How does that happen? Won’t I lose my level of fitness if I take time off? The much overlooked art of recovery is the key to our training success. We now know more than ever before that the most important part of your training is actually that time spent in between training sessions. Rest, recovery, sleep, nutrition.
Recovery phase or what we sometimes call “de-loading” is built right into your program. When we design training programs for our clients we periodize our programs. What that means is, we train through different phases such as strength phases, power phases, and hypertrophy phases. “Periodization is an organized approach to training that involves progressive cycling of various aspects of a training program during a specific period.” It is a way of alternating training cycles based on a desired outcome (result). The aim of periodization is to introduce new movements as one progresses through each cycle to help maximize results at specific times while minimizing plateaus and overtraining.
So, sorry to get you excited about taking time off from training just to find out that we sneak those recovery phases into your program. There are still a lot of things that you need to do to maximize recovery and regeneration. You need to continue to eat clean, drink plenty of water, utilize soft tissue work such as massage therapy and get more than adequate amounts of sleep.
Great job with everything you all have accomplished to this point in 2013. Let’s keep cranking it up and continue to move the dial!
"Rest breeds rust" -Proverb
"Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the dilligent person will obtain the lazy one never"- Benjamin Franklin