Originally Posted by 5kgLifter
Does anyone else have personal experience of no or little substantial loss in strength gains after having a lay-off from training, for whatever reason?
I think it depends how far along the strength curve you are, I think the closer you are to your starting strength the easier it will be to maintain this after a break.
My own example, I could raw squat 500lbs prior to taking 18 months off to do some travelling. I came back from that and promptly ripped my right hamstring pretty much clean off the bone with a mere 400lbs deadlift. Gutted. It has taken me pretty much 4 years to get most of that strength back and I still haven't duplicated the 500lbs squat raw.
On the other hand I used to suffer with minor back issues when I first started training that would lay me off for a few weeks. I would typically come back at the same level of strength that I left off at, around 300-350lbs.
At the upper levels of strength I think the drop off is markedly higher.