i have been training 5 times a week for 9months now. ive made some nice gains and im happy at the moment but want to be bigger. 25pounds bigger in fact.
however, ive lately been thinking of having maybe a week off. possibly 2.
if i do this however, i will feel totally guilty and hate not going to the gym as i believe im losing out on time in the gym.
could i have a week, 2 weeks, 3weeks off, (i'll still be doing cardio by playing sports though) and still keep all of my gains and strength??
take one week off from most physical activity, but dont start eating like ****, and youl come back and feel better then ever
From time to time and especially after 9 months @ 5 times a week training a week or two weeks rest will do you the world of good.
Not gonna lose much muscle at all and if anything will come back a little stronger.
I know you'll feel guilty but I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Height 6ft 1"
Current Weight 200lbs
200lbs @ 10%bf
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Originally Posted by Built
I recently had a week off, after my first 5 months, and it did me a lot of good. I came back refreshed and I was also able to increase my progressive loading.
I don't think 2 weeks is necessary, but it won't hurt.
I'd say have a week off, and at the end of the week see if you feel like lifting, if not another week of rest won't hurt.
If you take a third week off, some of the bigger guys on this forum will come round to your house and hand you your ass LOL
Last edited by JConrad; 08-20-2006 at 02:58 PM.
You should definitely take at least a week off, if not 2.
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I took six weeks off when my child was born. I came back stronger than ever... I sure needed that rest... It really helps the body in my opinion.
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You could easily take a week off and not worry about losing anything. IMHO, over two weeks of no training whatsoever and you're going to start detraining more than you'd probably like. If you're doing other sports, then I wouldn't worry about 3 weeks off at all.
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