How Can One Maintain Their Physique?

How can one maintain their physique? Our forum members share some helpful information such as routines for maintenance, diet, supplements, and more right here. Read on to learn more!

TOPIC: How Can One Maintain Their Physique?

The Question:

There can come a time when you've worked so hard and accomplished so much that you are ready to lay back for a while. However, you still do not want to lose everything that you've worked so hard for.

How can one maintain their physique?

What is a good workout routine for maintenance?

What should one's diet look like for maintenance?

Which supplements are good for maintenance?

Bonus Question: Have you ever decided to maintain your physique or do you just keep setting newer goals? Do you think that you will someday just try to maintain what you've accomplished?

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After parking your car at the grocery store like you do every Sunday to stock up on food for the upcoming week, you open your car door and struggle to get out in any sort of a fashionable manner. You think to yourself, "Has the driver side door always been this small?" You brush it off to the hard leg workout you had the day before which would surely impede ones ability and agility to move in and out of closed, confined spaces.

After grabbing a shopping cart, entering the grocery store, and going down the first isle, your shoulder brushes up against a stack of ketchup bottles that had been neatly stacked at the beginning of the isle causing them to fall down and tumble to the ground. "Oops!" you think to yourself.

Being a Good Samaritan, you begin to pick up the bottles you had inadvertently knocked over but quickly a young employee, maybe seventeen years old and a mere one hundred and fifty pounds, rushes over and offers to clean up the mess for you. You thank him and walk away slightly embarrassed at the scene that had just unfolded.

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As you continue walking down the isle, you begin to recall times past where your sheer size has begun to pose a problem. You begin to realize how people no longer want to sit next to you at a restaurant booth, as there is just not enough room for two with you sitting there, or more recently how those movie theater seats seem to be getting smaller and smaller, and you can't downplay the annoyance of having to constantly turn sideways to avoid bumping into people on a busy street.

There may come a time in some people's lives where the inconvenience of being big outweighs the benefits of becoming even more muscular. Perhaps the constant stares that you receive, even when dressed in the most conservative clothing is starting to get to you. But there is a problem- you love to train.

You live for each new day where you can tackle the iron and take it on with all your might. You love the feeling you get after you leave the gym; the sense of accomplishment and gratification is irreplaceable. You can't just give up this sport you love because it is starting to interfere with real world experiences and events.

Lifting has become a part of you, an outlet that you use to vent your frustrations, and channel your thoughts and abilities. Thankfully, with this seemingly impossible problem comes a solution: physique maintenance.

Physique Maintenance

Sure, when maintaining your physique, you may not be lifting with all the bloodthirsty and ravaging intensity that you are used to, you may not get the feeling of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress in weights over the years, but it is important to realize that you have paid your dues.

You have developed and sculpted a physique that few have and many envy. You have accomplished what many set out do to but never succeed in when it comes to bodybuilding- being satisfied and realizing that you indeed, are big enough.

I'm sure when people think about the word maintenance, they think about not progressing, standing still, wasting their time. But this is not true, especially in bodybuilding! Just because you no longer want to build size, doesn't mean you can't focus on other aspects to further refine your physique.

For instance, if you want to really show off that hard-earned muscle that you have busted your @ss for over the years, now is your chance to really drop some body fat and have your physique resemble that of a Greek statue.

Fat Loss:

Another great thing about being satisfied and coming to the decision to maintain your current muscle mass is essentially you have won the iron game. You get to cruise around in god mode now.

No longer does the vast majority of your time have to be dedicated to eating tons of meals, popping supplements, or training to the point of exhaustion. You can really appreciate what you have accomplished and begin to train solely for the sense of well-being and overall health.

Maintaining your physique isn't necessarily difficult, as you would go about it in the same way that you would if you wanted to gain muscle- eating good food, resting, and providing yourself proper nutrition. The only difference with maintenance is altering the way you train, and the way you eat.

Derek Charlebois
Derek Charlebois Writer.

Week #78 - 9/11/2007
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-> Nutrition:

Since you are no longer looking to build your muscles, calorie excess is no longer needed. The days of 5-6 meals with perfectly balanced portions of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are over. Don't get me wrong, you still should want to eat healthy, good foods as you need to support your existing muscle, but you no longer need to eat over your maintenance calories.

Without these added calories that you have been so used to giving your body, you really do not provide it with the opportunity to get any bigger or stronger. There is even more leeway with the amount of times or the types of foods that you can eat.

