 2009 9:22 PM GMT
    30 pounds in 9 months would be a breeze. I've seen folks gain 80 pounds in 5 months. 30 pounds in 9 months is less than a pound a week, which is easy, particularly in someone who is under-nourished at the start.
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    Mar 03, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    chuckystud said30 pounds in 9 months would be a breeze. I've seen folks gain 80 pounds in 5 months. 30 pounds in 9 months is less than a pound a week, which is easy, particularly in someone who is under-nourished at the start.


    How do you gain 80 lbs in 5 months?!?!

    I consume 4500 calories a day and around 300 grams of protien

    Im def not a hard gainer but right in the middle. I'd say I have more of the Mesomorph body type.

    So how does domeone gain that much in such a short period? No saying I dont believe you but I'd like to know!
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    I've gained 40 lbs and lost almost 60 in under a year. I'm not saying it was healthy, but I did it.

    I like to do pyramids to get past plateaus
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    Mar 04, 2009 8:09 PM GMT
    xrichx saidOther than switching up the exercises, you can also try different techniques..

    - pyramid sets
    - reverse pyramid sets
    - double pyramid sets
    - drop sets
    - pump sets
    - super sets
    - etc


    Yep. I try to incorporate at least one kind of shock every workout.
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    Mar 04, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    some one that gains more then 10 lbs can be said to be in a plateus?
    i dont think so!!!
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    Mar 04, 2009 8:59 PM GMT
    chuckystud said30 pounds in 9 months would be a breeze. I've seen folks gain 80 pounds in 5 months. 30 pounds in 9 months is less than a pound a week, which is easy, particularly in someone who is under-nourished at the start.


    I wouldn't say universally easy, Chucky. Maybe if you're a newbie or if you're just returning from a long layoff of if you're a genetic freak of nature -- maybe then it's easier. It's never "a breeze."

    Otherwise, consistently gaining a pound a week for 9 months while maintaining an 8%bf and never reaching a plateau is really really really really hard. That's not to say impossible. I've gained 30lbs in 3 months, but I would never ever want to eat like that again.

    My point: don't underplay this guy's gains just because you're genetically gifted and have seen other genetically gifted individuals surpass his progress. This isn't a competition. What's easy for you is not easy for most.
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    Mar 04, 2009 10:58 PM GMT
    jmb05 saidIm trying to avoid a platuea, I dont know if i've hit one or not.

    A platypus is generally very easy to recognize when you hit one. They have a very distinctive appearance, as shown below.

    evolution-platypus.jpg

    Of course, since they mostly live in Australia, you have to be in Australia to hit one. So an easy test is to ask yourself whether you're in Australia or not. If you're someplace else, then you've likely hit something else.

    Unless of course the platypus is stuffed, like the one below, in which case you could conceivably be anywhere.

    platypus-stuffed-plush-f787.jpg

    Did what you hit look anything like those above? If not, then...

    YOU MORON! He said plateau, not platypus! That's the second time you've screwed that up! Dimwit!

    Oh, OK... nevermind... icon_redface.gif