So as you may or may not know, I am a gym freak. I started in March after I noticed a plateau from my at-home workouts because I needed to start using a higher weight. In July, I took about a month break from lifting. I can make all the excuses I want, but I was sick for one week and then found it very hard to get back into it. When I finally forced myself to go, I learned some things that I think you might find useful if you’re planning on going to the gym after a long break.
- Don’t go too hard your first day back. Seriously. I thought I could go back to lifting my old PRs and I couldn’t walk for about a week. Take about 20 pounds and try higher reps for your first few days.
- Try to maintain eating while on a break. When I don’t exercise regularly, my appetite is quite small. I lost a lot of my size in only one month and I think it’s because my eating decreased.
- Just get back into it. I like to say “oh I’ll go later,” but I never do. Just go and stop making excuses.
- It’s okay and probably even healthy to take a break sometimes. If you’ve been lifting for a while, you’re probably used to sore muscles and joints. Taking a break from lifting for even for a week will help give your body a well-deserved break from all the strenuous exercise that it’s used to. You will not lose muscle progress in just one week.
- If your break is a bit longer though, you will lose some size, but good thing is that you’ll gain it back pretty easily. I’d say I gained my mass back within two weeks. Your muscles remember the movements and become pretty keen to grow.