Why do we Train Hard? Because we love it, because we want results, we want to be lean and we want to be strong, muscular, fit and healthy, we train hard because - for many reasons. Why do we Rest? Because Training is tiring, and we're tired, sore, stiff and fatigued - if you're not... Train Harder. You have to earn your Rest, otherwise 'Resting' is just another word for 'Waiting' - and what are you waiting for? For Results? Your next Training session? Well that's just silly.
While the emphasis for improvement should always be placed on Training Approach, without enough Rest the training itself becomes irrelevant. When muscles are broken down optimally in the gym, it will take 4-5 days until they are completely recovered. A muscle cannot be repaired while under Intense stress in the gym. So when you have a Chest workout one day, and you decide to do more Intense Chest training before the muscles have repaired, what you are doing is temporarily hal
The subject of Genetics does not only cover an individual's natural levels of glycolitic muscle fibres (type 2a + b muscles), Body Shape or Skeletal Proportions. It also encompasses the invidual's Recovery ability. Namely the speed their body can recover, the environment needed for recovery and the level of nutrients required for repair and maintenance of muscles for the individual. Here are 5 facts on Recovery vs Genetics to consider during the pursuit of your fitness goals.
If you are new to training with weights and the concept of bodybuilding then you must know that Rest and Recovery is just as important as Training. Becoming familiar with Optimal Rest can be your biggest tool on your path to your physique goals, while at the same time abusing your Rest can be a fast path to failure. When Training optimally most people can withstand 4 1hr training sessions per week for a maximum of 4hrs of weight training total per week. In reality you may onl
Your body reacts to Stimulus not Rest. It recovers, builds and maintains during Rest BUT without stimulus it can do nothing but simply maintain. Training is the most important factor when it comes to changing your body, Nutrition is the 2nd most important and Rest and Recovery 3rd along with Hormone Secretion levels, Metabolism Speed and Insulin Sensitivity. We do need rest, but what can we avoid so we don't rest too much? 1. Sleeping Too Much We need a high quality sleep - n
Adrenal Fatigue is a loose non-medical term for a partly stressed endocrine system. The endocrine system decribes the secretion of hormones from multiple glands in the body, and the maintenance of optimal levels of particular hormones. Adrenal Fatigue means that hormone function of the Adrenal Glands has become less than optimal. 1. Identify What Adrenal Fatigue Actually Is When the body experiences a 'stressor', e.g. an intense workout, high stress work commitment, personal
Over Training is a problem more relevant to natural fitness enthusiasts rather than in the 'enhanced' - although overtraining is still likely to happen no matter what you do. This is because overtraining has nothing to do with how you train your muscles, and everything to do with how much you train them. So, of course this makes recovery the only relevant variable in overtraining. If overtraining occurs it is because recovery from training has not been sufficient - either in
1. Less Screen Time Our eyes pick up a certain spectrum of light, and the different colours/brightness trigger different hormonal responses in the body. Modern technology backlight screens deliver white light. This would be fine normally because white light is given off by the sun during the day - at least for most of it... As the sun goes down, this white light slowly turns into yellow light, which when picked up by your eye triggers sleeping hormones and adjusts the body in
The last post on Recovery was on 5 things that can ruin your recovery process - poor recovery being arguably the biggest deal breaker for most people and their goals. As for a lot of people, working out hard enough is not the problem, but what they do inbetween. Here are 5 EASY activities you can do for optimal recovery and faster results! 1. Go To Bed Early Just as one healthy meal won't make you healthy, one good night sleep won't make you rested. Optimal sleep is a 7 night
Everyone needs to rest. We actually spend most of our time resting, but for a lot of us, it's still not enough. Not enough emphasis is ever placed on Rest. The focus is always on training, never on nutrition and hardly ever on recovery. You must master all three of these elements to get real results. Rest has the No.1 spot on this list and I bet you don't know why... Assuming we all know that even though fat can be burnt during a workout, muscle cannot be built in the gym. Th