Muscle fiber recruitment(or lack there of after wrestling season)

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    aomeara21
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    Background: I’ve been lifting in between wrestling seasons since freshman year (seniors now) and every year I start very strong and by the end, with the combination of weight cutting and adaptation to a more endurance and energy sparing requirements when wrestling for 2/3 hour practices, my strength is way down. However I don’t feel it’s completely strength it’s more ability to recruit all fibers when going all out (like a sprint).

    This year ran a powerlifting program running up to this season and planned to continue maintenance and saw a great improvement in power output which is expected and it lead to greater stimulus when doing any slightly higher reps

    Question: when going back into a hypertrophy program from a ‘detrained’ state would running a power focused >5 lead to a quicker relearning of how to recruit all fibers and power output before leading into any higher more hypertrophy focused rep ranges?

    Also for maintenance as much strength and power while avoiding as much atrophying as possible throughout the season would you recommend power or hypertrophy(non metabolic but tension) focus while lifting?

    Thank you

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    BryceBahm
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    aomeara21
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    Thank you for the reply that makes a lot of sense. Ya my main gauge I’ve felt indicated the recruitment is during sprints so at the beginning I can feel acceleration up to a way faster top speed during anaroabic cardio and later into the season I slow down, my top speed is slower agility switching directions is slower and less explosive. This is where i felt I got the indication that it was not strength going down but mostly power

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