There’s no question: when done correctly, HITT workouts like CrossFit’s killer combo of cardio and strength training will help torch fat and get results fast. Our Next Fitness Star and #fitspo Brooke Bevan is a devotee – she used CrossFit to recover from two serious accidents and came back fitter than ever.
However a new study in the Frontiers in Physiology journal says it’s a good idea to take a day off from powerlifting and plyometrics – even though they can fast-track your pre-summer shred.
Brazilian researchers found too many consecutive workouts can reduce the levels of cytokines in your body – a protein that helps nix inflammation. So smashing out workouts from Monday to Sunday can suppress your immune function. This is not ideal – particularly if you’re already recovering from illness or chronically stressed.
The study’s lead author, Dr Ramires Tibana, says: “For non-athlete subjects who want to improve their health and quality of life through CrossFit training, we recommend that they decrease their training volume after two consecutive days of high intensity training to prevent possible immunosuppression.”
Decoded: to reduce your chances of picking up that pesky office cold, pull back on training after two days of workouts. This could mean switching up your WOD with a hatha yoga class or just treating to yourself to a night of Netflix.
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