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Rest Does the Body Good
In CrossFit, or any other training program, it is important to use what Robb Wolf calls "intuitive moderation" to regulate your training load. In other words, you approach each WOD prepared to give it your all but also know when it is time to back off and allow your body to recover.
If you are training daily over long periods of time without sufficient rest, your body cannot regenerate and your performance will plateau. If the imbalance between excess training and insufficient rest continues, your performance will decline. Along with that comes a host of other, more insidious symptoms, among them,fatigue, moodiness, irritability, altered sleep patterns, decreased immunity and depression.
Three days on, one day off will generally keep you out of trouble, but it's also advisable to take more time off every 6 to 8 weeks. A few days off will not diminish your progress, you will not lose the pull-ups or push-ups that you've been working for, in fact, with adequate rest and periodical breaks (3 to 5 days) you will find that you are stronger all around!
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