By: Matt Owen

At Gym Jones, we consistently preach that recovery is more than 50% of the process. Don’t do the work if you don’t have the balls to recover properly. This write up falls under the training theory category, but because of the heavy psychological component, I believe it also deserves a home here in the Sunday Sermon section.

Most of us, myself included, don’t pay enough attention to recovery and pay too much attention to chronically going hard in the gym. We fall into the trap of needing to go exceptionally hard each time we are in the gym because it provides us with psychological security that we are indeed making improvement. It’s our security blanket because we constantly need to be reminded that we are strong and capable. We take a couple of easier days here and there but not enough for optimal adaptation to occur. The body and nervous system never truly “catches up” to the training stimulus in order to realize the performance gains that stimulus should elicit and provide.

Every once in awhile, my wife will force me to take a week off and go on vacation. I enjoy taking vacation like I enjoy being kicked in the balls with a steel toed boot because I love what I do. This past week was one of those weeks due to the incoming stress of moving Project Deliverance into our dream gym space. I didn’t pick up a barbell for 9 days and mixed up my training utilizing intervals and bodyweight movements. I paid more attention to the little things which turn out to be pretty big things: 9-10 hours of sleep, foam rolling, contrast showers, Epsom salt baths, and consistently getting quality calories.

When I returned yesterday, I jumped into a training session with some of my football athletes and crushed a 3x Power Clean/ 1x Jerk Combo @ 265# for a personal best. I didn’t pick up weights for a week, let go of some stress, and allowed my body to regenerate and supercompensate to the previous training stimulus.

What I want you to take away from this sermon is the fact that as long as you are applying the training stimulus in a consistent manner, recovery is truly more than 50% of the process. Sleep is severely underrated, as are the other recovery modalities. Be consistent with your training, log your progress, recover, and put your faith in that process. If progress begins to stall and you begin to feel stale, that’s a cue that it’s time to invest more time in your recovery. You will always come back stronger and psyched to train. We only spend a few hours in the gym each week compared to the 145-150 hours outside the gym. That’s the chunk of time that really counts. Pay attention. Recover. Come back stronger. Your mental outlook on training will improve, and the stronger you are mentally, the further and faster your mind can pull your body when it’s time to test your limits.

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