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Should you adjust how you train based on how you feel?

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Tackling tough sessions when feeling great and easier workouts when you’re struggling can lead to far superior gains, says Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery

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Auto-regulatory training
This approach means you perform a certain session based on how you feel. If you have a hard session planned but feel like garbage, you are better off switching sessions and doing some easier work.

Rate of perceived recovery Using a scale from one to ten you assess how well you feel, which dictates what type of session you should do. You still need to get all the different workouts in each week, but this way gives you flexibility.

Stay around level 7
Pushing on when you don’t feel good isn’t always the best approach. And you should always feel around level seven. Any lower means you aren’t recovering sufficiently and need to back off.

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