This is how our program has been since the very beginning when we were Yun Fitness Bootcamps to when we changed over in 2012 to Yun Fit The UN bootcamp to now that we have become Improvement Warrior Fitness.
My philosophy on this hasn’t changed. But people still ask myself and the coaches at IWF why do we need an off-week or transition week or recovery week.
I remember ads long ago in my bodybuilding days who’s slogan was ‘FEED THE MACHINE’. Referring to us, human beings as machines. Now we are not machines. Some machines are very efficient, some are not.
Well, why do you need to sleep. Why don’t you just stay up all the time?
Why do you need to eat?
Why do you need to drink water?
These things are pretty basic and everyone knows that they need them on a consistent basis.
But what some people don’t realize is that you don’t get any stronger when you are in the gym or in your F.L.O (fat loss opportunity) at Improvement Warrior Fitness. You don’t get the results you want when you are actually ‘working out’.
It’s true. The only thing you are doing is breaking down your muscles. Causing little micro tears in the muscle fibers– some people might think they are Macro tears from the soreness afterwards 🙂 But you do your training to break down the muscle, then you go home, hopefully eat properly and nutritiously and get the proper sleep and like magic your body starts to repair itself.
Now during this transition week we don’t recommend just sitting on your butt and doing absolutely nothing. We recommend at least 1 and up to 3 workouts that week. Just something different then what your body is used to.
During the transition week we’ve add our FitRanX Assessment. Check out the details here.
Now I’m sure you have felt like not working out at times, or you were not 100% when you did a workout. I’m the same way and everybody is the same way. This is life. Different days we have different emotions, different stressors, different situations that we are dealing with. Everybody’s body handles stress differently. We have to listen to our body, right now there are so many things going on in it that you and myself cannot begin to fathom. Trillions of cells working together with organs, and a whole lot of other stuff I cannot even pronounce. The body is a complex entity.
You can start to overtrain your body. Yes you can workout too much. Overtraining sucks. And it’s another reason why we implement the transition week. Just like being overstressed can cause some serious negative effects so can overtraining. Overtraining symtoms and reasons can be
Now those are just some reasons.
But one of things I’ve found is the reason that people are scared to take a day off or a week off are some of the responses I’ve gotten:
‘If I don’t train, I’ll gain weight.’
‘If I take a week off, won’t I lose everything I gained?’
“Isn’t more better?’
Answer: NO, NO NO
The goal of the transition week is to lighten your load, change up the FLOs (workouts) so that you don’t get injured, come back fresh and full of Improvement Warrior Energy.
Time off does a body good. I know whenever I feel the effects of training starting to pile on me, I usually take 3-5 days off. I only do foam rolling, and yoga during that time. When I come back I am ready to conquer something massive in my training and set a new PR.
The 4 weeks on and 1 week off template is basically Improvement Warrior Fitness’ style of periodization. And I don’t like to think of it as an off-week, more as a transition week. Your transitioning to the next phase which should be better for you– better in terms of your gains and loses, strength, fat loss, endurance, and performance. Sports training, powerlifting, and olympic lifting will call it a deload phase, or deload week. Becuase they are trying to peak for their competition, they don’t want to get their PR in practice and then in competition not even place!
Think of our transition week as we are training you for the competition of LIFE. Transition or deload week helps YOU become the strongest version of YOU! Helps you become the strongest Improvement Warrior YOU can be.
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