For the past 6 weeks I have been consciously trying to manage my work:rest days more effectively, and doing a great job I think!
During September I consistently averaged a rest day every 3 days, so a 2:1 work:rest ratio. I found that with more balance I was able to increase the intensity of my workouts, by adding reps, time, and increased RPE to my sessions therefore maximizing my workout time! This was my goal heading into the fall so I am happy with my performance.
So far in October I am averaging a 1:1 work:rest ratio and noticing exponentially increased intensity to each workout. Not only that, I am seeing results happen fast- my four-pack is popping, my obliques and lats are more defined, my glutes and quads are more muscular. Again congruent with my goals, managing work:rest is giving me the progressive results I am aiming for.
As personal trainers, we are our own best clients- I am able to train myself the way I would love to train every client I have, pushing for maximum results and new levels of fitness and wellbeing every day! I struggled with my rest days during the summer as I made progress and I am achieving new levels of balance in my program's approach, completely inline with incorporating more advanced routines, as a progressing athlete.