So yesterday was the first time in a long time I just had one of those days where I wasn’t feeling it all from the beginning. Everything seemed slow and heavy and after some form got too sloppy I just shut it down. Figured live to lift another day lol. I know I’ve been recovering just fine and I figure I was due for a bad day at some point.
How often do you guys have “bad” sessions?
Dan John wrote about it.
"In a group of five workouts, I tend to have one great workout: the kind of workout that makes me think that in just a few weeks I could be an Olympic champion and Mr. Olympia. Then, I have one workout that’s so awful that the mere fact I continue to exist as a somewhat higher form of life is a miracle. Then, the other three workouts are the “punch the clock” workouts: I go in, work out, and walk out. Most people experience this.
Now, in a 100 workouts, I’ll have twenty great workouts. Of that twenty, a couple will be flat out amazing. And in a 1000 workouts, one is worthy of an article, or bragging to your buddies about. So, once a decade, if you’re lucky, you have that workout."[/quote]
Dan Johns also gone on to say that “one in five” is just a number he made up on the spot, the point he was trying to communicate was that if the program is working as a whole, one bad workout is nothing to worry about. I believe this was in an interview with Mark Rippetoe.
Instead of shutting it down though, I make sure I’ve got a plan B, which is usually to cut out everything but the essentials and maybe lower the rep count/volume if needed.