So does muscle actually atrophy from not working out for weeks or even months? I can understand that muscle atrophies if you do not use the muscle at all(like being bedridden for a month), but if you just go about normal activities(shy of working out), will muscle actually atrophy in the short term?
yes it will, its happened to me a lot…over the last 8 months my training was pretty inconsistent mostly due to injuries and i lost muscle and lbs even while still keeping food intake and protien intake fairly high.
to the OP the trick with dealing with injuries is to keep training! find movements that don’t hurt you and work the hell out of them, elbow tendonitus sounds shitty, i can think of tons of excersizes it would affect, however there’s definately a good amount of movements that i can bet would not irritate it. you have to figure those out for yourself though.
I learned this when i hurt my shoulder this year, i couldnt do any benching, back or front squating, or arm work because of it. obviously that sucked but instead of taking time off here’s what i ought to have done
-to maintain pressing power and strength, i could of done neutral grip floor presses
-Most back movements would of been fine, should worked really hard on row variations and got strong on them (deadlifts and rack pulls hurt though)
-for legs i could of done any single leg work, bulgarian splits, lunges, step ups etc
-Abs…i could of trained abs for once in my life, haha
i know injuries can be really demotivating, but you gotta get back in the gym as soon as possible and do your best to train around it, even if it means training in ways you don’t enjoy as much.
GrindOverMatter , so true. I think injuries are the one true test(at least for me) of drive and motivation and to try and stay positive. Injuries are majorly depressing especially with the thought that you could lose months of progress.
I’m going to go back to squats, lunges…sigh abz… today. It will probably be a huge mental boost that i need after weeks of coming home and plopping on the couch after work. That and a nice shipment of supps is arriving from Biotest :-D.