Reason For RECOVERY WEEKS
1. Training Should Be Stressor Enough To Cause A Response.
2. The Body Consistently Adapts To Progressive Stress From Exercise By: Developing Neural Network That Innervates The Muscular System; Commissioning The Neuro-Endocrine System To Signal And Support The Necessary Hormones To Activate And Help Process Neuromuscular Adaptation; Initiating Immuno-lymphatic system to scavenge damaged cells/organelles and recycle and replete necessary organelle structures to provide integrity to that tissue (part of inflammatory response to exercise); There are other qualities that could be addressed on a physiological level including bringing sympathetic nervous system to a recovered level while promulgating the parasympathetic nervous system to help recover and rejuvenate all systems that orchestrate the functions of the human body. In my experience, even with the general population with a relatively high level of fitness there is a drop off in performance at the gym at about weeks 4.5/6/8. That is incredibly important to recognize and acknowledge for the purpose of re-assessing one’s capacity to progress along the training block/phase with some adjustment to their individual needs as well as to consider the other crucial elements essential for their results moving in the right direction. These other variables include and are not limited to one’s daily stress levels, sleep patterns, nutrition status, hydration status, pharmaceutical influence, training volume/frequency/intensity/active recovery, etc. The excerpt below was part of my “STRENGTH…Is The Game Changer’ presentation I gave at the gym a couple of weeks ago. It is important to understand the elements of training response rate and acknowledge the fact that we humans are simply large organisms that live within the particular stressors of our environment(s). We each have a finite capacity to tolerate and recover from the stressors induced unto our selves. And training/exercise/workouts are just a part of those overall stressors. You are only as good as your capacity to sufficiently and effectively recover from the stressors you experience. I hope my explanation for importance of recovery weeks makes a bit more sense to you. Thank you for reading-Coach Matt