How Often Do you take breaks from working out?
- 09-03-2010, 03:48 AM
How Often Do you take breaks from working out?
So just wondering does anyone take breaks from working out and 4 how long? Im going on 6 months without a week off im thinking about taking a break. I work out 4 days a week. Just started school again, im thinking about taking a couple weeks off from every exercise. I think it will give my muscles a well needed break and i think they will respond well when i come back and hit the weights hard! Whatya think?
- 09-03-2010, 09:31 AM
I think a week out of the gym after 10-12 hard weeks of training is good for your body. It's not something I started doing until more recently, but once I get past the mental roadblock of knowing being out of the gym is actually beneficial, it's good. I like to plan mine around vacations or trips where I know it might be hard to find a gym or the time to work out anyway - works out well.
09-03-2010, 09:33 AM
09-03-2010, 12:26 PM
Time off is very beneficial! myself every 3-4 months. you work hard to keep your body heathy...you should also keep your mind healthy also. sometimes if i get in a rut, i will concentrate on cardio and nutrition and when i come back to the weights, im mentaly and physicaly replenished. time off is great!
09-03-2010, 12:35 PM
i take time off when i get sick, which may be up to a week. but thats the only time i take off.
taking 2 days off in a row is a vacation for me these days, lol.
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09-03-2010, 01:41 PM
09-03-2010, 01:45 PM
I took one week off for the first time in 2 years a few weeks ago.
Bench - 355
Squat - 405
Deadlift - 600
09-03-2010, 02:18 PM
Ideally, easy weeks re intensity or volume should also be added in every 3-4 weeks.
6 months is a bit long without taking a break - unless of course, you only train ~3 times a week and don't do cardio, or are JUST doing cardio.
Take it from an athlete who only ever used to have one week off a YEAR for several consecutive years - your body NEEDS time off! If you don't take it and you're training hard - even with a "deload" week every 3-4 weeks - your overreaching WILL end up becoming overTRAINING, and if you're forced to take time off, it can take months to recover from!
Unless it's required (i.e. professional athlete, etc.), then don't be an idiot, and give your body a break when it needs it.
09-03-2010, 04:06 PM
09-05-2010, 12:52 AM
I know the thing is ive been laid off 4 a while now so i have a lot of time on my hands so working out is no prob! I feel like a bum not working or not doing anything n just sitting on my asss. Plus its hard not 2 work, i absolutely love working out! I luv it! But im gonna take a couple weeks off her starting next week, its gonna be hard not to train.
09-06-2010, 07:25 PM
I am very much against taking weeks off. I do active recovery, i.e. deloads. IMO few people really need a week off physically. They may think they do... I tell my guys deload every few weeks to stay healthy, and take a week off in 5 years, lol.
09-06-2010, 09:59 PM
09-06-2010, 10:09 PM
I always feel better if I keep moving somehow, even if it's ridiculously light stuff. The older I get, the more I stiffen up if I don't do something. I would agree that most people rarely absolutely need a week completely off, it doesn't hurt anything if it happens once in a great while. I usually do a deload of some sort every 3-6 weeks depending on how taxing my training is.
09-07-2010, 03:25 AM
It depends on my training schedule. If I'm doing 6 days a week (3 day split) I'll take a few days off after 4-5 weeks of training. If I feel I need it (If I don't I usually know I'm not pushing myself hard enough...)
It really boils down to knowing how hard you can push without being lazy or smashing yourself into the ground. I used to be able to go for weeks on end without a break... Now I need to take them more often.
10-23-2010, 11:27 PM
Here's a question... Say you've been at it for 8+ weeks and you're still seeing progressive progress. Say you pass 12 weeks solid and you're still seeing improvements week by week... Would you want to wait until the gains slow down or still go ahead and take a break?
I know you have to give the CNS a break, but a lot of times I just go by feel. If I feel like I need a break, I take one.
10-24-2010, 02:33 PM
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10-25-2010, 11:23 AM
train for 9 weeks take week 10 off come back stronger on week 11..then do my one rep max for 3 reps..1-3 sets working so far for me
10-25-2010, 11:23 PM
10-26-2010, 02:48 AM
I usually WO EOD but a couple times a year i take a week off. and usually its due to being sick (cold ect.) or other reez (alot of work maybe? lol).
10-26-2010, 06:29 AM
10-26-2010, 01:07 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, 05:16 AM
11-01-2010, 03:36 AM
11-01-2010, 07:57 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.
11-02-2010, 12:44 AM
11-03-2010, 12:08 AM
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.
11-03-2010, 12:29 AM
11-03-2010, 08:48 PM
11-03-2010, 08:57 PM
11-04-2010, 08:48 PM
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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