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  • BB template: when to move on to the next phase

    Hi, I'm running the BB template for the second time - last time was 12 months ago.

    I'm currently on week 7 of phase 1 and everything is going well: all the exercises are progressing, I'm motivated, and am not experiencing too much fatigue.

    As an experiment, I'd like to stretch this phase out as long as I can because in the past I think I've been too quick to switch programs after experiencing just one week of lowered performance on the main exercises. This time around, I'd like to try waiting until I experience a continual 3-week dip in performance before moving on. Does that sound reasonable? Or is it possible that phase 1 may be too low volume for me and I should move to phase 2 now?

    I am also wondering whether this is an appropriate metric to use for the BB template since it's primarily focused on hypertrophy. I have been taking body measurements and haven't noticed growth yet other than my waist going up an inch, and I've been gaining 2 lb/month.

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    Originally posted by beefcake99 View Post

    As an experiment, I'd like to stretch this phase out as long as I can because in the past I think I've been too quick to switch programs after experiencing just one week of lowered performance on the main exercises. This time around, I'd like to try waiting until I experience a continual 3-week dip in performance before moving on. Does that sound reasonable?
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    That sounds totally fine to me.

    Originally posted by beefcake99 View Post
    I am also wondering whether this is an appropriate metric to use for the BB template since it's primarily focused on hypertrophy. I have been taking body measurements and haven't noticed growth yet other than my waist going up an inch, and I've been gaining 2 lb/month.
    If your measurements on arms, thighs, and other non-waist components haven't gone up in 8-weeks, I'd plan on switching programming to drive some size gains. Likely with different exercises and more volume.
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