Monday, May 19, 2014

The Importance of Rest

Training season gets exhausting. Usually, on my off season I try to take a 1 week break from exercising a month. By a one week break, I mean 3 or less workouts with only one being an exhausting workout. During training on or off season I'll take a rest day or two but with that I'm exercising 2, sometimes 3 times a day. So realistically speaking there are no rest days if you're getting 8 workouts in a 7 day week. 

Here was my week last week:
Monday: Swim

Wednesday: Walk with Jessica and Owen
CrossFit afterwards: 
5 rounds 8 power cleans (75#) 12 knees to elbows 24 double unders 
Thursday: rest
Friday: rest
Saturday: Rest My twin sister graduated from college! 

So that was last week. I didn't do that the week after the marathon because I didn't want to be sore. Today, I will start back up to CrossFit because I have classes to make up and I feel ready and strong. 

Sometimes you need a break. We all have lives, jobs, pets, kids. You need to give your body a break. When you start to dread that workout, take a couple of days off. You'll feel better and more well rested in the end. 

What is your training schedule like? 
Do you take rest weeks? 


  1. Breaks are good. Knowing your body enough to know when breaks are needed is key.

    Have a great week!

  2. I do take rest weeks, every one should! You lose little to no fitness, and actually get stronger. :)