Your Recovery Matters
I have a question for you… what do you think is better for a person in training? Hitting the gym 5-6 days per week and only being able to give 75%-80% effort in each class? Or, hitting the gym 4 times per week, enabling yourself to give 90%-100% during each session?
Quality training matters far more than the quantity.
And quality rest is just as important as quality training. If you are overtraining then you’ll likely hit a stubborn plateau in strength, weight loss, endurance or whatever your goal is that you’re over-working toward.
What happens when you take a few rest days? Well, rest allows the body to learn from and adapt to the recent physical stress you’re putting your body through. Meaning, rest allows your body to repair AND rebuild muscle after your workout. This then allows you to become stronger and better adapted for the next workout. If you short change yourself on rest days then your body can’t repair or rebuild. Instead, you’re in a constant state of breakdown and physical stress (and more prone to injury and illness, too).
Think about it– so many of us are willing to do anything to look better or perform better…. Except, of course, rest.
We’ll change our diets drastically. We’ll buy every new “magic” supplement under the sun. We’ll program our own barbell cycling sessions after class to get “just a little more technique work in”- this is of course code for maxing out our lifts when our body is already physiologically maxed out and likely just repeating poor technique while under immense stress, getting you no where. Smiley face.
But will we rest? No. Will we turn off our 5am alarm so we can get 7-8 hours of sleep instead of 5? No. Stay tuned for a whole other post about sleep, too.
Do yourself, and your coaches, a favor. Take the rest day. Go for a long walk with your dog or family instead. Find a yoga video on YouTube and stretch for an hour. Go next door and do a ROM WOD. SLEEP.
I challenge you to take more rest days than you normally do, because the barbell will always be there. I encourage you to add more rest in and watch how your body not only feels but performs when it’s primed and ready to, instead of constantly running on an empty gas tank.