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My buddy, Robb, asked me what was the fastest way to get fit to compete in an unanticipated event that just came up. "Hmmm," I thought. I know what he was thinking. He wants to do a few months of work in a week to catch up and be ready. This is recipe for disaster if there ever was one.
I’ve seen it a million times. Sure, people can get away with a few days or maybe a week of extra push, but, they’re still going to have to pay that debt back at some point. There’s no way the can outrun the overload. It’s got to be paid back before the effects of the debt manifest.
Common signs of debt included poor sleep, irritability, increased hunger, dehydration, low-grade increase in body temperature, night sweats, and inability to relax. These symptoms are signs of a body under acute stress. The person may still have a lot of energy and feel great but the effects of the stress haven’t caught up with them yet.
So, it’s common to neglect the signs. And, predictably when they catch up the body crashes. At the first signs of these symptoms immediately discontinue activity and put all attention on calming the body down so it can discharge the stress and get back to baseline. Here as some key things to do to facilitate that:
When the body shows signs of exertional stress that doesn’t abate within a few hours after training or competing, a period of imposed rest is required.
By following a few key protocols the body can be restored back to its biologic baseline easily.
If there is anything society has come to realize over the last century, it is that women are just as powerful, smart, ambitious, and capable as men. And while society as a whole is still catching up as far as true equality, the facts are evident when you look at some of the most incredible and influential people today.
When it comes to fitness, however, men and women are not the same. The natural, physiological differences necessitate unique approaches to achieve optimal results. While the fundamental science behind attaining a shredded, lean physique is basically the same for both sexes, the exact steps and application require careful consideration.
One thing I've learned is that injuries can be great teachers. There are so many lessons to be learned from the injuries we experience. They force us to slow down and evaluate our bodies on a deeper level. Like many, I'm guilty of sometimes taking my healthy days for granted. When we pick up an injury, we're suddenly motivated to learn everything we can about that specific injury. We're also dedicated to the necessary rehab it will take to overcome the injury and strengthen our weak areas.
As with many injuries, I've learned there are no "quick fixes" for my stubborn Achilles. Over the years, I've also learned there are no "get fit quickly" schemes.