It’s been a while since I last took a break from lifting, and it was stupid of myself to let myself go this long without taking a break or a de-load session from the gym.
So what are some signs that a break may be in store from the gym? If you find yourself trying to come up with excuses as to why you shouldn’t train a certain body part today, then you may need a break. If you find yourself simply exhausted and run into the ground after your second set, then a break may be in order for you.
Of course, over time you will learn when you need to schedule a break from lifting into your training schedule.
Taking this break will not only ensure that ALL of your muscles have made a full recovery from their last workout session, but it will allow your central nervous system to catch a break from the stresses of being in the gym as well. Trust me, working in a week of rest every two and a half to three months or so is beneficial to your body. Your body will thank me later.