Ho ho ho! 'Tis the season to start panicking about family engagements, Christmas shopping, lack of mileage and that extra piece of cake someone smuggled on to your plate. I think a lot of people use Christmas as the final deadline for bad athletic behaviour before turning over a new leaf at 12:01am January 1st with newfound zest for training. Unfortunately, only very highly tuned engines can go from zero to a hundred in a matter of seconds and this is also true of the human body. Laying off heavily for a month or two to then go back to a heavy workout regime to try to shed pounds and gain fitness in a matter of days is a recipe for injury and illness. So, how do we get back to the lean, mean, powerful machines we were in late summer without multiple trips to the garage for repairs? I will go over some of the details that are so often overlooked that should be implemented before heavy training is on the menu.