Re­cov­ery mode’s when magic hap­pens

Personal trainer Ali­son Storey’s weekly col­umn, Storey on Sport, an­swers your ques­tions on fit­ness and well­be­ing.

Matamata Chronicle - - Health -

Q: If I want to get stronger legs and bulk them up a bit, should I stop run­ning? A:

Not ex­actly. As with any train­ing, it’s when you’re re­cov­er­ing that the magic hap­pens – it’s when you’re rest­ing that your body re­pairs and grows the mus­cle that you’ve just fa­tigued with weights, so re­cov­ery is an im­por­tant part of the train­ing process. If you don’t let them re­cover and run on them in­stead you may not com­pletely undo that work but may not get the best value out of the weights work. In say­ing that, car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness is a part of stay­ing healthy so you need to in­clude some form of it in your train­ing. Just prob­a­bly not on legs day. Do you have a ques­tion for Ali­son? You can con­tact her via her web­site, Storeysport.co.nz or email her on: ali­son@storeysport.co.nz

Q: Ev­ery­one talks about body weight train­ing and throw­ing tyres around and climb­ing ropes be­ing the way to supreme fit­ness, how is this bet­ter than the gym? A:

Since it first ap­peared in 2012, body weight train­ing has fea­tured in the top three on the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sports Medicine an­nual fit­ness trends list. It’s just been sur­passed by wear­able tech to push it fourth in 2018. Tu­dor Bompa, one of the most prom­i­nent pro­po­nents of ath­letic train­ing has long rec­om­mended things like jump­ing, sprint­ing, throw­ing, and us­ing free weights along with other modal­i­ties (medicine balls, high bars, bound­ing, body weight etc.) since ‘‘the train­ing ef­fect is more com­plex.’’ It could be ar­gued it’s how our bod­ies were meant to move so the body per­haps adapts bet­ter to this kind of train­ing.

-Ali­son Storey is a personal trainer from the Waikato who has rep­re­sented New Zealand in beach volleyball, row­ing and rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics. She has been awarded New Zealand Personal Trainer of the Year twice and runs Storey Sport, a mo­bile personal and sports train­ing busi­ness which pro­vides a range of ser­vices that op­ti­mise the fit­ness and well­be­ing of its clients.

Your body grows mus­cle when you’re re­cov­er­ing from the fa­tigue of train­ing.

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