Friday, September 30, 2011

Five rounds for time of:
35 Double Unders
Run 200 Meters

The Saturday 9am crew out for a fast run.

Over training (or under recovering) is when the body cannot fully recover from the stress you place on it. Typical symptoms may include; depression, irritability, lack of motivation, insomnia, constant fatigue, decreased strength, increased resting heart rate, frequent colds, frequent injuries, etc. Obviously this is not the same as being sore after a workout. It usually takes weeks of systematic issues to develop.

Under normal circumstances regular exercise, good food, and good sleep are enough to keep things balanced. But external factors (such as stress, illness, heightened adrenaline from competition) can affect our ability to recover. Put the body under this stress for too long and it will backlash.

To avoid this, be proactive and take a full week away from the gym every few months. We call this a deload week. You might do nothing for the entire week, or maybe go to the pool for a swim, go for a walk, ride a bike, play tennis, whatever. Something easy and light so that your body can fully recovery and your brain gets a break. Depending on age and experience you may need to adjust how often you deload.

We would much rather see you in here 48 weeks out of the year at 100% health and motivation than 52 weeks at 50% pretty good/50% beat up. Listen to your body! Gun it on green and lay down the brake for yellow before it turns red.