Setting your watch or constantly keeping your eye on the clock for every second hour when you should eat is no longer needed, go ahead and eat the standard three meals a day every so often if you want. You aren't trying to build your body anymore, merely maintain it, so being as strict and as disciplined as you used to be are no longer needed. However, don't take what I said the wrong way!

You should still be eating healthy most of the time, you just want to avoid calorie surplus! The nutrition aspect of physique maintenance is the most important, because even with an infrequent or less intense workout regimen, if you are still flooding your body with calories, it will respond by utilizing them to build muscle. Just make sure not to eat too few calories, the one thing you don't want to do is lose muscle!

-> Training:

As far as training goes, much like your eating, it doesn't have to be as regimented or rigorous. The biggest concept that I want to push and for people to understand is that you won't lose muscle overnight, especially if you keep training. Training, however, doesn't have to be as intense as it used to be.

If you were used to going to the gym five times a week, hitting every body part with twelve to fifteen sets, try going only three times a week and doing a full body routine with about half as many sets and less intensity as you used to. You should also incorporate higher rep training in the twelve to twenty range.

Training with higher repetitions will leave you with a sick pump, and will really demonstrate just how big you really are when your muscles are engorged with blood. You don't want to use heavy weights closer to your one rep max for as many sets as you used to, no longer is your goal to break down muscles to build them bigger.

The basic approach and philosophy of training for maintenance would be to:

      1. Lift weights farther away from that of your one rep max (keep rep ranges between 12-20).

      1. Don't utilize many intensity tactics (drop sets, super sets, etc).

      1. Reduce the volume and frequency of your workouts.

By still lifting weights, but either not as often, or as intense, or as heavy as you used to, you will effectively keep the muscle you currently have, but won't have to worry about losing any or gaining any. So go ahead and give your joints a rest before you become a crippled old man, train for fun and the pump!

Melvin Anthony
"Marvelous" Melvin Anthony
2007 Olympia-Qualified IFBB Pro Bodybuilder!

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Since you are at the point where you are satisfied with the amount of muscle you have, you can use this time to train a different system of your body- your cardiovascular system. Excess cardio will impede on muscle gains, but now is a great time to really focus on it since you don't want to add muscle.

You can drop some body fat, which will help you look better with your shirt off, and reap the benefits of improved cardiovascular conditioning!

Don't be afraid to jog on the treadmill a couple days out of the week, granted you are still eating properly, albeit less, you should be able to improve your conditioning and look much better! Hey, if you no longer want to train to add mass, compensate elsewhere and improve a different aspect of your health!

-> Supplements:

Concerning supplementation, you get to keep it real basic. This is another advantage of having the privilege to only want to maintain your current physique- much more money in your wallet! I'd recommend a multivitamin, and fish oils, that's it!

These supplements are all pretty much standard for your overall health and will not directly lead to gaining muscle mass. Usually, I'd recommend a protein powder as well, but since excess protein is no longer needed, and struggling to get your protein intake for the day is no longer a problem, save that extra money and put it towards something else!

Personal Goals

As for me personally, I'm always striving to set new goals and reach new heights. Right at the moment, although I recognize my accomplishments and am proud with the muscular gains I have made, I'm nowhere near satisfied. There is always something that can be improved upon!

It takes years upon years to sculpt your body to how you desire it to look, and more often than not, people don't achieve their full potential due to lack of commitment or outside obligations.

I know that one day, bearing I maintain the same focus, drive, and determination that I have now, I will one day be content with what I have created, but until that day comes, it'll be more days in the gym, pounding away at the weights in the eternal struggle for mass...


Have You Ever Decided To Maintain Your Physique?

Yes, I've Maintained My Physique.
No, I Always Set New Goals.

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Physique Maintenance
How Can One Maintain Their Physique?

Maintaining your physique is a common choice a lot of people make for different reasons. Some might be going through a stressful or tough time in their life, others may have exams or work related problems and some might just feel that the shape and size of their body is what they wanted and their not interested in getting and bigger or leaner. It's important to mention that maintaining a physique does require gym time and dieting.

But how can one maintain their physique?

Maintaining a physique is much easier than making a physique, you don't have to concern yourself with stimulating muscle growth, trying method after method and watching agonizingly as your body begins to shape -you've already done that! Instead all you have to do is:

-> Workout:

Depending on what you have already accomplished on your body your workout should be shorter and not as intense but still target all the areas that you've created.

What I mean by this is if you have hit your chest at every angle and have created a chest that displays good upper and lower chest development you're going to have to target your upper and lower chest equally.

