Got really busy towards the end of the semester and somewhat lazy as well. I've been off for about a month now. I dont think I've noticed any size decreases but I do feel somewhat weaker. About how long can you take off without losing muscle, or does that really just depend on the person?
12-12-2006, 01:45 AM #1
How long of a break can you take before you lose muscle?
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Unless you have a serious injury/health issue, a month off is waaay too long.
I like taking a week off a few times/yr, but I never take more than that.
Being busy just means you have to plan better. If you really want to get in there and workout, you'll find a way. Try to think of reasons to go, not excuses.Who was this love of yours?
12-12-2006, 08:57 AM #5
While I agree that your break was a little bit long, muscle memory is an amazing thing. It should come back quickly if you lost any muscleI was very fortunate to live in this time when bodybuilding was embraced by Hollywood, embraced by doctors, embraced by the world.
I say we get that embracement back!
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12-12-2006, 12:18 PM #12
You lose intracellular water/nutrients pretty quick, but that is superficial. A lifter's nitrogen retention capacities are far higher than a normal persons. This water loss will make you look like you've lost a bit of muscle. After a few sessions, the flood of nutrients (muscle pump) will give you your volume back real quick.
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12-12-2006, 01:03 PM #13
I took a break back at the end of September simply because I got burned out. I originally intended to just take a week or two off until I figured out a new diet (eating the same thing EVERY day gets really old really quick like). But then I got side tracked and those two weeks became a month and a half. Then I blew my ACL and the month and a half because three months.
Prior to my break/tear, I was sitting at 185. I've dropped to as low as 164, though I've gained back 6-7 lbs in the past two weeks getting back into the routine and diet. And my strength has dropped to as much as 15 pounds on some exercises. Taking breaks are good as they help recharge your body, and more importantly, your mind. But don't expect to do so without some repercussions....to die is simply to end the cycle of pain
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I work about 30 hours a week and go to school full-time. Believe me I was working out this semester but its hard to do when you are so busy. Dont antagonize me because I have taken a break from working out because I was too busy with school and work and trying to support myself.
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Not really sure about maximum time off, but I'd thought I'd just throw this out there.
Due to my job, starting back in January 06 I would only work out for 2 weeks (~10 days actual lifting) then take 2 weeks off while at work. During this time of limited lifting, I still managed to make gains every month. I was doing a 3 day split, and first run through, I'd be slightly weaker than when I left. 2nd run would be on par or slightly ahead of when I left, and 3rd run would always be better.
I just wanted to throw that out there. Seems like alot of people are scared to take time off, but I think it does the body alot of good. In October 06 my work moved close enough for me to commute to a gym, so I went back to steady lifting.
12-12-2006, 09:10 PM #25
Yeah I'm sure EVERYONE on this forum works full-time, goes to school full-time, has kids, works out 5-6 times a week, manages to have some free time, has time to go shopping and buy **** you need like food etc. Whatever...
12-12-2006, 09:44 PM #26
/edit/ Plus I have a feeling RU made a typo and meant for you not to put weights before education. He did say two months and seemed to be hinting at the fact that you should be able to gain the volume you previously had within a few workouts.
again dont let one excuse pile onto another.
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12-12-2006, 10:06 PM #27
ok i just found this thread, and im taking about a month or two off, due to injury in both my shoulders (reoccuring bicep tendinitis in both arms and shoulders). I'll still contine to lift legs twice a week, and do cardio about 5 times a week. I started my break about a week ago, as i go on through my back will i notice a huge difference in my apperance if i continue to eat right and take my multi vit and fish oils n protein?
12-12-2006, 10:32 PM #28
I dont care to be someone like Ronnie Coleman ok. I dont have the need nor want for dedication like that. In terms of reaching my goal for muscle mass I am not that far off. I still have to work on a few areas a little harder but when I have the summer off from school I can hit the gym hard.
I suppose through all this crap I did somewhat get my answer. So unless anyone has anything worth saying related to my original question there is no reason to post anything else and/or try and haggle me more. If you wanna rip on me some more get over it, you dont know **** about me so stop pretending you do and say I'm making excuses or being lazy.
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