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Old 08-05-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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Recovery Ability Question

Not really sure where to even post this but I'm curious what people think.

For the past year or so my recovery ability has seemed about the same for the most part. Usually I feel like I need a rest day after 2 or 3 (sometimes 4 days) on. I don't follow a set schedule, but try to just play it by feel.

I had a good month last year where I was 100% paleo and was able to sometimes go 5 or 6 days without feeling worn down.

After getting a little loose on the diet recovery slipped back to normal where I would need rest days relatively frequently or I my results would suffer or I would get a cold, etc.

However, for about the past month now my recovery ability has been through the roof. I'll go 8 - 10 days in a row sometimes with two a days thrown in and I feel fresh as can be. I'm trying to think back on any changes I may have made and the only thing I can think of is I started taking CLA right around the time this started. I've never heard of that having an impact on recovery though. Eating is roughly the same, drinking is roughly the same, sleep is roughly the same, and workouts are roughly the same. Feel free to check my log for a sample week if you're curious.

I just want to know what might be causing this so I can keep it up.

Any ideas? Could it be that all the volume of the past few years is finally catching up to me and I've pushed through a plateau in terms of work capacity?

Sorry for the long post, but its mind boggling in a good way and I want to try to keep up whatever it is I'm doing.

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Old 08-05-2011, 07:20 PM   #2
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Re: Recovery Ability Question

The real question is what progress have you made during this period? In my opinion, being able to train a lot is nothing to get excited about unless I am progressing at an increased pace. Tolerance of exercise is very different than benefiting from it and or progressing.
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The real question is what progress have you made during this period? In my opinion, being able to train a lot is nothing to get excited about unless I am progressing at an increased pace. Tolerance of exercise is very different than benefiting from it and or progressing.
That's the thing, numerous prs. Thruster, ohs, bench, hang squat clean, and all sorts of metcon and rep prs. I agree with you, training for the sake of training is silly, but this has been real discernible progress.
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That's the thing, numerous prs. Thruster, ohs, bench, hang squat clean, and all sorts of metcon and rep prs. I agree with you, training for the sake of training is silly, but this has been real discernible progress.
Then I would keep on keeping on until such time as you are no longer progressing.
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Then I would keep on keeping on until such time as you are no longer progressing.
Agreed and that's what I plan on. I just wish I knew what it was that caused the change.
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