Taking planned time off from the gym

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    Nov 05, 2007 4:24 PM GMT
    Hey guys. Just finished the 8 week strength training work out from RJ.

    It was a great experience and I have had personal best weight increases in almost all my exercises.

    I took this past week off to recover not so much because I was sick of the gym, but because I was tired of the diet. I ate a lot of bad foods, and had no more than 3 meals a day during the past week and I feel physically a little bit crappy for it.

    Today I am starting the strong and lean work out from RJ and I feel ready to get back to my regular diet and new work out.

    Was wondering if other RJ members take planned time off from their workouts and for how long.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Nov 05, 2007 6:31 PM GMT
    I took off a week not too long ago and I felt great coming back.

    I stuck w/ my eating regimen and my gains went through the roof!
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    Nov 05, 2007 9:52 PM GMT
    You'll be fine Pumpkin. Go lift.

    I don't know that you need to "plan" time off. Personally, after having trained 32 years, if I need to chill for a few days I do. If I need some pizza, I do.

    Many times, your body will tell you what you need. Instinctive training is used by many advanced athletes.

    With regard to time off...well, fat folks are in time off mode all the time, so, it's all relative.

    Doing something is better than nothing.

    Doing anything worthwhile is worth doing well.

    And, your training modality, calories, intensity, recovery ability make big differences. At 42, if you're not on anti-aging, I'd strongly suggest it for all the factors that are well known: disease prevention, better recovery, improved mood, and sexual function. With anti-aging started soon, if you haven't allready done it, you should be able to comfortably train into your 70s if you do.

    If I'm training 3 times a day and on a 4500 calorie diet, my strength plummets, but, I get ripped. If I train once a day, and eat 3000 to 7000, I get real strong and big.

    I think most folks take some time of, just because of their lives.

    You may find this informative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=AA0F4F7CE9858A1F

    As science continues to document the health benefits, and given your age, it would be a good choice, if you aren't doing it already.
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    Nov 07, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    I'll take a few days off about once a quarter when I'm about to switch up routines. Unless I'm sick or injured, that's about it.

    I stick with my diet though on the time off.