I’ve been getting a lot of mail on an article about maintaining results that I wrote for the Beachbody Newsletter so I thought I’d give it a longer life by posting here. Timing’s good, too, since it fits the theme this week, recovering after a hard event. Here’s an excerpt from lesson one (click on the highlighted sentence for find it–for some reason WP won’t highlight the entire excerpt).
Before you worry about keeping your results, you should celebrate. You’ve earned it! Your fitness won’t fall apart overnight, and a break will give you physical and—more importantly—mental relief from worrying about training, diet, and results.
Don’t worry about losing fitness. A little time off will actually improve your fitness by allowing your body to heal microtrauma (natural breakdown of muscle and connective tissue) incurred during regimented training. If you’re in need of convincing, consider that professional athletes are forced by their trainers to take full-stop breaks at the end of each season.
When re-posting articles I like to add an FAQ. This time, however, I must have covered the theme because everyone’s just sayin’ thanks. Except Bobby here. Man, this guy’s always got a question.
I celebrated finishing P90X by binging so hard it would have made Charlie Sheen proud. After a month-long bender I can still see my abs, so chicks think I’m fit, but my buddy Rodman, who used to be an athlete, says it’s just ‘cause I did a kilo of blow and that I’d better not jump straight back into X or I’m going to be in a world of hurt. Which is it?
Bobby from Norco
When I guy can fly to Vegas and party between two NBA finals games and still grab 18 rebounds the next night you should listen to him. Start slow or you’ll thrash all of your fast-twitch muscle fibers on day 1 and won’t be able to walk for a week. Or two.
I’ll write up a schedule for coming back after a break and post it here next week. Until then, enjoy the party!