Feeling like back to Square One

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    Jan 06, 2008 10:20 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    I've had to take more or less 4 months off from training (from 5-6 times a week down to once a fortnight if I was lucky) due to some heavy problems to sort out... and consequently I have lost a lot of my progress (I might have to change my user name to 2 or even 0 out of 6!)

    I'm ready to get back into it now... went twice last week but even struggled through my warm up... does anyone have any advice (or even any inspiration) for going back to training after an extended break? Am I really back at Square One or is there some residual fitness (ie HOTNESS) left?


  • GQjock

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    Jan 06, 2008 10:27 AM GMT
    I was in a bad car wreck a few years ago and had to take alot of time off to recuperate

    you just have to give yourself permission to be able to work at it again and not get down about it
    because you've worked out before the good thing is that your body will bounce back faster
    it's more a head thing than anything else
    use this time to try some new things...
    new workouts ... exercises
    it's just time
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    Jan 06, 2008 1:15 PM GMT
    Hey do not worry, I am there with you...especially being abroad for 4 months. We can do it, we just have to give it some time to get back in the swing of things. Take it slow, find some smaller exercises, master those, and then go head on full force. DO not kill yourself exercising, or mentally. If you want, I am here for you and we can do this crap together. Yo it is a bitch, but two gay men can be just as bitchy...LOL! Bon Chance!
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    Jan 06, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    4outof6, GQjock is right. Early 2007, I had been exposed to mold contamination, could not breathe too well, could not do cardio or weight train as a result. It took about 5 months to get back to the gym...your muscles have "memory" built into them. Having an upbeat attitude, time patience, and now an opportunity to try some new workout routines will see you through it. Start out slow with "baby steps" the first 2 - 3 weeks, then gradually increase your routine.

    As a bonus, many on this site have experienced a similar situation and you now have their support, too. Best of luck!
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    Jan 06, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    Cybex is right about muscle memory. You have a tendency to come back faster. I went from 230lbs of muscle (16yrs training) to 180 due to school and climbing a ladder 200+ times a day. Just remember to eat as many grams of protein as you weigh divided up into 6 or more servings. If you weigh 160, then you need atleast (or more) 160gms of protein. Make sure you split this up into approx 30-40gms of protein as your body an only assimilate a small percentage per hour. Remember that your organs also need protein to continue to function. Not enough taken in at meals and your body breaks down muscle tissue for their use. Glutamine (cheaper version: phosphatadylserine) is also a good idea. This is a cortisol blocker and minimizes the damage caused by stress whether it is physical or mental.. Cortisol breaks down muscle. Ltr.
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    Jan 06, 2008 7:11 PM GMT

    Put your face down looking at your feet. See that foot? OK. Put one foot in front of the other, walk out the door, to your transportation, and go get it done. You'll be back in the zone in no time.

    You get on the pity pot, you go ride the city bus. Look at the fat people there, the addicts, the broke folks, the intellectually and physically challenged, then, put one foot in front of the other, and get it done. Understand? Now, get moving.
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    Jan 06, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    I've had this experience of being unable (or unwilling, when I burn out on a particular activity) to keep up with exercise and coming back to it much weaker. It's definitely frustrating to me but one thing I notice is that, well, the more it happens, the easier it has gotten for me -- I think I just get gradually less concerned with what my body actually looks like and more concerned with the process of improvement itself.

    But the other thing I actually really like about it is that for any activity that requires both physical strength/flexibility and also technique, you don't lose the technique. Like rock climbing is a great example: when I take time off from it and come back, I'm still as good a technical climber as I was when I stopped, but now I've dropped back down in strength. So I get to climb lower-level stuff again, but each time I notice I'm more graceful and elegant, I conserve energy better, I move more fluidly, and actually not having the physical strength forces me to use that technique to compensate. I think it works out pretty well.

    Maybe weight lifting isn't quite like that, but I bet there's still some of that. Like, maybe being physically weaker could be good because you have a good excuse to drop way down and focus on form and technique and build all the little postural muscles on the way back up.

    I'd bet a case of protein shakes that when you work yourself back up to the weights you were doing previously, you'll be in much better actual shape, stronger core and better with balance and form, less prone to injury, etc.
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    Jan 07, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    Muscle memory is an AMAZING thing.
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    Jan 09, 2008 7:01 AM GMT
    Chucky....What do you mean by "muscle memory"? Never heard of it before...Please educate me.
  • EricLA

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    Jan 09, 2008 7:23 AM GMT
    Do what you can, just hang in there -- which sounds like what you want to do. I moved to NY for more than 3 years, where I didn't work out AT all. I came back to LA over a year ago and started working out. I reduced the weights I'd been using and didn't try to hold myself to the reps I'd been at. The first few routines were tough. I'd feel weak and at times a bit light-headed. I'd stop, collect myself, and tried to push myself a bit further. I didn't always get through all of my routine. But, within a few weeks I was getting consistent and started seeing results. A year later, I'm back where I was before my move in some areas and close in others. Other areas I still see room for improvement. But, I feel good and am glad I'm back in my work out routine. So, don't beat yourself up. Get back into that routine and scale back where necessary and start ramping back up when you can.