So we’ve all been there at some point. We’re totally crushing it in the gym PRing our lifts, times, and rounds. We are on a high and just want to keep going, but we still need to remember our bodies NEED to rest. We need to replenish our energy stores, repair our muscles, and allows our bodies to relax. Without resting, we risk overtraining our body and then a downward spiral happens. So when should we rest?
CrossFit recommends we train 3 days on and then 1 day off… which for some may be more practical to alter to 3-on-1-off, then 2-on-1-off. So what should we do with those off days? Listen to your body, and make at least one of those a complete rest day. If you’re feeling great and still want to move around, then take an active recovery day. What’s the difference?
Rest days don’t mean you have to sit on the couch all day long. (Unless that’s what you need.. Netflix marathon time!) You can still be productive: get some extra sleep, run all of those errands that you’ve been putting off, foam roll, get a massage (sign me up too 🙂 ) or even get your meal planning or prep done!
Active Rest or Recovery is still moving around but at a lighter intensity than your workouts. Go for a hike, walk,light jog or swim or do some yoga. Do something that allows you to still move around to get your blood flowing to those sore muscles and clearing out of all the enzymes from the muscle damage.
“Be impressed by intensity, not volume.”-Greg Glassman
Build to Heavy Set of 2
20 Burpee Box Jump Overs (20/24)
30 Power Snatches (55/75)
40 Overhead Squats (55/75)
25/35 Calorie Bike