Many people like to take the summer off from training, hoping to jump back in once the sunshine and heat turns to clouds and cold, wet days. For those who take the summer off however, getting back into their routine can be a challenge – both mentally and physically. While you may be mentally prepared to jump back into your previous routine, you may have some work to do physically before you can get back to your previous level of fitness.
When you take time off from your training – a.k.a. ‘detraining’ – you can expect your fitness level to decrease. While you may be expecting this loss after a longer absence, you may be surprised to learn that even a two week break can significantly affect the amount of oxygen supplied to your muscles when exercising at your hardest, a.k.a. your VO2 max. When compared to VO2 max, strength gains will decrease at a slower rate, particularly for athletes who may still retain close to half of their original strength a year later!¹
At Body & Soul, we urge our clients to book a reassessment after taking an extended absence from training. Not only will a reassessment help your trainer revise and modify your exercise program based on your current level of health and fitness, but it will also help you both identify and establish new and relevant goals.