Feeling sluggish - should I take a break?

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    Aug 11, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    I've been working out really hard for the past two months, basically 6 days a week doing something - 4 times a week at the gym with weights and cardio and two days of just cardio.

    Feeling a bit sluggish at the gym lately. Very low energy and its a struggle to get through my routines.

    I read somewhere that it's not a bad idea to take a week off every couple of months to rest. Do some light weights, some cardio, but mostly just rest

    Was wondering if anyone else did that or am I just being a wus?
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    Aug 11, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/overtraining.html

    RICE.eduThe most common symptom is fatigue. This may limit workouts and may be present at rest. The athlete may also become moody, easily irritated, have altered sleep patterns, become depressed, or lose the competitive desire and enthusiasm for the sport. Some will report decreased appetite and weight loss. Physical symptoms include persistent muscular soreness, increased frequency of viral illnesses, and increased incidence of injuries.
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    Aug 11, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    adam228 saidhttp://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/overtraining.html

    RICE.eduThe most common symptom is fatigue. This may limit workouts and may be present at rest. The athlete may also become moody, easily irritated, have altered sleep patterns, become depressed, or lose the competitive desire and enthusiasm for the sport. Some will report decreased appetite and weight loss. Physical symptoms include persistent muscular soreness, increased frequency of viral illnesses, and increased incidence of injuries.



    Thanks for that article. I think that is what I am experiencing for sure.

    I'm going to take a week off, without feeling guilty.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Aug 11, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    Why not trying to go 4 or 5 times a week instead of 6 you'll feel less burnt out that way! If you take a week off and go 6 days a week you might start getting lazy and stop going all together!
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    I find that if I am disciplined for months, and then take a week off, and sleep a lot, my muscles grow bigger during that week.
  • waccamatt

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    Aug 11, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    When I'm feeling sluggish before the gym I go and get some frozen yogurt before going and I always have a good workout after that. icon_smile.gif It's ok to take afew days off, also, to rejuvenate yourself.
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    Cool. I hope that happens for me!
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    Sounds like you burned your body out. Give it a rest and watch how much stronger you come back. Your frequency is awfully high!
  • Glorfindel

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    Aug 11, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    As my triathlon coach has told me, rest days are very important.

    With all the training that you're doing, the days off are just as important as the days you're training. You don't just build muscle during the workouts. You probably build more strength during the recovery periods which is when your muscles can heal and repair themselves to be even stronger.

    So take the days off. In the end, those are what will make you stronger than the constant training. icon_smile.gif
  • justinlee86

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    Aug 11, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    Yeah personally after a few months of hard training I like to take off a week or two. I actually grow a bit during that time since my body is actually getting a chance to recover.
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:46 PM GMT
    canadaguy48_vic saidI've been working out really hard for the past two months, basically 6 days a week doing something - 4 times a week at the gym with weights and cardio and two days of just cardio.

    Feeling a bit sluggish at the gym lately. Very low energy and its a struggle to get through my routines.

    I read somewhere that it's not a bad idea to take a week off every couple of months to rest. Do some light weights, some cardio, but mostly just rest

    Was wondering if anyone else did that or am I just being a wus?

    For me I'm like that depending the time of day I work out. I know that I have the most energy at night/after dinner so I do all of my workouts then.
  • Montague

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    Aug 11, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    Do cocaine or Vampire blood before each workout to see improved results.
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    Aug 12, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    Things that affect development/training progress, in no particular order:

    1. Working the muscle(s) to failure
    2. Supplying sufficient water
    3. Supplying sufficient fuel/food
    4. Allowing enough time for rest
    5. Having healthy organ function
    6. Having healthy brain function
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    Aug 12, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    Take a week or two off from training. You'll feel like a new man when you start back.
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    Aug 12, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidTake a week or two off from training. You'll feel like a new man when you start back.


    I'm thinking about doing that. If I do, should I adjust my diet too? Like eat less? Or just consume like I usually do? I zig-zag like you do for my diet.