Is it suggested to take a week off the gym?

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  1. Style

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    By the end of next week, I'll complete exactly 2 months of serious/regular lifting.

    I was thinking of taking a week off from the gym the following week. Not because I'm tired, injured or anything, but I just thought of giving my body some time to rest. I workout 6 days a week.

    Is it a good thing to take that week off, or it won't do any good? I mean will I benefit from it?
     
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    If you don't feel like you need it then keep lifting. 2 months isn't that long either.
     
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    Generally I personally would not take a week off unless I was feeling burnt out or overtrained (I know this is a dirty word).

    If everything is going well and I feel good and my body is responding well I see no reason to interrupt that.

    Sounds like you want to give yourself a week off mentally.
     
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    go for it you will prolly come back more refreshed or maybe just cut your volume for a week.
     
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    I don't take time off unless I'm told to ( by my body that is)
     
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    I read that sometimes if u think u've plateaued its generally good to take some time off. Even if you dont feel like you're tired or anything sometimes ur body could use the rest. It doesn't even have to be a complete week, just take like 3 or 4 days off.
     
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    the only time i take a week off is if im traveling or feel like my body needs it
     
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    2 months is barely enough time to call going to the gym a habit, much less make you deserving of taking a week off. Completely unnecessary unless you are injured.
     
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    My thoughts exactly.
     
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    and whats wrong with that? what difference does it make if its a mental burn out or physical.. either way, you may not want to keep going if you dont take a break..
     
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    I usually take 2-3 weeks a year off from the gym. I also quit caffeine on those weeks in order to regrow my receptors. It feels good to get some sleep, and let your body get a nice long time to heal and gear up. And I always come back ready to go. It's also a good time to change routines or splits or whatever as well. Always good to change things up.
     
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    its vital to regrow the receptors
     
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    Part of the reason people start going to the gym is because their lack of willpower or mental commitment/focus got them to a place they don't want to be physically.

    Going to the gym for me is about changing and improving myself and giving myself constant goals to work at and overcome difficulties. :dunno:

    If my body says its good to go I don't stop going just because I want to chill for a week instead of lifting.
     
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    and we're all cut from a different mold.. it was just a different viewpoint.
     
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    I don't really take entire weeks off (I'd go insane) but sometimes I overwork myself and I end up taking 3-4 consecutive days off.

    It helps a lot, I don't do it too often. It's not a conscious "planned" thing, but sometimes life gets in the way or I just don't feel like pushing through all the time and to me that's "okay" a few times a year. A lot of the time I come back and end up throwing an extra 10 lbs on every lift just because my CNS has had time to rest, along with my muscles, mind and spirit.
     
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  20. Style

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    Yea, in no way do I feel overtrained, injured, tired or anything. Matter of fact, my body tells me he wants more of it.

    The only reason I was suggesting this time off is because I thought it would be good.

    But thanks guys, I'll listen to my body ;)
     
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    in that case, keep going.
     
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    I'm getting ready to hit 2 weeks w/o the jim, and that is the halfway point. I hope surfing ist aking care of me lol. goodness !
     
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