View Full Version : how often should you take a week off from training?
03-02-2009, 04:31 PM
Does anyone knows how often should you take a week off from training?
03-02-2009, 04:33 PM
I've heard every 9 weeks.
03-02-2009, 04:36 PM
I don't think there is an exact amount of time. Everybody is different just listen to your body and do what feels right. If you are feeling worn down or tired take a week off.
03-02-2009, 04:44 PM
I just got finished with my off week. I think I worked out for 9-10 week before. Just my luck- I got really sic durring this off-week.
03-02-2009, 05:14 PM
I usually take a week off like every 6 months or so
03-02-2009, 06:03 PM
When you stop making progress or your body is telling you you need it.
I think it depends on your training style, but when you're tired, feel beaten down, achy, it's time to take a little time off.
I train HIT and I go about 6-8 weeks then I need a week off.
03-03-2009, 12:32 PM
I take an off week every 8 months
03-03-2009, 12:36 PM
I don't plan it. It just happens. Like this week. Trained on Friday...worked all day Sat and Sun. Sick on Monday and today. It'll be Wednesday at the earliest before I get to the gym so that's almost a week off.
03-03-2009, 12:37 PM
When it's needed: if you see gains/strength decreasing, then that is a good sign. Other signs of overtraining includes lack of appetite, sleeplessness, etc.
03-03-2009, 12:40 PM
I plan a full week every 8 weeks. And then I review/change my program etc.
Having said that if I know I have a holiday or work commitments or anything else coming up that could effect my ability to train I use that as my week off even if I have to extend the time a few weeks.
03-03-2009, 03:40 PM
Great, all of the above answers are great, I only take time off when I get sick, maybe twice a year. :)
03-03-2009, 05:16 PM
varies for each individuals recovery ability and genetics... but general rule of thumb is
1 week every 2 months. and 2 weeks every 6 months.
03-03-2009, 10:17 PM
I used to 'plan' a week off every 12 weeks... Now i am more in tune with my body, and i rarely take a FULL week off... I will usually take an extended break, like an extra 3 days off when I feel like I need it....
03-05-2009, 01:36 PM
Whenever you feel the body is exhausted. Or if you're going on on vacation or something just take the time to relax the mind/body. You'll come back refreshed.
I took a whole month off at the end of last year just because. I was exhausted in everyway from training/eating/scheduling. Didn't step foot in a gym. I feel amazing now and was A LOT more motivated when I started back.
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