- Are you planning for adequate recovery? There’s a common phrase in strength training/weight lifting circles that goes like this: fatigue masks fitness.
I actually think there’s a correlation with endurance training also. So what does it mean? I’ll use myself as an example: my PB for wide grip pull ups is probably 15 (I think). However… most days of the week, I can only manage 7 or 8. What’s the reason?
Like YOU, I spend most days of the week carrying some residual fatigue. So the key for me to consistently improve is to plan in some structured rest, where I “de-load” and fully recover, thus allowing for the training I’ve done to sink in. It is in THAT period that I adapt to become stronger.
An effective long term training formula is simple, but not necessarily always easy to execute: on one hand, you want to impose enough fatigue on the body to create super-compensation (adaptation), while at the same time, not imposing so much fatigue on your body that you end up digging yourself a hole you can’t get out of without a long period of time off.
To progress, we all need periods where we step back, recover (with a period of lower training stress) and then take it up a notch moving forward. You can’t just go in and hit personal bests in every single training session – and if you try, you’re going to wind up exhausted.