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aidan
12-29-2005, 06:18 AM
Something to ponder...after learning as much as I have in the past 12 months regarding training and nutrition thanks to MBN forum, I think it is fair to say that pre/post w/o nutrition and recovery (among others) is essential for gains in lbm and for fat loss. These practices also take a lot of time and dedication.
Over this festive period, I have found myself drinking more alcohol, eating foods I wouldn't normally, missing meals etc etc. All due to the fact that my routine is completely disrupted. So, I just went with it and intend to get back into things when the routine can be re-established.
My question is, is it worthwhile going to the gym at all during this period? It may be once or twice a week, but very dis-jointed, knowing that you'll probably be drinking wine and eating with friends later in the evening, or that New Years Eve is in 2 days which results in some form of a party.
I believe that going to the gym while doing all this is a complete waste of time and mental energy as you'll be just spinning your wheels. Best off waiting to the New Year when all celebrations have died down and you're back in work and in a routine. Any thoughts???

elissalowe
12-29-2005, 02:36 PM
Something to ponder...after learning as much as I have in the past 12 months regarding training and nutrition thanks to MBN forum, I think it is fair to say that pre/post w/o nutrition and recovery (among others) is essential for gains in lbm and for fat loss. These practices also take a lot of time and dedication.
Over this festive period, I have found myself drinking more alcohol, eating foods I wouldn't normally, missing meals etc etc. All due to the fact that my routine is completely disrupted. So, I just went with it and intend to get back into things when the routine can be re-established.
My question is, is it worthwhile going to the gym at all during this period? It may be once or twice a week, but very dis-jointed, knowing that you'll probably be drinking wine and eating with friends later in the evening, or that New Years Eve is in 2 days which results in some form of a party.
I believe that going to the gym while doing all this is a complete waste of time and mental energy as you'll be just spinning your wheels. Best off waiting to the New Year when all celebrations have died down and you're back in work and in a routine. Any thoughts???
How long has it been since you've taken a break from training? If it's been at least 3 months, then you could be due for a layoff. There are both physical and psychological benefits for taking some R & R.

On the other hand - there are benefits to keeping up some semblance of a routine, even if it's "disjointed." It's not a good thing to be too rigid and take an "all or nothing" attitude about your workouts. Getting some activity in is important for damage control. Even a few haphazard workouts can help keep surplus fat pounds from creeping up on you, and make the transition back into your full program less painful.

Either way, I don't see the consequences of a) slacking off completely; or b) doing random workouts as being a big deal either way - provided that you get back on track once the hangover's behind you. It's the big picture that's important, and a week or two of goofing off and partying shouldn't derail that. See: http://www.bodybuildingrevealed.com/members/showthread.php?t=3371 for some inspiration.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays! ;)

alwaysimprove
12-29-2005, 02:36 PM
What I have done is pretty much time it so that this week is an "off week". I am doing alot of cardio though to try to keep the fat gained to a minimum, also I will require the cardiovascular capacity next week when I start my fat burning program. I see that you asked a question about adding cardio to GBC. If you are intending on doing GBC I'd recommend doing cardio before starting it because GBC is quite taxing on the cardiovascular system as well as your muscles. Just my 2 cents :)