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While you’re basking
under the sun, a Pina Colada in one hand and a book in the other,
remember that there’s a reason why your company gave you that
week-long furlough known as your vacation.
It’s because you need it. Your vacation time is benefiting
them as much as it is you.
Companies want their employees well-rested and refreshed, and not
the fatigued product of non-stop work schedule that will leave you
worn and lifeless. When you’re the latter and not the former,
you productivity in the workplace tends to falter badly.
The same principle goes for bodybuilding. If you’re working
your muscles overtime, blasting them five or six days a week for
months at a time, then take this bit of advice:
Give it a rest.
That’s right, over-training is one of the cardinal sins many
bodybuilders are so frequently guilty of, pumping away with heart
and fire, trying to turn out the desired results in one
Fatigue is certainly a bodybuilder’s archnemesis. When
you’re muscles are being overworked, they will not perform
for you. Thus, your gains will be replaced by pains. You’ll
see yourself in a rut, treading along but going nowhere. And
you’ll find that every workout day, you’re just
dragging yourself to the gym.
The general feel is that hard trainers should grind out six to
eight weeks of vigorous training before taking a one-week layoff to
recuperate. Of course, this is not etched in stone; some trainers
will find an energy spurt that can take them further without a
break (say 10 weeks or so), while others could burn out after just
a few short weeks.
When and how long you rest depends on you.
However, your layoff period should not be marked on a calendar. Do
not come back from a break and automatically mark your next one in
eight weeks. The vacations you take from training should not be
planned ahead of time, but rather, spontaneously.
And when it comes to this vacation, your body is your only
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