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Recovery vs Rest Day

By Sakthi_CML

image courtesy of Ben Greenfield.

I understand that many people take either Wednesday or Thursday as a rest day from training. I’m not saying that you should be in the gym training, but have you thought about making that mid-week day a “recovery day” instead of a “rest day”?
I consider a “recovery day” a day where I will not perform intense training, but instead focus on recovering my body for the next training session. I consider a “rest day” a day where I do nothing related to training. Recovery days allow your body to recover faster through the use of light physical activity, which enables you to train hard the following day. Rest days provide you with a mental and physical break from training, but they are not actively aiding in your recovery process.
My suggestion for a recovery day is to still come to the gym, but instead of training, perform 20 minutes of light aerobic activity. By “light aerobic activity”, I mean maintaining a conversational pace doing an activity like running, rowing or biking. After the light aerobic activity, pick 3-5 areas to spend a couple minutes mobilizing. For best results, take Yoga class with Norma, it combines light activity with your stretching :) You should feel re-energized after that session. That night, go to sleep one hour earlier than you usually do. The next morning, you should feel amazing.
My suggestion for a rest day is…get away from the gym and go enjoy life.
Recovering from training is important. If you’re not recovering properly, you’ll run into many problems, ranging from injury to hormonal issues to severe fatigue. Instead of taking a mid-week “rest day”, I suggest you try making it a “recovery day”. On that day, perform light activity and some stretching, and get extra sleep. You’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to perform your best the next time you train. And remember…what happens on rest days, stays on rest days.

Last Saturdays CrossFit with our children and donuts class

Last Saturdays CrossFit with our children and donuts class

WODs for CrossFit Watsonville 2015-08-18 Whiteboard
WOD:
Coach's Choice
Coach's choice technique work
CFA/W-2015/08/18
800 m run
30 reps of push-up
30 reps of pistol
800 m run
30 reps of push-up
30 reps of pistol
800 m run
15 reps of muscle-up
50 reps of air squat
800 m run
15 reps of muscle-up
50 reps of air squat
800 m run

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