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Resuming workouts after 2 months. Any beginner workout suggestions?

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I had to take a break from working out for 2 months.
When resuming after a long break, are there any good alternative workout plans that you follow to gain back some of the lost strength and stamina before they get back to your regular workout schedules? Or do you just do the same routines with lighter weights? Thanks.

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I would recommend keeping with the same routine and reducing intensity through lighter weights or time (aerobic), put a little more time in warming up and cooling down and don't hesitate to push yourself a bit. Typically you don't lose much strength/stamina within 2-3 months - but a lot has to do with why you took a break and how active (or not) you were during that time.

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My basic suggestion is listen to your body, don't overdo it at first. Workout for a week or two to get your body back into the routine before you start hitting it hard.


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Resuming workouts after 2 months. Any beginner workout suggestions?

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I had to take a break from working out for 2 months.
When resuming after a long break, are there any good alternative workout plans that you follow to gain back some of the lost strength and stamina before they get back to your regular workout schedules? Or do you just do the same routines with lighter weights? Thanks.


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I would recommend keeping with the same routine and reducing intensity through lighter weights or time (aerobic), put a little more time in warming up and cooling down and don't hesitate to push yourself a bit. Typically you don't lose much strength/stamina within 2-3 months - but a lot has to do with why you took a break and how active (or not) you were during that time.

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Agreed! Depending on your previous work capacity in the weight room and training in general he might bounce back to his previous shape within 2-3 weeks. Concept called "old man's strength", where the body remembers a specific weight, body composition. The human body is essentially a habit machine and that's what makes it hard to do technical improvements in sports mainly because you want to go back to old habits...hence athletes train 4-5 hours a day trying to overcome their techniqual habits. - Andreas Jul 10 '12 at 16:55

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