What you can-do vs. what you should-do
As I prepare to open my personal training studio in Eagan, Mn – I hope to have more time to do marketing and less time ‘building-out’ my space. So bare with me as a re-find my bloggers voice.
Historically, I’ve cycled between bodybuilding style training (feels great on the body) and powerlifting style training (feels amazing to be strong, but definitely takes more time and can leave you a bit beat up).
This is the longest I have stuck with straight powerlifting training and I am learning something I already knew. Going 100% every day and every week doesn’t work.
I think we glorify the RISE AND GRIND a bit too much. Every workout shouldn’t be a grind. If it is you’re doing something wrong.
It’s all about training what you can that makes you better, but ALSO recover from. Pushing yourself to the limits has a cost, and typically it is that you can’t muster much for a couple weeks after.
Example: Yesterday I stopped my bench set at 290×4. I could have done probably 325×4. But my pec is a bit beat up, I’m trying to do what I need this week, so that when I am feeling great, I can do 345×4.
Today I could have squatted 405×6 with eccentrics, but I stopped at 365×6, because I’m trying to let my left vastus lateralis recover.
I needed to dial it back, I had more left. Good. Leave it there. It gives momentum into the coming weeks, and lets my body recover.
When you’re training hard, and form isn’t great, and stress is high, do what you should do, not what you can do. Because if you let your ego push you, you’ll lose. Maybe not in that set, but most likely in your overall stress, you might not recover and you’ll just keep fighting the same weight again and again.
Good luck out there.