How Often Do you take breaks from working out?

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  1. 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.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by swan1209 View Post
    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.
    Agreed.

    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.
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  3. Makes sense!

  4. Quote Originally Posted by swan1209 View Post
    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.
    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.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by fadi View Post
    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.
    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.
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  6. Hey Swan,

    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.

  7. Nothing wrong with abb. training!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 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..

  12. Quote Originally Posted by jcr1 View Post
    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??
    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.

  13. Thats prob it!

  14. taking breaks help get plateaus.
    for beginner lifters 1 week break should be taken after the first 8-12 weeks of training.

  15. Strategic de-loading and breaks are crucial to muscle maintenence, particularly after age 40. Experience teaches physiology.

  16. I agree, i think i broke threw plateaus with the help of de-loading for 2 weeks.

  17. If you feel like you need to take a break, then take a break.

    Most of the time I can go to the gym and have really good workouts and get really good pumps but after weeks and weeks of consistent training, I start to feel more tired all the time and my pumps don't come as strong. So I'll take a break for 5-7 days and when I come back to the gym I feel very fresh. I'm thinking the next break I take will be even longer than that, like 9-10 days to see what happens.

    In my experience a break every so often is never a bad idea. I've come off of a break a little weak, but after a week or so I'm back to where I was and then I can go from there. And as far as size retention goes, don't worry about losing any serious mass from a week of break as long as you're still eating well. Keep the protein high, but not as high as you would on a bulk. You wouldn't need any more than 1g per pound of bodyweight since you won't have as high of a demand for protein during this period as you would if you were lifting daily.

    Also, keep in mind you're resting your central nervous system as well as your muscle tissue.

  18. I believe that if you feel like a week or so break will hurt you, then you are FAR from where you want to be, I take a week off usually after every 5 - 6, and I clean my system that weak of pretty much all supps, cept protein bc that morning shake is tatted lol cant not take it
    some things ive realised with this method,
    1. Always come back on stronger
    2. I look at creatine more respectfully after every flush, it actually feels like a product and not a multi vitamin
    3. Feel refreshed and motivation is out the yang, always wanting to hit the weights

  19. I trained the whole year,and i am taking this last 2 weeks of December off,and go back January 3erd..

  20. Sounds good to me! Enjoy ur time off!
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