Importance of Rest & Overtraining

by on Dec.11, 2009, under Fitness, Rest day

A lof of parkour practitioners (I’m looking at you Jeff and Jesus) are so psyched up to train and condition that we forget one of the key parts of every training regimen.


Parkour and the type of conditioning we do at ZombieFit is strenuous and can often cause injuries; either through imperfect form, overexertion, over-training, or just stupid bails. You MUST rest. By not resting you’re not allowing your body, and its corresponding musculature, ligaments and joints, to properly heal. I’m not just talking one day after five days of training. For every three to five weeks of training (using a 3 on, 1 off schedule) you should take ONE WHOLE WEEK off.

Yes, I just said that. ONE WHOLE WEEK. Parkour is extremely high-impact. Yes, conditioning can improve your muscle strength and flexibility, and even your recovery. But after a certain amount of time (different for all persons) your recovery will continue to slow down. You’ll notice decreased performance and you have an increased chance of injury. You have the rest of your life to train. Ensure you can do so.

Take a deep breath. Relax. It’s winter. Watch some pk videos and eat healthy. GET SOME REST, and come back harder, stronger and faster.