That’s what we’ve found with several clients. Super duper easy bike rides are also an option, although easy swims are probably ideal for recovery.
Just wanted to share my experience trying swimming sessions as recovery after the intense ME sessions in Big Vert.
I am really not a swimmer and have never really done swimming as any form of regular exercise (although I can swim).
I am working through the Big Vert plan and have been “enjoying” the really brutal ME workouts. I think perhaps made harder by the fact I don’t use a gym at the moment so I do them outside my apt in the street and its 32C and 80+% humidity but I find them very tough. I have also historically been terrible at doing strength training and have always just ended up doing huge volumes of running and hills but not any structured strength (or not for very long).
I just did workout #8 this week and in every other week I have generally found my legs to be in pieces 2 days after (i.e. Thursday). I always followed the Tuesday ME with a very easy recovery on Wed and Thurs but after listening to the Luke Nelson podcast with Scott I decided to try flipping out the Wednesday recovery walk/run for a swim. Ill admit I was very sceptical because it doesn’t feel like much and I am not very good so I feel a bit useless at swimming compared to running…
But…my legs were really really noticeably better having done a swim recovery workout this week than doing a walk/jog that I would normally do. It was not subtle for me and, interestingly, my legs felt almost back to normal by Thursday and I was able to do a much more normal run session than I would usually be capable of. It could be that after 8 sessions my legs are getting better but I still find the workouts very tough so I really think the swimming had a big impact.
Planning to continue with the swim recovery going forward.
Anyone else had similar experiences?
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