So, how hard is it for me to get back to my level of fitness from 8 months ago?

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    Mar 05, 2009 6:39 AM GMT
    I've been getting back into the gym these past few weeks, and it's a little more difficult. Not insurmountable, but a noticeable difference, in both my performance in the weight room and on the treadmill. Basically, I want to be able to look like and perform as I did 8 months ago, at the peak of my fitness regiment. Assuming I'm giving it my all, of course. (I've been preparing diet-wise and aerobically this past month) But I need a plan, and an estimate as to how long it's going to take to make up for 8 months of neglect and laziness.
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    Mar 26, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    Bump, please?
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    Mar 26, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    " I don't want the "ease into it" approach"

    Well good luck then.

    I´m not going to waste time offering you advice you will then reject out of hand. ease into it is the best way.
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    Mar 26, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    Alright, well, that makes sense. Assuming I was okay with easing into, do you have any advice?
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    Mar 26, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
    It won't be that hard. I'm sure you've heard of muscle memory and such. Your body will return back to its original fitness level fairly quickly. I'd say a few weeks. Maybe a little more than a month max.
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    Mar 26, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
    I have been in this situation. You'll be surprised at how fast it comes back, mostly because of how hard it seems when you first start working out again. At first, you'll have to reduce the amount of weight you're lifting. But, you'll soon be right back up to where you were. Just dive right back in, and set a strict schedule of when you'll be working out. You really should start out kind of easy for the first week, so that you don't injure yourself. After that, push yourself.
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    Mar 26, 2009 8:05 PM GMT
    what they said. To start with reduce the weights and reps you were doing before you stopped, and then just up them every time you work out, not rushing, but not being lazy either. The first week or two are the ones to really watch, as they will be the hardest and you will have the biggest temptation to imagine you are still the same person you were 8 months ago. It´s not too hard

  • EricLA

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    Mar 26, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    Yeah, ease into it, but I'm sure you will find you'll be able to increase weight, reps, etc. in short order. I stopped working out for about 3 1/2 years. It took a few months to get back to the weights I was before, and at about the year mark my body looked as good, if not better than it did before I stopped. Obviously, since you only took a few months off I think you'll be back in the swing of things quickly.

    Just work out regularly, eat well, stay disciplined and push yourself where possible, and it'll pay off.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    This is all really encouraging guys, thanks. I have been noticing that I'm no where near as far behind as I thought, and hope to be back on track by the summer. Again, thanks!
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    the main problems you will have will be (1) not injuring yourself in the first few weeks by trying to push too soon and (2) not exhausting yourself in the first few weeks by trying to push too soon....

    Hence my first post ;)

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    Apr 16, 2009 6:22 PM GMT
    That is great that you would like to get back to where you were. This fitness game isn't easy. How sustainable was your last routine? Perhaps it would be better to find a routine you can do for life instead of getting into peak condition and falling out of it, if that is the case I mean.