July 11, 2014In Sean's SessionsBy Sean Lerwill2 Minutes

Yesterday was a rest day – had a long four hour drive to Exeter after a couple of clients in the morning so it seemed sensible.

Today, myself and my fellow Team Maxi member Kate will be training with Damo at new Exeter gym Peak Performance. Looking forward to that.

Seems sensible to say a little something about rest while I’m on the subject. On my Royal Marine PT course I was taught the simple acronym: REST.

  1. Recovery
  2. Equals
  3. Successful
  4. Training

Sean Lerwill press-upsSimply put, without rest, your training will not be as successful. Rest days are important to ensure the body not only recovers from the hard training of
the days prior, but also to allow the body to grow, which for many people training is a reason they do it in the first place. Beyond that, rest allows the other soft tissue like tendons and ligaments to recover which can help avoid overuse injuries. Not to mention the heart. The heart is a muscle too. It needs days where it isn’t stressed by hard HIIT or weight sessions. Just because you can’t see it or feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t crying out for a day off!

It can be difficult when you are just starting out with structured training: whether your goal is to run 10k in under 38minutes or to grow a bigger set of pecs, not to train every single day can seem counter intuitive. The thought process being that the more you train the more likely you are to reach your goal sooner. However, this isn’t the case. If you keep hammering yourself, whether it be running, weight training or whatever else your training may be, and never allowing adequate rest, you will actually hamper your “gains”. Training for a specific goals, whatever it may be is a marathon not a sprint. If you are patient, when you finally get close to what it is you really want it’ll be far longer lasting and feel like far more of a success.