Rest away from the gym

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    Mar 09, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
    Had a look around and something like this has been spoke of but years ago so thought i would make a new one icon_smile.gif

    This coming week i am having a week rest away from the gym my body has been weaker and i have been doing badly in my own opinion training lately, but already i am having withdrawals from not going, as it as become the thing i most enjoy to get away from my other issues, i know it is needed but i just cannot wait until the week is over.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Mar 09, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    Its a shock to the system when you have to stop exercising for breaks or injury. Maybe just a good time to start doing something non-strenuous - go out walking or have a gentle swim after work?

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    Mar 09, 2014 6:38 PM GMT
    suedeheadscot saidIts a shock to the system when you have to stop exercising for breaks or injury. Maybe just a good time to start doing something non-strenuous - go out walking or have a gentle swim after work?

    oh i will continue with my walks with the dog icon_smile.gif also i have got a pullup bar at home which is new ill use that plus i will get on with some push ups wtc.

    I think its the fact that as i dont get out much near people its like a withdrawal from the environment of the gym and that its not something of choice really its a must that i have to stick too lol
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    Mar 09, 2014 6:43 PM GMT
    Dennis89 saidHad a look around and something like this has been spoke of but years ago so thought i would make a new one icon_smile.gif

    This coming week i am having a week rest away from the gym my body has been weaker and i have been doing badly in my own opinion training lately, but already i am having withdrawals from not going, as it as become the thing i most enjoy to get away from my other issues, i know it is needed but i just cannot wait until the week is over.


    I've taken a week off from lifting before. It's especially effective if I've timed it with either being bored or frustrated with progress. It gives me a chance to both crave it, and come in with a newfound confidence and determination. I usually take 2-3 days off from the gym completely. I'll take a walk around the neighborhood or around the National Mall during my lunch break from work. Once I'm done with my short sabbatical, I'll start back up with some cardio (only) for the rest of the week. If that torture doesn't reboost your energy, nothing will.

    You're doing the right thing if you're frustrated. Your body might just need a break. It might also be a good idea to get a deep tissue massage during the week. It'll help break up muscle knots. After that, you'll need to take a day or two off just to allow your muscle to heal. Plus, it feels awesome.
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    Mar 09, 2014 6:52 PM GMT
    redsoxfan791 said
    Dennis89 saidHad a look around and something like this has been spoke of but years ago so thought i would make a new one icon_smile.gif

    This coming week i am having a week rest away from the gym my body has been weaker and i have been doing badly in my own opinion training lately, but already i am having withdrawals from not going, as it as become the thing i most enjoy to get away from my other issues, i know it is needed but i just cannot wait until the week is over.


    I've taken a week off from lifting before. It's especially effective if I've timed it with either being bored or frustrated with progress. It gives me a chance to both crave it, and come in with a newfound confidence and determination. I usually take 2-3 days off from the gym completely. I'll take a walk around the neighborhood or around the National Mall during my lunch break from work. Once I'm done with my short sabbatical, I'll start back up with some cardio (only) for the rest of the week. If that torture doesn't reboost your energy, nothing will.

    You're doing the right thing if you're frustrated. Your body might just need a break. It might also be a good idea to get a deep tissue massage during the week. It'll help break up muscle knots. After that, you'll need to take a day or two off just to allow your muscle to heal. Plus, it feels awesome.
    Haha i would so love that icon_smile.gif and yes that frustration set in even before i had finished my workout today icon_sad.gif it will drive me up the wall. Its one of my only ways i get out around people too.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Mar 09, 2014 7:26 PM GMT
    When I take a week off, I come back better icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 09, 2014 7:35 PM GMT
    Joeyphx444 saidWhen I take a week off, I come back better icon_biggrin.gif
    Thats what i am hoping icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 10, 2014 2:17 AM GMT
    There's no reason to rest if you don't want to.

    Rest when you're dead.
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    Mar 10, 2014 2:26 AM GMT
    Jack_NNJ saidThere's no reason to rest if you don't want to.

    Rest when you're dead.


    Wrong and stupid, tough guy. Taking 4-7 days rest from lifting every 6-8 weeks is actually very important to allow your body to consolidate gains and fully recover for a next lifting cycle. All serious bodybuilders know that.

    I've been doing it for years and it's really helped my growth and motivation. Before arguing back, post some shirtless pics so we can all see just how much progress you've made in the gym.
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    Mar 10, 2014 2:31 AM GMT
    Alexxx5 said
    Jack_NNJ saidThere's no reason to rest if you don't want to.

    Rest when you're dead.


    Wrong and stupid, tough guy. Taking 4-7 days rest from lifting every 6-8 weeks is actually very important to allow your body to consolidate gains and fully recover for a next lifting cycle. All serious bodybuilders know that.

    I've been doing it for years and it's really helped my growth and motivation. Before arguing back, post some shirtless pics so we can all see just how much progress you've made in the gym.


    My post was to him specifically. His experience with taking time off was negative. Rest when you want to or need to.
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    Mar 10, 2014 4:25 AM GMT
    It's sucks but I will say u will be amazed when u do go back u will be in beast mode because I appreciate it more. Sounds weird but if I took a break I felt stronger that first day back.
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    Mar 10, 2014 4:32 AM GMT
    Rest is just as much a part of your workouts as any lifting or cardio. I don't stop cold turkey though. I just dial back quite a bit to give my body a little extra time for recuperation between heavy workouts.

    I always come back feeling stronger and ready to attack. Rest away, my friend.
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    Mar 11, 2014 5:20 AM GMT
    Dennis89 said
    Joeyphx444 saidWhen I take a week off, I come back better icon_biggrin.gif
    Thats what i am hoping icon_smile.gif


    I didn't want to, but I took a week off a few months ago and when I went back, my lifts were better and I felt more energy. Hope the same thing happens to you.
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    Mar 11, 2014 5:39 AM GMT
    Yeah, grow a little bro. Take a break. We all do it. Its a dirty little secret,
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    Mar 13, 2014 3:52 PM GMT
    Just read back all of your replys and thanks for what you have wrote and yes its as important as the sleep you have at night and i mean i am halfway through my rest week. I did have 2 days off the other week as i just knew i needed them and when i went back in i was great at what i did icon_smile.gif