Active Recovery

It’s a well-known fact that your muscles grow while you rest.

If you are like me, you sometimes feel guilty taking days “off” from training. I just don’t feel right doing “nothing” all day. Active Recovery workouts are low intensity / low volume workouts whose purpose is to get blood into the muscles and enhance recovery.

Here are some guidelines for a successful active recovery workout:

  • No more than 1 hour in duration
  • No more than twice per week
  • Use 50-60% of your normal “training” weight
  • Use compound exercises such as squats and pushups, not biceps & triceps. Or better yet, get outside and go for a bike ride, play some basketball etc
  • Have fun!!

Remember, if you feel tired after an active recovery workout, then you did too much work.