Thinking about taking a break from lifting...

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    May 09, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    I am thinking about taking 4 weeks off from lifting and focusing solely on what i eat and cardio. I have not made any gains in awhile and looking to switch things up and give my joints/tendons a break. My only hesitation is that i don't want to lose what I have.

    Looking for others' thoughts on this strategy.

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    May 09, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    what about doing really light weights just to keep the pump and retain most of the muscle?
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    May 09, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    That is definetly on my mind as an option. I guess I am loooking more at what might be the benfits (if any) of laying off weights all together for a short break.
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    May 09, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    It's always good to take a week or two off from the gym every so often to give your body a chance to rest some but not sure a month is a good idea. I agree with the previous poster...at least do some sort of light workout so as to not lose some muscle during that time.
    You should always be focusing on what you eat and cardio.
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    May 10, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    You have the right idea, but 4 weeks is a long time. I'm doing the same thing only switch the concentration in cardio for the concentration on strength training. I plan to take a full week off with no running, though I might hike, swim, and do other activities that I enjoy in the Summer but the purpose of those will not be for a work out. Then the following week, I will do approximately half the mileage I am currently doing with no intensity. The week after, I may or may not increase my mileage. When taking downtime, the purpose is to recover from your training cycle, not to lose the gains you've made. It can definitely be a dance following a delicate line to say the least.