Edit: at least to get started, a resolved training schedule has been planned out on thread post # 26
Edit2: I’m continuously being talked off the overtraining ledge. See thread post # 32 for the re-revised plan
I’d like to begin this inquiry by acknowledging that conventional wisdom states our bodies need minimum 1 full rest day per week.
Furthermore, a major factor in muscle stimulation and growth is recovery. Sleep, nutrition, and time are major players in this game. Furthermore, consistency wins above all. Overtraining results in fall off and extended recovery which is worse for growth than doing less per week but staying in the game longer.
Ok, getting that out of the way… I’m faced with a self imposed over training problem. I haven’t hit the critical fatigue level yet but I know (suspect) my current path will lead there if continued. I’m certain most will conclude I’m overdoing it, and I’d love to hear community feedback about the optimal path forward. So far as I can tell here are my options:
a) reduce effort output
b) cut out a workout, which is not really my favored option but I’m open to it
c) change the status quo from a 7-day week structure to an 8-day week structure. This should probably happen globally, and everyone needs to be on board. I suggest we name the new day of the week “Reposeday”
Here’s the current week breakdown on a low volume plan, currently in sweet spot build:
Monday: 60 min indoor training
Tuesday: 75 min gym workout
Wednesday: 60 min indoor training
Thursday: 75 min gym workout
Friday: 90 min indoor training
Saturday: 45 min gym workout
Sunday: Outdoor hill repeats on bike
My gym workouts are structured to be pretty light in weight/ high reps (8-16) and done in 4 rounds of 5 different movements, with an emphasis on isometric movements and core engagement. These workouts are also whole body focused so as not to overwhelm any one system and allow fluidity between bike training and gym training. The goal each session is “don’t exit the gym feeling exhausted”.
The answer would be a very easy “why don’t you just drop one gym day, dude?” were it not for the fact that it brings me joy to incorporate traditional powerlifting structure into my workouts.
That means Tuesday=Bench, Thursday=Deadlift and Saturday=Squat.
If I doubled down on one of the powerlifting sets (eg: Thursday=Deadlift+Squat) I highly suspect I’d be overdoing it for one session.
My intuition says reducing from 4 rounds x 5 movements to 2 or 3 rounds x 5 movements wouldn’t be enough to qualify as “rest”. I suspect I need a full day. Pulling for option c) add an extra day to everyones week here y’all! Just think… 3 day weekends… Right?!
Ok, so seeing as I’m not a fan of cutting one gym day out, nor am I a fan of cutting out hill repeat Sundays, that leaves cutting out one of the indoor training rides. Surprise surprise, I’m not a fan of that either. Structured training works really well. Go figure.
… It might be a good time to mention I also like to sprinkle in group gravel and mtb rides in the mix, at random. They’re just plain fun.
I’m not an immoveable wall. I just like to move my body a lot and it’s not sustainable, so please hit me with any and all opinions about where I’m going wrong here
Thanks in advance!