How Often Do you take breaks from working out?

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  1. 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?

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    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.
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  3. I deload every 6-8 weeks and take a full week off everything 12-14 weeks.
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  4. 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!

  5. 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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  6. 3x a week haha

  7. I took one week off for the first time in 2 years a few weeks ago.
    Bench - 355
    Squat - 405
    Deadlift - 600

  8. Quote Originally Posted by jcr1 View Post
    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?
    Ideally, you should take a complete week off every 8-12 weeks - the more trained you are, the longer you can go before taking time off - and when it says take a week off, give your body a COMPLETE break from ALL training.

    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.


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  9. Good Info here! Like it, lets hear more!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. i train dc so i take a week off followed by a light week about every 10 weeks

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by Type O Hero View Post
    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.
    I think there are a myriad of factors that play into this: age, sleep, season, training cycle, stress, work/school, etc. I can still have gains even when I am in a CNS fatigued state, but that's mainly plowing through mentally. I can tell when I am fatigued/unmotivated the entire week that I need at least a deload.
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  17. 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

  18. Keep it up!

  19. 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).

  20. i only take one week break for my self.taking long period of break, i might LOSS my good shape.

  21. 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.

  22. Cool.

  23. Good topic i think about this my self.

  24. 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.

  25. Cool thanks might have to check that book out! I also heard the book muscle was a good one!?
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