Barbell Shrugged

Should You Go Hard, Easy, or Rest Today?

Doug Larson

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  • That episode was a surreal experience – going through my normal routine of listening to my favorite podcast 🙂 and find that I’m being referenced! I’m the asthmatic that Brain Mackenzie was talking about!

    And yes, the training mask is amazing. I had thought about getting the Bas Rutten device but I like that I don’t have to hold anything in my mouth – just strap it on and breathe.

  • Guys, am listening to the podcast and had a post-Randy epiphany…let me explain:
    Tuesday – 10K Run (all sorts of messed up in it…but slogged through)
    Wednesday – 2K Row (again…aerobic engine just falling apart) + Randy…well my time for Randy was just off (+1:30 from my previous attempt)…I started in sets of 5 (1-25)…then in the last two blocks (I was able to nug out sets of 2×10+5)…
    When Brian speaks about the points of deflection…taking a day off. I thought I was taking an off day…doing the 2K Row and Randy following a long run the day before…
    What I’ll often talk to my athletes about is “Recovery Time”…how well can you recover between sets, between work days, what are your thresholds so that when a WoD or other work shows up…you can think about what your engine can handle and approach that work smartly. I didn’t do that the other day. And now I’m kicking myself for not paying attention to my own instruction.
    Great Podcast guys…

  • Great stuff guys! I have a question… I’m focusing on after-WOD Heart Rate Recovery with my app, Fitrate, and I know that there is a link between HRR and health (i.e. the slower the drop, the higher the medium-term heart mortality risk). My question is: is there a correlation also between HRR and endurance?

    Logic would tell me that the faster your HRR, the more endurance you can take on, but I possibly would love to hear it from you guys! 😉



  • I’m a pretty fit guy I think. But, one problem I have is a lot of sinus issues. I have a deviated septum and whenever I start a workout my nose just clogs straight up and I become a heavy mouth breathier. Yeah I am able to slow down my heart rate by the mouth but as Divine and now Brian here has said that deep breathing through the nose is a big game changer.

    I haven’t really done any research as I have been able to get buy playing college soccer and now being pretty decent at crossfit. But, in order to take my fitness to the next level I feel like I might need a fix for this.

    Any suggestions anyone?

  • Scott Jurek (7 time winner of the Western State Endurance Run) has a similar philosophy on heart rate training. He’s not bound by the numbers, but he uses it every so often as “validation” of what he’s feeling. I’ve followed the same approach where every few months, I’ll throw on the monitor to see where certain perceived efforts land.

    Deep breathing is just great. The long exhale, I believe, has a lot to do with the parasympathetic nervous system: the same system and stimuli that cause that exhale also slow down the heart rate. I forget exactly, but there’s some term for the variability in the heart rate just between inspiration and expiration; vagus tone I think?

    I know the genetics is still pretty new and not well understood, but is there anything to suggest that “aerobic” genes and “power/strength” genes are mutually exclusive, or that it’s a spectrum with the possibility of both?

  • Mind…blown…..again!! BLAM!,
    Resting heart rate….DNA testing….aerobic threshold….lactate threshold… mask….all gold nuggets, all day! I just don’t have enough hours in the day, that’s it…I am quitting my day job!

  • Good day all, two questions
    When you are feeling overloaded/burnt out. I tend to take a week off completely maybe do a cardio workout once that week and that’s it. Is that ok or should I dial down (deload) and just cruise instead?
    If you want to keep getting stronger yet also get into better cardio shape would a program like 1 strength week then 1 cardio week be good or a 2 to 1 work? I want to keep my strength but want to feel better at my weight.
    Thanks much,

    • Work hard for 3 weeks, then on week 4 drop your volume across the board. You can still do some intense (80% or so) WODs and strength work. BUT!!! …Drop your volume very low. Practice quality movement. Produce force. But don’t allow yourself to get fatigued. You’ll resume next 4 weeks refreshed and ready.

      • Awesome thanks, should I continue to do my small circuits after my strength work? Usually lot of core focus during these. So deload the weights and do more CF work during that 4th week? Appreciate the advice Chris, you guys rock.

  • Ok, “Ego is what holds you back”, “The belief of the expectations of others”. Sigh.

    That is not ego. That is pseudo ego, false ego, false self.

    Fundamentals gentlemen, ‘ego’ means self. So when you say “Check your self” you are saying “check your ego”, that is ego. That is true ego. Self awareness, awareness of facts and reality, not on things that are un-essential and ultimately don’t matter, like “the expectations of others”.

    Without getting into the history of ideas, these ideas, i.e. Altruism, mysticism and collectivism are what are destroying the world.

    Fundamentals: “Ego” means self. Focus on your self honestly.

    People have misconceptualized. They think that the man who destroys himself in a WOD because his beliefs on what other people think, or focusing only on the “mirror muscles” is being ‘full of ego’. That is exactly wrong, he is focusing on others not on himself, not on being the best that he can be but on what other people think, or what he believes they think.

    Virtue of Selfishness. Read it.

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