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    How often do you take a break from the gym??

    Last year i think i had one or two weeks off all year if that but id like to know how often you should or it is recommended to take a short break from working out. I consider myself a reasonably serious bodybuilder im sure i heard every 8 weeks a one week break is acceptable. What is your opinion?

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    1 week for every 2-3 months sounds good to me, but like you I don't do that. If you bust your ****en ass off when you actually are in the gym, time off is a really good thing. I wish it didn't make me so uneasy to miss a week at the gym.

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    Probably not the right section dude, try misc?
    But, work with how you feel?
    All depends on how your body is feeling/coping with being built
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    never if i didn't go to the gym i would be bored out my mind

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    Missed maybe a week in the last 3-4years or so.. Tho' I should rest more.. it's just very difficult to do when we talk obsession.
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    I take a 22 hour break every day.
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    Originally Posted by DavisForman View Post
    I take a 22 hour break every day.
    lol...

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    Usually I save my rest weeks for minor injuries, sickness, etc. I never take one unless I absolutely have to. As others said, it sounds great on paper, but it's very hard to mentally force yourself to do it when you feel fine and are kicking ass in the gym and don't really think you need it
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    the most i had was 3 days off in 1 week

    i do deloads instead of having breaks or week offs deloading is much more beneficial

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    are some of you guys serious? you have rest days that rarely?! i take a rest day every 3 or 4 days, and i still feel like i over train... fuuuuuck
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    Originally Posted by jiveinhere View Post
    are some of you guys serious? you have rest days that rarely?! i take a rest day every 3 or 4 days, and i still feel like i over train... fuuuuuck
    Scheduled rest days are must, I mean - depends on your split. OP is talking about longer-sustained breaks during the year..
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    Originally Posted by 2276 View Post
    Probably not the right section dude, try misc?
    But, work with how you feel?
    All depends on how your body is feeling/coping with being built
    Yeah, you would definitely wouldn't want to try the "Exercise" section. Misc is probably spot on.








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    sorry guys didnt know where to place this topic but thought id put it here since thats where the pros are and i want pro advice seems most of us share the same opinion i guess one week every 2-3 months is definatley fair and appropriate cheers guys

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    never really take a planned one, sometimes miss a couple of sessions every few months when visiting family

    however I sometimes backcycle weights
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    Usually in the summer when itake vacation for 10-15 days. But even than im not complety resting allways doing some form of cardio.
    As some of u said if im not in the gym im bored as fuk.

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    Wrong section but, I tried to take one week off every 2-3 months, but there's always a week where I can't go to the gym due to external issues, so I just take those days as rest days and don't worry about choosing them myself.
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    Last year i think i had one or two weeks off all year if that but id like to know how often you should or it is recommended to take a short break from working out. I consider myself a reasonably serious bodybuilder im sure i heard every 8 weeks a one week break is acceptable. What is your opinion?
    IMO taking 'planned' breaks is ridiculous.
    in my life, something always comes up, at some point in time, that forces me to take time off.
    sickness, injury, vacation, work, funeral...whatever.

    if i am healthy, have the time and am training daily (3day split), why would i purposefully take time off?

    i only take time off when life gets in the way of working out.
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    I only take off the gym when I have to.

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    [QUOTE=DPNZ;634145083]Yeah, you would definitely wouldn't want to try the "Exercise" section. Misc is probably spot on.



    "Exercise Section"! LOL! Bwaaa! Rolls eyes. "How's my curl form in your squat rack?"


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