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Matt DeMinico 09-13-2007 08:52 AM

How do you do "easy days"
Since lots of people recommend to go on cycles like WOD as RX'd for 3 weeks, then one 50% week, then after 12 weeks, use the 50% week as a full "active rest" week, with no WOD's but simply low intensity (like walking, hiking, light cycling, etc).

My question is, how do YOU do the 50% weeks? Do you simply take 50% of the RX'd weight (or 50% of what you'd normally do)? Do you do 50% of the distance for a 5k? Do you take twice as long to complete the workout? What options are there out there really?

George Mounce 09-13-2007 09:41 AM

Re: How do you do "easy days"
If it is a definable metcon event (Fran) I'll do it in one of two ways:

Scaled to lower weight/reps via a Brand X scaled workout. (The common 50% approach)
Not for time. (Allows more time for resting if needed)

If it is a strictly strength event, I'll lower the weight or do a Brand X scaled version.

If it is a power/speed event (say olympic lifts) I will do mainly form work with lower weight or a pvc pipe.

The biggest thing I do though is make it active rest, I don't just sit on a couch all day, I may go for a bike ride after the scaled WOD or take the dog's for an extra walk.

Matt DeMinico 09-13-2007 07:38 PM

Re: How do you do "easy days"
Thanks, that gives me a good idea. Yeah on active rest days I always do some easy easy work, walking, light cycling, or just do some work in the garage gym building something or cleaning up, whatever.

For the 50% days though, what you suggested is a good idea. Thanks.

Colm O'Reilly 09-14-2007 01:02 PM

Re: How do you do "easy days"
[QUOTE]How do you do "easy days"?[/QUOTE]

The only easy day was yesterday! Sorry, couldn't resist.

Personally, I've found that life will force enough rest periods on me every couple of weeks, where I'll need to miss a wod or three due to travel, work, personal commitments (or hangovers) In that way, my rest periods are constantly varied :)

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