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Old 07-25-2010, 06:39 PM   #1
Pär Larsson
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Define "Rest Day"

24 hrs of no significant physical exertion?

One day/night cycle with no non-work-related physical fitness exertion?

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I just rested all day Friday, raced a 10K followed by a 20-min CF workout in the park with friends on Saturday and a 30-min sprint triathlon on Sunday and I'm dying to hit the gym on Monday. Am I just addicted or stupid or both or maybe I should just hit the gym in the evening instead of Monday morning?
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:41 PM   #2
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Re: Define "Rest Day"

Most people train 3 on 1 off or 5 on 2 off. Do whatever your body can handle I say!
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:45 PM   #3
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Re: Define "Rest Day"

Just listen to your body. If you feel ready, go for it. I'll take a full, no activity rest day after a brutal grinder or a heavy deadlift session, but I usually do some kind of active recovery on rest days, like run a few miles or swim for a half an hour.
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:29 PM   #4
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Re: Define "Rest Day"

Par,

Let me ask you a question. Why do you exercise and compete?
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:32 PM   #5
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Re: Define "Rest Day"

Rest day should involve active recovery. Even something as simple as going for a walk.

Gotta get the blood flowing to help repair your muscles.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:10 PM   #6
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Par,

Let me ask you a question. Why do you exercise and compete?
This, whether you should train that day depends on your goals (e.g. faster 10km race, faster tri, all around GPP). Either way I would say foam rolling and stretching, walking etc. are never bad.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:48 PM   #7
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Re: Define "Rest Day"

As a general rule, if you're doing the 3 on 1 off cycle, you should probably make 1 day a true rest day and 1 day an active recovery day.

True rest means you do nothing in the gym. Maybe walk a mile.

Active recovery can mean hitting some muscles you don't really hit, foam rolling a bit, doing some really light work on the rower, doing some work up to 65% of your max on an oly lift for a single, etc. Don't go over ~30 minutes. Nothing strenuous.

(CFHQ or whatever might have a different take on this, but most people greatly benefit from 1 day of true rest and then 1 active recovery day each week).
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:01 AM   #8
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Re: Define "Rest Day"

rest day = NOTHING (chill for the day, no exercise, dont go near the gym, resist the temptation to hang the rings at a park or go for a run, just chill).

recovery day = active recovery, something slow paced, light exercise, some stretching, nothing intense, dont exert yourself too much.

i personally have a recovery day on thursday and a rest day on sunday,
but its up to you, go by how your body feels.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:51 PM   #9
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Re: Define "Rest Day"

I'll be argumentative and say that it's almost always beneficial (this goes for when you get sick as well) to not just sit on your couch all day. Going for a walk, running errands, moving around (not running or any real exertion) is ideal for a true rest day.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:21 PM   #10
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Re: Define "Rest Day"

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I'll be argumentative and say that it's almost always beneficial (this goes for when you get sick as well) to not just sit on your couch all day. Going for a walk, running errands, moving around (not running or any real exertion) is ideal for a true rest day.
Hey, something we agree on!

Sitting on your couch is almost never the best choice. Getting the blood flowing is only going to help your recovery. But if you can't comfortably do it in the clothes you'd wear to an office job, it's probably not rest.

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