After a summer of training hard, eating clean and waiting with excitement for my lovely holidays I flopped....big time!
It's now been 3 weeks since I stepped foot into a gym, and you know what?... I feel ok about it. I'm not freaking out because I'm worried about a decline in strength, I'm not worried about muscle atrophy or the fact that I feel a little soft in the muscle fibre area....no! I'm cool with it, in fact I would go as far as to say that a long break is as good as training in some regards.
I'm a big believer in the notion that a change is as good as a rest and that a rest encourages change. In the 3 weeks that I've not trained I swear that my arms have grown, I've gained a half inch on my waist (my holiday was a cruise so delicious food literally fell into my mouth lol) and I feel pretty good.
Now I know that this can't be sustained and that I'll be back at the gym soon, gearing up for another winter bulk but I suppose I just want to let people know that if you take a break from training, you're gonna be ok!
When you do train then train your ass off and give it your all, but on the flip side, when you rest then you should rest completely. I've had 3 weeks of doing nothing with regards to muscle and strength training, though my steps have been up, and my CNS feels like it needed it. It isn't always apparent that you need rest from a physical standpoint as when you are hyped for the gym and hitting PB's it kinda shrinks back into the part of your brain that just doesn't want to listen, the place where decorating, cleaning the car, renewing insurance and going to see auntie Mary live!
BUT....you simply must rest because if you don't then the old CNS is going to catch up to you and simply shut you down.
I've had this happen to me before and it comes from nowhere! I was feeling great, training hard and then one day I woke up and felt like I had run 5 marathons back to back. My body simply shut down and I slept and slept, felt awful and didn't really have much of an appetite...then around 5-6 days later I woke up like nothing had happened and I believe it was my central nervous system firing me a warning shot.
For those in the dark, the CNS is basically the battery of the body. We can keep it fully charged with good nutrition, good training methods, an understanding for the need of rest and a good sleep pattern. We should always listen to our bodies and try to tune in to what keeps a pep in our step and what brings us down. Training programs are brilliant but looking after our mental and hormonal state is just as important and will only add to your physical goals.
In conclusion, make sure you look after yourself and remember that one missed gym session for the sake of you being tired or unwell, or just not feeling it, will not be detrimental to your end goals and shouldn't make you feel bad at all....I guarantee that the Instagram influencers you follow miss training sessions and sit watching the Avengers with a tub of ice cream....it's called balance.
Till next time...
The Blueprint PT.