Having surgery - won't be able to workout for at least 2-3 weeks

  • DCguy2001

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    Dec 23, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    Has anyone else had to suddenly stop working out for 2-3 weeks? What kind of changes in your physical appearance did you notice after long layoff from the gym?

    I've been working out 5x/week for the last 2 years -- there were a few trips when I went 5-7 days without out, which was bad enough...but 3 weeks?! I plan on maintaining a healthy diet, but I'm still worried. It's been slow progress in the gym - I hate the idea of backsliding at all...
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    Dec 23, 2008 5:54 AM GMT
    A couple of years ago, I screwed up my right elbow at the gym. I found that I had to take off about two months altogether from working out. I could have done legs and cardio and abs, and I kept trying to make myself do them, but I didn't feel like it.

    I was surprised at how little muscle I lost over that time and how little strength I'd lost when I started up again. (Of course, I fear that someone will post, "But you have no muscle. What are you talking about?")

    When I went back, starting cautiously at first with much shorter workouts than what I had been doing, I found that I hadn't lost much strength.

    Prior to that, I'd been working out for about 26 years with hardly a break, though I'm sure you haven't been working out that many years.

    Another odd thing was that even though I kept telling myself to eat less, I kept eating as much as usual but I didn't gain any weight.

    I'm guessing you'll be fine with two or three weeks off.

    And maybe it's been slow progress for you at the gym, but judging from your pics, you look fantastic.
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    Dec 23, 2008 7:10 AM GMT
    i didnt feel like eating most of the time. i became a heavy 145lbs (:
  • swimbikerun

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    Dec 23, 2008 7:13 AM GMT
    I went from doing my first Ironman last year to breaking my arm and not doing anything for about four months.
    I've stuck to my diet though and only put on about ten pounds. It seems a long road back back but health comes and goes. The overall trajectory is much more positive than in years past.
  • DCguy2001

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    Dec 23, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys.

    Swimbikerun, I hope your arm heals OK!
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    Dec 23, 2008 10:53 PM GMT
    You shouldn't loose much if anything if you keep your protein intake high enough. That's 1.5-2g protein per pound of body weight.
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    Dec 23, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    2-3 weeks? Thats nothing... I wouldnt stress. Take it as time for your body to have a rest and then really kick ass when you get back to the gym. Keep my metabolism going though!

    I had back surgery and couldnt work out for about 3-4 months! I got a little doughey and lost strength... when I got back lifting I was only doing about 60-70% of before but got up to 90% in just about a month. Now after a few months im just about back to 100% of what I did before.

    Good luck!
  • swimbikerun

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    Dec 24, 2008 6:25 AM GMT
    DC_guy_1999 saidThanks, guys.

    Swimbikerun, I hope your arm heals OK!
    Thanks! It's on its way... I should be fully healed in March!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 24, 2008 6:31 AM GMT
    If you've been working 5x a week for 2 years, your body could probably use a break. Just look at it as a time for rejuvenating muscle tissue so that when you do get back to the gym you'll be stronger than ever. It will take a week to bounce back after the break.
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    Dec 24, 2008 9:59 AM GMT
    Last January I missed about 10 days because of a lung infection that left me without any energy whatsoever. Took awhile to get back into it. Now I have a sore left shoulder that I am resting so I am losing muscle mass on my arms. When I cannot do cardio I cut back on my caloric intake which helps me keep my weight around 155. It is an interesting challenge at this time of year, but I like that.