In my younger and dumber years attending college in Germany, I hardly took advantage of all the great travel opportunities around me.
Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and London were each within 2 or 3 hours by plane.
A round-trip ticket wouldn't have cost more than a hundred bucks.
Still, my training was holding me back from visiting these European capitals.
Just the thought of taking a few days off from the gym would cause my stress levels to amplify and cortisol to flow like the Nile.
How could I ever enjoy walking around the Colosseum, watching the majestic Real Madrid play at Santiago Bernabeu, or sightseeing atop a red double-decker bus near Trafalgar Square when I was shrinking and getting weaker by the day?
Of course, those fears were unwarranted.
But back then I didn't know any better.
And I'm certainly not the only guy who's afraid a layoff from training will make all their gainzzz disappear like a fart into Sahara.
If that concerns you, check this out:
A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research rounded up 20 experienced weight trainers. After the participants completed their initial 4-week training program, they took two weeks off from training altogether before continuing lifting.
How much strength and muscle mass did the trainees lose during that layoff?
No strength or size lost.
And they didn't get any fatter. It's as if the layoff never happened.
So next time your family guilts you into taking a two-week vacation to a European metropolis where museums are plenty and hardcore gyms sparse...
Instead of grabbing the marble schlong of Michelangelo's David and doing one-arm pull-ups and inverted rows to counteract your fears of turning into a weaker and smaller version of Christian Bale in The Machinist, why not just go with the flow and enjoy the sights, the food and the change of scenery?
You'll have plenty of time to get back on track once you return home from your trip.
Once you do, your training program will be waiting here: