I tried this technique a few weeks ago. It was the first time in over 4 years I’d managed to convince myself that the frustration of being away from the gym was worth the potential benefits. What convinced me? Eric Cressey’s fantastic article on the subject.
I went into the gym 3 days that week instead of 4, and each session I kept to a total of about 30 mins, warm up included. Light weights, with one high volume/ extra light session. I limited myself on each day to 1 exercise per major muscle group. I did light cardio on the off days and stretching, abs etc.
I didn’t get as much extra sleep as one might expect with the extra time, because I wasn’t anywhere near as tired at night.
I have to say though, I think there’s really something to it. I came at things the following week with a freshness I’d not noticed I’d been missing and I have to say that since that time I think I’ve been somewhat better off. I think Mr. Cressey does indeed know what he’s talking about.
To those of you considering this very wise and useful technique, I urge you to give it a try, at least between schedule changes, which is when I fit it in, though I’m considering working them in, perhaps once every 4 to 6 weeks in some form. Which roughly corresponds with schedule shifts.
Eric Cressey = smart guy[/quote]
Cool; thanks! I’ve got another piece on tap that delves into the whole backoff week concept a bit further, so keep an eye out in the months to come.