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CREATIVECALICO Posts: 300
1/10/13 5:49 P

My current performance is definitely motivation to not take long breaks again!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,682
1/10/13 6:14 A

Yes, you will start to lose condition after a week without working out. Even if things are crazy, even working out once a week can help at least maintain fitness levels. (Don't mean to beat up on you, just a general message about prevention).

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
RUN4FOOD Posts: 1,432
1/9/13 4:40 P

Because of unrelated health reasons I did very little exercising over the past 9 months.
I lost it all.
In the first quarter of last year I ran 2 marathons and 5 half marathons. Right now I can't even run 2 minutes without hurting.
Hope both of us can get back to where we were rapidly.

Gary
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,595
1/9/13 8:06 A

I agree that this seems normal. I also agree with the previous poster that you'll be able to get back to where you were more quickly than it took you to get there the first time.

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
SASAHAMMER Posts: 129
1/9/13 7:17 A

This seems normal to me. I've taken two weeks off and had to decrease weight by more than 25% to return to exercise. The bright spot is that is that strength and endurance will come back quicker than it took you to build it in the first place. Just do the best you can and you'll catch back up.

It makes you appreciate how fit you really were before you stopped!

BENTOGYRL Posts: 107
1/9/13 5:56 A

Well, I was running for 45 minutes straight at 10,000 feet above sea level. And then I stopped for 5 weeks, and when I started up again, I had to go back to running 2 minutes and walking 5 and then work my way back up.

The same with weight lifting, I was up to squatting 100 lbs, but then I stopped for six months and had to go back to the beginning with just the bar and start all over again.

CREATIVECALICO Posts: 300
1/9/13 5:50 A

Yes, I know you will lose some strength and endurance. But I lost a LOT! My time and weights used for the benchmark yesterday was worse than a YEAR ago--not just a few months ago.

BENTOGYRL Posts: 107
1/9/13 5:44 A

Well, I'm not a spark trainer, but yes it is normal.
You start to lose muscle strength after two weeks of not using it.

I have stopped weight lifting even for a week, and had to decrease my weights upon coming back. The same with running.

CREATIVECALICO Posts: 300
1/9/13 5:41 A

Can one of the Spark Trainers tell me if it's normal to lose a LOT of strength and endurance from just a month of little exercise? I was doing 3x Crossfit with a day or two of 2 mile runs a week for close to a year. I took December off and now it feels like I'm back at the beginning! And it doesn't just feel like that. I've compared my time and weights on some benchmark workouts and I've gotten a LOT worse :(

First of all, I am NEVER taking that long of a exercise break again! But more importantly, does that seem normal?

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