Is it better to schedule a rest day, train every day, or rest when needed? I think there are benefits to each strategy, but it will depend on the individual. Let's take a look at each option.
Scheduled rest days:
Training every day:
Rest when needed:
During my days as a collegiate athlete, I had always taken scheduled rest days based on my coach's recommendations. For the most part, this strategy worked out well. Recovery was needed after a big meet or a strenuous practice. But, there were days where I wasn't sore after a big meet, and days where a mid-week practice left me feeling wrecked the next day.
When I started training for figure competitions, I scheduled my training and recovery days. But, I ran into a similar issue that I had during college. I would sometimes be sore and tired on a training day. In the last couple of years, especially in my off-season, I switched to taking rest days when needed. I will sometimes train 7-10 days in a row, while alternating days of high and low-intensity. BetaTOR has really helped me recover faster. I can fit more quality volume into a week of training!
Training schedules can vary from person to person. I think the best strategy is the one that makes training sustainable and constructive. Thanks for reading! Until next time... train hard, y'all!!
-Erin Stern, IFBB Figure Pro/USATF Competitor