RULE 8: Respect the rest but don’t waste time. The good thing about working with legitimate athletes (when we say athlete, that can footballer or netballer but also mothers, fathers, tradies and anyone that is into their training) that want to better themselves, is that we almost take on the role of the handbrake. So often they want to know what else to do and how they can do more, which is a fantastic attitude. We love that eagerness! And often, we are the ones holding them back, telling them to relax and more importantly, to rest! Anyone that knows basic Strength & Conditioning principals understands how important rest periods are.
We cannot get stronger if we are tired. Allow adequate rest. We cannot be more explosive if we are tired. Allow adequate rest. We cannot become faster if we are tired. Allow adequate rest. Ultimately, our training adaptation will depend on our rest intervals. That goes for strength training and endurance work. In fact, we only get ‘fitter’ (stronger, more durable, fill in the goal) when we have sufficient periods of rest - see Hans Selye General Adaptation Syndrome. There will be times when it’s go, go, go. There will be times when it’s go, rest, go, rest. On the other end of the spectrum, there are the time wasters. Don’t be the person that takes an hour and 20 minutes to complete a session that should be done in 40. Work hard & rest hard. #one22