One flaw to the human condition is the occasional tendency to get sick. For athletes, the challenge is to continue training hard without succumbing to this pitfall. Hardcore training clearly taxes the immune system and CNS. However, the body recovers and builds itself back up stronger as an adaptation. But, what about when it is already trying to combat the flu?
How do some people continue to train despite catching colds and/or the flu?
I currently see the fallowing factors having an affect:
-Level of conditioning before getting sick
-Quality of nutrient intake
-The power of oneï¿½??s will
-What particular ailment they acquire, and its severity
-Type of training they are performing
**So what sets these people apart from the rest of the population? Is their WILL so strong that they have truly turned the body into a vehicle that just WONï¿½??T BREAK DOWN?!! (The body is a ï¿½??vehicle for the mindï¿½??) Are they simply able to WILL THEMSELVES to stay healthy?
Perhaps there is some validity in being able to JUST SAY FUCK IT!!
How much of health is based on nutrition and rest? How much of it is a factor of oneï¿½??s ability to push through inner-barriers?
Is there a commonality between the following situations:
-blasting through a training plateau
-exploding out of a deep squat for a new PR
-demolishing an infection once it takes root in your body?
What strategies do you utilize to combat the problem?
-Do you reduce your reps per set? (What if your powerlifting)
-Do you reduce your total sets?
-Do you reduce volume by simply handling less weight?
-Is reducing training volume a good technique for reducing additional stress on the CNS and immune system?
-Do you back off by take a week off (What if you have a competition coming up?)
-Do you back off by terminating each set further away from failure?
Is there a way to train specifically for recovery from the flu? There are ways to boost muscle and tendon recovery from individual training sessions; is recovery from the flu some how parallel?
What are the views of my fellow T-memberz? What experiences have yaï¿½??ll had with training through sickness?
What would Leonitus Do??