Im no superhero. BUT! Rest is surely needed.
I took a whole week off from training. Yes! Voluntarily! I havent done that in all of my 9 years of training. So why do it now? Its not like i got tired or burnt out from working out. It was more coming from a place of wanting to take care of my body first and foremost.
Things I would always worry about when considering taking time off:
- Weight gain- Further from the truth! I was able to rest more or sleep longer- 7.5 hrs +- and noticed my cravings subsided, my weight went down, I felt incredible! I kept the same calories as if i was training btw.
- Lose them gains- AHEM! most of our gains are done at rest. SOOOO the more you rest the more gains you will make. Just taking the time to sleep longer will make a world of difference.
- I wont come back- Yea when you voluntarily take a week off from training, even though you kinda dont want to, your really lighting a fire under your ass! You will come back with a vengeance and a desire to hit it hard when you return.
- Performance will suffer- Again with the rest and getting in some solid sack time you will be recovered enough to perform at your best upon your return; given that you hydrated properly as always, slept longer, ate properly as if you were still training.
I really took this time off to help my body heal of some minor nagging injuries cause i want to put in all i got and stop subbing out movements.
Hope this helps you guys understand the importance of REST and RECOVERY.