Normally when the term “recovery” comes up, you think about sleep, proper nutrition, maybe even some light movement to get the ole blood moving.
Those are all great and essential for sure, but what else can you do to further promote recovery?
There are two ways:
1) Acute recovery – all the great things you do as mentioned above. The basics work well, no doubt.
2) Intrinsic recovery/robustness – are you an organism that can handle more stressors? If not or you want to increase this property, you are in luck as it can be trained!
Here is an example that at first blush sounds like a horrible idea – if your goal is powerlifting, do more aerobic (cardio) training.
Hold the phone, what is this insane nerd talking about? We all know that aerobic eel-shaped rakes do not win powerlifting events.
True bro-sefus, however, that does not mean aerobic training has no place when you are training for the biggest 1 rep max.
For powerlifting, you don’t need a massive VO2 max (aerobic capacity), but if your aerobic capacity is dog poo, it will limit how many high-quality sessions you can get done in a week. It will also limit how much time it takes you to recover during your gym sessions.
Heck, if you do any supportive accessory work and are huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf, your aerobic system is the rate limiter.
Aerobic work plays a supportive role here.
Of course, if you get all crazy and do too much aerobic work, the wrong type, or program it like a num-nut, it will be a negative not a positive.
My point is that acute recovery is great, but don’t forget about training intrinsic recovery mechanisms via the 4 homeostatic regulators to increase your physiologic flexibility.
Training intrinsic recovery makes you more robust and anti-fragile which is truly the next level.
For recovery methods #1, the Flex Diet Cert will open again in early Jan.
For recovery methods #2: The Phys Flex Cert will be open again around March 2021.
Stay tuned for more info on both.
In the meantime, focus on both subsets of recovery for mad GainZ