I never thought these words would actually come out of my mouth, haha.
I remember the years of me standing in front of groups of people pushing you as hard as I could.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing right, unfortunately “fun” and “hard” training doesn’t typically lead to accumulated fitness overtime.
There are so many people caught up in this world of “go hard” day in and day out for a training strategy. If you are serious about your training results, I can not even begin to explain how redundant this strategy is to your training and exercise.
Going from a guy that just trains people face to face, to now a guy that coaches people in 5 different states of Australia, and even overseas!
When results happen.
The talk happens.
5 Reasons you should be resting hard:
- Adaptations actually occur
- Mindset advantage
- Improves/reinforces sleep quality
- Prevention of Injury/burnout
- Go back to point No.1
Adaptations actually occur:
Adaptations are the result of specific demands placed on our body, and are dependent on the volume, intensity and frequency of training.
First thing to understand is that exercise/training is the stress.
Training is an immediate negative on your body.
Head out your door and go for a really long walk, you can bet that your first hour of walking is going to be much better in performance than the 7th hour.
It’s what happens after the session is what you are really looking for.
The changes, the results… the adaptations.
This is so easy to read in theory right, but for the general person getting them to rest is probably the hardest part of our coaching. Let me just say, that it’s not your fault for thinking this. It has been drummed into us for so long by our fitness world that resting is for “the weak”, for the “unmotivated”, or… a character flaw when someone “lacks discipline” to train each and everyday.
It is when you are not training, the time between your sessions and your rest phase, when all the good stuff happens.
Looking for the best training program?
Try focusing less on the program in front of you, and focus more on the when side of the equation.
Perceived effort or perceived exhaustion can not only come from a single session, but can come from multiple accumulating factors.
Going for extended periods without sufficient rest, you will lose that “mental edge”. Your ability to really push yourself when it’s required will become more infrequent, and if you are chronically training, you will have a higher perceived effort/exhaustion regardless of how amazing your program is designed.
#sidenote and we wonder why we are always getting so tired in the mid-afternoons.
Want to see what it’s like to go “all out” in workout?
Work at a disciplined baseline training intensity for 6-8 weeks, and then hook into a 10-14 day block of effort style training. This will really show you what a “hard” effort actually is. This will also show you what results come from moderate levels of intensity accumulated overtime.
Reinforces positive sleep patterns and quality:
Considering most of the modern society are already sleep deprived, adding chronic levels of training intensity on top of already poor sleep provides a quick downwards snowball effect towards your health and performance. Over doing it with your training will produce a restless sleep pattern, making it extremely difficult for you to have quality sleep.
Just like within your rest phase, when you sleep, all the good stuff happens.
Think you are “hardcore” and don’t “need” good sleep habits, your performance and health will always be lagging comparatively.
Prevention of injury/burnout:
I am going to take a wild guess that if you are reading this, you are not an athlete?. Most likely, you are a person whom has an extremely busy schedule.
This could be from commitments like:
- Work travel
- Weight loss needed for better health
- Fitness goals (including big audacious goals)
The list is endless.
I am going to take another guess, that there has not been a steady incline of your fitness over the past decade?
If you think the reason as to why you have not committed to long term training is a lack of motivation, i will challenge you on the word “motivation”. “Staying motivated” is a completely rubbish term when we talk about accumulating fitness overtime.
When I talk about “burn-out”, the hard part is that for the general person, burn out can not just come from a bunch of horribly put together training sessions that are too frequently high in intensity. Unfortunately burn out can come from all the above commitments mentioned. These overly stress full commitments can then cross over into your training routine and…. yep you guessed it….”burn you out”. There goes that fitness goal of yours.
What would be better?
Taking an additional day off that wasn’t planned,
Getting to a point where either your performance plateau’s, or worse, you start to feel completely drained with zero enthusiasm towards your training for weeks at a time (this is also the time where everyone reaches for highly processed, highly palate-able and highly caloric foods….e.g you eat to much). Mood, daily energy and sex-drive all go out the window.
Now…Go back to point No.1:
Set yourself a specific performance goal, and see how clear these subjects become.
If you aren’t optimising your time away from the training sessions….
You are going to be consistently disappointed with your performance.