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Rest Weeks


#1

How do you guys manage your rest weeks? Obviously its a bit different to a bodybuilding rest week which is why I'm posting here.

Doing MT I get pretty tight and sore so I had a rest week the other week but I wasn't sure whether to have a complete week off (which I ended up doing for the first time in probably a year) or if I should keep running to keep fitness up? Whether I should do gym work, some light sessions of shadow boxing or on the bag or something else?

How do you guys manage it?


#2

I'd go stir crazy doing nothing at all, so I'll usually work in some easy swimming. No impact, full body, and I refrain from sprinting (which is hard for me, when I swam competitively it was as a sprinter). I feel like the motion helps keep me loose, without leaving me fried like a max capacity workout.


#3

This. It also depends on why you're resting. If it's just part of a long term training arc something like swimming, yoga, or slow extended-reach shadow boxing drills will keep you loose without overtaxing you. I take occasional ballet classes to sweat while giving my body a break from regular training and remind myself I'm a girl. It's good to get your head as well as your body into a different space.

If you're resting because you're worn out or broken, stretching and sleeping is helpful.


#4

Depends if your just "Sparring" the training weeks should be waved in intensity months at a time. Should be set up in like a big Macrocycle.

If your training for a fight well the week after an 6-8 week camp is usually in order.