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    Losing muscle gain during Smolov Jr

    Recently I have hit my plateau in bench press, so I decided to hop back into smolov jr to increase my bench. This is my last week of the cycle, and I am pretty sure that my strength has increase, but I feel like my arms are shrinking in size. I am aware that Smolov Jr is suppose to be a powerlifting program, but I am not sure if losing muscle gain is something that will happen due to the fact that there is only bench press and minimum accessory works in this program.
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    You are probably just glycogen depleted from the unusually high workload. Try eating more - and more carbs in particular.

    Yes, you will get stronger and it will mostly be because of motor pathway training - but I would expect some muscle gain too. Sometimes this lags - because you have to recover from overreaching.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    You are probably just glycogen depleted from the unusually high workload. Try eating more - and more carbs in particular.

    Yes, you will get stronger and it will mostly be because of motor pathway training - but I would expect some muscle gain too. Sometimes this lags - because you have to recover from overreaching.
    Yeah, this routine is a lot more volume than what I usually do, u're probably right. I'll stop overthink it and see how it goes after I got back to my normal routine. Thanks man!
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