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You doing too much, or too little?



February 9 , 2015 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

You doing too much, or too little?


Today I was working with an athlete who was telling me a story

Basically he used to do tonnes of training at another place

It was stressful and annoying as he couldn’t focus on a thing

In his own words ‘it was breaking his balls’

Mentally and physically he became knackered


A similar thing happened in an amateur masters runner I worked with years ago too

I wiry guy who later that year smashed pb’s in multiple masters events in the county

If your involved in endurance sports then highly likely

But even if your just trying to throw yourself into achieving a goal like getting lean

Either way, you’re selling yourself short

There’s a better way


The body adapts to reach new heights by being stressed through training, then…

It recovers, and if it does optimally, over time it returns to stronger, fitter, greater level

Two things though my friend…

You can mess this balance up by not doing optimal training to get the best stress possible


You don’t recover well enough, typically through training too much and not giving the body time to bounce back to new heights

So where can you get things right to get more bang for buck?


I will share one thing and that is, only train when that session has a clear, definitive purpose and rationale to make you better

An example?

Well one thing I did and many other endurance runners was go for a ‘recovery run’ or ‘light jog’ on an easier day

A few miles, steady steady, ‘a loosener’

This session has no genuine purpose

When your clocking up 30,40,50+ miles a week, and have hit your intervals or tempo runs hard the day before, guess what your body needs to optimally recover?


Physically and mentally…

Rest, chill, play with your kids, take your mrs/fella out into Solihull or Town…

If you want to stretch then stretch, if you want to jump in a plunge pool or whirpool then do that!

But more pounding the joints at a distance and pace which will not trigger any physical adaptations which will make you fitter is counter productive

It has no purpose towards your goal

So i’m not saying do nothing, rest lots…

But I am even the most hard working athlete should have 1 rest day a week to allow optimal gains from training

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