Taking a break from the gym
And I’m back! This is my first post to MuscleSherpa.com in several months. What’s been going on? Well much of the same really. I’ve been busy with work, my farm, family life and other projects. There was a point where I took this website down because I didn’t feel it was worth my time. After some time I put it back up because it does actually have some really good information to share. On top of this it costs me nothing to host, so why not just leave it up?
I will be getting back into regular posts. To achieve this I will have a shorter and more concise format. I am constantly thinking of ideas on training that I would like to share and I want MuscleSherpa.com to be where I do that. Even if no one reads this blog – I would like a repository of ideas that I can look back on.
So on with the blog post…
Today I trained for the first time in 10 days after being home sick for a few days and then being flooded in at our property. Years ago I would have been freaking out that my muscles would fall off not training for over a week! I have to say last week I didn’t even think about the gym.
Returning to the gym today I was 1kg lighter and lifted exactly what I lifted before my break. While I didn’t break any records, I’m confident that next week I will be able to squeeze in an extra rep or two.
One could say it’s pretty common knowledge in the bodybuilding world that you should take a break from the gym every now and again. I have heard numbers ranging anywhere from every 6 to 12 weeks is when you should have a planned break.
If you don’t have kids, work priorities, never get sick or need holidays then planned breaks are a good idea. But in reality I don’t think planned breaks from the gym need to be so planned. Looking back at my calendar over the last year, planned breaks have occurred organically due to caring responsibilities, work training, holidays and illness.
The take away point I want to make (and this is something I have to remind myself) is to not worry about when you have to take a week or two off training. Just think of it as your planned break to rejuvenate and rest. As long as you continue eating well while you’re off, when it’s time to return to the gym your muscles will still be intact and you’ll be itching to smash some weights again.