Less Soreness + More Gains = Happy Life

Less Soreness + More Gains = Happy Life

Raise your hand if you get sore after workouts… I have both mine raised!! I know Mother Plucker gets sore based on this post (LINK)

Do you have a recovery strategy or practice?

Most don’t and think a ‘rest’ day is the best way to recover. For some that can do the trick for others you may need something more.

The flow of physical change goes as follows:

Stress (training/exercising) —> Recovery —> Adaptation

Without that recovery piece you will not receive the benefits of all the HARD training!

I’ve discussed many ways to recover in past posts; (SOFT TISSUE, COMPRESSION, SLEEP, COLD WATER)

I’d like to add to that list with something I’ve been doing lately. Walking; in particular weighted walking.

Aerobic work can help you recover, add to your gains and help you improve. There! I said it. Anyone who knows me knows that over the years, I have NOT been a fan of aerobic work outs (cardio) in fear of it reducing strength and power as well as it causing too many issues.

The way I’m doing this is simple. Annie, Rambo and I typically dedicate Sundays plus one weekday to getting outside for about a 60 minute long walk. Walking with Annie ensures I don’t go too slow (keeping my heart rate about 120-150 BPM) and there’s no soreness or pain involved. Keeping it this low intensity let’s you get the benefits without sacrificing your strength and power. Sometimes I will wear a weight vest or carry a backpack with some weight in it.

Your experience may vary, but since implementing this, I feel more healthier, fresh and recovered for the next day’s workout.

Try it out and let me know how it goes. Especially being the season that it is with the sunshine and warm weather!

The O-Board Says…

AMRAP 20 minutes of:
11 Pullups (chest-to-bar)
2 Deadlifts
10 Handstand push-ups

*every 4min run 200m

Post by Chris; follow me on snapchat; mr_cpm