Likewise if your biceps have great inner thickness and you've developed a good outside and inside head they'll need a good, hard workout to maintain. Basically what I'm saying is the more developed-definition, size, shape etc-your body is the more time you're going to have to spend on your workouts.

Jerome Ferguson
Jerome "Hollywood" Ferguson
NPC Amateur Bodybuilder.

Week #57 - 4/17/2007
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Sure the intensity and raw pain won't quite be there but their will be time and as usual dedication.

-> Diet:

The diet in maintaining a physique will change dramatically compared to the diet in making a physique. Instead of high levels of protein you'll now need high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Both vitamins and minerals will help in keeping your muscles looking healthy and being healthy, they'll give your skin that beautiful silky feel and your muscles will blossom with a flourish look.

You'll still need the protein as part of a healthy diet but not in the same "all I can eat" way; a little meat will help your body produce new cells and repair old ones. You'll also need some after your maintaining workouts to help with cramps or a slight fatigue feeling.

You can also use the benefits of unstrict dieting to try new things not that I mean junk foods but different types of salads or fish dishes you could also try having different high carb dishes that mightn't have been allowed in your previous workouts such as pasta etc.

Workout Routine
What Is A Good Workout Routine For Maintenance?

The workout you would use would vary depending on how advanced your body is in terms of your training. Obviously the person who has excellent development in all muscles (upper and lower chest, upper lower lats, etc) good shape and symmetry is going to have to do more sets and different exercises than the person who has an "amateur" physique in terms of bodybuilding. The workout I will give will be simple and easily adaptable for those who need to add on more.

The aim of this program is to give each muscle group two workouts a week. On day one it will the primary muscle being worked and on another it'll be the secondary e.g. Day 2 Chest is primary, Triceps secondary.

-> 5 Days A Week Maintenance Workout:

-> Day 1:





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-> Day 2:





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-> Day 4:




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-> Day 5:



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-> Day 6:



Shoulders & Traps:

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Your rest in-between sets can be anywhere from 1 minute to 1:30 minutes

Maintenance Diet
What Should One's Diet Look Like For Maintenance?

This isn't a high protein diet nor should it be. A diet for maintaining a physique should contain a lot of fruits, vegetables and of course water.

In your diet you should go by these points:

    • 3 meals a day and 2 healthy snacks.

    • 2 meals should contain two different portions of vegetables: Example: One meal could have carrots and peas the other could have corn and potatoes.

    • 1-2 meals should have some sort of meat - chicken, tuna, salmon, beef etc,

    • Breakfast should either be a high in fiber meal or be easily digested foods: Example eggs or figs.

    • The snacks must be either fruit or supplements and is advised that they are taken before and after a workout.

    • Aim for 8 glasses of water a day-not including water taken while working out.

The following are just guidelines for a maintenance diet you can alter it so that it suits you, if you wish to take 5 small meals a day please do so just alter it so that you are getting a high level of vitamins and minerals.

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Chris LaCascia
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Week #54 - 3/27/2007
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Maintenance Supplements
Which Supplements Are Good For Maintenance?

I would have to go with a multi-vitamin to make sure you're giving your body what it needs but a whey protein powder can help if you take it now and again not following it strictly with workouts.

You may find it hard to get away from strict dieting and the may tend to stick to a lot of meats and high protein foods so the multi-vitamin will help when starting on the new diet. The whey protein can also help if its taken maybe once a week on a rest day it's not recommended that it's taken too often.

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3rd Place - EAGLES56
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There can come a time when you've worked so hard and accomplished so much that you are ready to lay back for a while. However, you still do not want to lose everything that you've worked so hard for.

Physique Maintenance
How Can One Maintain Their Physique?

Maintaining one's physique isn't complicated. Simply following a few easy strategies can preserve one's hard earned build and current fitness level.

-> Exercise Regularly:

Avoid the common sedentary lifestyle but don't overtrain. Through regular resistance and cardiovascular training, the progress made in the past will not be lost. Repeated muscle recruitment will stall muscle atrophy.

-> Eat Healthy:

Whether trying to build mass, cut down, or maintain, a proper diet is key. Avoid the temptations of sugars, fried foods, and alcohol. Once and a while a treat or a cold beer is a great way to ward of insanity but the idea to take a small slice and not the entire cake. Consume enough calories to meet one's caloric expenditure, no less, no more. Take daily activity into consideration. Failing to meet caloric requirements will result in weight (and muscle) loss.

