My Best ‘Worst’ Workout

I had my best ‘worst’ workout tonight.  And even as I type this- I’m completely exhausted.  I felt pretty good all day.  A few sore spots on my body from the last few workouts that I’ve done but nothing that really stuck out to me.  I went to do the 5:30 boot camp and felt ready to tackle the challenge.   It was a high rep workout so I didn’t go too heavy- but still took decent sized weights that I knew (or at least thought) I could manage based on previous workouts.

I made it past the push-ups without problem but as soon as I got to the thrusters that’s when it all fell apart.  All of a sudden I felt soreness in many parts of my body that didn’t feel sore to me that day.  My shoulders were killing me, quads here and even hamstrings were tight.  I also just felt tired. It was hard for me to get the weight up and I wasn’t even squatting to parallel- not typical for me.

boot-camp-fitness-njRight away I knew I was going to have a real hard time. I pretty much felt exhausted.  As I continued to struggled through my reps I contemplated quitting or dropping to lighter weights. It was a 25 minute AMRAP and I knew I would not get many rounds at all with the pace I was going.  I was pretty disappointed.  I decided to stick with my current weights and just slow my pace up. I was going to take it real slow, nice and easy, throughout the 25 minutes.  I didn’t even mark my rounds on my dry erase board, I knew I wouldn’t get many at all.  I set myself a goal to at least get 3 rounds in, which was manageable. Others were doing 5 or 6 rounds.

Even though I had made up my mind about how to handle the AMRAP- I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.  Did I feel like I quit or gave up?  Or did I feel as though I was making the right decision for my body.  There are always times when we feel a little tired and feel like giving up.  And pushing through is what makes us stronger.  But there are also times when our body is legitimately tired and needs to rest.  Becoming a stronger, faster and better athlete means understanding the difference between needing to push harder and needing to rest.

Rest is an integral part of our developments as Cross Training athletes.  Without rest, muscles can not repair themselves to function at their optimum capability.  They (and you) need rest and recovery time. Resting allows your body to repair damaged tissue and replenish energy.  And there is also something to be said about the metal aspect of resting. It feels good mentally to know I am allowing my body to recover from the stress of training I put it through.

So today I waived the white flag and surrendered to my body.  Even though it was one of my worst workouts as far as performance goes- it was the best thing I could have done for my body.