Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Whenever I have a spare moment between client sessions I like to read a newspaper or go through social media channels such as Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, etc.
When I do so I tend to pay special attention to anything related to fitness or health, partly because of the nature of my work. If like me you find such media interesting, you will probably also have seen repeated messages along the lines of ‘Don’t give up!’, usually accompanied by a photograph of some poor soul exhausted after legs day and barely able to walk.
Working in the fitness sector I get to see a lot of people training themselves like crazy. For such people a lot of time can be spent on the gym floor, whilst they also tend to lead a very strict lifestyle in terms of nutrition, as well as training to a fixed schedule (or indeed training every day of the week, sometimes for hours at a time).
I always advise that people in such a position should be aware that if you don’t give your body enough time to recover between sessions (and especially between demanding sessions), then ultimately you are going to fail in your endeavour to build a fit and healthy body.
And if not in terms of physical appearance then certainly in terms of mental strength.
A professional rugby player, for example, will rigorously undertake his or her own gym routine (which typically can involve heavy charging, etc.) before the start of each season. During the season itself this routine will then change to a lighter workout, essentially orientated to specific objectives (in terms of velocity, explosive energy, or recovery from injury) in order to cope with the intensity and aggressive nature of the game.
Now, you may not be such a rugby player (indeed, the chances are that you are not!). However, this kind of approach to training is something to think about, especially as the people exercising in this manner tend to be experienced at training for outcomes and/or are sporting professionals, which means that their entire week is dedicated to playing their game and to training to support this activity.
People in such a position also tend to build into their training programme a large amount of recovery time, sleep and massage, etc. Plus after training they do not invest a great deal of time, energy or attention in anything else part from their game, which is their life and focus.