awesome replies. Is there a reason why you take 2 weeks min. robo?[/quote]
I’m 34, have had 2 shoulder surgeries and a slipped disk over the years. Any chance I have to rest I take it. training nonstop year round was something I could get away with when I was 20 but it catches up to you.
Age and injury aside I think it’s a good idea to give your body some downtime. Even when I do start back up its pretty light weight low intensity type of training for a couple weeks. Think about the stress you go through to peak for a meet and then you go out an do 100%+ max outs on the 3 big lifts.
Your muscles are depleted, your nervous system is fried, your tendons are inflamed. Let your body recharge, and let your brain rewire itself.
There is a good article written for usa gymnastics back in the late 90s about the need for gymnasts to take time off after their competitions.
A lot of the advice is more about trying to maintain max strength with minimal size but it translates well for what powerlifters do too. I’ll try to dig it up as it explains the theories behind taking longer rest and recuperation periods.