Thread: Taking time off.
02-28-2005, 07:05 PM #1
Taking time off.
What is the longest u guys take off from lifting to let yourself get a break. I stopped in October of 2004 and started back up in January. I am having a lot of joint pain in shoulders ,wrists and elbows. Did I take too much time off? I have only lost about 5 - 10% strength which I feel is good, but I ache like a MOFO all the time.
02-28-2005, 07:21 PM #2Associate Member
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thats a long time, i would consider takin a week off, but that would be the extreme most
02-28-2005, 07:25 PM #3Originally Posted by GQplaya
02-28-2005, 08:50 PM #4
i was off for about 1 month during finals (may) week and 1 moth during christmas/newyears. i felt like sh*t. hope youll get back into it soon mate. itll come back....eventually.
03-01-2005, 04:09 AM #5
They say it's good to take a 5-7 day break every 4 months or so. You get better results this way. I've had many friends that had gone for 5-6 months or so take 5 or 6 days off and go back to the gym and their strength had gone up.
03-01-2005, 02:08 PM #6New Member
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October to January is more than a recovery break. Taking a break that long(at least for me) would go beyond full recovery and into atrophy and gettin weaker. I gotta go with gq and say that a solid week off is a good time to take off to come back in refreshed. I take a week off prolly every other month, and when I come back(I always lead off with bench after a break) Im stronger on the lifts.
03-01-2005, 04:03 PM #7
time off is good but not too much.
be sure to keep diet in check while off.
03-01-2005, 05:57 PM #8Originally Posted by Jantzen4k
03-01-2005, 06:22 PM #9Originally Posted by general31
03-01-2005, 06:29 PM #10
Thanks Jantzen, I think I will go shoot myself now
03-01-2005, 07:00 PM #11
Agreed, that's more than a break. Detraining definitely took place. You should incorporate an "unloading week" or "reduced volume phase" into your workouts. This will allow for recovery and you will not have to take a week off.
03-01-2005, 07:04 PM #12
Some good sound advice. thanks Hyper. I don't think I will do it again. It was fun eating like a pig but I got a little caught up in the s**t for too long.
03-01-2005, 07:20 PM #13
Dont worry I had to take from October to Feb off since I injured my elbows.. But I kept diet n cardio in check
03-01-2005, 07:37 PM #14Originally Posted by needmorestrength
how do you/is it possible to keep diet in check during CHRISTMAS & NEWYEARS?!?!?!?!
03-01-2005, 07:42 PM #15Originally Posted by Jantzen4k
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