I used to do weights and go to the gym regularly from the age of 13 up until I was 16, I stopped because I moved and just never got around to taking it up again, I continued to play sport 3 times a week though.
Last week I signed up to a gym as I felt that I was lacking power in order to compete in rugby matches as I just moved up an age group. I started doing weights as I used to and was shocked to find that My strength had decreased massively since I last went to the gym, When I was 16 I could bench-press 80Kg (176 pounds) but This week I was struggling with 50Kg (110 pounds)!!
I am now 20 so I have had a 4 year break from the gym, during this time I have lost about 5kg in weight, was 80Kg and I am now 75Kg, so I definitely lost muscle but I don't really look like I lost much as I am still pretty much as muscular as I was when stopped going to the gym...to the eye anyway!
Does this visible but seemingly useless muscle mean that I should regain my strength fairly quickly? It is sort of lying dormant?
Does anyone have any experience of restarting weight-training after an extended break?
Thanks for any replies