I am just woundering how long it would take to start loseing muscle mass if u stoped working out. For example, if I got injured in a way and didnt go to the gym for a week but still ate good foods and alot of food would i lose any musclse mass??????
actually i took about 2 years off and i didn't lose that much in size.. my strength is far beyond what it was 2+ years ago yet my size has not increased that much since i started workin out again 3+ months ago
It’s all depend on the person. I have a few friend that when they stop working out you can’t really tell what they have lost. With me is a whole different story. If I stop working out I lose my gains FAST. But as soon as I start working out again I gain all back and more so quick it’s hard to believe. What I also notice is that I make gains quicker than those who are lets say naturally swole.
I have read (Muscle-fitness magazine, European summer edition) that you could take a pause from exercise for about 4 weeks (for example an vacation) and still lose no muscle-mass or strength that you had made in the last period.
This is only the case if you continue to eat healthy and consume enouch calories during the pause.
well, mudge, you can't just sit on the sofa watching soap operas, I think the key is to do exercise, just lighter at home type exercise... some pushups, situps, side bridges, pull ups, if you can... i think incorporating some of these exercises along with eating well, you can maintain a your LBM for longer than if you were in a full body cast or something... the magazine was talking about vacations... so on a vacation you could still get a work out, just maybe not at a gym...
If I take 7-10 days off, I usually come back and actually perform BETTER. My max bench is about 280 after a week off. When I train normally (3-4d/wk) I can barely get 270. So I think a week layoff 2 or 3 times a year is benificial, especially if you use forced reps, drop sets, tri-sets etc.
I hurt my shoulder and took 6 weeks off and my max bench dropped all the way down to 215, almost 25% in just 6 weeks, man that was depressing.
In some ways I have never gotten everything back and that was many months ago, I had 18.5" arms at that time and am 18 1/8" now. I decided to diet down not long after that so I at least got rid of alot of useless weight.
If I take two weeks off I will see a shift from lean body mass to fat and loose a significant amount of strength. It doesn't take my body long at all, it's like swimming upstream in a fast flowing river.
If you stopped working out and still ate alot of food you would get fat! and lose muscle, myself I stopped for 1 year and went from 220lbs down to 175lbs in 1 year of not working out my body still looked like I was in good shape I just did'nt eat as much, I could see my abs lightly and i still had 16 inch arms down from 18.5 inchs, I'am now back to 202lbs and my muscle maturity has improved alot from before.
First of all, there isnt any time frame on muscle loss. everyones metabolism is different, and everyones eating habits are different. if youve gained a substantial amount of mass in 3 months buy hitting the weights and cant make it to the gym for some time for various reasons... thats okay.. as long as you keep a good amount of protein and other nutrients in your body, then you wont lose much mass at all. Your body wont necessaryily burn muscle unless its deprived of the nutrients it needs for energy. If you dont eat for a month then yes, you will lose mass. Although, you should keep working out regularly to keep a healthy standpoint, it doesnt mean your body will automatically flush itself if youre not in the gym... you may gain a little fat etc.. and you may not be as cut up as you were before. But thats easily fixed. The guy below "vanity" has no clue what hes talking about. You are what you eat... Just get back into the gym as soon as you can
I would think that it also depends how much protein that you keep in your diet during your offtime as well.... just guessing. I know when you are cutting your exercises are much different and are not designed for muscle gain but to keep as much as possible while cutting. This involves eating aprox 1g of protien for each lb similar idea right?...