You have to give the body some rest and recovery between high volume, CNS-blasting training sessions and I totally embrace the idea of “active rest”.
The problem is I have been leaving the “active” part out and have logged some serious sofa time; satisfied that I was resting and reloading for the following nights workout. That wasn’t working so well because there has been an uptick in my weight, and not just muscle.
I’m the interest of keeping it “active” and fun, I brought out some toys from the toy box. I kept it somewhat unstructured and low-key. What I got was a very nice training session that amped up my work capacity without going to the gym.
Here is what I did:
6 or 7 sets of 15 reps, doing some of the basic clubbell movements. This was a first time using the clubs and I’m grateful I didn’t bash my head in or bust a kneecap.
Next up was the homebrew Bulgarian Training Bag, (BTB). I did a set of 15 swings to a full squat to a vertical jump. This got my heart’s attention and the cardio was on!
Third up were 2 sets of 15 walking lunges with a 24 kg kettlell.
Last, not least was a medley of six sandbag lifts with only 50 lbs. The six were, deadlift, clean, front squat, push press, back squat and good morning, repeated 8 times non-stop.
That little AR routine took only 30 minutes and I still had plenty of sofa time, without the guilt!