Research has shown that it may take only two weeks of no training to lose 25 to 30% muscle strength! The more muscle mass you have, the more muscle strength you stand to lose. Thus, experienced weight lifters and bodybuilders will likely lose more strength than novice gym goers and older adults. Why? The enhanced metabolism of advanced weight lifters puts them at greater risk of losing more muscle mass. When metabolic rate is elevated, muscle tissue tends to get catabolized faster (read: burned as fuel for energy). The human body does not need muscle to survive. The first tissue to go when energy reserves are low will be muscle tissue. Talk about unfairness! The more muscle you have, the more you'll lose!
BOTTOM LINE: When on a vacation be sure to perform at least some light weight lifting to preserve muscle mass and strength.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.