Have you ever gotten to the point in a workout where your heart rate is sky high and your movement is starting to look, well, crappy? We all get there at some point, but what should we do when it hits? The best thing to do is remember, resting is not quitting.
Over the past 8-10 years, the high intensity training world has gone berserk. It’s to the point where no one even really knows what “high intensity training” means anymore. Workouts went from being constructive to destructive with the introduction of a clock to measure how fast you could complete movements, even movements under load. This chase for a fast time has lead to not only terrible movements but a lack for truly understanding the benefits movements like deadlifts, squats, cleans and snatches can bring to your training.
Now, there are occasions when a time trial is great. Our belief is any movement over a given distance (ex: 1 mile run) is great for timing. At OTL Fitness, our favorite time trial is when using an Erg or AirFit. With these machines there is an input and an output. You cannot cheat in order to get a fast time. Does this mean you ignore technique? Absolutely not, but there is much more slack given when technique is off on these machines than there is trying to do deadlifts reps as fast as possible.
So that takes us back to the statement resting is not quitting. When you are working out, and your heart rate elevates which leads to your technique breaking down, just rest. Grab a quick swig of water, shake it out, take a few deep breaths, then get back to work. Those moments of trying to go longer, harder, and faster just to beat the new girl in class next to you in a workout, are the moments you are teaching your body bad habits. Instead, make the most out of your workout and every movements that is done during that time. And remember, resting isn’t quitting. So don’t be so hard on yourself if you need to take a breather before getting back to work.
• Side Note: There are efforts, for example, a 2,000 meter row when you just have to talk yourself out of stopping. This is not an appropriate time for rest. In these situations it is important that you learn the benefits of positive self talk so you can break through barriers.