THE EXTRA DAY OFF FROM THE GYM

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 06, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    How many of us miss a day going to the gym? Like everyone I would assume.

    I rarely miss, but I did on Friday. I'm told it can be a helpful thing to let yourself have some additional recovery time. Is that true?

    My assumption is I am probably overreacting....icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 06, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    yes it does help and is good for you.
    or at least for me.

    I was sick a couple of months ago and had a little over a week off, I actually went back stronger and more capable then when I stopped hehehe

    It depends on the person though I would guess. If I take a day off I enjoy the day and look forward to going back but don't beat my self up over it, just like eating something rather naughty like a really good ice cream, enjoy it icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 07, 2008 12:10 AM GMT
    You're overreacting. On those days when you just don't feel like doing your routine, do something else that, at least in your mind, compensates for it. Then you won't overreact. For example, eat nothing but veggies that day, or, invite a homeless person to dinner.
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    Jan 07, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    NEVER....NEVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. Are you INSANE?
    J/K. I have a hard time adhering to two days off. I tend to be there 6 or 7 but on the off days I am doing calves, abs and jogging so...technically..

    I injured myself doing leg press very badly and had to take 8 days off. It hurt still but I couldnt wait any longer. I actually discovered that I was stronger after a week off.
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    Jan 07, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    Yep.
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    Jan 07, 2008 3:34 AM GMT
    You can go every day but you have to be careful to not over train. Guys that go every day usually do isolation exercises targeting one muscle. I like to give myself a couple of days off in the middle somewhere. And every now and then take about four days in a row off.

    Part of the whole process of bodybuilding is rest, so denying your self rest is redundant and counter productive. And you know how to tell if you have over trained a muscle,... it hurts more than two days.

    Great workouts
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    Jan 07, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    I definitely over-trained for years. The routine I've done the last two years, HST, builds in 10 to 14 days off every 8 weeks. It has an amazing effect. It "deconditions" you just enough that you can resume lifting, at lighter weights, and continue to grow muscle.
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    Jan 07, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    I wish I could manage not to miss a day at the gym. I've been out of the routine for a while; I need to get back to it before what progress I had made disappears. This is especially true since I started working at a place that serves really incredible food that I just can't seem to stop myself from eating. icon_evil.gif
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    Jan 07, 2008 11:16 AM GMT
    I used to miss days from the gym but this past month I've been in a funk and not going one day makes the funk worse so usually yes, but now no.
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    Jan 07, 2008 11:53 AM GMT
    after training for about 6-7 yrs i'm finally comfortable taking a day out of my routine. i used to feel bad about it. totally stupid, but i don't like missing a week or two even though i know it's good for you. i really miss it.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 07, 2008 12:01 PM GMT
    I def suffer from training OCD...
    and I've forced myself out of necessity to take a day off a week
    but if you're doing a 7 day a week workout make sure you're giving each bodypart 48hrs to recoup
  • jc_online

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    Jan 07, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    I usually take Mondays off because sooo many people go on Mondays that it's too crowded at the gym. Especially this time of year with all the NY resolutioners. If I could just convince myself to get up at 4am to get to the gym by 5, I'd be all set. icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 07, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    Miss a day! I always take a week off from weights every couple of months. I seriously bust my ass every time I'm in there so I think my body really appreciates the rest. I'm pretty happy with my size and strength anyway so I see no harm in it but I always seem to come back a little bit stronger though. I do up the cardio by a day or two on that week.
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    Jan 07, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    i go everyday except fridays ... fridays is my day off ... i go to the gym at night after work, since i work full-time during the day ...

    i don't think i over-train since i hit different muscle group everyday ...

    on saturdays, i get excited to go back to gym again ... its like my first gym day of the week ... he he ...
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    Jan 07, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    I think the "can't miss" mentality is partly due to that little fear in the back of our heads that one day off will lead to another, and then another and eventually we've quit going. So, I think that nagging fear serves a purpose.

    Regardless, I am told by the trainers at my gym (the ones I respect) that you should take a week off every other month. It gives your body the rest it needs and then you tear new muscle when you restart.

    I never schedule my week off as my own schedule seems to dictate it. Business trips, holidays and vacations all come up and I take the week off then. I do see better results after doing it and I don't feel the guilt since my own gym isn't accessible.