For most of us, training volume and intensity significantly slows during the Christmas period. Whilst this is a good thing – it provides us with a physical and psychological break from the work, it also means that we will have regressed slightly during the time off.
The amount you’ll have regressed depends on a number of factors – the length of the break, how indulgent the break was (more food and drink can mean a lot more work to be done afterwards!) and whether or not you did any exercise during the time off at all.
For the purposes of this article, we’re going to assume you’ve had a very indulgent break, meaning you’re effectively starting from scratch. What we’re going to show you is how to rebuild your fitness from scratch, putting together a strength training programme and an appropriately-structured cardio programme.