Day 6 – Off Day
I rolled over to get my HRV measurement. HRV recommendation… Do Not Train. If I wasn’t so tired I would smile. I have face DOMS. Too sore to smile. Back to bed.
I can’t remember the last time I went back to sleep. My wake schedule is so consistent that I don’t set an alarm anymore. Muscles stiff. Need to do something...
I decided on PRI Wall breathing and some of my favorite OLY stretches… Much Better.
I see Tayler as he is finishing up with a group of athletes. I am so pumped to tell him that even science (my HRV score) is letting me take an off day. “Why is peanut butter so good right now?” he interjected before I could say anything. I laughed so hard at his comment. He texted me the night before about the same thing. Little did he know I was eating peanut butter straight out of the jar while I read it. I replied with “I happen to know everything there is to know about peanut butter. I love peanut butter! I love it on pancakes, I love it on pizza! I love to take peanut butter and put a little bit in my hair when I've had a rough week. What do you think holds it up, slick?”
So I have clearly lost my mind and this workout causes some sort of a condition. A Ragnarok Flu, if you will. See the checklist below of symptoms .
1) Always hungry
2) Always sleepy
3) Always sore
4) Obsessed with a random food
5) Forgetful of simple things like math and how to use words good
6) Always hungry, sleepy, and sore
I began to ponder about other things this intense metabolic circuit may doing to my body. If I burned 1,000 calories during exercise, what was my after burn? EPOC, a fancy acronym for burning more calories after working out, has been calculated in many studies. I wonder what Ragnarok's EPOC was?
WARNING! What you are about to read is bad science. I am taking other people’s similar research and applying it to my situation merely to illustrate a point. I will perform actual techniques required to get precise measurements later. I am simply letting my imagination go wild.
My resting metabolic rate is 2,160 calories a day. This is based off of lean mass and does not account for activity or thermic effect of food. This provides me with a calorie burn of approximately 1.5 calories per minute. Now let’s look at my calorie burn at the end of my very last rep of Ragnarok. Based upon hear rate exertion, I am at about 25 calories per minute. Whoa…
If I were to over generalize other research that looked at similar resistance training circuits, I would have a 34%, 36%, and 42% drop off in my calorie after burn from my original 25 calories per minute at intervals 30min, 60min, and 90min post workout. This means that my additional calorie burn at those intervals would be 16.5, 16, and 14.5 calories per minute. Still way above my baseline 1.5 calories per minute. Additionally, I found that some protocols reported a RMR increase of about 10% the following day. This means that during my off day my RMR has become 2,376 and my afterburners are still going strong.
There is really something cool happening here. Even more so if you think about possible interactions with catecholamines, growth hormone, and igf-1. But I’ll save that for another post.
Thought of the Day:
Today I set a personal record in the number of days I have been alive.
Want to know more about EPOC? I would start here.