Why is testing recovery important?


Testing recovery is crucial because it indicates whether the body, especially the nervous system, has sufficiently recuperated from physical activities like resistance training, running, or swimming. Proper recovery is essential to prevent overtraining and ensure optimal performance in subsequent workouts.

emphasizes that recovery testing isn't only about monitoring the muscles used but involves assessing systemic recovery, including the nervous system's capacity to generate force. He outlines simple, mostly cost-free methods to measure recovery:

  1. Heart Rate Variability (HRV): This is a key indicator of how well one's body manages stress and recovers. Higher HRV suggests better cardiovascular health and recovery status.
  2. Physical Tests: Although not detailed in the clip, these typically involve evaluating the ability to produce force or perform certain tasks, indicating nervous system recovery.

Assessing HRV can provide insight into overall physiological readiness and help in planning training sessions to align with the body's current recovery state 1.

Testing Recovery

Andrew discusses the importance of testing recovery not just from resistance training, but also from running and swimming. He explains how to assess systemic recovery through heart rate variability and other simple tests.

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Science of Muscle Growth, Increasing Strength & Muscular Recovery | Huberman Lab Podcast #22