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  • Posted On: 10-06-18, 4:37 pm (EDT) #1

    How long are "newbie" gains?

    October 6, 2018, 4:37 pm

    I've been working out seriously since 4.1.2017, when I started I was about 365lbs, now I'm 298.3. My body fat dropped from low 60s to just under 49.. I've gone from working out 3x a week, to 4x week, now kind of at 5x a week..... 

    Usually my weeks are something like Sunday light day, Mon off, Tues medium, Wed medium, Thurs Off, Friday heavy, Saturday combo 

    I do cardio usually 4x a week Thursday to Sunday, Tuesday tends to be weight only. 

    Weights wise I know I have definite strength increases. I feel thinner, clearly thinner. Every 6 weeks I either up my weights by 5lbs or add 1 more set. I do the typical 3 sets at 8 to 10 reps, never more than 15 reps....

    But I'm worried if I'm still in newbie gains or losses or if I've already gone past that....

     

    Thank you,

     

    Andre

  • Posted On: 10-07-18, 11:07 pm (EDT) #2

    How long are "newbie" gains?

    October 7, 2018, 11:07 pm
    Posted by: drejr1983

    I've been working out seriously since 4.1.2017, when I started I was about 365lbs, now I'm 298.3. My body fat dropped from low 60s to just under 49.. I've gone from working out 3x a week, to 4x week, now kind of at 5x a week..... 

    Usually my weeks are something like Sunday light day, Mon off, Tues medium, Wed medium, Thurs Off, Friday heavy, Saturday combo 

    I do cardio usually 4x a week Thursday to Sunday, Tuesday tends to be weight only. 

    Weights wise I know I have definite strength increases. I feel thinner, clearly thinner. Every 6 weeks I either up my weights by 5lbs or add 1 more set. I do the typical 3 sets at 8 to 10 reps, never more than 15 reps....

    But I'm worried if I'm still in newbie gains or losses or if I've already gone past that....

     

    Thank you,

     

    Andre

    @drejr1983 Congrats on the weight loss so far Andre!

     

    Given you've been working out for over a year now, the majority of your newbie gains have probably gone, although I'm guessing you have spent all your time so fat in a deficit, so if you eventually get your body fat % low enough that you can go back into a surplus, then you might notice you still have some newbie gains to be made from the start of a surplus (in terms of strength and size).

     

    The fact that you've only been doing strict 3x8-10 with your sets and reps might play in your favor a little bit.. if you change to doing more sets of the compound movements, rather than doing more movements, that might also help you break through plateaus and rediscover some gains!

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