Week or two break from training

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    May 25, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    I've had some serious gains and I have to go in the field for two weeks so can't get to the gym. I'm just wondering if this is a blessing in disguise or if I'm going to lose what I've gained.
    Is a two week break from training necessarily a bad thing
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    May 26, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    Thanks for the feedback guys I appreciate it. The joints could use a rest as well. All of those sports injuries from my early days are reappearing. I had my golden retriever on glucosamine for years and it worked for him so I started taking it and it took a while to build up in my system but it does work. Just a little FYI unrelated to the topic.
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    May 26, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    I think a week or two off here and there is helpful because it reduces soreness, and when you go back it's easier to change things up. Just watch your diet when you are not working out and reduce calories appropriately.
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    May 27, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    I developed a suspected cervical herniation (MRI and EMG testing pending) and have to take three weeks off from lifting - the neurologist suggested I only walk and pedal on an incumbent bike.

    I hope to make lemonade by upping my cardio and possibly doing a 3-7 day green juice fast (which I'd rather not attempt while lifting). There's conflicting info as to whether I'd lose appreciable muscle mass with that much lifting abstinence and fasting but I figure the break could do me more good than harm.
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    May 27, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
    I seriously doubt that a two week break will ruin two years of progress.
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    May 27, 2013 12:10 PM GMT
    Doesn't make a difference. If anything it'll make a difference for the better.
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    May 27, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    Our bodies need a break to recuperate. Moreover, too much exercising can release the stress hormone cortisol, making us achy, weaker and lethargic. Finally, it's an opportunity to do other activities, whether to walk in nature or swim.
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    Jun 07, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    Thanks guys
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    Jul 03, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    I've been working out sporadically, so I too question whether the work I'm doing is paying off at all. A few months ago I managed to work out one day at the YMCA, but only because they let me come in for the day. If I want to go again, I either have to come in with a member, or pay for a membership. I'd been going to the gym at my former university, but later learned that alumni aren't technically allowed to work out there.

    Just yesterday I finished a three day free trial at a local fitness center, and I'd like to go back. I'm going to look into whether I can pay to work out for a few months just to see how often I'm able to go, and then I'll consider buying a full year membership.

    The sooner I can get settled somewhere, the better.
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    Jul 03, 2013 10:18 PM GMT
    It all depends on how you've trained. If you have overtrained then yes you will see declines, but those declines were going to occur at some time in the future anyway so this is just speeding up the inevitable. If you have been training consistently then the rest period probably will serve as a refreshment and may give your body the needed rest that it has earned.
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    Jul 03, 2013 10:18 PM GMT
    From what I've read, it's recommended that you take break every so often from training to allow your body to fully recuperate. I don't know the exact amount of time or frequency.

    Here is an article from BodyBuilding.com about taking a rest week:

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/russ24.htm
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    Jul 03, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    For what it's worth, both the P90X and Insanity workout programs have a 'rest week' where you're doing less intense, tune-up type workouts to give your body a break and give any possible 'micro-tears' a chance to heal.