R8D54-56 – Unplanned Rest. Your Body Knows Best.

I have said it before, if you don’t get your rest, your body will force you to. I have learned to accept that there will be times when I won’t be able to stick to my 6 day a week regime, that things beyond my control will determine what I am able to do. And nowadays I am fine with that.

This past few days I have spent tethered to the nearest washroom with a stomach bug which has been incredibly unpleasant and has forced me to both rest but also fast for long periods.I’m fine with that too, knowing that Intermittent Fasting is now an accepted method for both health and weight control. Long gone are the days that people said you have to eat breakfast and then 6 small meals in order for your body to maintain it’s metabolic rate. Those ideas have been disproven over again not only by science but also the common sense of knowing our ancient history. We came to be as humans in an environment of hostility, we learned to adapt to the food sources that were available and unfortunately the animals weren’t always available for snack time. It’s common sense then that our body should adapt to feast and famine, that’s the key behind weight gain, after all, it’s your body’s way of stashing food for later knowing that the feast would not usually last.

But I digress.

The only workouts I have been able to do over the last few days were some walking on the treadmill to try and get my stomach to settle down and last night back at the gym for bootcamp moving half a ton of equipment around in order to try and find the most efficient, best looking and space conserving layout. I’m happy about that too, I am not sure that a bootcamp workout wouldn’t have killed me! It’s been a rough few days, but finally I feel like I am back on my feet. I think it’s funny though that I have been complaining recently of being tired, overworked and generally feeling worn out. I suppose it’s no coincidence that my body decided enough was enough and forced me off my feet.

So it’s back to the grind, I know it’s going to be a tough few days, both getting over a sickness and not having worked out but at the very least I know I am nowhere near the overtraining that I was worried about. So I guess it’s back to kettlebells or Olympic lifting tonight and then some pull ups and pushups with the kids at gym tomorrow to get the chest and back working again plus maybe some abs, even though I hate it!

I’m glad I am over the sickness, I am glad for the rest but I know that now it’s payback time.

One of the great pieces of recent news is the addition of a second bootcamp day for the next session. That means I will get an opportunity to introduce some olympic style lifts to the class and do some truly world class strength training. Not only that, we will have a separate area with racks and weights, bosu balls and balance balls and a host of other equipment with which to torture the victims. It’s going to be a lot of work to plan the schedule, but I am really excited to see what a dramatic effect some simple lifting techniques can have on both elite junior athletes and housewives!

By the way, I shocked myself when I saw 228 on the scale yesterday. Too bad I was shrivelled up like a raisin at the time….

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