I took a week off last week (planned) after 11 weeks on straigt.. I felt n LOOKED great, better than any point during the training :/
Now I'm back at it and literally after two days of training feel like I've been hit by a bus, motivation is shot and I look swollen bloated n lost mostly all definition and muscle hardness. Also stomach is getting distention and bloat.. Like the second I stress my body, it does this.. The past two times ive taken lay off weeks, I've ended up looking and feeling amazing- makes me think I should stop all thr lifting and doing all the cardio or DRASTICALLY reduce.. Right now im at 4-5 days a week of lifting and 3-4 of cardio.. I utilize heavy compounds plus fst7 techniques, x reps, drop sets, supersets, rest pause. I also do 1.5 mile timed runs for employment testing, hiit sprints, low intensity walking and stairmaster for my cardio.. Sessions r ~2 hours with lifting and cardio n abs done all together. I will split cardio n weights/abs into two session a day if possible.
Point is: why does my body respond so negatively (visually) when I train? And why do things get a million times better when I have off weeks with minimal activity?? It's quite frustrating and confusing- help/advice greatly appreciated - I'm thinking extreme cortisol is the culprit but products formulated to reduce it have never helped, in fact some have worsened the bloating!
how long should layoffs be after 6 to 12 weeks of intense training.I'm Talking omg I can't get out of bed training.. Like maybe the 5-6 days off wasn't enough? Perhaps a full 2 weeks or even like ten days would have been needed due to intensity of training ? Is that too much?