Training is Quality Not Quantity...
Working in this business. I've been pitched every reason of "why someone doesn't need rest and recovery." Now days I do blame social media to an extent, along with people thinking they are unique superhuman's certain laws just don't apply to them. Yeah! Tell me how that works out for you.
Lets back pedal a moment to the social media comment. When you surf on IG, Twitter or Facebook. You always see and hear about someone killing it seven days a week in their area of fitness. What you don't see, is anything about recovery and if you do. It's extremely down played... EXTREMELY. We also don't hear about injuries however thats for later discussion.
In this day and age it comes across that "Quantity is better than Quality." In our curtain place in time people today feel that flooding social media with as much content, "BULLSHIT" as possible, makes them something more then they actually are. This way of promotion really does do a disservice to others getting into fitness and looking for honest guidance...
I have millions of stories about clients not thinking they need rest and recovery but more training. When we officially opened CMD GYM. I had already been in the game for a good 7 years, and worked with celebrities and movies for most of that time as we still do today.
When we opened we had a group of guys join, They had just discovered crossfit heard about the background of my training and career, along with our training methods. When these young "Meta-humans" saw the work week they looked shocked and confused... Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday we train. Wednesday and Sunday is recovery and rest. Taking it a step further, if you're really serious add some structural work on those days.
The fact all of them came to me with prior training injuries at a young age. " If memory serves the ages were between 23-25" spoke volumes of their training knowledge and what they actually thought they knew, opposed to what we made crystal clear they didn't know. Needless to say egos were about to get hurt. Saying that, egos are good servants but bad masters...
Them: We want to train every day and go hard 7 days a week!
Me: Well What about recovery and rest?
Them: We are OK, we rest on Sundays.
Me: So what will your Sunday Rest and Recovery look like?
Them: We will hang out at home and chill.
Me: Your wish is my command.
Anyone that knows me knows I want nothing more than the best for them, seeing people do well truly makes me feel good. Saying that, in this situation they were going to learn the hard way, But they were going learn.
My personal theory has always been why train HALF ASS for 6-7 days? Basically "TREADING WATER." When you can train 4-5 days a week and totally "KILL IT" because you're putting money back in the bank on real recovery and rest days.
Is it so you can tell others, "Yeah I hit the gym 7 days a week." However what you don't tell them is what your actual work week looks like in the gym. Its safe to say if we broke it down, it would look pretty wasteful.
Anyway back to my story. So we trained 6 days a week pushing them hard like they wanted for about 4 weeks... Then just as planned the texts started coming in.
Them: "Hey man I'm just going to take a rest day today. My old injury is acting up."
Me: Ok great! what are you going to do for recovery or structural stuff?
Them: "I'm going to relax and chill."
Me: Ok take care...
After a couple of weeks of that. Then the texts started, "AGAIN AS PLANNED"
Hey Mario, tomorrow can we do some recovery work or that structural stuff you spoke about us doing...
After a few weeks of real recovery, taking rest days, doing structural work. Something amazing started to happen to the gentlemen's surprise!
1) PR numbers jumped up!
2) Injuries started feeling better
3) Every session was "FOOT TO THE FLOOR, HARD CORE."
4) Don't even get me started about the physical changes also!
Moving forward, in our facility we have the reputation of being hardcore, Which is great but at the same time only tells half of the reason why we are so bad ass, crazy, hardcore, whatever people say... Most of our players trust the process of recovery and real work. Don't get me wrong, we still have those that are determined to think they know best and unfortunately their numbers and efforts say differently.
We do believe no one is a lost cause and convinced they will catch up to their countrymen. If not they usually move on like others have, claiming there are holes in the training. When in actuality the holes are in their egos and mindsets.
Quality Not Quantity...