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    Possible to maintain muscle with light lifting/body weight exercises?

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    I've put on a good deal of lean mass over the past year lifting heavy, primarily squats, deadlift & presses.

    Would I be able to maintain my current muscle mass with just body weight exercises or a lot lighter weight? i.e. weighted pushups, etc? Or would I gradually lose mass over time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by betweenthewheel View Post
    I've put on a good deal of lean mass over the past year lifting heavy, primarily squats, deadlift & presses.

    Would I be able to maintain my current muscle mass with just body weight exercises or a lot lighter weight? i.e. weighted pushups, etc? Or would I gradually lose mass over time?
    Your body will maintain lean tissue appropriate for the activity level.

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    Try just working out once a week or even less. But basically if you don't try to progress in the weights you use then you should pretty much stay at the same level.

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    Yes, you can maintain and build bulk with body weight exercise. There are a lot of ways to increase things like leverage and such to increase the resistance without weights. Also, non-gym based exercise (no equipment, no bars, no nothing) tends to build more on the core as well, since most exercises require core use.

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