One of the biggest things that I see taking athletes down in the long run is chasing the RX and sacrificing all things; mental, physical and emotional health to get it.
I often clarify with myself and my athletes that just because I CAN RX (do a workout as written) doesn’t mean I should. Scaling back or modifying workouts isn’t a dirty thing or a weak thing, it’s a smart thing.
What are examples of good times to NOT RX:
- You’re running on 4 hours of sleep because your kids didn’t sleep the night before
- You’re feeling a ripping soreness in your muscles
- You’re feeling a tweak in anyway going through the range of motion
- You’re completely over whelmed by life and you’re at the end of your rope
- You’re not strong enough to do strict movement (i.e. muscle up) but you’re going to do 100 kipping and blow out your shoulders
Can you survive a day, a week a month…… sure…… in the long run you’re doing yourself a disservice. Allowing your body the ample time and resources you need to recover in the short term, while isn’t sexy, will pay dividends in the long run.
On a daily basis evaluate yourself….. are you RX’ing because you want to or because you’re ego of having that little ‘RX’ next to your name is driving you?