I was training (bulking) dedicatedly - 5 days a week for 6 months. However, I went to the World Cup, didn't eat/rest too well and missed almost a month of training.
Here is my concern:
The size I was prior to going to the World Cup, I was content with and ready to start cutting a bit. However, since I had almost a month of no cardio or weight training at all, my body has gone soft. I'm only defined when I flex, whereas I was defined without having to do that. I've put on body fat, no doubt.
Major points to note:
- My chest was well rounded and hard, but after having missed a month - they're still defined yet feel soft and has become pointier at the nipples, as if it's just fat and looks awkward in a tshirt.
- My lower face and neck has picked up an abundance of fat as well.
What do I need to do to get back to where I was?? Do I need to start building again? Have I lost the muscle or is it simply hidden under the fat, waiting to be revealed once more?
Just take it up where you left off.
If you gained fat while you were away im gonna guess that means that you had a caloric surplus, so you should have kept the muscle you had, but its now under fat. I think a cut would do it, im not 100% sure, but im assuming thats what happened.
What was your weight before, and what is it now?
Thanks for the responses. I'll see how it goes - right now the amt of weight I can lift has significantly decreased. It's daunting but I hope I can increase back to where I was in a short time.Originally Posted by HeavyBomber
I took a month off as well.
My strength actually went up during that time surprisingly.
You'll bounce back quicker than you think I bet.
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I wouldn't worry too much you had a once in a lifetime experiance at the World Cup, you will get back to where you were in no time
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I agree with the others. If anything your CNS will be in for a shocker which in the long run will improve your more then otherwise. Just began where you left off. And using that extra LBs you gained and become bigger and stronger.
A lot of us take a week off here or there, some of us do it because we have no other choice some do it because they stalled and figure they need to give CNS a rest, but your month off won't kill you. You'll prob feel sore after the workout but its all natural. Just began where you left off, and you'll be bigger in no time.
And hey the world cup is a once of a lifetime exp for ost, be glad you enjoyed it I know I did.
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I'm taking about a month off starting today because I hurt my back and was too stubborn to let it heal. What can you do though? I plan on dieting down to very low bodyfat and getting ready for my next bulk. It's the best thing I can think to do, you just got to roll with the punches I guess.
I used to go on these monthly, sometimes 2 months sprees of not-lifting and eating whatever. When I went back to lifting, it helped to not think about things so much, rather just lift and lift hard. My body adapted well and acted as though it remembered being in shape and I went right back up to where I was pretty quick. I am talking 135 on bench my arms were shaking( I had like a 200lb bench) but I worked through it and had to re-train my body to do all the lifts. I went back up to where I was within a few weeks to a month.Originally Posted by Warrior10
So, in other words, it's most likely not something to worry about too much. Pack on some serious mass and when you feel like you're huge again, cut a little down to reveal it all!
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Thanks for the responses guys. Very encouraging.
The bodyfat is disturbing me a little, esp in the chest area (pointy nipples and all). I think I am gonna lift heavy for another 2 or 3 weeks, and then start cutting like you guys recommended.
Only issue is that I'll prob put on more fat during this time.
So you're saying that although I've a bit flabbier (but the effects of bulking can still be seen), keep going with high weights to transform the fat into muscle, or use the extra lbs i have to turn muscle then? Essentially, get bigger? Then I can start cutting? Will the fat on my face and stomach decrease as well? Responses appreciated.Originally Posted by LivinItUp