Humans have an “optimal stress zone”. Too little stress won’t illicit any results; and too much can lead to chronic inflammation, and then to chronic fatigue and, subsequently, adrenal fatigue. In addition to this, we need to account for the day-to-day stress caused by things like training, work, study and food… Ultra Athletes manage this by “working in”; it’s the conscious practise of energy giving to counterbalance the taking. Activities to support this practice include breath work, sauna, passive stretching, yoga, massage, cold therapy, meditation and floatation therapy.
Ultra’s programming offers a finely tuned approach that works to balance training stress through working in, and in a way that can be practised on a daily basis. This promotes better sleep, increased energy, greater arousal towards training, faster recovery and lower risk of injury. Working in also supports immune function, an important consideration in the lead up to competitions, when the likelihood of illness can increase.
Ultra’s Working In program is completely free for anyone to access.