A topic that’s brought up often is: What can be done on “off-days” to increase and improve the rate of flexibility development?
Firstly, it’s important to define what we consider an “on-day” and an “off-day” within the context of the M3 training. The “On” days are the days that programming is provided for; the exercises prescribe provide a specific stimulus to the body which, for a myriad of reasons, promotes flexibility development. For a small percentage of people this produces instant and significant flexibility gains, but for most these movements need to be repeated over a longer period for the stimulus to be effective. When done properly the “on” day training is typically very intense, both physically and mentally, and requires a period of rest to ensure that you are recovered and adapted.
The perfect “off” day training would provide minimal physical or mental demands while aiming to promote maximal assimilation of the ranges that you’re training on “on” days. Sadly, this is impossible; all physical training has a fatigue load that has to be managed, so what becomes important is finding the load that you can manage that doesn’t negatively affect recovery. It’s a fine line to walk and is always moving, you’ll find that week to week, month to month, your capacity to manage load and recover well will vary and you’ll have to look for warning signs in your body that you’re approaching overtraining. (more on that in a future article)