Cycling

27 06 2007

Important Note: With this type of workout, we are constantly pushing the envelope of our physical limitations. As science has shown (or at least all the stuff I’ve read to date), constantly pushing forward, at the peak of performance will lead to over-training, injuries and burn-out. It can take a long while to recoup from injury and burn-out. You need to periodically pull back and take a break in order to move farther forward. And this makes sense. It’s kind of like Action and Reflection. If we’re constantly in act mode, we eventually tire out, mentally and physically, to the point where we just shut down. And starting back up can take twice as long. If we step back for a moment, take a little breather every so often and collect ourselves, we can fine tune our actions. With that fine tune and the rejuvenated energy, we can push further and harder. Keep that cycle going and you get to keep going, always moving forward and increasing your capacity.

There are all kinds of cycles you can follow (and switch up between), but for simplicity’s sake, we’ll just use the example of 2 steps forward, 1 step back, 2 steps forward . Over the first 8 weeks, we gradually increased our workload from level 1 – level 6 (these are arbitrary numbers). We then had the test week. Now in beginning this new cycle, we will take that “one step back” and start over again, but a little farther ahead then where we began last time. So for this next cycle we start at level 3. Over the next 10 weeks we’ll work our way up to level 9. Then next cycle, start at level 6……..and so on and so forth. Even within these cycles we make sure to take small breaks (that doesn’t mean stop) and do a lighter workout.

Many of you probably already know all this and some of you might not. Either way, just wanting to throw it out there as a little reminder ( and help in continuing to paint more of “the whole picture”;)

Happy Training!

s.

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12 08 2007
Massa Muscular Sarados

Well done, great blog and great posts!!!

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