losing strength and conditioning?
Been thinking this through.. how long does it normally take to lose your conditioning and strength? I've had some experience gaining it, but NOT losing it lol...
I've been out for a week now thanks to surgery on my eye socket.. was going to start again today, but probably not a good idea to push my luck with the stitches and such in there...
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my strength usually drops after about a 1 week + out of the gym, only takes a week or so to get back to normal though.
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Just had 3.5 weeks off as I went backpacking around Mexico (no training at all, less strict diet, quite a bit of beer/tequila despite not drinking much back home) and lost around 10kg off my bench and squat (just two examples).
I tend to go backpacking two or three times a year and find that if I have 3 weeks off it will take me about 3/4 weeks to get back to where I was. The first week back is normally DOMS hell!
Might be wrong but Im pretty sure you lose fitness quicker than strength and its usually between 1 and 2 weeks ( closer to 2 )where you will see a drop in fitness.
Technically you can maintain your max strength levels to within 10% for upto 21 days (the higher your training age the longer you will be able to go). But unless your a powerlifter / weightlifter / bodybuilder chances are it will be less than this time before you see a significant drop off.
vern gambetta said that development and decline of physical characteristics occurs in th following way.
Flexibility – Day to day
Strength – Week to Week
Speed – Month to Month
Work Capacity – Year to Year.
Probably about right from personal experience.
I would agree with that from personal experience as in the 3.5 weeks off my bench went from 3 x 8 of 110kg to 3 x 8 of 100kg which is just under 10%. My squat lost just under 10% as well.
Originally Posted by OllieR
On the Flexibility side of things... If I stretch 3 days a week and do nothing for 4 days am I losing a days worth of flexibility a week?
Originally Posted by OllieR
Sorry if the question sounds a bit dumb. Guess I'm interested in what the optimum is for increasing flexibility.
Very close to time for time in my case. If i'm out for a month it'll take a month to get back, 2 out....2 to get back etc.
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I've had a couple of times where I've achieved a personal best lift, not trained for 2 or 3 weeks and come back to beat it.
Cardio wise though if I've peaked, stopped and come back to it say 3 weeks later, I've definately lost some ability. I do suffer bad exercise induced asthma though.
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Originally Posted by Wiegieboard
did you happen to be training hard before the time off ? if so that is a classic super compensation result. I know a few coaches who train their athletes to the point of over training (and emotional breakdown !) and then back right off for around 10 -14 days. On return they usually smash all their pb's.