Last Week of Camp

Monday, October 6, 2008
Today was the beginning of the last week of my current round of bootcamps.

And in continuing my theme from last Friday, I wanted to talk briefly about why I run my camps the way I do.

Many people wonder why I run my camps four weeks at a time, and then take a week off. The week off is actually very important.

You see, I ask a lot of the women in my bootcamps. They work hard, and they put their bodies through a lot. The important thing to remember is this - your body only improves from exercise when it has the opportunity to rest and recover. If you are exercising intensely, you need to give your body regular breaks. If you don't, you're just tearing your body down and not letting it rebuild.

When you give your body regular rest, it not only allows your body to recover. It helps prevent you from hitting plateaus. It keeps you from mentally burning out. And maybe most important of all, it makes it easier to work hard if you know you get an occasional break.

If you are working out with high levels of effort, as I highly recommend, make sure you give yourself the time to rest, recover, and get ready for your next round of tough workouts.

1 comment:

Trish said...

Hmmm... I just read this. I've never really known why we took the week off. I've never "rested" during this week. I workout 6 days a week, every week. My problem is, that if I'm not exercising, most every day ... I feel like a big thug. Do I need therapy? :-)