Just a few things W/e 16/5/21

As you may have noticed, there was no “few things” email last week. We were in the midst of potty training and that took all of our attention and time. And it was totally worth it, our little monster nailed it!

Back to regular service this week though.

Stress is cumulative

With the return to a more normal type of way of living and going about our days starting to come around, a lot of us are getting back into the gym and starting to ramp up our training volumes again. While this is a great step for a lot of us, there’s one thing we need to consider: total stress loads.

Our body’s interpret stress in the same way regardless of where it comes from. Acutely this can be a good thing, but if it there is no let up in stress levels and the stresses become chronic it becomes an issue. The reason I’m getting into this is that the return to regular life will bring with it it’s fair share of stress, you going into the gym, is adding more stress to your body, so it’d be wise to monitor your ability to perform, recover and relax and adapt your training intensities appropriately.

One method is to ask yourself the following 5 questions before training:

What was your sleep like last night?

What is your current mood?

How are your energy levels?

How stressed are you?

How sore are you after your last session?

Answer each one out of 5, with 1 being poor and 5 being ideal, and find your total score. The closer it is to 25 the more ready you are to train hard. If it’s below 10, then maybe you should consider leaving the session and going home to meditate/ nap/ chill…

Being able to adapt your training when needed is a key part of your progress, it’s not an excuse to go easy when you can’t be bothered putting in the work, but it is an essential skill.

I shared this article

over on my Facebook page earlier in the week, and thought it was worth sharing here too.

“Exercising to increase your fitness literally builds brand new brain cells. It changes your brain’s anatomy, physiology and function,” she explains. “Every time you work out, you are giving your brain a neurochemical bubble bath, and these regular bubble baths can also help protect your brain in the long term from conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Chaos

Adding a little chaos to your training can be a great way to add a greater demand for stability, increasing strength and adding some much needed variety into your training.

Here is a variation of a loaded carry using a band to carry the KB, this creates a lot of potential for it to bounce about making the load unstable and increasing the demand on your core and hip musculature to hold you steady against the moving load.

You can find more options like this here.

Have a great week,

Dave

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