The following is such an important topic that I am breaking it up for you in digestible bites. (That's right, I appreciate your limited time and attention span) Welcome to a mini series created from the article published in Juggernaut Training Systems.
In order for training to be effective, an overload must be presented. Training must be chronically harder, longer, and more demanding in some way as it progresses within months, years, and even at the career level. But while hard training is a must, it comes with one major side effect: cumulative fatigue.
Rather than just being synonymous with getting tired and out of breath after training, cumulative fatigue is composed of the additive effect of the little depletions, disruptions, and microtears that don’t heal 100% with each week of training. [...]
In order for productive training to continue, fatigue must be managed by not getting too high too often, and being brought down when it does.[...] Managing your fatigue by non-training mediators can meaningfully improve performance and extend the length of time you actually spend training and progressing versus just trying to recover so you can even train at all.
On the other end of the spectrum, making poor choices in the non-training realm can not only prohibit a recovery advantage, but it can downright halt training progress.
Got your attention? Tune in next week to follow up with the first and most powerful fatigue reducer: Sleep. Got questions? Talk to your coach about your recovery routine.