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2014/10/17 21:52:04 (permalink)

taking time off gym

For the first time in a while ( a year so) I haven't trained for 5 weeks. Feeling flat!

Deffo going to hit the gym tomorrow.

Have you had any time off recently , if so how long?
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/17 22:22:42 (permalink)
    I've recently come back to the gym from a month off. I had a lot of things on my mind with work and i was struggling to sleep training was the last thing on my mind. Now all sorted. My fitness is down and so is my strength and I've gained a few kilo in lard as dieting went out the window. But I know by Christmas all will be as is it was before my month off so I'm not really worried.
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 11:37:39 (permalink)
    Was going to post along very similar lines today. Not bee to the gym for 7 weeks now, completely fallen out of favor with it, found myself not wanting to be there and really struggling for motivation. Have replaced it with cycling though, something I've been getting back into for a while. Will see how I feel after Christmas and maybe start back at the gym doing some leg work to assist my cycling and a little upper body stuff so I don't waste away completely.

     



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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 18:11:15 (permalink)
    Been off since August 1st. Went surfing for two weeks which tbh was a seriously good workout, then I tried to slice my toe off so had to take 4/6 weeks to get it right in the mean time had flu, been decked with work and also in hospital for an MRI on my shoulder lol. 
     
    My weight has stayed within a KG of August 1st but I just look like fcking ****e. Hopefully back in the gym tomorrow. 

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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 18:34:09 (permalink)
    Did a spell off 8 years off after shoulder surgery  , after 4-5 months you pretty much look like you've never lifted a weight , was glad to be back
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 18:57:27 (permalink)
    Been off now for 5 weeks ish... due to some medical treatment. It's doing my head in and I really miss it :/

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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 19:08:14 (permalink)
    As crap as my training an diet may have been over the years I don't think I've had a period of longer than 10days off the gym / training in over 25years.

    No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 19:46:12 (permalink)
    PAGAN
    As crap as my training an diet may have been over the years I don't think I've had a period of longer than 10days off the gym / training in over 25years.


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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 21:42:09 (permalink)
    Been off for months, only just rejoined a gym and getting back into it. The base mass is mostly still there under a fair load of flab but tbh I ain't fussed about it.
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 21:55:57 (permalink)
    I had a real bad car crash in 07 really thought id never walk again lost 3 stone had many many months off & couldnt do squats for years after as couldn't put bar on my neck its supprising how quick it all comes back the body really is amazing. I think thats the only ever time I had serious time off I do take 1 wk off every 3 months tho.
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/18 23:17:57 (permalink)
    I don't have any excuse, I just lost my enthusiasm for it for a long time and just went through the motions. Back at hard it (giggity) now and a lot happier.
    post edited by westbelfastguy - 2014/10/18 23:24:20
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/19 15:18:20 (permalink)
    Haven't had more than 10 days away from the gym for the past 3 years, except for injury. Had a shoulder and knee injury at the same time so couldn't do anything pretty much for 2-3 months.

    My motivation used to wane so much when I viewed the gym purely as a means to an end. But now I see it as the end in itself and can't miss a session. It's much more enjoyable when the thing you look forward to is training hard, pushing yourself, relieving stress rather than the big muscles and 6 pack at the end of it. Funnily enough the latter come much easier with consistent, hard training.
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/19 18:25:00 (permalink)
    Just started back after having about 7 months off due to have peripheral neuropathy in both arms legs and feet, finally started medication for it which is helping. Gained about 7-8lbs in weight but look totally different. Strength has not dropped as much as I thought it would of though. Renewed my enthusiasm though having to take an enforced break
     
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/19 19:06:48 (permalink)
    About five weeks for me now!  Twanged my right shoulder so I've been a bit out of action letting that heal.  Closest I've got is some mega light dumbell work maybe the last week or so but nothing close to a 'workout'.  Defo missing it and starting back this week albeit with caution.  Body wise I've gained a few lbs of fat but the base is still under there somewhere I think
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/19 19:45:12 (permalink)
    3 weeks off for traveling. 2 weeks for mumps / other holidays.

    There have been plenty of times where my motivation has dropped or i've been injured, but I know that taking prolonged time off is the worst thing you can do. I just adapt my training.

    I think people have too much of an all or nothing mentality which in the long run sets you back. Ideally I'd like to train 6 times a week but there are times when I'll drop this to 1-2 basic sessions a week during exams, xmas, break ups etc.. This is far far better than stopping completely. Even just body weight stuff to maintain muscle.

    I will never take time off fully unless I'm in a hospital bed or there is close death in the family or something.

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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/20 09:29:13 (permalink)
    As Pagan said......... many years have been treading water with crap diet and training, but in the 15 + years I've been training, the biggest gap I've had has been about 6 weeks.  
     
    I always thought I'd stop training once I settled down and had kids.  When me and the (now ex) wife first moved in together she fell pregnant but then miscarried.  It hit us hard and I took some time off work and the gym to help her through it.  It was mid November and before I knew it close to Xmas so just decided to start again in January.  It seriously set me back by a long way and because I wasn't taking it as serious when I re-started, struggled like hell to catch back up.
     
    Since then I've never had more than 2 weeks off when I've gone on holiday.  I've not had a holiday this year and haven't had a break from the gym since last Xmas.  I'm naturally skinny and lose it quick when I stop training.
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/20 13:52:04 (permalink)
    Glad to know im not the only one! Still didn't manage to get any training in. But as some of you have mentioned 'muscle memory' is a great thing. I've had periods in the past where I have stopped for over a month and still got to position where my muscles looked 'full' within weeks. Not assisted either.
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    Re: taking time off gym 2014/10/20 13:56:04 (permalink)
    i stopped for 9 months started back lol left at like 10% bf returned at 18 - 20? guess haha
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