I’ve never told anybody they need a rest day unless they are actually sick. If you are sickly, or recently injured, you may need rest. Otherwise no, you don’t need to rest.
I remember when I had dengue fever the first time. Both times it snuck on me but the first time was much worse. The initial symptom was lower back pain. I was in the early days of CrossFit at the time. What I initially thought was muscle spasms from the day’s previous workout was immediately followed by headache and high fever. Still thinking it was just the flu and deadlifts, I didn’t really know what was happening until my eyes began to hurt. Once this very odd and excruciating pain set in, I was quite certain I was encountering something outside the normal flu spectrum.
Sure enough I had contracted dengue. The subsequent two weeks were miserable with the first 3 days unbearable if it were possible. But what choice is there but to bear it? We have all had to endure things that might be difficult to talk about. I bring up a simple physical ailment, but the emotional and psychological trials people are being subjected to on a daily basis are likely substantially more difficult to deal with than a fever, eye, and bone pain.
But you are tough; that is evident by the fact that you stepped into Infiltrate and came back. You set your alarm and you get up to take on another day. You might not do it perfectly, but you never stay down. IT’S A LIFESTYLE. You don’t diet and exercise, you eat and train. I said earlier that you don’t need rest days, but you know what you do need? Mobility days, skill days, low-impact cardio days. You should train every day, and the more you can incorporate training into your lifestyle the better you will do.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Rich Froning and the guys down there in TN since 2012 after his first win. I’ve spent days at a time with him and have watched him train. He works out all day, every day period. I’ll tell you right now, he’s not overtrained, his competition is undertrained, and he proved it every year back in those days.
There is so much to work on, here are a few ideas to help make this a lifestyle and not something you do 3 time a week for one hour:
- Using bath as mobility session
- 5-7 min joint warm up in the morning before you leave house
- Focus on carrying your belongings in proper posture (add weight if possible)
- Sit, read, watch TV, work in hip stretch position
- Sleep in shoulder stretch
- Stand when able, walk when able such as on phone calls
- Coordinate diet with goals and planning
- Sign up for a competition or race to have something to train for
- Set several small, one-week goals and check them off
- Choose two recipes you’re going to try this week
- Self assess what areas are tight or problematic then seek out exercises or stretches to address
- And the list goes on…. I will help you if you have questions about all this.
These sort of things are what have helped me and might be able to help you too. So no, don’t take a rest day when you’re tired and beat up. Come in and work on efficiency and proper position rather than weight. Develop consistency. That’s the part people don’t see a lot of times. I used to have Jason V do 1,000 KB snatches unbroken on cardio days. Yeah, it was with the pink KB, but man he did a ton of light weight, great range of motion, low-impact cardio and felt great. He reported feeling great afterward. You have to accumulate reps. PVC, light weight, practice. Focusing on good movement and efficiency will help you in the long run.
50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Double unders