If you’ve followed fitness in the past or are currently following fitness posts on Instagram and Facebook then you’re probably familiar with the term “Beast Mode” or “#beastmode” when it comes to someone posting about the workout that they did that day. While those workouts are beneficial for finding a baseline of where you are at and can be a good part of your training routine, they should NOT be done every day. Even top athletes don’t go beast mode every day, their bodies wouldn’t be able to perform on game day if they did. Your body needs to recover! If you keep depleting your body, you won’t want to keep working out after a time and your body won’t allow you to perform at your best if you don’t let the muscles regenerate.
I posted the other day about MAF HR training. Very low intensity and has a purpose behind it, to improve your aerobic function and help your HR to be able to run fast with less strain on your heart. I guarantee you won’t be bragging about those workouts as being “Beast Mode” on FB, but come gameday, when you’re competing against Mr./Mrs. Beast Mode you’ll see the proof in the pudding. Don’t get me wrong, you will do some cross training, speed workouts, Hiit workouts, that push your HR to the max and/or really break down that muscle but each of those workouts needs to have a purpose behind it and proper recovery to get the benefit. Otherwise, your workout is you’re competition and you’re competing every day. If that’s the case then the common person will flame out eventually. Even the Crossfit legend Rich Froning isn’t out going Beast Mode on a daily basis. He’s taking days to do the standard bench press, hop on the rower or run, etc.
- Develop a goal for what it is that you are trying to accomplish (i.e. run a marathon, compete in obstacle course races, Crossfit competitions, lose weight, bodybuiling, etc)
- Develop a plan to get where you need to go.
- As an example, I love obstacle course racing. Much of the sport is still very running heavy so I know I need to build that base as strong as possible and work on strength as a secondary, but still important, thought.
- Have a plan to get to your immediate goal but don’t forget what the overall goal “should” be, and that is overall health. Find a sport or plan that you can commit to that you know will improve your overall health.