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My friend Seth and I were discussing different situations of rest and recovery in our lives. It reminded me how important it has been for me to identify when to slow down and when to seek a more “complete” rest.

It is very common for people to abuse their free time. Lavish vacations with heavy travel, high calories, and drinking is hardly a well spent vacation from your day to day toil. It is also unnecessary, to be completely still for the entire weekend or during regularly scheduled days off. Rest and recover does not always mean zero movement.

My personal challenge is my failure to recognize when I should slow down. If I don’t take heed to the internal messages my body sends me, I will breakdown physically at some point. I have to slow down or I will be forced to shut everything down and stop progress completely. Sometimes we have to take a break. Practicing self awareness and keeping good friends around me who care, makes all the difference. This allows me to stay accountable and stay on track.

Rest doesn’t always mean you have to stop, but it is important to know when you need to do so. Practice self care, but don’t allow yourself to abuse your time off. That time is to be reinvested back into your world, your future, and your well-being.

Have a great day!



Try This For International Chest Day.

Killer chest session

*Remember to warmup properly and select a weight that you can complete all reps

1).Db incline bench press 4 sets x8 repetitions

*If you have shoulder pain use a neutral grip

2). Db incline fly 3 sets x 12 repetitions.

3). Push-ups 8 sets x 8 repetitions at body weight

4). Pin push-ups 3 x as many reps as possible (amrap)

*Set pin/barbell to hip height or slightly lower. The lower the pin height the more challenging the exercise.

Rest period for all exercises: 90-180 seconds

Workout provided by: Juan Martinez at West Texas Strength Training Facility


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