Question: I noticed that you had added an SPP ciruit to your off days.I know these might also work as restoration but since you have added extra work ,im just wondering why you have pulled back on the restoration work.I was under the impression that the more work someone does ,the more restorative activies they need.
Answer: Restoration can be divided into and defined as the following:
- Natural and Hygienic: For me, this is eating right for my type frequently (all the time), walking my dogs, and getting out in the sun for 20-30 minutes every day around 12pm or so. I do not put this in my log, but I make a point to do this every day. Since I live in Florida, it is nice because it is sunny most days.
- Pedagogical: This is the programming of one's training. Although my developmental S.P.P. has increased, you will see that my overall volume on the main days has decreased and I am only training 3X/week instead of 4 or 5. This is also why I reinstated the elliptical-because GPP of this nature helps to accelerate the recuperative processes.
- Medico-Biological: This is where my anabolic supplementation and tracking of my hormones comes into play, as well as the physiotherapy/massages I receive from Liz. I have increased my anabolic supplementation of Cataplus and Liqui G-Plus to help support the extra workouts.
- Psychological: Here I use autogenic training at night and still meditate for 30-60 minutes at some point during the day. I have not been putting this in my log, either; but will put it back in to avoid confusion.
I will also be going back to the salt/soda bath today (Sunday).
The total time invested in restoration for me has increased, although it may not seem like it. I just get tired of the "you are a weirdo" and "you are into bubble bath voodoo" emails so I just choose not to mention the (perhaps) more controversial things that I do every day.
I hope this clears things up for you. Please resubmit if you still have questions.
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Eric Talmant is a top lightweight powerlifter and has a "passion for all things nutrition." A 1996 graduate of the University of Evansville, Eric is a certified Metabolic TypingŪ advisor and Functional Diagnostic nutritionist.
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