If you're worried about the effects of skipping a workout, studies show, you can still skip a certain percentage of workouts and still make gains.
How many times can you play truant from the gym and not lose your gains?
It’s a question that comes up every holiday or anniversary. A study in the Asian Journal Of Sports Medicine sought to find that magic line of demarcation. The study followed 90 male college students who followed a total-body workout program for 11 weeks. At the end of the program, the results were sorted into three groups based on attendance.
The groups who only missed five per cent or 15 per cent of the workouts made similar progress in how much weight they could bench press. However, the group who missed 25 per cent of the workouts made significantly less progress.
The leaders of the study theorise that you can miss 20 per cent of workouts and not risk losing very much of what you have been able to build.