I get asked questions all the time about how to get back on a program when you’ve missed some days. The answer is always different but the one thing it generally has in common is not to overdo it trying to get back in a hurry. Of course, I don’t always listen to my own advice. I’ve missed the last 5 days of training because I’ve been moving, cleaning, getting my old house ready to rent, keeping up on work, trying to keep the dogs’ legs stetched, etc. It doesn’t feel like I haven’t been training because I’m more tired than I was before it started. Still, fitness feels like it’s slipping ‘causing me to tell Reed that I’m thinking of doing double days to catch up. “Didn’t I read that if you miss a few days you should not try and catch up but just pick up the program as if you hadn’t missed any workouts,” he said knowing that I’d written it in the guide. Right, I should take my own advice sometime.
So in deciding that I’ll listen to myself I’m jumping right back in. What I will change is that I’ll consider this week a bit of a recovery week (though I don’t feel very recovered at all) and go for three hard weeks before my next transition week. The transition (or recovery as they’re called) weeks in P90X can always be altered a bit because the adaptive and growth phase of each block might take anywhere between 3 and about 6 or 7 weeks depending on one’s fitness state and the intensity of each workout. Since 90X was meant to be extreme we kept the blocks short. People not in peak fitness could extend them until they begin to plateau. I have no risk of plateau-ing any time soon. Right now it’s all about adaptation.
pic: marriage eiger art: our newly-framed kleine sheidegg retro print looking for a home