How’s it going everybody? You may remember that October is Squat Month. It’s our first rest-day, a very important day and one that I look forward to when I’m struggling.
The first three days were surprisingly simple, but I know it’s a long way to go to 200 squats. The best thing about this workout for me is that I can do it while the coffee is brewing. A little warm up stretch and I’m at the barre (or, in my case, the stove handle) to bust out some squats. And you can customize it too, using weights if you want the extra challenge. Personally – I am not using weights for this month’s challenge… getting to 200 squats will be difficult enough! My poor green hand weights are feeling slightly neglected.
If you fell of the bandwagon this week, don’t give up! Use your rest-day as a catch-up day instead. Don’t beat yourself up over not making a workout, because that kind of self-loathing will only blow up in your face. We’re only human, after all. We have obligations and tasks and sometimes, darn it, we just don’t want to do squats. No one understands this more than I. But get back up on that horse. The future-you will thank you for it, I guarantee.
If you are on-schedule with the challenge, good on you! Don’t do any squats today. Your muscles need time to recover. This is a whole ‘nother post for another day, but it boils down to the fact that over straining muscles is high-risk and low-reward and, in fact, could do so much damage that you could not recover. TAKE A REST DAY, DAMMIT. However, I will encourage you to use your rest day from squats to work on some light-training somewhere else. In my case I busted out those poor, neglected hand weights and gave them some love. Not too much, just some hammer-curls. Just don’t over work your system – you might regret it.