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Rest and Recovery Time!

PillarofBalance

PillarofBalance

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Feb 27, 2011
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So this thread actually started as a discussion in the shoutbox this evening where we were trying to help out a young brother on here "udbodybuilder"... His routine is a little weird and there is some concerns of overtraining... Get Some recommended he take a week off to fully recover.

Get Some is currently ending his week off and very much looking forward to getting back into the gym tonight... I just started a week off myself and will be stuffing my face like a beast. RottenRogue chimed in stating that as she gets more experienced she finds the need to take more time to recover.

So we're kinda curious... Do you ever take a week off? Any concerns about atrophy or loss of strength? How often do you rest up for a longer period than a day or two? Give us your thoughts!
 
IronInsanity

IronInsanity

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May 3, 2011
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There are several ways to deload, or periodize your training. The bottom line is that everyone does... some by design and others by injury or overtraining. I used to lift at 50% load every 7th or 8th week, whether I felt I needed it or not. Kind of an active rest. About a year of that and I couldn't handle the mental aspect of touching the iron but not going all out. Since then I have opted for 5-6 day complete break about every 10-12 weeks. If I can coincide it with a trip or some other reason I can't lift then all the better. I will do some cardio and ab training but that's about all. I usually come back stronger than ever and there's not going to be any real atrophy in a week's time.
 
AllTheWay

AllTheWay

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Mar 17, 2011
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II said it very well.

im not good at taking it but i think it is very necessary. i have found that the first week back im usually weaker but by week two i am back to normal and all goes up from there!
 
HisAngriness

HisAngriness

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Mar 23, 2011
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i'm in the category of being forced to take time off due to injury in recent years and it SUCKS. i do understand and agree with the reasoning behind deloading but i find myself feeling like a complete slacker when i so much as miss ONE workout, let alone take a whole week off. that being said, i am going to make an effort to take the time to deload and recuperate at some point this year before i blow out my other knee or hurt my back more seriously next time...
 
fixxer

fixxer

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Dec 15, 2010
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I haven't taken a week off in a looongg time. It's probably about that time that I do. I get plenty of rest with my split though. I take 1 maybe 2 days off a week.
 
Stumpy

Stumpy

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Sep 29, 2010
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I've never deliberatly taken a full week off but for reasons beyond my control I have taken the odd month or 2 off. What really surprised me (apart from how quickly I loose strength & size) was how quick and easy things seem to come when I return to the gym. I get my 3 rest days per week outta the gym but sometimes when you hit a plateu it's not a bad idea to take a full week off.
 
hugerobb

hugerobb

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Sep 15, 2010
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me personally I do 6 days aweek for 3 weeks and then take a week off and you have too understand those 3 weeks are always balls to the wall all out lifting.Iwas born human but chose to be animal in my life with everything
 
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