What Is A Good Workout Routine For Maintenance?

Now that mass isn't of great concern any more, workouts lean more towards muscular endurance with higher repetition schemes. Workout frequency and intensity can be toned down and replaced by two full body workouts consisting of compound movements.

-> Sample Workout:

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This workout should be adjusted to one's personal preferences (example: substitute Close Grip bench with Dips). The idea is to pick one exercise per muscle group. If sticking to the same exercises, be sure to switch barbells for dumbbells for variety.

*Alternate Squats and Deadlifts

Maintenance Diet
What Should One's Diet Look Like For Maintenance?

Continue eating (5-8) multiple meals spaced 2.5-3 hours apart. Emphasize natural, unmodified, foods as well as fruits and vegetables. I recommend roughly 0.75-1g of protein per pound of bodyweight daily. Complex, or "good" carbohydrates will remain one's primary and sustained energy source. Also be sure not to forget about healthy fats such as monounsaturates and polyunsaturates.


-> Protein Sources:

    • Lean Meats
    • Poultry (unfried chicken)
    • Dairy Products
    • Fish
    • Eggs

-> Carbohydrate Sources:

    • Oats (rolled or steel cut)
    • Whole wheat pasta
    • Rice
    • Multigrain breads

-> Healthy Fat Sources:

    • Peanuts
    • Almonds
    • Flax Seed

Which Supplements Are Good For Maintenance?

While maintaining, the supplement budget is very minimal. products such as creatine are no longer a necessity. Be sure to include a reliable protein powder, a multivitamin/mineral, an omega 3-6-9 and/or fish oil product perhaps in conjunction with a joint care supplement to top off a complete maintenance stack. These supplements will assist in reaching daily biological requirement levels and assist in any cellular function or repair.

Francesco Casillo
Francesco Casillo
2005 Musclemania Superbody Champion.

Week #41 - 12/19/2006
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Bonus Question
Have You Ever Decided To Maintain Your Physique Or Do You Just Keep Setting Newer Goals? Do You Think That You Will Someday Just Try To Maintain What You've Accomplished?

During periods of time where working 10hrs under the sun becomes my typical daily life, maintenance phases are enforced. I look at this as a temporary set back and continue to set goals for the future when uninterrupted training can be resumed. In the very distant future I believe that I will sit back and maintain what I've accomplished but for the time being, I will continue my quest for mass.


3rd Place - Rigit23
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Every once in a while, there is a person who doesn't want to gain or lose weight. They are satisfied with what they have accomplished with their body and perhaps for social or practical reasons; don't want to be any larger or smaller.

As shocking as this may be to us here at, it's reality. Luckily for these people, maintaining a well built physique is not as hard as one may think.

Physique Maintenance
How Can One Maintain Their Physique?

The maintenance of a physique is based on neither gaining weight, be it muscle or fat, nor losing weight. In order to do so, there are several issues one must consider:

1. Diet:

Diet is the most important issue when it comes to maintaining your physique. Making sure you have a proper diet is imperative to maintaining your weight and muscle mass. Here are several important issues that should be addressed regarding diet:

      • In order to maintain your current weight, you must find your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). This rate gives you the number of calories your body would need to maintain your weight, assuming you resting for 24 hours. Since you are going to be active, you can follow this table to find how many calories you must ingest to stay at your current weight.1

Category Definition
Sedentary Little or no exercise and desk job: Multiply RMR by 1.2
Lightly Active Light exercise or sports 1-3 days a week: Multiply RMR by 1.375
Moderately Active Moderate exercise or sports 3-5 days a week: Multiply RMR by 1.55
Very Active Hard exercise or sports 6-7 days a week: Multiply RMR by 1.725
Extremely Active Hard daily exercise or sports and physical job: Multiply RMR by 1.9

Weight -
Activity -

      • Eat a diet rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, and good essential fats. According to the number of calories you should be eating per day, you should have a 40/40/20 Protein/Carbohydrate/Fat ratio in order to ensure enough protein and carbohydrates in your diet. Although you are not trying to gain any more muscle mass, sufficient protein and carbohydrates are necessary to spare muscle tissue for energy.

      • Continue eating 5-7 smaller meals per day. This will keep your metabolism running smoothly, ensuring no gain or loss in weight of any kind.

      • Be sure to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. They are high in fiber and vitamins, which can curb appetite and guarantee a healthy body. Watch sodium levels in foods as well.

