Taking Rest Days/Increased Soreness
I follow the CrossFit WOD schedule, but until recently did a poor job at actually taking taking rest days when they were scheduled (even though I know it's good for me). Instead, I would find myself in the gym doing anything from a light workout (active rest day, so to speak) to 1RM Deadlifts, just because I wanted to.
Over the past few weeks, I've made it a point to follow the 3-Day-On, 1-Day-Off routine, and since then I've noticed that, while I don't appear to be making any significant gains or losses beyond what I was seeing without the rest days, I find that I experience more soreness following the WODs than I did before.
My completely unscientific, uneducated conjecture is that by utilizing my rest days and giving my muscles time to heal, I am able to (for lack of a better term) tear them better and with greater efficiency when I work out than what I was able to do when I didn't take the rest days. Without the rest and time to heal, I wasn't able to tear the muscle with that same efficiency and therefore wasn't as sore, but I also probably wasn't rebuilding them as strongly or efficiently either.
As I said, that's just my uneducated opinion, and would love to hear some other people's take on the subject of my increased soreness, and rest days in general. Thanks!