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Old 09-17-2009, 02:17 PM   #1
Evan Wharton
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At what point do you take a break?

Specifically, how much muscle pain/fatigue do you consider to be acceptable in deciding whether to do a WOD or take a rest day?

Granted, this is a relative question.

My current situation is: I did barbara on monday, rested tuesday, did diane wed, yet my abs are still noticeably sore from barbara. haven't really done full situps in...ages, so, I'm not surprised at all. I'm going surfing today, and was pondering if I should do the WOD afterwards or not.

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Old 09-17-2009, 02:51 PM   #2
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Re: At what point do you take a break?

Working through DOMS is good for character building
If you can do the three on one off routine do it. if not 3 on 1 off 2 on 1 off, or 2 on 1 off. If you're a slow "healer" you might need more rest time, only you can decide that.
But this is CF, anything less than working through your discomfort is not going to give you the gains you're hoping for. *shrug*


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Old 09-17-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
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Re: At what point do you take a break?

There's a difference between discomfort and pain. Pain indicates an injury, and usually should be allowed to heal. Discomfort means adaptation in progress, essentially, and should usually be worked through.

When you say your abs are "noticeably sore," does that mean that they're a little stiff and sore when you move, or does that mean you haven't slept in two days because the pain wakes you up if you turn over?

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Old 09-17-2009, 04:47 PM   #4
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Re: At what point do you take a break?

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Specifically, how much muscle pain/fatigue do you consider to be acceptable in deciding whether to do a WOD or take a rest day?

Granted, this is a relative question.

My current situation is: I did barbara on monday, rested tuesday, did diane wed, yet my abs are still noticeably sore from barbara. haven't really done full situps in...ages, so, I'm not surprised at all. I'm going surfing today, and was pondering if I should do the WOD afterwards or not.

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It's my experience that if you have to ask this question the answer is now.
I've guessed poorly on this over a two year period and am recuperating from a year and a half of nagging injuries.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:48 PM   #5
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Re: At what point do you take a break?

Performance decreases by 5% then take rest breaks.

If you start pushing past 10% it's detrimental to your performance even AFTER your breaks are over. E.g. your lifts and your times will be below your PRs.
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:25 PM   #6
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Re: At what point do you take a break?

Katherine - Well, I'll say its sore enough where the samson stretch has a new meaning for me (good thing). And, I didn't realize that pull-ups incorporate abs as well until yesterday (good as well). I know doing situps doing my warmups last night sucked, but...its not an injury, of that I'm certain.

Robert - Yeah, I learned that lesson several times (MCL, shoulder, broken bones, etc), but those were more severe injuries from the start.

I guess I'm just curious how hard people push themselves. For instance, the day after a low rep, high weight load WOD (Gotta be sore, right?). Or, maybe doing 2 activities in one day? I like steven's advice though, that seems like a nice rule thats easy to apply in most situations.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:12 AM   #7
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Re: At what point do you take a break?

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