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Rhodiola Rosea on Rest Days?


#1

I just started taking rhodiola rosea. r u suppose to take it on rest days?


#2

If you’re in a period of substantial training stress, then yes, the support on off days helps as well.

On the other hand, if having a period of taking it easier – for example past a few days into a deload or for whatever reason training stresses are less – then that is a good time to cycle off of the supplement.


#3

[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
If you’re in a period of substantial training stress, then yes, the support on off days helps as well.

On the other hand, if having a period of taking it easier – for example past a few days into a deload or for whatever reason training stresses are less – then that is a good time to cycle off of the supplement.[/quote]

Unless of course 1) you are in an emotionally stressful time 2) are resting only a few days prior to an upcoming physical event that you’ve been strenuously training for, or 3) It’s just a day or two off, like the weekend.


#4

Yes, I shouldn’t have limited my statements to training stress.


#5

[quote]BulletproofTiger wrote:
Bill Roberts wrote:
If you’re in a period of substantial training stress, then yes, the support on off days helps as well.

On the other hand, if having a period of taking it easier – for example past a few days into a deload or for whatever reason training stresses are less – then that is a good time to cycle off of the supplement.

Unless of course 1) you are in an emotionally stressful time 2) are resting only a few days prior to an upcoming physical event that you’ve been strenuously training for, or 3) It’s just a day or two off, like the weekend.[/quote]

Of course points 2) and 3) have been addressed by Bill already.


#6

[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
Yes, I shouldn’t have limited my statements to training stress.[/quote]

I just wanted to ensure that the OP and other readers knew how effective RR is for emotional stress too. best intentions :wink:


#7

thanks everyone


#8

How is the timing with HRX pre-workout? Is it safe to take these two supps together?


#9

Yes.

I don’t think there are any timing issues. Personally I just take the rhodiola on arising and at bedtime, without concern of whether I am working out shortly after getting up or at a different time. But if for whatever reason I didn’t take it on arising – for example in too much of a hurry – then I wind up taking it pre-workout.


#10

Bill, would you mind sharing your experience with the supplement?


#11

You cycle it right Bill?


#12

I take it before bed and it makes me sleep like a baby.


#13

I cycle it in the sense that in periods that for whatever reason training stresses are markedly less, I don’t take it. There is no particular schedule.

I can’t give a quantitative finding on what it does for me. I do, most of the time, train in ways that many would consider to be supposedly “overtraining” (I don’t consider it that, as I think it yields me the best results, so therefore it is not “over”) and which definitely pushes hard the edge of what I can do.

Both as a matter of experiment I’ve tried dropping Rhodiola, and also once I ran out. It strongly seemed to me that ability to tolerate this sort of thing was less. More tendency towards elevated morning heart-rate also.

However for example for the next 4 weeks I am cutting back substantially due to dieting down, and don’t think I will be needing the Rhodiola during that period. But if it turned out that the training plan was leaving me feeling like I was starting to head towards a burnout (which is much easier to do on low calories and low carbs) I’d reintroduce the Rhodiola.