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Stephen Kichuk 01-30-2007 06:23 PM

I've noticed that often, several days after a workout session, there will be a day when I'm quite eager and energized to do another. Occasionally, for one reason or another, I don't train that day. The day after, I sometimes do not have that same energy and eagerness to train.

Does anyone else get this? Is this a sign that my supercompensation curve was up the day before, and the next day the wave is on the way down?

Or is it likely due to normal energy ebb and flow, and I'm over-thinking this? :g:

Jon Gilson 01-31-2007 10:00 AM


Per my understanding, supercompensation isn't momentary. It doesn't happen one day and go away the next.

It is a new baseline level of physical fitness, achieved after a period of training and adequate recovery.

Ideally, your fitness level would resemble a staircase, supercompensation comprising the "rise" portion, training comprising the "run" portion.

Although your terminology is suspect, you're on to something important. If you feel ready to go, by all means, go! Workout hard when you have these bursts of energy. PRs are a likely result.



Stephen Kichuk 01-31-2007 02:55 PM

I've been intending to read up on supercompensation. I haven't read all that much on it, but some tid-bits hinted that you can miss your curve if you work a day too early or a day too late.

Kevin Stricker 02-01-2007 07:13 AM

Hmm...I have read some on supercompensation and have to disagree with you John. It is all about timing, if you do not give your body enough time it will not supercompensate, and if you wait too long you loose the benefit of the workout. If it was not time related we could all workout once a week and continue to see improvement indefinately. Supercompensation is a wave pattern not a linear progression and is completely time dependant.

Steven Low 02-01-2007 06:24 PM

It's definitely a sine curve.

Basically you exercise hard and then enter a catabolic period for a day or so. Then afterwards, the anabolic hormones in your body shoot up and the muscles rebuild (although its all continuous). Technically muscles start rebuilding after you stress them, but it's generally a combination of both as catabolism decreases, anabolic processes increase. In any case, the supercompensation for strength gains I believe last for about 2-3 weeks afterwards before you start to lose them.

You guys should read up a bit on fatigue-fitness theory. Here's an excellent series on periodization (even though its a bodybuilding site) w/f safe:


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