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Good to know. My own experience certainly matches what was written.
I give my son all of Jul off, then start slowly back in Aug. That's b/c wrestling is a collision sport, not as bad as football, but it can leave you with microfractures or other traumatic damage to tissue. I want that to heal completely, and give him time off from the mental effort.
Also tends to get two full weeks off immediately after folkstyle season ends.
Yeah, much better to rely on the anecdotal experience of you and your buddies a.k.a. BroScience. No apologies for the sarcasm.
The problem is not so much the research studies - I agree that many of them are bullshit (in part fostered and encouraged by the "publish or perish" nature of academia) - but in the ability of readers to analyze the studies:
(1) Do the results make sense? Is the study design flawed or does it approximate real life?
(2) Is the statistical analysis and interpretation of the data valid? (3) Has are the results applicable to my training? Doing X produced good results for a group of "A" (say untrained women in their 20s), but will doing Y produce better results for me (a previously trained man in his 60s)?
(4) What are the other options?
If you compare two people; one who has been sedentary all their life, who drank more beer than milk, with a high fat content and little muscular development; the other who has been physically active all their life, who drank more milk than beer, with lean and strong muscular development; a few days or even weeks will make little difference to the comparison.
Bird Dog: Strength and power diminish measurably after 7-10 days, cardio fitness after one week without stressing your heart hard.
While true, the statement tends to leave the impression that years of conditioning are lost after a few days.
Consider two 100 kg 200-lbs men of similar height. After years of a less than healthy lifestyle, the first has a body fat percentage of about 30%. The second has maintained an active lifestyle and is a lean 10% body fat. The difference is 40-lbs of fat versus muscle. They both take a month-long vacation of lounging at the beach drinking piña coladas. At the end, the latter will almost certainly still be in much better physical condition than the former.
Better still, the two take a walking tour together of the countryside around Maggie's Farm. Walking in the country is an excellent physical and psychical exercise. While it may not build strong muscle and potent spirit, it helps keep the muscles and spirit you do have in good trim.
Irrelevant since it's pretty much impossible for someone of the same height with twice as much body fat to weight the same. Muscle is more dense than fat, but not to that degree. Body fat percentage is also more a function of heredity and diet, not exercise, so that's a fail as well.
A person does not establish a 'bank' of fitness by exercising. Your body condition is a function of how much your muscles have been used in the recent past. Stop using them and you start to lose it. Your body may not consume the muscle tissue immediately so you won't look much different but you'll notice the decrease in performance very soon.
Walking is nice, maybe spiritually uplifting, and certainly better than sitting around drinking pina coladas, but does little to improve general fitness for anything other than moving around.