Those bodybuilders who take 2 to 3 months off of continuous training following a tough competitive season are usually the guys that end up being able to compete for 10 year or more. On the other hand, the men who complete a show, take the afternoon off, then return to the gym at full voracity the next morning are more likely to burn out, either mentally or physically, before their more relaxed peers.
The same rules can apply to you, on a much smaller scale. We all know that as a non-professional bodybuilder, you have many more things in life that are more important than bodybuilding. Family, work, school, and friends should always come first. Bodybuilding is but a tool to help you enjoy these things more! Finding the time and discipline to force yourself to train, eat right, and use proper supplementation for months without a break is very tough when you have other things on your mind. For this, reason, a program where you “follow all the rules” during the week (Monday through Friday) then give yourself a break on the weekends might be your best bet!