Thursday, September 5

Love this post from Professor of Exercise Physiology Dr. Eddie Jo. He is pointing out the obvious, but we all get caught up in thinking we need to do more or take the right supplement when sometimes what we really need is some rest and recovery.

Read the full caption on the post for more information, but remember this quote, “Rest, or simply dialing it back, is just as important as training. In fact it is a part of training and should not be viewed exclusively from it.”

If you view your rest days and sleep as part of your training, you won’t get so worried about missing a workout or a day at the gym. It can be hard to be consistent during different times in your life, but taking some time off can be valuable.

Don’t beat yourself up over a missed day or two. Plan your rest days when you can, but if you can’t always plan ahead that’s ok. There’s always another day to train, but you have to make sure you are recovering so you can see your adaptations.

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A little break from the usual scientific post to emphasize a point that does not really need much scientific explanation. It's one of those things that is common sense but not commonly understood or applied. This infographic is a good representation (and my attempt at satire) of a type of interaction I have on a very consistent basis, and I'm sure many of you in the field can relate. In a world of magic pills and wonder creams, sometimes people just forget that the answer they're seeking is the most obvious one. This is especially true when it comes to questions on what to do if experiencing overtraining or stagnation. Questions of what supplements one can take to remedy this situation is a very common one. Others include, how should I change my diet? Do I need to up my intensity or frequency? Should I change my program cuz it's not working? I'm not saying these are bad questions, but rather it shows how training less or resting (the most obvious answers) are not prioritized and often overlooked as a critical factor of training. Rest or simply dialing it back is just as important as training. In fact it is a part of training and should not be viewed exclusively from it. Often times, stagnation or performance declines with hard training does not mean the absence of physiological adaptations. There are indeed physiological adaptations occuring, but sometimes these adaptations do not manifest in observable performance improvements because of factors such as accumulated damage and fatigue. Training is indeed a stressor after all. So simply training less or resting temporarily can effectively relieve the body or parts of it like muscles from the stress of training and allow these adaptations to manifest in positive changes in performance. . I understand the value of training hard, but what is much more valuable is training smart. So instead of "train hard", it is "train hard, rest hard". Instead of "resting is for the weak", it is "resting for a week ✌️". Instead of "rest is for wussies", it is "rest is for wussies who are strong as AF".

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Workout for Thursday, September 5
Min 1) 5 Strict Pull Ups + 50 Double Unders
Min 2) 40' Handstand Walk (20' down + 20' back)
Min 3) Max Calories on Bike
Min 4) Rest
*Scale Strict Pull Ups w/ Banded Strict or Bar Rows
*Scale HS Walk w/ HS Holds or Bear Crawls

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