Sometimes I had to take an extra day off between, and Id do sled pulls, or light cardio, speed ladder, hurdle drills, or light olympic lifting complexes. I cant afford it, but massage will help speed recovery.
Yes I did feel classical overtraining symptoms, but like I said even though Id go to gym with “how the heck am I going to triple a 365 front squat today, my IT bands feel like dried out gumbands (pittsburgh word), my back hurts, and I feel lethargic as heck…”…then Id pop some Spike, lather up with speed ladder and hurdles, get in the rack and somehow the first few sets hurt, but the heavy sets felt strong, and doing back off’s felt phenominal with decent weight. I only ran it 5 weeks then due to working ridiculous hours over the holidays (Im patrol, supplemental SWAT), had to back off and was still doing cleans, deads, squats, chins, and close grip bench, but lighter weights. I am going to start up again in Feb maybe but only do 5 weeks at a time. I need to get more conditioning in and my IT bands cant take it unless I get some therapy. But I felt great mentally because my numbers went up each week.
I also was thinking of running Haladrol or Superdrol, tons of anti oxidants, and throwing down BCAA’s (Aminoval, plus standard BCAAs generic GNC brand, and quick charge Aminovital) throughout the day to see if it helped.
Please let me know how it works out if you start doing strongman stuff as well. Id love to incorporate some of that stuff as conditioning for my SWAT quals coming up in spring, and a competition next October. I HATE conditioning, so doing strongman type stuff would keep me conditioning and having fun.