Rest and Recovery

September 27, 2011

In the athletic performance world, the fitness world, etc we are very good about pushing and pushing to seek improvements. If we want to run a marathon, we run A LOT. If we want to lift a heavy weight, we lift A LOT. Many personal trainers push their clients and continue pushing because they want to keep their clients happy. Some of them think that a client is only happy when he or she feels like the trainer is doing “a lot” for them. Obviously the clients are also guilty here in that they demand the personal trainer do this or that for them and possibly get upset if the trainer decides to have a “light” day or a day with minimal to no exercise.

But fitness professionals and do-it-yourselfers need to understand you can’t just push, push, push all the time. You need to take days to back off and you need to take times completely off.

I have recently discovered the foam roller and the great benefits that it can bring. I love it! My athletes, on the other hand, aren’t so pleased with my discovery. It is great for self-massage of calves, hamstrings, IT bands, etc but also it is great for popping your back! That’s probably what I use mine for the most– popping my back. One roll and I hear “pop,pop,pop,pop” 🙂

Some days you need to just take time off completely. Other times, it is important to still get the work in, but use lighter weights. PVC pipes are excellent for these days so you can continue to perfect form while using next to no weight. Also, I am not a huge runner, but I will go for a light jog sometimes just to get some form of exercise in without the stress of weight lifting. Pilates is the other way that I find a way to workout without the pounding of the weights. That’s the main reason I do Pilates is for the relaxation..

We must find ways to recover from our workouts. If we constantly pound, we will break!


One Response to “Rest and Recovery”

  1. TNT Man Says:

    Full agreement. Either full rest or low key workout. Both have their place – both are necesary to cycle in.

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