Typically, Monday is a rest day and we go hot on Tuesday. Instead, this Monday, I did something that made me wonder what kind of shape I’m really in. Scott Sonnen has produced a bodyweight program called TacFit which is strong on mobility and strong on high intensity Tabata-influenced workouts.
Tabata training, without going through all the details is taking a single exercise, say push-ups, and doing as many as possible, keeping good form in 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. This is done for a total of 8 work sets. What makes this especially difficult is that there are six exercises, most of which few of us do and each get the full Tabata treatment, taking a total of 30 minutes of high intensity work. To score each exercise, you use the lowest score.
Which brings me to this moment. I was already starting to feel the effects of DOMS following the TacFit workout and then I throw that in with a high volume weight session on Tuesday. I woke up today not only very sore-everywhere, but gassed due to the volume.
So what do you do when you overdo it? Rest of course, is the first priority but there is more. Physical Living blog has published the “15 Ways To Prevent and Heal Muscle Soreness“.
To that list I would also add an ointment from Germany, Kytta-Salbe. If I could have taken a bath in this stuff, I would. K-S is an excellent anti-inflammatory botanical.
Now that I know it is not a good idea to do those two workouts back to back, I can take advantage of the mobility and recovery movement Sonnon teaches in TacFit. I’ll likely do the full tacfit workout after my 3 speed/strength cycles with EastWest Strength.