It’s time for another round of questions and this time it’s all about recovery from workouts. I’ll give an answer to a couple of great questions, such as how many days off should you take for recovery, what does recovery feel like, how to get rid of soreness and much more.
First of all, there is no definitive answer to how many days for recovery one needs since it depends on so many things. For example, if you train to the limit and push yourself as hard as you can, you will naturally need more time for recovery. On the other hand, if you train moderately (like I do) and keep things fairly easy, you can even train on a daily basis and still recovery completely. Sometimes you’ll just need a whole lot of recovery, especially if you move move a massive amount of weight. For instance, Bud Jeffries said it took a whopping 6 weeks off just to recover from a 1000 pounds squat!
So, what does recovery feels like?
What you want to look for is the “good” feeling after your workout. If you feel worn out and are extremely tired, that’s a clue that you’ll need lots of time to recover. Also look at how you feel the next day. If you’re revved up and ready to go for your next workout then you’re probably sufficiently recovered. If you don’t feel like working out (when you normally do and you’re not just being lazy) then it’s one sign of insufficient recovery.
It’s important to point out that there is a whole gray area between fully recovered and not recovered. Being just slightly over-trained a little bit and not fully recovered is actually a good thing, as most of the progress happens right there.
Muscle soreness by itself is not a good indicator if you recovered or not, but just a part of the equation. What you might wanna keep an eye on is the extreme soreness on a specific part of your body and give it a time to rest properly. Basically, you just need to listen to your body and act appropriately.
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