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  1. bacon

    bacon Silver Belt

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    Do you guys ever take extended periods of time away from the gym? Weeks/Months? I can't remember the last time I didn't workout atleast three times a week. I lift and do cardio religiously. This weekend I played the drums (in a band) for about 10 hours total. My wrists and my back are killing me, so I decided to take a week off. No lifting, no cardio, no instruments. I started the laziness Monday. Anyone ever do this? It feels weird to go home and just vegetate. Can't say I like it much.
     
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    I do it kinda frequently. I'd say that for every couple months of regular activity I'll take off 1-2 weeks. I don't do it intentionally and it's not a planned thing. I just get super lazy from time to time and after a week off I usually feel energized and pissed at myself which also energizes me.
     
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    Yeah life usually causes me to me miss a week of training here and there. Things like getting sick, work/school schedule etc. it's always something.
     
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    Dash_Riprock Yellow Belt

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    I like to take a week completely off about once every six weeks. I just came back from a week off, and hit the weights with a vengeance. Everything felt solid and strong. Trust me, it's the best thing you can do for yourself and your training.
     
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    Yeah, most lifters take at least a week off every few months or so. Just make sure you don't slack off on eating, and you'll come back stronger after a good rest. Month after month of heavy squats and deadlifts puts a toll on you, so it's a big relief on my body when I do it.
     
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    I believe that rest is one of the most under rated components of an excellent routine. Every couple of months I take a week off from all exercise, even running.
     
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    Ian Coe Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    I tried to do that once, I got the shakes :redface:

    I try and have a week off anything hard and taxing, just sweat runs 3 times in the week I have off, but its hard not to get carried away.

    I haven't had time off, but I took a 2 session break from benching (so since the last time I benched it had been 3 weeks) and went and did some wednesday just gone, my numbers and workload went up.
     
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    I did core routine last night (still my "week off"), nothing heavy though....damn...I think I have a problem. Oh well, its better than a crack addiction.
     
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    I never take a break from training by choice, but I seem to keep being kept away by injuries, I'm typing this with injuries to both shoulders.
     
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    school, work, girlfriends...all these things usually pile up once every now and again and force me to take a week off all physical activity
     

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