We all have those days where we can’t make it to the gym. That could range from having a late night at work to having to pick up the kids from an after school event.
The problem is, we are typically the same kind of people who freak out that we are missing the same session we decided to skip in the first place.
Smart enough to understand family and work can take precedence over the gym, not smart enough to realize that it might be a good thing.
If you are training hard like you should, taking an unplanned day off might be just what the doctor ordered.
Training plans are often designed around muscle recovery, not tendon recovery, and there is such a thing as overuse that comes from global exhaustion being built up in the body.
This gradual build-up is a normal part of training, which is also why it’s often recommended to either take deload or mix up your training plan.
Either way, missing a day in the gym isn’t the worst thing and it might even push you forward.
Or as I like to say, “No, I didn’t miss a day, I took an unplanned deload”.
Just don’t make it a habit.