Today and tomorrow is all about recovering from a hard work week.
The two days are different in their approaches, but the idea stays the same - take a break from training and recovery properly for another week of preparation and practice.
Many times, athletes underestimate how important recovery truly is. They push through thinking that more work equals better times, distances, heights, etc.
Without a proper recovery weekend, athletes will feel rundown when they return to track, and will be unable to compete at their ability level(s).
Athletes were told to work on recovery methods that will help to actively recover from their hard work. We provided them with an RPR (Reflexive Performance Reset) presentation with step-by-step directions on how to self-activate/reset.
If you've never heard of RPR I highly recommend doing some research on the topic. There are most likely some great (free) videos online, but taking a level 1 course is something I highly suggest.
It helps the body to "reset" and recover from changes in the physiology of an athlete to assist with not only recovery but also performance. Some of the "connections" RPR points out in our bodies is quite amazing. At first it may seem unbelievable, but the results are noticeable and incredible to witness/feel.
Beyond RPR, athletes were instructed to roll out and stretch.
Rolling out could include a handheld roller, a large foam roller, and/or a small ball (example a tennis ball) to roll out smaller spots.
Stretching could included static stretching and/or band routines.
Sundays should be all about allowing the body to complete reset in preparations for Monday's workout.
Days of inactivity are needed when preparing for conditioning sessions.
In a future post, I'll discuss how proper recovery actually assist athletes in performing at levels ABOVE their abilities.
Enjoy your weekend and recovery days everyone!!!