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Old 06-09-2008, 09:11 AM   #1
David Geiger
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Rest Day?

I have been doing crossfit for over a year now. Lately I have been feeling obviously over ambitious. I was mainly just curious how important a rest day is? Hopefully planning on doing a half marathon in Sept and also starting doing some MMA training starting in January. As for now I was going to start doing WOD's on weekdays running every Sat and alternating every other Sunday with Fight gone bad and long distance running. Any ideas, information or suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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Re: Rest Day?

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Lately I have been feeling obviously over ambitious.
There's your answer.

Rest Days are just as important as work days. If they weren't, crossfit would have WODs 7 days a week. As you probably know, your get stronger/better when your body rebuilds itself while resting.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:55 AM   #3
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Re: Rest Day?

Well, you can use your rest days as rest days.

Or you can use your rest days as workout days. And see your progress stall and then go backwards. Then you realize that you need the rest days.

One is the easy way, one is the hard way. Choose wisely.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:11 AM   #4
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Re: Rest Day?

You are better off training twice in one day and making sure you get REST (not building a shed or working with landscaping rocks) on your days off.

Overtraining is overtraining. Everyones limit is different. But you can extend yourself a bit (short term) if you show some extra discipline on your form, diet and sleep.
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:50 AM   #5
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Re: Rest Day?

Thank you everyone fro your responses I will keep my rest days as rest days. Maybe just tack on some runs to the end of workouts or run instead of WOD on other days. Thanks again!
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:03 PM   #6
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Re: Rest Day?

David, I do understand your enthusiasm. I currently am trying to gain strength, loose some body fat, improve my metcon times, and train for a 1/2 marathon. My progress is not happening in leaps and bounds, but I am getting better at all of the above, and I attribute a lot of my progress to my rest days. I am fresh and ready to attack my workouts because I am not over-worked.

Good luck!
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:24 PM   #7
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Re: Rest Day?

My trainer gave me words to live by: "Plan your rest days or nature will provide them for you."
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:50 PM   #8
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Re: Rest Day?

Thanks again everybody.

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Well, you can use your rest days as rest days.

Or you can use your rest days as workout days. And see your progress stall and then go backwards. Then you realize that you need the rest days.
I have noticed that happening even things such as push ups and pull-ups seemed to be decreasing.. thanks for that info..
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:59 PM   #9
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Re: Rest Day?

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My trainer gave me words to live by: "Plan your rest days or nature will provide them for you."
So true! Plus nature's rest days don't ever seem to coincide with travel or social plans. Nothing worse than laying up on a day when an awesome new WOD is posted. Humility.
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:22 PM   #10
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Re: Rest Day?

David, use the rest days to really concentrate on (1) eating well and (2) sleeping well.

Like everyone said, they are just important as your workouts.

Rest like you mean it!
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