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When to take a week off the gym

Many seasoned exercisers and athletes regularly schedule a week off every eight to 12 weeks. There's no hard and fast rule about how many rest days to take or when to take them. The key is to listen to your body, for signs of overtraining, and to your mind, for signs of boredom or exhaustion.

Is it OK to take 1 week off from working out?

Taking a few days off will actually do more to improve your fitness and training. Typically, I recommend that people take a few days off from exercising every six to eight weeks, assuming you work out at a good intensity and are consistent.

When should you take a week off from the gym?

By taking a week-long break from exercise about every six to eight weeks, you give the structures with less blood flow time to recover, which helps you avoid overuse injuries.

Will a week off the gym affect my gains?

Contrary to what you may have heard, you won't lose muscle or strength if you take a week or two off from the gym. It takes a while to build muscle, and it doesn't just disappear the second you stop lifting. Take more than three weeks off, though, and you will probably lose some strength and muscle.