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    It's ok to take time off...

    So I finally realized it's ok to take time off from the gym. It wasn't my choice, but it happened. I had to leave town for about 10 days for work in the middle of nowhere Texas. During those 10 days I constantly kept thinking about how I'm losing all my hard earned gains. About the only exercise options I had were body weight movements (push ups, pull ups, squats) and some cinder blocks for curls lol.

    Something great came of this. I didn't realize how much my joints and tendons were hurting until they stopped hurting. I had one of the best workouts ever when I got back home. I feel almost rejuvenated.

    Maybe it was being in the land of The 44 that preserved my gains. I did feel an odd tingle in my balls as soon as I crossed that Texas border 🤔.

    Anyways... Back at it and feeling great. This EQ should be kicking in full strength pretty soon so it's time to make the most of it.

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    Time off is one of those things that we know is good for us, but at the same time find it so hard to do sometimes. Taking a whole week off from the gym, I have all this free time and don't know what to do with myself. Nowadays, I usually compromise with myself and take regular deloads about every 6 weeks.

    Interesting, I reside in the land of The 44, but never correlated this with the tingle in my balls.

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    ive talked about this several times and its more than imperative to take time off... you dont realize it in the moment, but you come back far better than before... that rest has numerous benefits that you NEED to make bigger gains





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    Quote Originally Posted by [9oNe6][email protected] View Post
    you know whats funny is i will still use the hotel gym lol. but just lightweight before going to the pool or something
    Lol, I know what you mean. Hotel gym's do serve a purpose....deload workouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodean30 View Post
    So I finally realized it's ok to take time off from the gym. It wasn't my choice, but it happened. I had to leave town for about 10 days for work in the middle of nowhere Texas. During those 10 days I constantly kept thinking about how I'm losing all my hard earned gains. About the only exercise options I had were body weight movements (push ups, pull ups, squats) and some cinder blocks for curls lol.

    Something great came of this. I didn't realize how much my joints and tendons were hurting until they stopped hurting. I had one of the best workouts ever when I got back home. I feel almost rejuvenated.

    Maybe it was being in the land of The 44 that preserved my gains. I did feel an odd tingle in my balls as soon as I crossed that Texas border 🤔.

    Anyways... Back at it and feeling great. This EQ should be kicking in full strength pretty soon so it's time to make the most of it.

    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
    Dude, I've preached the benefits of time off constantly over the years. It's actually better for your body AND your gains to do so. I usually take a full 7-10 days off completely every 3 to 4 months. It helps my body heal any nagging injuries and let's my body recover. EVERY time I go back to training my gains take off as my body appreciates the break and responds incredible to that stimulus again. I do this regularly to break plateaus. Once people can grasp the concept that it takes a LONG time to atrophy and lose gains, and understand the benefits of time off, it can make a drastic difference in progress

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    Quote Originally Posted by [9oNe6][email protected] View Post
    exactly..i still gotta get a slight pump before going out for the day just to feel in place
    Got to get that "pump" fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickRock View Post
    Dude, I've preached the benefits of time off constantly over the years. It's actually better for your body AND your gains to do so. I usually take a full 7-10 days off completely every 3 to 4 months. It helps my body heal any nagging injuries and let's my body recover. EVERY time I go back to training my gains take off as my body appreciates the break and responds incredible to that stimulus again. I do this regularly to break plateaus. Once people can grasp the concept that it takes a LONG time to atrophy and lose gains, and understand the benefits of time off, it can make a drastic difference in progress
    I think most of us "know" this, but how many actually practice it? I'm certainly guilty and this was a good lesson for me. I was stalling on some lifts and now I feel like I can blast through those plateaus.

    I should have deloaded before starting this cycle, but stubbornness prevailed.

    Rick, how do you schedule your time off? During your cruise I assume.

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    do any of you guys prefer a deload week instead taking full days off ? i found that having a deload week has been very beneficial at getting my energy levels back up, feeling more rested, and still allows me to go the gym so i'm at least staying active.
    Last edited by itswhatever; 06-15-2017 at 05:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodean30 View Post
    So I finally realized it's ok to take time off from the gym. It wasn't my choice, but it happened. I had to leave town for about 10 days for work in the middle of nowhere Texas. During those 10 days I constantly kept thinking about how I'm losing all my hard earned gains. About the only exercise options I had were body weight movements (push ups, pull ups, squats) and some cinder blocks for curls lol.

    Something great came of this. I didn't realize how much my joints and tendons were hurting until they stopped hurting. I had one of the best workouts ever when I got back home. I feel almost rejuvenated.

    Maybe it was being in the land of The 44 that preserved my gains. I did feel an odd tingle in my balls as soon as I crossed that Texas border 🤔.

    Anyways... Back at it and feeling great. This EQ should be kicking in full strength pretty soon so it's time to make the most of it.

    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
    Pussy... just kidding. Where in Texas bro? I'd have brought your ass some DB's!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodean30 View Post
    So I finally realized it's ok to take time off from the gym. It wasn't my choice, but it happened. I had to leave town for about 10 days for work in the middle of nowhere Texas. During those 10 days I constantly kept thinking about how I'm losing all my hard earned gains. About the only exercise options I had were body weight movements (push ups, pull ups, squats) and some cinder blocks for curls lol.

    Something great came of this. I didn't realize how much my joints and tendons were hurting until they stopped hurting. I had one of the best workouts ever when I got back home. I feel almost rejuvenated.

    Maybe it was being in the land of The 44 that preserved my gains. I did feel an odd tingle in my balls as soon as I crossed that Texas border 🤔.

    Anyways... Back at it and feeling great. This EQ should be kicking in full strength pretty soon so it's time to make the most of it.

    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk

    So your saying I can have a tingle in my balls also just by visiting the land of the 44????

    Interesting... lol

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