What does a year of NO TRAINING do to a muscle physique?

Hi guys and girls,

By now most of you know 2017 was a bummer year in my fitness quest. Nearly a month in total in hospital and striken by doctor from gym for just under twelve months…even brisk walking was not permitted.

But alas as off 1st Jan 2018 I am cleared by the doctor to enter the gym again! MAN I was SO glad.

So now, just over a month after I returned to gym, I am reflecting on how far my body has regressed and how far I have already progressed after the 1st month of training.

I’ve done this short documentary type video showing you my shape at 52, then the lowest point off my shape after 12 months of complete training absence and lastly my current shape 1 month after I returned to gym.

To watch the video, click here “12-months no training effect on a muscled body”

I am very positive after the progress of the 1st month, that reaching a level close to my best at age 52 should take not much more than 4 months at most.

The important thing now is to control my eagerness to raise the weight size to quickly. This can very easily result in tendon issues which is NOT what I am looking for now. So absolute wisdom needs to apply.

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So who is joining me on this quest?

Wish you all happy training!


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Author: gertlouw

In the deepest south of South Africa you will find me. Dwelling in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. I live close to God and try to follow in the footsteps of Christ as led the Holy Spirit. I am a fitness freak right now…but struggle with the cardio – my body just not built for much cardio! The weights I LOVE throwing around! The battle against the weights and intense strength required, is really my cup of tea! I am one of those LOUD guys in gym while training, that’s why I train when as little as possible people around…lol! Starting now with my building phase (3 months) and me and my training partner is really pushing each other to new heights. He is more cardio orientated than me so he is currently KILLING ME! SO 6-PACK, I AM WAITING…SHOW ME HOW DEEP YOUR CUTS CAN GO! Other passions include Karate and Judo and wrestling (and off course surfing for many years). Karate I did for many years, Judo 4 yrs and for a short period kickboxing until I was knocked silly one time with blood all over and teeth protruding through my lip, but if I have to choose over, I would choose wrestling…simply because of the brutal power against power game with your opponent. Love it. Love my home theatre hobby, making youtube videos and spending time with family! Can’t wait for 4K projectors to hit mainstream! For those interested, this blog is my database of all my fitness and transformation knowledge. And NO (!) I am not getting any money for it, not selling anything on it and neither do I promote anything on it or getting sponsored by anybody. My blog is simply where I want to help other guys living a healthier life and become the best they can be, inside and out and ultimately it is my legacy I want to leave my one and only son – now 7 y/o and already eager to get his 6-pack! I started my healthy living after a very close call with death at age 40 and since then fighting against severe kidney and liver damage. Don’t like talking about it, but this is now 10 years after I was given 2 years to live. After much hardship one of my main aims now is to assist other guys with healthy living and transforming themselves inside and out. I don’t know how much grace will still be given me, but I live now every moment to be the best I can be. To be the best bodybuilder I can be, the best father, best husband and best friend to those whom my paths crosses. I want to live a life worth living and not just do what excites me or pleases me. Living with grace everyday, death becomes a closer reality. This is how I view it: ~DEATH~ A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side..’ Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know..’ ‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?’ The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.’ Feel free to contact me directly if you wish. Reading this far, the last bit important info on me you need to know, is that my anchor in life is Jesus Christ. Please bear in mind, English is my 2nd language and as a result their might be spelling, grammatical and other language errors in my blog – I do apologise for this! Wish you all many blessings. Gert Louw

20 thoughts on “What does a year of NO TRAINING do to a muscle physique?

  1. All the best, Gert, on your mission to regain your health and fitness this year! I too have experienced the challenges of getting back into shape after injuring myself lifting, playing football, etc. Keep persevering, for you are an inspiration to many! May Christ richly bless you this year! Regards, Shack

      1. Gert, I’m almost recovered from injuring my ribs! I should be back in the gym in about a week or two! Like you I have blogged about my progress after injury/illness with the hopes of encouraging others! Thanks for being honest about your strengths and weaknesses, your ups and downs. Your integrity is a breath of fresh air! Blessings! Shack

  2. Gert,

    The progress you have made in one months training is fantastic, you can see in the video that is all on its way back. Fantastic motivation for all!



    1. I’ve already told you that I am with you in this journey.
      Today is the first day of my trip.
      Looking at your pictures I believe , now we have very similar physiques.
      I have followed you for years and seen you make tremendous gains. So let’s go on this journey together Gert.
      You know I am with you.

      Sent from my iPad
      Mr. Eric M. McCulla
      Social Studies Teacher
      Tacony Charter Academy

      1. Wow Rick after all these years we’ve been friends…to hear you commit yourself like this…I am proud of you!
        There are a serious amount of free info on my site to help you but gonna try and do a video for you about resuming training after a serious /long layoff…Let’s do this buddy!

    1. Awesome Mark…let’s do this. Send me before the end of the year your before and after photo and I will post it on my site for you if you want! Let’s make u famous lol! But serious let’s get it done…

  3. Dear Gert,
    I have admired your sucess over the years but for many difficult reasons in my personal life I never wanted to contact you because I felt it would never be somthing I could achieve at age 55… even saying my age upsets me for the time I lost and thrown away… I don’t drink or smoke…never have, but food and diet have been difficult to manage while dealing with emotional issues in my life.
    I have had sucess over the years and at one time in my 30s i was in good shape

    I think seeing you as a ordinary guy just getting over a difficult medical situation in your life and then being Gert and doing your extraordinary stuff to be in great shape again has inspired me to write to you with a message of support and respect…and in some way hope for myself being part of your journey.

    Dublin Ireland

    1. Hi Sean – I felt like that over loosing my hair and spend many, many dollars on hair creams and stuff trying to save and grow what was not there…eventually I accept my fate and now well, I love my bald head. Such with our age…yeah getting old sucks on the body but I will never exchange the benefits of achieving older age wisdom! Plus we still CAN manipulate this body to a GREAT extent…and as with anything good in life it just takes some serious effort.
      The fact that you was once in great shape count GREATLY in your favour. Your body will easier reach that shape again than a person who have never been a good shape.
      So from me…thanks doe that kind message and to you “LET’S DO THIS!” When you start seeing the benefits again it will fire you on to reach higher and as you journey you will find you will be able to deal SO MUCH better with “life” Be blessed my brother…G.

  4. I have complete faith in you buddy
    You’ll be able to get through this minor setback.
    You are one tough mother!

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