Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:
Cellar Yeti wrote:
Taking a day of R&R today.
Seems like I am settling into a pattern that allows me 5 days rest a month: Lift, Run, Lift, Run, Lift, Off x4. Planning a 1/2 week (3 day) rest period every 3 months.
Beware of overtraining mate, IMHO you should be taking at least a week off every 3 months - 3 days is nothing. Same as only having 5 scheduled rest days in a month. Even 'enhanced' lifters would struggle with optimal recovery, muscular adaptation etc not to mention the hammering our CNS gets from consistent hard training.
Recovery is just as important as the training!
I'd have to disagree with you here. I am aware of the symptoms of over training as I have gotten myself into that pickle a bunch of times. I tend to sleep poorly and get quite grumpy when I am over trained and my CNS is burnt.
Training with low reps and high weight tends to burn me out very fast no matter what my rest periods are. On high rep, 8+ with moderate weight, I am not feeling that burden, at all, even after nearly 2 months.
Half of my month is essentially rest as on 10 days I only run, and train abs/calves/hamstrings (which I don't find demanding at all), the other 5 are pure rest. I consider all of those 15 days rest in some form or fashion.
I feel 3 months is good, solid, arbitrary number to rest at, and I feel starting off at 3 days of solid rest is a good idea. I can always take another 3 if it does not work out. I find that following defacto standard suggestions of what to eat, how to train, and how to rest never ever worked for me and experimenting and forging my own path is really only the true way for me to function.
Thanks for the advice though!