By Jennifer Smirl CPT, Me Fitness Fitness Director
Recovery and rest are critical components of any successful training program. They are also a very underutilized way to enhance performance. Most athletes know that getting enough rest after exercise is essential to high-level performance, but many still over train and feel guilty when they take a day off. The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training.
As a woman, I know that lifting weights at the gym can be intimidating. I started weight training a little over a year ago and remember my first day in Oregon State University’s weight room. I was familiar with the cardio equipment and had only worked with dumbbells and barbells in group fitness classes. I was taking a resistance training course at the time and knew it would be.