04-26-2019, 08:24 AM #1
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How doe Stress Effect your workouts.
Did you perform less sets or skipped an exercise or two because you were very busy and stressed out last week?
💡You may be on to something.
✔️If you’re stressed out, a workout acutely decreases your strength more than if you were chilled out and in control [Stults-Kolehmainen 2012].
🕰️That’s acutely: up to 1 hour after the workout. However, what happens on a bigger scale of time?
🎨In an elegant study design, the same researchers investigated how being stressed about school work affected students’ long-term recovery from workouts [Stults-Kolehmainen 2014].
📈The most stressed out students took over 4 days to fully recover from the workout. To add insult to injury: they did nót supercompensate by getting stronger.
🎙️In contrast, the chilled out crowd recovered to their previous strength within a day, and continued to supercompensate and come out stronger 3 days after.
The biggest recovery difference was seen due to the amount of *perceived* stress the students had.
Stepping in poop, then missing the bus to work, and getting a call that your goldfish died simply affects some people more than others: they perceive more stress from the same external events.
✔️So what to do in this case? When you’re under-recovered, but you still want to get a workout in, focus on technique more than annihilating your muscles.
✔️Additionally, you can limit the muscle damage you do, but still get a sufficient training stimulus by focusing on speedy, explosive repetitions with 60-80% of your normal working weights.
Do you clearly notice when you’re under-recovered due to psychological stress?