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Can You Measure Recovery?

How do you know you are really recovered from the last workout? Is there a way to measure it? Some GURU should be able to give us a measuring bar since every one is different or even older like us. Especially we who are truly natural. Lately I measure my arm size, when I see a little progress I then workout(full body) again, Usually 3 days later but can vary with stress,work,family and diet adding there toll. So is there a sound way to measure recovery???
Thanks,Rob.

There is, if you are rich:
http://www.omegawavesport.com/

Otherwise you just gotta go by how you feel, and how you are moving. Your movement patterns will be sluggish and uncoordinated (at least compared to YOUR optimal performance) if you are overtrained at all.

[quote]deanosumo wrote:
There is, if you are rich:
http://www.omegawavesport.com/

Otherwise you just gotta go by how you feel, and how you are moving. Your movement patterns will be sluggish and uncoordinated (at least compared to YOUR optimal performance) if you are overtrained at all.[/quote]

Thanks,I am very well off. However I did not see a price in the website. How much is it? I’m very interested!!!
Thanks,Rob.

Chad Waterbury has a great chapter on recovery, including assessment methods, in his new book.

Also, check out the following article by Christian Thibaudeau:

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=929615

Hope this helps.

I have also heard that upon waking your resting heart rate is a good indicator of recovery/stress. If it is higher than normal then you need to back off that day or perform a less intense workout, etc. I haven’t tried this - just heard about it.