2. Working Out:

Although your goal is not to gain or lose weight, it is essential that you continue to put stress on the muscles you worked so hard to build or else they may atrophy. When working out to maintain, there are a few things to keep in mind:

      • You may decrease the intensity of your workout, but not abandon it completely.

      • You should aim for 10-12 repetitions per exercise.

      • If you wish, it would be wise to focus on weak points and defining moves in order to bring out the aesthetic quality of the muscles being worked.

        Ex. Lower Lats, rear delts, etc.

      • Keep workouts roughly an hour's length.

By following both of these rules, maintaining your physique shouldn't be hard at all.

The House
Erik "The House" Fankhouser
NPC Competitor & Writer.
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What Is A Good Workout Routine For Maintenance?

Since muscle gain isn't your prerogative, it isn't necessary to have a day to focus on one certain body part. Full body workouts are key to maintaining muscle mass, while not gaining any further body fat. Full body workouts are needed 4 to 5 days a week to prevent atrophy of the muscle tissue. Use a weight that is physically stressful, yet not overbearing. An example of a 4 day split would be:

To maximize muscle retention, allow 2-3 exercises per body part, 3 sets per exercise. Do 10-12 repetitions and give yourself 30-90 seconds rest between sets.

If you won't be near a gym and you want to maintain muscle mass and strength, do core bodyweight exercises. Do pull-ups, pushups, sit-ups or something with a handle, dips, anything that involves using your muscles.

As for cardio, it's good to do but make sure you don't overdo it. If you go running or jogging, but sure to take account of the calories you may have burned doing so and resupply accordingly.

Maintenance Diet
What Should Ones Diet Look Like For Maintenance?

As stated above, a diet rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, and essential fats is absolutely needed to maintain a well developed physique.

Overall, the diet for maintenance isn't too different from a diet for adding muscle mass. The only difference is that you are consuming fewer calories and smaller portions per meal. It is also crucial that you drink around a gallon to 2 gallons of water a day for overall health benefits. Good foods to eat are the following from each category:

-> Protein:

    • Chicken Breast
    • Lean cuts of meat
    • Egg whites
    • Tuna and other kinds of fish
    • Dairy products (watch fat and sugar content)

-> Carbohydrates:

    • Sweet potatoes
    • Yams
    • Brown Rice
    • Oatmeal
    • Whole Wheat Bread

-> Fats:

    • Fish Oil
    • Avocado
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Sparingly)
    • Olives
    • Almonds

Including these foods in your diet is vital to maintaining a healthy bodyweight and ensuring your getting appropriate nutrition.

Which Supplements Are Good For Maintenance?

When it comes to maintaining your physique, there are 2 important supplements to take.

1. Whey Protein:

Whey protein is necessary post-workout to prevent catabolism of muscle tissue. Whey is needed to ensure that you have enough protein in your diet and to keep cortisol and other catabolic hormones away from your precious muscle tissue!

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2. Multivitamin:

A multivitamin is critical in guaranteeing that you are consuming sufficient vitamins and minerals, good for overall health. Athletes require greater amounts of vitamins and minerals so a potent multivitamin would be a great buy!

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Bonus Question:
Have You Ever Decided To Maintain Your Physique Or Do You Just Keep Setting Newer Goals? Do You Think That You Will Someday Just Try To Maintain What You've Accomplished?

Up to this point in my bodybuilding career, I have only set newer goals rather than maintain what I already have. However, I do maintain if I am going on vacation or going to someplace where I will not be able to work out.

I am a natural bodybuilder and will never resort to illegal performance enhancement drugs. Therefore eventually I am going to reach my body's peak and I will be unable to gain anymore muscle mass. Will I admit defeat and stop working out? Of course not!


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Steroid Temptations.
You are either a bodybuilder who takes drugs like anabolic steroids and growth hormone or you're a bodybuilder who doesn't. The debate continues about whether to take them or not.
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I will maintain what I have, work on perfecting my physique, and continue competing! When that day comes, I won't be scared and hide from it. I will allow myself to go to a whole new level of bodybuilding, the level where so much mass has been obtained, maintenance is the only option!

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When you are completely exhausted from your regular demanding routine and just want to take a break, there are a few things you might need to know so that all your hard work doesn't go to waste. If you stick to the plans that are going to be laid out for you, I guarantee you the next time you go back to your regular schedule, you will be right where you left off.

Physique Maintenance
How Can One Maintain Their Physique?

One of the major factors in maintaining your physique, not to mention one of the biggest factors in bodybuilding is your diet! Without a proper diet in place, you can say goodbye to your progress.

Here are a few things to remember for the maintenance if muscle:

    • Keep your caloric intake in check. Make sure to keep up your intake so that you don't lose any weight. When you starve yourself, your metabolism may change and you may end up burning your muscle tissue for energy.

    • Make sure you get plenty of protein and carbohydrates. Without protein, you aren't going to be able to keep your anabolic state and will lose muscle. Protein and carbs go hand in hand. Even if you are getting enough protein, if you aren't getting the proper carbohydrate intake, you are going to lose muscle!

    • Even though you are taking a break, your muscles are still going to need a little stimulation. Although it is a fairly slow process, your muscles can still atrophy to a minor extent. The longer your break, the more muscle you could lose. So don't sit around all day, do something!

    • Don't drink too much alcohol! If you keep yourself in moderation, you will be fine, just don't over do it! Alcohol in excess can mess up your hormones and also has been shown in studies to induce a catabolic state in your muscles!


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And a few things to remember to keep that weight off:

    • Just like with maintaining muscle, watch your caloric intake. Make sure that you keep your intake to a level that your body can handle without having to store the excess calories, which will make you gain fat. You don't have to starve yourself, just make sure you keep yourself in check.

    • You are going to need to keep your metabolism in a normal range. When your metabolism changes, you could start storing fat and that is not what you want! To keep your metabolism in a normal range, there are two major things you can do:

        1. Stay Active.

        1. Eat Right.

    • Eating right is extremely important. Don't eat tons of junk food. Fruits and vegetables are your friends! Eat things that don't have tons of fat, and can actually give you the nutrients you need to stay healthy!

What Is A Good Workout Routine For Maintenance?

A routine for maintenance is very simple. Since you are simply maintaining and taking a break, there is no reason to push yourself. One or two quick full-body routines a week and a touch of cardio will ensure that you don't get any negative results from your break. A simple full-body workout could be:

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But hey, if you are really serious about taking a vacation and don't want to hit the gym at all, there is really no problem with that. Just follow the tips I mentioned above and you will be golden. You can also do a few exercises, such as squats, lunges, curls, and pushups at home with free weights. Be sure to stretch! Also, jogging for ten minutes or so can give you the cardio you need.

Maintenance Diet
What Should One's Diet Look Like For Maintenance?

During maintenance, your diet really doesn't have to change all that much. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but eat right and monitor your caloric intake! You are on a break, but you can't let yourself go. A few healthy things to eat include:

    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Fish (Tuna!)
    • Lean meats
    • Eggs
    • Low-fat dairy products
    • Food low in fat and sodium

The list can go on, but those are some basics things you can eat to stay healthy. Taking a daily multi-vitamin is recommended also. Again, the point is to control your caloric intake and to provide yourself with all the protein, vitamins, and minerals your body needs.

Which Supplements Are Good For Maintenance?

There is certainly a vast selection of supplements out there. In my mind, there are a few that stand out.

Optimum 100% Whey

In my eyes, this protein supplement simply can't be beat. It has many awards to back me up, including Supplement of the Year and Protein Powder of the Year for two years running from! There is no doubt this is one of the best protein supplements out there

Nutrex Lipo 6

    • Nutrex Lipo 6

This is another top of the line supplement. The fat-burning results of this product are astounding and this product is definitely something anyone with losing weight and keeping it off should try out. On top of that, it also gives you tons of energy!

AST Multi Pro 32x

This is my personal favorite multi-vitamin. It is very potent stuff made for athletes that will give you everything your body needs. It is also one of the cheaper multi-vitamins out there, and there aren't very many pills to take.

These are a few of my favorite supplements and would be excellent for maintenance.

Bonus Question:
Have You Ever Decided To Maintain Your Physique Or Do You Just Keep Setting Newer Goals? Do You Think That You Will Someday Just Try To Maintain What You've Accomplished?

Every once in a while, yes, I decide to start maintaining once I reach a goal I set or if I think it's time I need a break. While I am on leave, I always follow the steps that I outlined in this article and I come back to the gym feeling rejuvenated and ready to set after my newest goal.

I don't think I am the kind of person that will really just stop making bodybuilding gains. Bodybuilding is a huge part of my life now, and setting goals and accomplishing them keeps me going. I am 5'10 and under 10% body fat, so when I reach around 220 lbs, I will probably consider stopping for a while. I don't want to be too huge, but I certainly don't want to be just above average.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I did writing it!