Rest and exercise are usually thought of as opposites, but they are actually complimentary and dependent upon one another. Just as night can only be defined in the context of day, exercise and rest are similarly connected. Rest is the single biggest determinant of exercise intensity. Without intense workouts, fitness results will be lacking and without rest, intensity will be compromised.
Think about it this way: a champion sprinter who attempts two 100-yard dashes immediately back to back with no rest will see a serious drop in stamina during the second race. The intensity generated in the first run would severely impede the performance of the second. With no rest between races, the sprinter could not physically or mentally muster the same effort. Resting between the two races is required to reset the body. Only with rest would the sprinter be able to push his body to its max for a second time.
The above scenario illustrates the concept of rest-based exercise. By focusing attention on rest during training, it is possible to reset both mental and physical capacity to achieve more than would be possible without it. A Rest-based workout is a new training philosophy developed by Dr. Jade and Dr. Keoni Teta, both NDs and CSCS ad founders of Metabolic Effect. It preaches that rest in a workout is not only a good thing, but should be the primary goal of any training program focused on delivering real results.
The more you rest, the harder you will push. The harder you push, the more you will have to rest. Rest and work in exercise are dependent upon one another and together deliver far better results than can be achieved with pacing.
The language I like to use is push until you cant, rest until you can. Some people take lots of shorter rests, while others prefer longer periods of rest. With rest-based training you use rest strategically to generate just the right intensity for your individual metabolic needs.
Push hard, rest hard and then do it again. Thats how you achieve the metabolic responses we want in our body to create a flurry of hormones which burn fat and build muscle.