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26 Feb 2003

muscle deteriaration
My question is quite simple but is bothering me. I go to gym quite regularly but I hear that if you stop going for a while your muscles will degenerate and u will be actually weeker than u were before you started going to gym. My question is, How long does it take approx for muscle degeneration to occur??
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01 Jan 0001

Hi John

Your muscles will not become weaker than before, they will just return to how they were before you started training. After about a two-week break from gym, the lack of stimulation of the muscles, might result in them starting to atrophy to pre-training strength. However, the process is not sudden, but occurs gradually.

The take-home message? Keep training! - but at a sustainable level!
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