Scared to take a Week off.

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    Jul 23, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
    So, I've read enough articles to know that every once in awhile it is necessary to take a week off from lifting so that you're body can recuperate and all that great stuff. But for some reason i'm like scared shitless to do it.

    Here's the deal. last august i weighed 165. In may i weighed 194. I stopped taking whey protein and now i weigh 185. I want to change my regimen and start taking protein again, but iw ant to take a week off beforehand so my muscles will be nice and fresh. It is seriously possible for me to loose ten lbs in a week if i'm not working out, which is why i'm so nervous. But oh well it must be done... i guess i'm just ranting.
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    Jul 23, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    if you lose 10lb in a week it is poo or water.

    Stop your hyperventilating and rest. Just donĀ“t let your eating fall to bits. Full stop.
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    Jul 28, 2010 9:26 AM GMT
    if that worried about loss of mass. then def would do active rest just get in there enuf just to cause joints to fully function and also to get blood flowing . but lostboy is right its probably just water weight. nothing to be concerned with
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    Jul 28, 2010 9:45 AM GMT
    Last week was my week off. I do this approximately once every two months.

    Off subject a bit, why do so many of you guys fall for supplements? You can get everything you need and more out of a good diet than anything you could buy at a GNC.

    I've gone through this on my own, and I've watched and mentored many friends who used to be into supplements. Besides the jackass who decided to start shooting HGH into his veins, not once did anybody see a difference b/t supplmements (e.g., packaged protein) and a good diet. In fact, many saw better gains when they stuck to a good diet and steered clear of protetin powders. Originally, they preached about the benefits of powders, but no longer.

    Sorry, but no amount of whey protein will prove as beneficial to muscle development and health than a good old-fashioned piece of chicken. But I guess that's too simple for many of you to comprehend.
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    Jul 28, 2010 10:08 AM GMT
    Over the years, I've bought into many false belief systems, including this one.

    The power of the placebo cannot be overstated.

    I'm all for it as long as it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg. Otherwise, it should be discredited when possible, and when practical.

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    Jul 28, 2010 10:13 AM GMT
    First, I agree with LostBoy, if you loose any mass, it wasn't real mass. Taking a week off will show you what you've REALLY accomplished. Don't be discouraged by it, just utilize it as motivation to put that mass back on as real muscle instead of water or residual lactic acid (and lactic acid, as I'm sure you know, is bad for you anyway).

    Second, Protein is a perfectly fine supplement to utilize on a regular basis. It is not always about the immediate result from lifting. Protein is often utilized by people who do not take in enough calories from regular eating, often because of their schedule. For instance, if you're a full time graduate student, you might not have the time or money to be eating enough. Now, taking creatine all the time is a completely different story; you should be cycling on and off of it anyway. If you have creatine in your regimine, I would utilize one of the weeks you are cycling off of it as your rest week.
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    Jul 28, 2010 11:39 AM GMT
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    reppaT said
    Sorry, but no amount of whey protein will prove as beneficial to muscle development and health than a good old-fashioned piece of chicken. But I guess that's too simple for many of you to comprehend.

    Supplements aren't about science, they are about hope.
    Oddly, the RJer who screams loudest about other people's 'false belief systems' has totally bought into this one.


    yeah though in his case the definition of "false" is "not mine".
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    Jul 28, 2010 9:04 PM GMT
    I just took a week off...about to workout after while (ok so I cheated a did some cardio Sunday, but still...not my usual intensity).
    There has been no weight loss or gain during this week (or any other week off) because I control that part with diet. Can't wait to hit a new goal today on bench. I'm shooting for 205 max, 4 reps...did 3 last week.

    In short, think of working out as an extremely hard job that gives you a week of vacation to rest every few weeks of work. When you get "back to work" you'll actually feel better.
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    Jul 30, 2010 12:48 PM GMT
    TMNT saidSo, I've read enough articles to know that every once in awhile it is necessary to take a week off from lifting so that you're body can recuperate and all that great stuff. But for some reason i'm like scared shitless to do it.

    Here's the deal. last august i weighed 165. In may i weighed 194. I stopped taking whey protein and now i weigh 185. I want to change my regimen and start taking protein again, but iw ant to take a week off beforehand so my muscles will be nice and fresh. It is seriously possible for me to loose ten lbs in a week if i'm not working out, which is why i'm so nervous. But oh well it must be done... i guess i'm just ranting.


    It's mostly psychological. Actually, it's completely psychological. You won't lose anything but your pump. Just make sure to eat enough, and eat enough protein so your body doesn't have to burn muscle tissue.

    If you work out hard and often, taking a week off every two months or so is beneficial. It's easy to get to into it that you overtrain.

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    Jul 30, 2010 12:54 PM GMT
    reppaT saidLast week was my week off. I do this approximately once every two months.

    Off subject a bit, why do so many of you guys fall for supplements? You can get everything you need and more out of a good diet than anything you could buy at a GNC.

    I've gone through this on my own, and I've watched and mentored many friends who used to be into supplements. Besides the jackass who decided to start shooting HGH into his veins, not once did anybody see a difference b/t supplmements (e.g., packaged protein) and a good diet. In fact, many saw better gains when they stuck to a good diet and steered clear of protetin powders. Originally, they preached about the benefits of powders, but no longer.

    Sorry, but no amount of whey protein will prove as beneficial to muscle development and health than a good old-fashioned piece of chicken. But I guess that's too simple for many of you to comprehend.


    I eat well but at 260lbs and trying to gain I need to eat a lot of protein. Using protein powder to supplement my meals makes perfect sense - but again, I eat well, complex carbs, lots of veges, lots of meat. Eating well without powder is always going to be better than eating crap with powder,

    Someone injecting HGH into his veins is likely going end up dead, Someone injecting it subcutaneously is most likely going to just get leaner (depending on their age.)

    The only supplements I like are the speedy ones like Jack3d. A witches brew of chems, I know, but I get longer and stronger workouts. All the other overpriced stuff is just marketing. It would be better and safer to use the money on steroids.

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    Jul 30, 2010 1:13 PM GMT

    Ah come on, is this serious?

    What do you do when you go on holidays?

    With injury I've taken a month off the gym and seen very little decrease in strength, with the right diet you won't gain or lose weight.