Friday, July 15, 2011

There is No Rest For the Wicked

Yesterday, as expected, was an off day.  I wanted to go swimming but did not get home until past 8pm and decided that I was going to just make it a rest day. 

It was the right choice.

Are rest days meant to be lazy?
This is close to how I felt yesterday.

No, typically they are not, although sometimes you might NEED one.  I talked to Trainer Evan about this the other day cause I was curious if he ever took a “rest day”.  He mentioned that he and Mike typically take active rest days.  If that sounds oxymoronish well…it is.  

What he meant by that is that he will not do a WOD or any strength exercises but he will spend the day doing a row, a run, or spend some time stretching. 

This should make sense; a healthy body was not meant to loaf around.  A part of every day should be spent doing some sort of physical activity, but it does not need to be intense.  I like to spend my “rest” days doing something fun like golfing of playing softball.  Trainer Mike goes on a long walk with his companion (Striker…not Molly). 

So take the time to “rest” but remember rest does not have to mean loaf….although sometimes loafing is the most amazing thing you can do.

Today I honestly felt strong for the first time (obviously that is not me above).  I did not do prescribed but I know I could have (I needed to get the form of this lift down before doing that weight).  There are days where I am the weakest person at the gym…today I knew was not one of them.

Strength: 5 x 5 From Squats
WOD: Grace - 30 Clean and Jerks for time (135/95)
Strength:  Started at 95 and made it all the way to 165 (ok I might be the weakest one on this lift)
Grace:  5:23 at 115 lbs


Yesterday I got 10 points;  Today I am on track for 11.

Snack(2): Plum, Protein
Breakfast (-2): Berries
Snack(2): Grapes, Cashews
Lunch (3): Chicken, mixed vegetables
Dinner (3): Grilled Chicken, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Grilled Squash in Olive Oil

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