Rest days

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    Brit Pybas

    I’m not sure if there’s anything I struggle more with than taking rest days. Like many, my training ends up equally supporting my mental health so taking days off often makes it harder to balance the rest of my days. My question is essentially if there’s a recommended way to plan your rest days. Is it best to try to stick to the same schedule or just take them as needed or schedule depending? Thank you!

    Doug Smith

    Apologies for the dissertation. I’m obviously not Joe, but I’ve had this same mentality and have learned to work though it so maybe this can give a little insight.
    It seems to me that this mentality is more of an actions need than anything.
    Joe touched on the recovery part.
    As we know, that’s what rest days are actually grow as we tear down during training.
    I found two things that work for me. When I started to take more rest days and use that to adjust my diet a bit and include higher microdensity foods and actually let the rest and recovery take hold my performance was better the rest of the week.
    With that said, I also find huge benefit of doing light pump or bloodflow work or maybe “deload” days as my recovery was also better than sometimes doing nothing.
    You could use those days as rehab or even primer days for harder training sessions.

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