Active recovery focuses on completing a workout at a low intensity, but just high enough that it gets the blood moving and helps reduce residual fatigue in the muscle. On a recovery day, running at a low intensity for a short duration such as less than sixty minutes or riding for less than 75 minutes can help speed recovery. Besides running or riding, you can try out other activities for cross training. For endurance athletes looking to spice up their training, try out rock climbing, going for a walk in a park, cross-country skiing, or getting on the dreaded elliptical machine.
Going forward we at CFTR would like to offer a weekly active recovery WOD that can be done at your individual discretion. What does that mean? If you come in on Monday morning after a long, action packed weekend and you don’t feel you can go 100% all out then you can choose to do this week’s active recovery WOD. On the other hand, if you have come all week and gone all out perhaps you need a lighter intensity day on Thursday or Friday. In this case the active recovery WOD is perfect on one of those days. At the end of the day it is up to you the individual to determine when and where to implement the active recovery WOD of the week, if at all. All the coaches here at CFTR will gladly help you with this workout if you need help.
20 minutes for quality
- 8 Paused Waiter Squats (alternate arms each round, think 1 arm front rack squats)
- 8 Turkish Sit-ups (alternate arms each round)
- 12 1 Arm Russian KBS (alternate arms each round)
- 12 1 Arm KB Suitcase Deadlifts (alternate arms each round)
Give it a try and see what you think!
*Your choice of weight on the KB for each element as they will likely vary from movement to movement.
**When I suggest alternating arms each round, I mean to do all the reps with the right arm in round 1 and all the reps with the left arm in round 2 and so on…if you end on an odd number round finish another one so you end up even lol.