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Old 01-16-2008, 03:12 PM   #1
Jim Evans
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how bad/good was skipping a rest day?

I have a sometime weird schedule so getting in workouts can be awkward, but tomorrow will be my sixth day in a row of crossfit workouts, mostly the WODs. I am taking days 7 and 8 off, then skiing with my kids (ages 4,7) so that's practically a rest day, too.

Other than not hitting PR performances the last several days, are there any good or bad implications to me going 6 days? I feel fine and no more tired than typical. Still looking forward to tomorrow's WOD, but I must say I could have skipped the 5k run today. Mostly because I think running is dull.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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Re: how bad/good was skipping a rest day?

Do you have a good work capacity coming from something else?

Generally, if you go ALL OUT on the WODs you should only generally be able to do 3 without being wrecked and needing the rest day... It is possible to build up to a bit more, but usually that takes at least months if not years unless you have a strong sports conditioning background.

And don't skip something because it's dull; only if you're injured.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:46 PM   #3
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Re: how bad/good was skipping a rest day?

There is no right way to answer this question. Everyone is different. You need to listen to your body. When in doubt, take rest, or at least "active rest." This is a new word "active rest" to me, but I think it means anything BUT crossfit!
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:50 PM   #4
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Re: how bad/good was skipping a rest day?

What about half intensity weeks? I think Steven Low posted something about doing that about every 6 weeks or so.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:13 PM   #5
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Re: how bad/good was skipping a rest day?

Wasn't me. The general template is:

after 4 weeks: half intensity week
after 8 weeks: half intensity week
after 12 weeks: week off

We all just throw it around a lot.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:15 PM   #6
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Re: how bad/good was skipping a rest day?

Oops. Thanks, Steven.
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