What About Recovery?

By Greg Glassman

In ExPhysiology, Reference

January 01, 2005

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For the record, my bad attitude towards any established corpus of recovery information stems from several quirks of my intellectual temperament and the nature of my clinical practice. It has been my professional experience that successful training protocols present themselves over time through superior performance among their adherents.

Repeatedly over my career exceptional performance has been easily and quickly rooted out and attributed to the particulars of the performer’s training regimen. A natural process of question and answer mines more potent strategies quickly: "Where does this guy come from; he learns so quickly?" "He’s a gymnast." "Why are these guys so much stronger than the others?" "They powerflifted for years." How did she get so lean so quickly? "By cutting her intake of high glycemic carbohydrate."

By watching, learning, asking, and experimenting we have been able to build a successful program whose methods were harvested entirely from elite performers. I want to ask, someday, "Who are those amazing athletes?" to which the answer comes, "the new resters."

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7 Comments on “What About Recovery?”

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Really loved this article. I like Glassman's style and way of thinking. Reminding us of enriching our souls and making a point that fitness is supposed to serve a greater puerpose-life, shows a wise outlook on life!

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I agree I really enjoyed reading this article as well. I see some socratic wisdom in there towards the end. However, the term "high intensity" is commonly misuses in the Crossfit vernacular. What they mean in most cases is low intensity. Just for clarification in sports intensity is defined as a percentage of one rep max, and the higher you are to that max the more intensity there is.

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Awesome, and so true. Most of the fire breathers I know walk the line with their training.

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Awesome, and so true. Most of the fire breathers I know walk the line with their training.

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As I cannot find any solid musings in the journal about the topic I suppose I must forge ahead with self experimentation. I typically opt for active recovery and try to listen to what my body is telling me. For instance, if my joints have taken a pounding over previous three days I try to do something that will loosen me up but it probably won't be a run. It would be helpful in forming my own strategies for rest day if some sort of survey of the top athletes was done. Surely there will be variability as there is with their diets and programming. I guess I'll get a little insight soon as I'm packin up my bags and moving to Austin and joining the Crossfit Central crew.

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After nearly five years of Crossfit I've discovered that they don't place nearly enough emphasis on rest and recovery. My motto when I started crossfitting was "rest is overrated" I would drive to the closest affiliate, which was an hour away, and typically hammer two or three workouts. I've learned through my own observations that my workouts are only as good as I'm able to recover.

It's humorous to think that the yoga I do three times a week now to nurse a back injury that I sustained doing Crossfit so I'm able to do more Crossfit, is somehow a form of "self-pampering." I hate yoga, I would much rather do a "Murph" or "Fran" in lieu of my yoga sessions. Or that the deep-tissue massage I get every Saturday morning is "correlative with low drive and success."

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@ Cody luebbe... You are correct in the fact that the closer you are to a max rep the higher the intensity, but in crossfit we are measuring intensity by the percentage of the heart rate. I think that after reaching 75 % of your max heart rate and then sustaining that you are in fact training at a high intensity. But correct me if I am wrong. Great article coach!

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