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Why is recovery important?

Recovery is essential to any fitness programme, no matter what the goal is. A plateau in training progress can quite often be attributed to inadequate recovery as the muscles are not being given the chance to repair and grow before being stressed again.

Risks of inadequate recovery:
  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased stamina
  • Increased risk of injury
  • Weakened immune system

What does recovery mean?

While exercising, your body is placed under a certain amount of stress, which it must then recover from and adapt before it can be placed under a greater level of stress. Stress applies to both physical and mental stresses, including exercise, illness, lack of sleep and mental strain. If all of them are present at once, they will all take longer to recover from, which means if you’re ill or haven’t had enough sleep, you may be better off taking the time to relax and RECOVER.

How can you tell if you’re getting enough?

Optimal training means achieving the maximum amount of recoverable training volume, so it’s important to find a balance of training just enough to stimulate the muscles and not so much that you’re too sore to train again for the next few days.

How can you ensure adequate recovery?

Give yourself at least 1 rest day per week (some people may need 2 or 3 depending on lifestyle)

If you find yourself becoming ill or fatigued more frequently than usual, if your strength or stamina in the gym takes a sudden dive it may be time for a deload. Take a few days off the gym or go through the motions with very light weights for a week and then get back to it.

About the author : Sam Henderson

I am a Dundee-based personal trainer who loves lifting weights and guiding people through their fitness journey. I'm an ameteur strength athlete and compete in the 74 kg class of the International Powerlifting Federation.

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