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    Time to take a week off?

    Hey guys, I have been cutting and lifting as heavy as possible for about 4 months now with no break at all from weight lifting. The last week or so I have been getting some lower back pains (like locking style pains) and elbow pains. I was wondering if it would be a smart idea to take a week off from weight training. I will still keep up my cardio and healthy clean low calorie eating, but without the weight lifting. Is this a bad idea? Should I stop the cardio also?

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    if you feel injured take a couple days off man. You dont want to injure yourself then not be able to workout for a couple weeks. Take a couple days off see how you feel maintain your diet and see how it goes.
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    ugh yeah the thing is im seeing such great progress...
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    I'd chill for 5-7 days man, getting pains is never a good thing. Week long breaks are usually to give your mind and body a rest, so if you think you need it, do it. On my breaks, i'll maybe do a slow run every other day that week just to get outside and feel like im not being COMPLETELY lazy.
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    Yeah I think I will take next week off. I already messed up my knee in high school when I pushed the weights to hard (I still cant workout my legs with more than my body weight) I don't feel like doing the same for my elbow or even worse my back.
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    Originally Posted by AHB900 View Post
    ugh yeah the thing is im seeing such great progress...
    and you will see that progress waste away to nothing if you injure yourself.

    do yourself a favour and just take a couple of days off. it won't hurt anything, but if you don't you can potentially be forced to take a long time off due to injury.
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    Take the time off.

    If you don't, the progress you've been making will go away when you have to take 8 weeks off because it developed into a more serious injury.
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    Also take diet break (eat at maintenance) for 2 weeks every 2 months. It is very important to normalize your hormones.
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    Originally Posted by koatliki View Post
    Also take diet break (eat at maintenance) for 2 weeks every 2 months. It is very important to normalize your hormones.
    Well last week I was pretty bad like I ate out a few times 2 unhealthy big calorie meals and and nice steak dinner with a good amount of calories (I still lost some weight some how) so I think I already took my break.
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    Originally Posted by AHB900 View Post
    Well last week I was pretty bad like I ate out a few times 2 unhealthy big calorie meals and and nice steak dinner with a good amount of calories (I still lost some weight some how) so I think I already took my break.
    No, you didn't. One meal or even a day does not affect your hormones substantially. Your body still thinks you're going through famine.
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