Oh, cutback week, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
- You help my body recover (and thus get stronger)
- You rejuvenate my mind
- You help me work on my mental toughness (because cutting back is harder than it seems!)
- You allow me to actually get my laundry done
Okay, maybe I don’t care all that much about that last thing… 🙂
Killer Bs, if you haven’t done a cutback week before, let me tell you – it’s the thing that your workout program has been missing that will make all the difference in the world toward meeting your goals.
You know how your body needs regular exercise? (Of course you do.) Well, it also desperately needs rest.
How much rest?
Well, that depends on how hard you work out regularly. Essentially, the harder you work, the more you need to rest. So if you’ve been working out with my Mini Challenges, that’s a lot! And this week, we’re cutting it way back, bringing the intensity down while still getting our sweat on.
You don’t need to stop working out altogether or take a lot of extra days off from your workouts to get the benefit of cutting back, but you do need to reduce your overall weekly volume of work (time) and/or intensity (lower heart rate or lighter weights), to allow your body the recovery time it needs to get fitter, stronger, faster and more efficient.
Yes, cutting back will help you lose weight.
Yes, cutting back will help you run faster.
Yes, cutting back will help you build muscle tone.
Cutting back is also a great mental exercise! At some point, you’ll probably question whether or not you’re “doing enough,” and you’ll need to remind yourself that recovery is part of the process and vital to getting after your goals! If this part is tough for you (like it is for me), think of how great you’ll feel when you’re properly rested and can attack next week’s workouts at full intensity!
I promise, you will not lose fitness by taking a cutback week!
So, are you ready to cut back? Let’s go! Just… you know… at a moderate pace. 🙂
(Click the image below to download and save it on your device. The thumbnails are links to take you directly to the videos on the Pahla B Fitness YouTube channel. All of the workouts are available for preview now.)
On MONDAY, we’re starting the week with a fast and FUN, all-new SEATED SLIMDOWN routine that has plenty of high heart rate cardio and surprisingly sweaty bodyweight strength. If you’ve got the time and interest, I’ve got another great seated workout SUGGESTED STACKER at the end of the video.
TUESDAY’S Let’s RUN podcast episode is one of my favorites – a terrific 20 MINUTE WALK + RUN (mostly WALK), where we chat about how much cardio you REALLY need. The answer will probably surprise you!
WEDNESDAY’S workout is designed to help us get strong while staying SEATED! It’s a 20 MINUTE STRENGTH WORKOUT with optional dumbbells (yes, seriously – you can do this one empty-handed and still get a great burn).
On THURSDAY, we’re working on a strong, stable core as well as a slim six pack with a quick and STACKABLE STANDING ABS routine. No equipment needed and just ten minutes long, there’s also another fun SUGGESTED STACKER at the end of the video.
And FRIDAY, we’re finishing off the week with a nice dose of SWEAT, with 20 minutes of SIMPLE SEATED CARDIO. Friendly intervals and fun exercises will finish off cutback week with a smile!