How Often Do you take breaks from working out?
10-26-2010 12:07 PM
I train 5-6 days a week and never take a week "off". I Deload every fourth week which is a reduction in the intensity and volume but I'm never going a week without doing at least one intense conditioning day and one max effort lift day.
10-30-2010 04:16 AM
11-01-2010 02:36 AM
Good topic i think about this my self.
11-01-2010 06:57 PM
While the suggestions on this page may work for the individual who wrote them, what is more important is what your own body can handle. As someone said, what really matters in weight training is progressive poundages. If you can keep adding weight to the bar WHILE MAINTAINING STRICT FORM, then you are taking enough time off. More often than not, people are over training. Consider finding the book "Beyond Brawn" at the library or at a book store. Its training gold in my opinion.
11-01-2010 11:44 PM
Cool thanks might have to check that book out! I also heard the book muscle was a good one!?
11-02-2010 11:08 PM
as a college athlete, i usually a week off after a 10+ weeks of training in the offseason. but that is just for overtraining purposes and staying healthy as possible for the athletic season because the season is just like working out, your body takes a beating.
11-02-2010 11:29 PM
Originally Posted by swan1209
It all depends on what my body is telling me. May be every other day, may be after 6 consecutive days. I havent taken a whole week since i started 3 years ago. That would be far from optimal for me..
Suffer now.. and live like a champion later.
11-03-2010 07:48 PM
11-03-2010 07:57 PM
Most people do not believe in abbreviated training. When they stop making progress, they add more sets, workouts, or days. They are never willing to try less. There is phobia of taking time off thinking you would shrink or lose all your gains if you train less or take time off.
Originally Posted by swan1209
11-04-2010 07:48 PM
Originally Posted by fadi
Are you a fan of abbreviated training? I did Mike Menzter's Consolidated training for a while a few winters ago and i was adding poundage to my lifts but I started adding volume and frequency in order to cut up for a spring break trip, which of course killed my gains. I'm back at it now after struggling with the more conventional routines with excessive volume, frequency and duration. I'm planning on sticking with it now for at least a year to truly put it to the test. In theory, progressive poundages are all you need!
It would be good to hear from others who have had success with this style of training. I have faith in the author and i feel fortunate to have discovered the book Beyond Brawn relatively early in my life, without it I would have continued down the non productive path I was following.
Also a note, Mike Mentzer has some books out that pertain to weight training for the "average" person. Even though he was blessed with awesome genetics, Mentzer understood that for a person with "average" genetics, abbreviated training was not only optimal, but required in order to make progress. Mike is a much larger advocate of intensity than the author of Beyond Brawn. Both recommend short infrequent workouts.
11-04-2010 09:08 PM
Yeah I trained for 3 years using the "traditional" way and made good gains. I took 3 years off training, then I started working out again about 5 months ago using abbreviated training.
I wasn't following specific training and it was not on purpose. I just did not want to work as hard anymore at age 38. I just reduced the volume and trained 3 times a week. then started shaping my workouts as I read Heavy Duty II, Brawn and Beyond Brawn.
In 5 months so far, I regained my arms size and added an extra 1/2". I'm up 20lbs (some is fat though) and I have not hit a platue on weights yet. Waiting to hit my first platue so I can cycle. I've also taken a week off every 4 to 6 weeks due to work travel during the 5 months. The funny thing is that I am still not lifting as much weight as I used to. I have long way before I reach my previous weights.
I just switched to two times a week training, today was my first day on it. Training Monday and Thursday.
I have Mike's books, I like Beyond Brawn much better. I could only deal with Mike's ego and his lust to be recognized as a phylosopher for so long Heavy Duty II didn't really have as much information as you will find in Beyond Brawn but it was the first book on the subject and I like it for its "historic/classic" significance if for anything.
11-04-2010 10:15 PM
Nothing wrong with abb. training!
11-10-2010 07:46 PM
Fadi, I agree with your comments on Menzter. Beyond Brawn is like a bible to me. I found it quite reassuring that a man like Mentzer who was obviously genetically blessed, had ideal training conditions and egotistical could come to the same conclusions that a man like Stuart McRobert came to when it comes to effective training. It seems most people who share the genetic endowment and training conditions that Menzter had are advocating high volume, high frequency "traditional" routines. To take two men from completely different situations and get the same "findings" is proof to me that there is merit to abbreviated training.
11-11-2010 08:41 AM
Only times I take off is if I get sick.
Heck even when I am usually "off" on weekends I get depressed and want to head to the gym.
11-11-2010 06:12 PM
Ive been hearing alot of post about people saying that the only time they take a break from training is when they get sick. Well did it ever occure to anyone that maybe you got sick from overtraining? I have heard from several sources that overtraning will weaken your immune system. Thus, catching a cold etc. Also i have heard that overtraining can lead to restless, insomina, sore joints, and a few other things. So how bout we try and deload once in a while and see how our health goes??
11-12-2010 05:41 AM
I never take breaks if there is no real need (injury). But my light week (or actually light 10 days) is after 6-8 weeks of hard training..
11-12-2010 10:16 AM
Don't get sick that often. I am usually in the gym 5 days a week and two off though. So that may contribute for it.
Originally Posted by jcr1
12-04-2010 11:58 AM
12-04-2010 04:18 PM
taking breaks help get plateaus.
for beginner lifters 1 week break should be taken after the first 8-12 weeks of training.
12-04-2010 04:33 PM
Strategic de-loading and breaks are crucial to muscle maintenence, particularly after age 40. Experience teaches physiology.
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