In this bi-weekly column 'ONE Moment with Rich Franklin', ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC)'s Vice President (VP) talks about his life lessons through the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). The 'Ace' is a three-time Middleweight World Champion with a professional record of 29-7. This week, he shares his thoughts on how working out is bad for your body!
It is true that working out only damages the body.
When you lift weights for example, you are putting tiny micro tears in your muscle fibres. It is not until you rest that your body begins to prepare itself, therefore you need proper nutrients to repair those tissues while resting.
Sleep is the most crucial aspect of recovery from a tough training regimen, as hormones like testosterone and growth are at their highest then.
Never place more value on an extra hour in the gym per week than an extra hour sleeping – only if you are following an intense training routine.
I am addicted to working out – no doubt about it.
I typically find myself practising martial arts, doing weight in the gym, or something more recreational like rock climbing six days per week. This schedule is actually counter-productive.
For this reason I make sure I sleep 7½ hours per night – often times with a nap during the day – and follow a nearly flawless nutritional routine.
This is not an article for the competitive athlete or the person prepping for a show, but rather, for the person looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The common misnomer is that you must be in the gym six days a week like an athlete to earn the results you want.
Trust me – if you have a proper sleep schedule and nutritional regimen, you would be able to accomplish your goals in four hours or less per week.
Mike Mentzer, 1980 Mr Olympia heavyweight winner, wrote about a bodybuilding training principle which only required ONE set to failure, per body part, per workout.
The overriding philosophy is that training needed to be brief, infrequent and intense to earn optimum results in minimal time.
Intensity is inversely proportional to the amount of time you need to spend training. This is a fancy mathematical way of saying the more intense your workouts, the less time you need to spend in the gym.
If you are anything like me and you spend excess amount of time with intense exercise routines, make sure you give yourself excess amount of intense recovery time as well. I always say work hard, rest harder!