central nervous system...wake up part 3

Let's conclude this series with a brief discussion on rest and recovery of your CNS as it relates to training.

For a minute, think of the heat generated from heavy trains and the wear and tear that such trains place on railroad tracks.  Or, visualize race cars that speed around the raceways.  In order for trains to run properly and race cars to continue to speed around the raceways, the trains and cars; tracks and raceways are constantly serviced to maintain optimal performance.

Similarly, intense strength training and athletic performance produce wear and tear of the CNS...from the brain all of the way down to the neuromuscular junctions.  Such wear and tear translates into mental fatigue, less concentration, and weak movement patterns.

Obviously to reach your best physical and mental fitness, you continually reap the benefits of training but also counteract its catabolic effects.  Train hard, rest well...train hard, rest well.

Rest and Recovery Points
1.  strength sessions normally shouldn't exceed 60 minutes
2.  strength program should evenly space the frequency of training your movement patterns (e.g., if you train your pulling movement with intense deadlifts and pull ups, give yourself a few days before training the same movements)
3.  adequate sleep...at least 8 hours for most people
4.  proper nutrition with proteins, veggies, fruit, and naturally-occurring fats

Bear in mind, training programs and training intensities vary as do fitness levels and athletic performance.  Therefore, personalize your rest and recovery period, so it makes sense for YOU.

In the Christmas spirit, give your CNS the gifts that it needs and deserves to lead you in the right direction, both mentally and physically.  In return, it will successfully command your mind and body to perform optimally.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!