Welcome to my first installment of the coaching corner. Yes, the name needs work, but alliteration goes a long way in sticking in someone’s head. (Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Severus Snape. You get it.)
On Sunday mornings after training, some of the athletes and I go grab food close to the gym. (Last week our beloved Nando’s was closed. Panic ensued.) This gives everyone a chance to refuel in paleo/zone friendly ways, lets us talk shop and gives me the chance to find out what people know and do vs. what we think they know and do.
Last Sunday we came to a few important realizations:
1) There are two Dr. Who’s. The Current One, and the Real One. (Yes. Those are capitalized.) And just so we are perfectly clear: David Tennant is the Real Dr. Who. All others are impostors.
2) The timing and content of rest days is trickier then you might think.
What constitutes an actual “rest day”? Not training at all or training lightly? The first impulse is to say, no training at all. But then an interesting issue comes up: What do you replace it with? What if you spend your rest day sitting at home, watching bad tv till 5 am, gorging on cheap take away? Not because you don’t have anything else to do, but because Crossfit is your stress reliever?
I was originally inclined to say that rest days shouldn’t be spent at the gym and would be better spend in relaxing pursuits. However, if the alternative resembles the above mentioned and you’d rather come train instead of going crazy at home, I can’t really fault anyone for coming in as long as they consciously make it a pure skill day. We’ll touch on traditional scheduled rest vs. rest based off of individual athlete variance in another post.