They take rest and recovery days.
Regardless of the type of training you do, working out hard all the time is a quick way to burn out and injure yourself. “Often workout enthusiasts get caught in the ‘workout, recover, workout’ cycle,” says Deibler. “This might sounds like a good thing, but the whole point of working out isn’t only to recover from it so you can workout again—it’s to recover, then adapt so you get stronger or have better performance.” When you’re just barely recovering and then hitting the gym again, it’s only a matter of time before your body will say enough and quit on you. Instead, Deibler suggests training hard for just three weeks straight. Once you get through those more intense weeks, you now have a deload week or recovery week. In this week, you dramatically back off your training and allow your body time to recover and adapt to see the progress you’re working so hard for. “You can still exercise during this week, but dramatically decrease the intensity, focusing more on improving mobility by cross-training, taking a yoga class, getting a massage or anything else that’ll aid in the process,” he says.
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