Before we get started, I want to state that there truly is no "one size fits all" way for someone to recover. Today, I’m not presenting you with the solution to probably one of the most asked questions we receive, but instead these are simple guidelines you can follow so that you can maximize time efficiently and go through training successfully.
When we train, this is either stressing the musculoskeletal or central nervous system depending on if we are doing a lot of volume or attempting a heavy 3RM back squat. Either way, that strain will take our body out of homeostasis (away from its natural state) and make it more difficult (two days/multiple months) to recover, depending on what kind of stimulus we’ve created.
With that in mind, there are a few simple things we can do to help stimulate the recovery process so that we can continue to train efficiently:
1. Food: I’m not here to talk about nutrition, but just know you need to eat plenty of FOOD to fuel your training.
2. Stress: Life is stressful, I get it and this can prohibit us from training at our full potential. Not all stress is bad, in fact there’s plenty of good stress out there, one being training. It actually teaches our body to handle stress!
3. Rest: Which arguably goes back to stress.
4. Our warm-up, training, cool downs and mobility: Which are all intertwined and also lead back to well.... STRESS!
5. Mental Approach: This changes each training day and we must adjust it when we aren’t feeling the best, or learn how to push when we are feeling great!
Next week (week one), we will begin our chat on the basic foundations of stress. We'll discuss positive and negative stressors, and intrinsic and extrinsic motivators (what motivates us on the inside or on the outside.) We will also chat about how training stresses our bodies and in what way (which will bring on the conversation of injuries and how they occur during training).
As stated earlier, don’t look at this as the answer, but rather a nudge in the right direction. A simple approach to training is the best approach, but if we are training for all the wrong reasons and not being reasonable, both physically and mentally, then training can do more harm than good. The next four weeks will be jam packed with a lot of topics that I’m sure will come with questions, so please ask!
- Coach Anthony