- 02-01-2010, 08:34 AM
So my current regimen is for bulking and im doing the 5x5 program to gain some weight... ive decided to take a week off ALL workouts because i hurt my shoulder doing heavy dips, and ive already read up on it in my Stronglifts 5x5 book and it says that its perfectly ok... I still wanna gain weight this week tho but i dont want it to be body fat Should i still do cardio even tho its a week off? or would that hinder the weight gaining in any way?
- 02-01-2010, 09:19 AM
Yes I too would like to gain muscle mass without working out. Let me know how that goes for you.
- 02-01-2010, 09:28 AM
LOL What im trying to say is that if i do cardio would it backtrack me when i start working out next week?... because i know cardio also reduces muscle mass sometimes
02-01-2010, 09:29 AM
A week off espicially with a shoulder injury would be huge for recovery!! Cardio will help with the Calorie intake you are on. 1 week wont kill you. You could still throw in a good solid leg routine and be ok!!
02-01-2010, 09:43 AM
Yeah cardio's good for your composition I would do it and if you're that concerned just eat a little extra right before and right after the cardio. A week off sometimes can be great, when you come back you are gonna be rested and ready to crush the weights.
02-01-2010, 09:53 AM
Alright thanks for the solid advice guys... as far as legs go i cant do a leg workout because 5x5 is EXTREMELY strict as far as changing a routine or skipping excercises so ill just give the whole week a rest and hit it next week... this is perfect to enroll in the gym by my house with my week free membership cuz its been raining lately and i cant run outside
02-01-2010, 10:13 AM
Take your week. Stay with the Cardio. I recomend icing your shoulder for 20 minutes twice a day til you return. It makes a world of difference the ice does.
02-01-2010, 11:46 AM
02-01-2010, 01:32 PM
Do some HIIT and keep the standard diet up and you'll be fine
02-01-2010, 03:00 PM
Should i supplement before and after the cardio?
02-01-2010, 03:08 PM
Brother im ols school. I feel me up a big bag of ice and wrap that sucker to my shoulder for 20-30 minutes. Thats just me. It seems to workicy hot?
02-02-2010, 08:52 AM
my friend says my shoulder pain might be a small tear... my week off should take care of it right?
02-02-2010, 04:18 PM
tend to your shoulder first, man. Take 2 weeks if you need it. A couple of pounds of muscle is not worth getting permanently injured over.
Do the HIIT like mxer657 said. Even regular cardio for a week is not going to kill you unless you start marathon training.
02-03-2010, 12:36 AM
unless your friend is dr. friend see how that week off goes. as far as cardio s concerned i keep it a part of my routine weather im cutting or bulking i find it helps with reach both goals with satisfying results
02-03-2010, 09:00 AM
The week off should help the shoulder some, but may not completely cure it. When you start back, start fairly light with the upper body stuff. Just because you took a week off doesn't mean you should jump right back into heavy lifting immediately. Taking a few weeks to work back up to your "normal" poundages on the upper body work is much better than losing months or more because of a serious shoulder injury.
The cardio during the off week is fine, just don't go crazy with it.
02-03-2010, 01:53 PM
im only doing the cardio 2 the week
02-03-2010, 01:53 PM
but my workout 5x5 book says to start right where u left off...
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