When I arrived in Denver on Sunday, I had planned to get in several workouts this week. Instead, for different reasons, I decided to take the entire week off and get extra sleep and calories. I’ve been looking for insomnia relief for a long time. Maybe the trip would be the answer. I haven’t touched a kettlebell in days, and I’m climbing the walls.
This is a good thing.
I had not taken a week off–or just had a week of light effort–in months. I have not seen negative effects from this, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. You can only push so hard for so long before needing a recharge.
If you are new to strength training, I would advise that you get in the habit of working hard for three weeks, then either taking a week off or having the fourth week be a very light week. You could do something entirely different than the program you are used to, or do the same thing, but only working with a fraction of the volume.
If you are experienced, I would recommend the back off weeks even more. It may seem counterintuitive, but giving yourself a chance to rest can be the best way to jumpstart progress again.
The result is that I miss the gym. It’s only been a week, but I can’t wait to get back and tear it up. That is going to result in some great things and some great progress.
So, for you fitness and strength people: do you plan down time in your programs? Why or why not?
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