I start thinking about a break when I begin having trouble recovering from previous workouts and gains seam to slow, stop, or even reverse. Allot of it has to do with what I do in between the times at the gym that cause me not to get enough rest especially if it involves other physical activity or stress.
Back in my strength training days I'd take 4 days off every 4-5 weeks. I never hit a wall, ever.
Don't wait until your body can't take it anymore to take a break, it just takes longer to overcome that excess. It is like training through an injury, you longer do you it the longer it takes to recover from it. But 'overtraining' isn't an injury, so that makes it harder to feel and be aware of. You have to rely on your training history as information to better guide when you should take time off.
Always have periodized breaks in your program! Whether it is taking time off completely, doing light aerobic work or low intensity resistance, you really should.
he meant your grammar in your reply was in yoda speak, lol, as in it sounded like a quote from yoda and I lol'd at the reference!
â€œSize matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.â€
lol...man I looke all over the web for a link to a yoda emoticon but couldnt find one. I'm a starwars fan, not an extreme one that lives in the basement and never comes out and has memorabilia all over the place...