“You Want the Stress”: 54-Year-Old Beast Mike O’Hearn Clears the Air Surrounding the Correlation of Cutting and Loss in Strength

Published 12/04/2023, 11:32 AM EST

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When it comes to the world of bodybuilding, people tend to believe that the sport is only about creating a massive physique. Many think that a person has strength only when he is bulky enough, however, powerlifting is way beyond just building muscles and getting big.

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It is also associated with the conditioning of the body and building a good muscle-mind connection. To add to that, sometimes, lean athletes often tend to outweigh bodybuilders with huge aesthetics. In one of his Q&A videos, the Titan of bodybuilding, Mike O’Hearn clears the air that relates cutting with loss of strength.

Mike O’Hearn bursts myths about the process of cutting 

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In a video uploaded on his official YouTube channel, Mike O’Hearn shared snippets from a session at the gym. In the video, he was asked about how people start dropping weights when they are cutting because they think they have lesser strength and whether it is a mental construct.

He stated that a lot of people think that they are supposed to go lighter when they are trying to cut down. Taking an example of a kid he had met the other day, whose ideology of bodybuilding only meant gaining muscles, he also mentioned that it is far more than just that. However, as he goes on talking about how the kid was very proud of working out only on machines, he emphasizes the importance of the stress level, while lifting weights while one is undergoing the process of cutting.

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He said, “The stress level was very minute and he was trying to find ways to cause less stress to the body and he was proud of it and I’m like again, that’s not the point of it. And so again you’re supposed to go the best you can without injuries and pain that yes, but stress, you want the stress!” Mike O’Hearn once even spoke about the ideal time to dry out in between workouts.

Mike O’Hearn’s suggestion of the perfect timing for a dry-out

According to Mike O’Hearn, a bodybuilder performs the dry-out as the final stage of the process of conditioning. He says, “Dry out in a perfect world is best suited for the end of a program. It’s called prep week.” 

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He suggested that dry-outs work the most effectively when they are done after strength gains and after one has finished the function of the body of removing fat and retaining muscle. Performing a dry-out after that helps the athlete to look pristine. What are your thoughts on the advice of Mike O’Hearn? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Aheli Chakraborty

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I am Aheli Chakraborty, someone who has spent her life in awe of the art and science of bodybuilding. My bodybuilding journey has been a fusion of dedication, sweat, and a relentless pursuit of strength. I've always strived to not only sculpt my body but also test its limits, chasing those elusive PRs.
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