For the experienced lifter it can be torture to take a day off from training. For many of us though we do not train 6 or 7 times a week, but for even those who only lift 3 to 4 times a week, the way that you attack or lack on your recovery days make a difference.
Do you work out hard 3-4 times a week, but on your off days, treat every meal as a cheat meal? Or maybe you drink on your off days. It is widely known that overconsumption of alcohol kills your gains in the weight room.
It is time to start focusing on our recovery days. The way you handle these days really do affect your ability to grow and gain muscle. Those who train 6 to 7 days a week could actually be hindering their growth and see less gains than those who train 4 to 5 times a week? Overtraining is real and has a negative effect on your overall goals.
Do not think of it as an off day, think of it as a Recovery Day. On recovery days you are allowing your muscles to grow from the time spent in the gym. When you take these strategic recovery days you will build more muscle and you will get your nervous system back in order.
The fact of the matter is that your recovery days are crucial for your body, they allow your body to go through its process to grow new muscle. On your recovery days make sure you are taking time to stay hydrated and get rest. We have talked in the past about the 2 Most Overlooked Elements of Training: Sleep and Hydration, found here.
Make sure Recovery Days give you the opportunity to re-hydrate and catch up on rest if needed. Also another key factor for recovery days is nutrition. Make sure if you are on a meal plan or diet, or even if your not, to keep your protein intake high, avoid fatty and fried foods. The only thing that these do are slow down your system and kill growth.
For those who overtrain make sure to look at and attack your Recovery Days as a way to get better and see more growth and gains. You could call these as Gain Days. Those who train less, make sure you are maximizing these Recovery Days and eating well, and preparing yourself to crush your next workout. Whichever end of the spectrum you are on make sure you get the most out of your Recovery Days.
Attack each day, hustle, and move weight!