Strength gains and recovery between workouts show a strong correlation.
Soreness is not the best indicator of recovery from a workout.
Too many people use soreness as the indicator of a complete recovery. It's not the best indicator.
Did you know that it's perfectly fine to workout if you are still sore from a previous workout?
Most people do not know that it's okay to workout if you are sore.
They've been brainwashed by the “experts.”
You will not overtrain if you workout when you're sore. There's much more to overtraining than that.
Now, if you're sore for several consecutive days in the same muscle group and continue to stay sore, that may mean that you are training too often, too much intensity, or too much overall volume.
Learn How to Optimize Your Personal Recovery Between Workouts
Ensure you're doing everything you can to optimize recovery.
This means following all the guidelines within the WLC System.
If you're following all guidelines and optimizing recovery between workouts, back off the workout intensity to increase your recovery.
This means stopping each set when the rep speed slows down.
This will ensure you aren't doing too much.
Working a muscle group again when it's sore has actually proven to be more beneficial than harmful.
I can guarantee that working a muscle group when sore will help that muscle group recover faster unless you have already been overtraining.
Only a break or a huge decrease in weight lifting will help overtraining.
When you work the muscle group again, you shuttle nutrients to the muscle through increased blood flow and help the muscle recover faster.
You can also do other things to help recovery.
You'll learn more about those things throughout the rest and recovery section.
Rest and recovery from workouts is a subject so many people ignore yet one of the most important for building muscle and burning fat.
Make sure you understand how to optimize your personal recovery between workouts.
What's the Best Recovery Indicator?
The best indicator of recovering properly from workout to workout is your progress in strength.
If you follow all WLC System guidelines, you can use strength gains to ensure you are recovering properly from your weight lifting workouts.
If your strength continues to increase over a weight lifting cycle, you are recovering from your workouts properly.
If you lose strength from workout to workout, you are not recovering properly.
You need to make some adjustments.
If you've been lifting for several months with good gains until now, you need a full 10 day break before beginning ANY of our programs.
If you haven't been lifting for several months and aren't recovering properly, decrease the intensity of your workouts by stopping a set when the rep speed slows or by following guidelines given for each WLC workout.
Monitor your strength gains throughout each weight lifting cycle.
If you have trouble gaining strength for more than 3 consecutive workouts, you need to work on recovery by adding more recovery techniques or decreasing the intensity of your workouts.
Practice and learn what works for you each week.
When you learn more about your body, you'll make amazing progress. Everyone is so different and that's what makes the WLC System so amazing…
It works for everyone because it teaches you how to learn from your own body.