On Rest and Recovery Days
By Chris Fox and David Osorio
Today is a scheduled Rest Day for our CrossFit group classes. Please don’t come to the gym or bother us in any other way today. We’re resting.
Just kidding! We are still open, of course, and running on a normal class schedule, but you’ll have the option of doing either yesterday or tomorrow’s programming (which can be found in the comments section of today and every Rest Day’s post). During each class today, the coaches will warm everyone up, and then we’ll split off into separate groups based on which programming you’re doing. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below.
Why do we program Rest Days? Rest and recovery are necessary parts of the fitness equation: Stress + Recovery = Adaptation. Without sufficient recovery, you put yourself at an increased risk of injury with a decreased opportunity to reach your fitness goals, whether those goals are a bigger Squat, a faster “Fran,” or 6-pack abs.
While we recommend 1 or 2 recovery days per week (and sometimes you could benefit from doing nothing at all), you’ll probably recover better by doing something instead of nothing. Any activity that gets your heart rate up a bit, works up a light sweat, and leaves you feeling physically and mentally refreshed is great. Some examples are playing a recreational sport, going for a walk (bonus points if it’s in nature), or taking a leisurely bike ride.
Love the gym and can’t stay away? We love you too! At CFSBK we offer a few classes that fit the bill. Active Recovery, Yoga for Athletes, and Pilates are great options for some light, mostly bodyweight movement that will get your blood flowing and improve rather than impede your fitness. You can also come to one of our scheduled Open Gym times for your recovery work. 30-60 minutes of light cyclical movement (rowing, cycling, walking, skipping rope, or light jogging, etc.) mixed up with stretching and mobility work is another productive option. “Practicing technique” on your Snatches and Muscle-Ups for an hour is, unfortunately, not.
Whatever you choose to do, make it fun and make it count toward your longterm training goals!
How do you spend your rest days? Tell us in the comments!