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Taking a few days off from training.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 by  
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This past weekend I spent almost three straight days doing manual labor outside all day long. All this week I’ve been feeling unusually tired and not nearly as motivated as I have been. There’s also been some work stress, and that has affected me, too. I’ve been cutting for almost nine weeks now and, up until Monday, my training has been exceptional. I figured that I was just tired on Monday from all the work I did over the weekend, but that feeling has persisted all week long. I usually take a week off from training every 8-10 weeks, but I’d not made any specific plans to do that while on this cut.

Something I say a lot is “listen to your body”, and right now my body is saying that I need a little break. I’m not going to take a full week off from training, but I am going to stay out of the gym until Monday. My diet will remain strict, and I will still be physically active riding my bike. I’ve also got one more weekend of outdoor projects ahead of me. Thankfully this weekend’s projects are not going to be nearly as labor-intensive as last weekend’s projects. I think this little break from training will do me some good. I’ve still got another 6 weeks or so of cutting ahead of me, and I need to be on top of my game.

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6 Responses to “Taking a few days off from training.”
  1. Good choice, you’ve been doing this a long time, I’m sure you know what your body is telling you. P90X has a rest week every 4 or 5 weeks where you do light cardio, core, and stretching work. You are trashed at the beginning of the week but feel like a million bucks at the end of the week. Enjoy the rest!

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  2. I was wondering if you were going to take a week off. It seems that pushing as hard as you do without any rest would aggrevate old injuries for sure. Hopefully a few days off will help your back. How is your shoulder BTW?

    Even the mildly insane “Men’s Health Book of Muscle” that I am following madates a recovery week after each six weeks of training (or even after each three weeks if you are feeling like you need it).

    I can also see how sress at work + multiple exhausting outdoor projects + super-intense training can cause mental fatigue besides the physical fatigue.

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    • My shoulder is tip-top. No real problems as far as injuries go right now (aside from my back, of course).

      I usually feel like I’m ready for a week off every 8-10 weeks, especially if my training is very intense. I think the all-day projects were the final straw that made my body say “It’s time for a little break dude!”

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    • My follow-up with the doctor is not until March 8th (Tuesday). We’ll go over the x-rays then, and it’s up to her (and my insurance) what will come next (although an MRI is the logical next step if the x-rays show nothing out of the ordinary).

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