Intensity and Recovery! From FITPOINT
FITPOINT Topic of the Week: We all workout at different intensities and vary in how often. How hard do you work-out? Do you ever fatigue yourself or do you workout just enough to get a little burn? If you do go all out, how do you deal with this or recover? What is your routine after your workout?
This is a great topic, and I have given it a lot of thought. Intensity and Recovery actually give me a lot of anxiety, as I am never sure I am doing the right thing.
First is intensity. Over the past six months, I have been trying other people’s workouts that I have gotten online – mostly from Bodybuilding.com. I have done drop set type work outs, rest pause type work outs, 15 rep work outs, and I am now finishing up a four week program of 7 sets workout. I was missing having a trainer, so by printing out a structured workout and following it to the “T” each time, I felt like I had a kind of “trainer”. I also chose workouts that I had never heard of before that offered a new way of thinking about muscle building. I figured that I was sure to do something “right” if I tried a whole bunch of different techniques.
After a lot of sole searching and analyzing of these workouts, I have come to realize that my intensity has suffered. I think because the workout routines were so specific, I felt like I had “pass” if I did not work as hard. Except for maybe the rest pause, all the workouts have not been as intense as what I would have done on my own. I am glad I gave each workout a try, but I am also disappointed and thinking that I wasted six months of training.
Today was legs and the last day of my 7 sets workout. I followed the workout as I have been for the past four weeks, but I also added several supersets to ramp up the intensity. I realized how much I have been missing that intensity.
I am looking forward to next week to get back to my old way of doing things, and I am sure I will incorporate a few tricks that I have learned along the way.
Next is recovery. What to eat, when to eat, how much protein, how many carbs… it makes my head spin. Everyone has a different opinion on the best way to recover. I almost always have a protein shake after a workout. Sometimes I add a banana in the shake and make a smoothie.
I used to add a teaspoon of raw honey to get a surge of sugar. When I first read about adding the honey, it made sense, but as I thought more about it, it seemed kind of crazy. I want my body to use up stored fat I already have, not give it honey to burn.
It is hard finding the balance between building muscle in the most efficient and effective way possible and maintaining a low weight. That is where my anxiety comes into play and why I stopped with the raw honey. I used to have a sweet potato about an hour after my protein shake. I need to start doing that again.