Forced 4 day break from a program: what to do?

guardian7

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I am following a step PTTP bench and DL program. I am only into the third workout, so I am adding weight rapidly. I did this program last year and am repeating it this winter.

There is a long Chinese New Year Holiday where I live and the gym is not open.

I am chomping at the bit and want to do something without messing up my cycle. What should I do? Chill, go for a walk, do some swings, work on my snatch technique, or hit the same bodyparts with pushups and suitcase KB deadlifts for volume? No barbell at home. Access to my press ladder weight/snatch KB and medium dumbells at home. I don't want to regress. Yesterday was a rest day already.
 

Antti

> 4k Posts
Nothing will happen with four days off. Continue from where you were when you get the chance.

If you feel like it, do some other exercise, just don't expect a training effect, unless you work on work capacity.
 

guardian7

More than 500 posts
Relax and drink beer! Four days is not worth worrying about - nothing negative (or positive) can happen in that timeframe
For various reasons, I only have 6 weeks to focus on frequent barbell work. I am not expecting much different just don't want to lose my good momentum.
 

LukeV

More than 300 posts
For various reasons, I only have 6 weeks to focus on frequent barbell work. I am not expecting much different just don't want to lose my good momentum.
Yes and that's actually fair enough. I get you. I know what it is to slavishly commit to X program in Y timeframe and to experience dejection when public holidays, transport strikes, natural disasters and/or pandemics get in the way. I can remember once, while drinking like 20 beers, discovering the one-program-to-rule-them-all and spending hours, in the bar, developing this complex spreadsheet that involved inputs and estimates and formulas to track progress. And racing down to the gym the very next day, slightly seedy, only to discover that they'd got rid of the dip machine and it was all for nothing. Devastating!
 

q.Hung

More than 500 posts
Hello. I'm in Vietnam, we also have longgggg Lunar new year ( can last about 1 month). Just enjoy your time of.
It's power to people cycle, not steroid cycle, it could not be mess up so easy :)

You can also do kettlebell deadlift if you afraid of loosing momentum.
Swing is also good, if you deadlift style is explosive like that
 

offwidth

> 7k Posts
It's like project management... those who live by the plan, can also die by the plan.
One needs to be flexible, resilient, and perhaps even... anti-fragile

4 days amounts to almost nothing in a lifelong pursuit
 
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