Missing reps frequently (please help!)

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    My diet, sleep and recovery is 1000% on point and I train to failure. My bloodwork is great. My total T is at 700+, free test also top.


    My gym performance always fluctuates a lot and I keep missing reps – that means for example, if I managed to do 7 reps with 20kg, the next session I might only be able to do 5 reps with the same weight.

    This happens a lot.

    It makes it hard to gauge process – because the next sessions I might hit 6,6,6,7,6,7,7 reps and feel like I’m progressing even though I was at 7 reps weeks ago already. It goes up and down and sometimes I waste months like this before realizing I didn’t progress at all or very barely in that particular exercise.

    -> So what can I do? Should I reduce weight if I can’t progress 3 sessions in the row? Or replace exercise if I can’t progress within a certain time frame?

    – If I tell people about my problem, the answer is usually to eat more. I did that during my last bulk and gained the perfect amount of boweight per week – only to realize after 6 months, that I just gained fat (finally skinny-fat!).

    – The funny thing is, I seem to have less fluctuations when I eat less. During my first diet with only 1xxx calories I actually could increase my weights quicker than before. No clue why and not sure if this was coincidence with something else – since it doesn’t make sense that I’m stronger when I eat less.


    I’m training since 2 years and I still look like I’ve never seen a gym from the inside. I always made only minimal strength gains. Newbie gains never came.

    I have no clue what I’m doing wrong. And at this point I’m pretty desperate because I’m training and tracking my nutrition with insane discipline.

    I also try to standardize form and count in my head every eccentric to have the same tempo every time.

    I have to add, that with the Hypertrophy coach Programms, I am seeing a little improvement when it comes to missing reps. I did the fullbody 2.0 where I had very little fluctuations. Now I’m doing “your better half”, where i can progress some exercises pretty linearly. However, with dips, hammer curls, preacher curl and tricep extensions I have fluctuations every week.


    I would lower down to the minimal amount of volume for the time being. Watch all the videos in the guidance section for a better foundation on what is going to matter long term in the gym experience

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