Active Rest

So I finished my latest workout progression last Wednesday with 20 minutes on the battling ropes.

I then took four days off while I traveled to visit the Man Bicep Mom and my sister (which by the way was SO much fun!).

Since coming back, I’ve been working out with no clear direction. I figured my body could use the break from intense training and it is nice every once in a while to take a week to just play!

I’m just experimenting, trying new things and working on strengthening areas for my next progression. I’ll probably just “goof around” until Monday when I start a two-week powerlifting progression before getting back to training for the OKC Kettlebell competition we will be holding in February.

The other day I tried this glute bridge exercise that I’ve seen one of the owners, Corey, doing on a regular basis. It was killer and a great way to improve my deadlift. I’ve also tested out a few core exercises I’d found online and worked on my kettlebell swing.

Then today I jumped in on one of Aaron’s workouts and got my first chance to work with the atlas stones.

While I wasn’t lifting them like this guy, I did get to do a core exercise with the “little” 125lbs one. Aside from smashing my elbow underneath it so that I now have a second elbow off of my first elbow, I really really liked using those stones.

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the exercise we were doing today, but it did make you look like a turtle stuck on your back. It was a great core exercise because it not only worked all of the muscles of your trunk, but it also worked your triple extension, meaning it also worked all the way down your legs.

Anyway, the point of this short rambling post is that while I’ve been harping on progression and setting a goal and tailoring your program to move you closer to that goal, it is also very important to remember to take ACTIVE REST weeks. Every month or two months, you should take a week where you just PLAY.

You don’t necessarily have any clear-cut goals. You are allowing yourself to just relax while not being completely inactive.

You are just experimenting and readying your mind and body for another round of intense, hard work.

So while setting out a clear progression toward your goals is important, remember it is also important to every once in a while give your mind and body and chance to play with no stress or pressure to accomplish a goal.

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Posted on December 5, 2012, in Play and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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