Craig Marker, Ph.D is a fitness enthusiast who’s published over 50 articles, chapters, and textbooks on psychology and research methods. Craig is a researcher and psychologist who understands the cutting edge of strength, sports performance, body composition, and nutrition.
Craig’s upcoming book, The AntiFragile Self, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.
No doubt, you train hard. Hard training means you need to recover.
The question came up recently in a group discussion - "What do you do on active recovery days?"
It's an interesting question. I felt like I wanted to share it here and expand a little more.
Active recovery days are for recovering, they're not training days. As a highly regarded strength coach stated, "You don't get stronger by lifting weights. You get strong by recovering from lifting weights." The point is that recovery is very important for all of us, my fellow strength enthusiast.
First, we have to define what it is we're talking about.
What exactly are active recovery days anyway?
Dr. Theresa Larson received her doctorate in physical therapy and is a former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran. She was an All-American Division I softball player at Villanova University. She is also a part of the staff at MobilityWOD and an instructor for CrossFit Mobility courses. Dr. Larson is the author of the book Warrior, A Memoir.
Theresa’s mission is to help people achieve performance goals and tackle the “why” behind the bodies movement inefficiencies.
We had a great chat this week on the show discussing her story, lessons and approach to performance.