Hi guys, this is my first post here but I have been reading for a couple years.
My question is: Does anybody else gain muscle here when they stop lifting weights? I have basically been lifting nonstop for the past 6 years. I don't think I am overtraining because I don't go every day and I wait until my muscles are no longer sore every time that I lift again and I am making gains. During this time I stopped once for 2 months during a winter break from school and I gained a lot of muscle. I got pretty big stretch marks on the front/ventral side of my armpits ('bout 7") and gained a lot of muscle. I recently started a new job and I have been working so much that I have not been able to get to the gym for a while. It has been about a month but I swear that I am gaining more muscle than I was when I was lifting. I am getting stretch marks on the back/dorsal side of my armpits and I look and feel bigger. The veins in my biceps are becoming more visible, my biceps are getting bigger, etc.
I am tempted to just wait this one out and see how long I keep gaining. Anybody else gain on time off, and how much time do you take off?