Right now I am in the middle of a 12-14 day recovery phase. Testing and fine tuning both the Frequency Focus Physique (2FP) and the Shoulder/Arm Focus plans really took alot out of me. I typically take a nice time of leave from the gym every 3-4 months. Since I had to work out some issues with the programs, this time around I reached almost the 5 month mark. There were added recovery days sporadically thrown in but a day here and there never equals continuous rest.
One of the main issues was with the 2FP program. The first month or so was easy stuff for me in terms of routine and practicality. The issues I faced was how to make each month progressively harder without pushing too much. Therefore, extra time was spent trying to find a careful balance between the appropriate amount of volume, frequency, and intensity. This added time is what really began to wear me out.
Next the plan was to transition into a regimen that focused on the shoulders and arms all while not neglecting the other bodyparts. Once again, careful balance is required. At about 6 weeks into the program I could feel all the signs of over training kicking in. I no longer yearned to train, I always felt tired yet could never fall asleep, sexual drive suffered, and I was constantly irritated (more so than usual lol).
Thats what led me to where I am now. I am about mid way through my recovery phase. The first 7 days consisted of no weight lifting and only walking. On a side note, I took an awesome trip to Austin Texas and the weather was beautiful. Perfect timing for a nice recovery phase. This made it much easier to keep my walking activity high. Loved it there. Here is a photo of me in front of the gorgeous capital building in Austin… read more…