Get Your Rest

December 16 2013

One of the hardest things I've had to learn over the years has been how much rest to take between workouts. I've always had the "all or nothing" mentality and that's one of the reasons I love training hard and pushing my body to the limits. That mentality though has lead to numerous injuries over the years and as I get older and less interested in nursing stupid injuries, I've learned to focus more time on recovery and less time beating myself down in the gym every day!

I took a powerlifting course a couple years ago and on the second day of the course we had a guest speaker named Stan "The Rhino" Efferding talk to us about training and nutrition. Before this course I had never heard of "The Rhino" but after listening to him talk for over an hour about the importance of recovery, I will never forget him. 

Stan Efferding
 is an absolute beast! He is by far one of the biggest men I have ever met in my life and he is legitimately the strongest bodybuilder in the world!

One of the things he said that really resonated with me was..

"Only 10% of your gains happen in the gym.. 90% happen outside the gym, from sleeping and eating."

I can't tell you how many times I've trained when I was feeling fatigued, beat up or burnt out. Or trained on an empty stomach or after a crappy nights sleep and wondered why I wasn't making any improvements. I would have been way better off taking a nap that day, having a good meal or just doing some stretching.

So listen to your body.. and take some advice from Stan Efferding. If you want to get leaner, faster and stronger then you need to give your body the rest it needs to heal and grow!

Train hard.. and be safe!

Article by (Train Online)  |  December 16 2013

PREVIOUS: Prepping for the Snatch Test

Without a doubt the most intimidating part of prepping for the SFG cert is the impending snatch test on the last day of the course.

NEXT: StrongFirst SFG

I was sore for days and it was a week before I was able to train again but I'm feeling much better now and happy the StrongFirst course is behind me.