Wednesday 140430

Three rounds for time:
100 Double unders
20 Power snatch 95#(65#)

Post time to comments and BTWB.

How to Plan Your Week of Training & Taking Rest Days by Coach Colby

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately of when to take rest days and what to do on those days to improve your recovery.

A great place to start is to follow a 3 days on, 1 day off training split for two or three weeks and see how your body responds. This means that you would train Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then take a rest day on Thursday. The cycle would then repeat.

The 3 days on, 1-day off split is great for those who:

  • Have developed an above average level of work capacity, movement quality and strength. This is a good indicator that you will be able to hit 3 consecutive WODs with great intensity.
  • Are able to recover fully on your rest days
  • Feel refreshed after taking 24 hours of rest
  • Don’t feel too beat up by the time Day 3 rolls around
  • Have good lifestyle habits in place that support the recovery process

Usually you’ll start to feel a little tired and worn down by day three, but not so beat up that you cannot train. If your performance is starting to suffer on the third consecutive day of training (meaning you aren’t able to hit the WOD with a good level of intensity and focus), you are probably in need of some rest. Learn how your body handles three consecutive days of training, and then listen to what your body is communicating to you.

Another option would be following a 5 days on, 2 days off training split. This works better for those with traditional Monday-Friday work weeks because it syncs up nicely with your weekly work and training routine/habits. Be aware that you will likely be pretty tired and sore by the time the weekend rolls around; and instead of wanting to be active and have some fun, chances are you’re body will much rather want to sleep in and eat. A lot.

My personal favorite is to follow a 2 days on, 1 day off, 3 days on, 1 day off training split. This allows for 5 days of intense training and also 2 days away from the gym (usually Wednesday and Sunday) to focus on restorative activities like sleeping, eating, playing and spending quality time with my fiance and family. I really enjoy having Wednesdays off from training to focus my time and energy on some other endeavors, and I also really like to sleep in on Saturdays and get a late workout in that day.

The most important part of setting up your weekly training split is to listen to your body – if one day you are feeling particularly beat up and very, very unmotivated to train, it’s probably best to do some activities that will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed (hiking, biking… or… sleeping). On the other side, if you’ve been training for 4 days straight, and you still feel great on day 5, go for it. Listening to your body (in the physical, emotional and logical sense) will take you much further in your training than trying to be really push your limits and ending up injured, burnt out and exhausted.

So, I want to know in the comments: how do you organize your week of training? Do you just show up all willy-nilly, or is there a plan in place?

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  1. Linda Kiker :

    I’ll go first. I usually train 3 days on, 1 day of rest and another 2 days training, 1 day of rest. Repeat. As long as life doesn’t get in the way, this is the plan. My rule of thumb is: if it takes more than 2 days to recover from soreness I take an additional day off. I used to train way way more, which is how I spent most of the last 2 years injured and sore-all the time. Gross. Please avoid this.

  2. Ernesto :

    My favorite is 3 days on, 1 day off, 2 on and 1 off.. Thanks for your article Coach !

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