With the summer holidays behind us and the kids back in school, you like me might be feeling a little sad. But it's time to get on and get back into training and get back on track. During the holidays i eat too much ice cream, drank too much wine and did not see the inside of the gym for 6 weeks. I had a fabulas summer, but back in the gym, the DOMS are setting in and getting going is not proving easy. Persistance is key and I am looking forward to getting myself back.
After 4 days of heavy training, I am feeling as strong as a T Rex and in need of a rest day. Don't forget your rest day. They are just as important as your training days. Your muscles need to heal, to re-aline and get strong for your next training day.
After years of back and shoulder pains that even injections couldn’t shift I decided to go and see if Chloe could help me. This was the best decision I’ve ever made and after only one session my shoulder was well and truly on the mend and I’ve never felt better. I now go every couple of weeks to ensure my issues never return. Can’t recommend Chloe enough as she has not only got rid of all my pain she has enabled me to continue with body building which I thought I was going to have to give up.
On flicking through my husbands Flex training mag the other day, I came across this article all about looking after your body when training it to the max.
"Preventative care - An insight to the private lives of our sports heros thanks to social media, and there is one common practice we regularly witness. Most athletes have regular massage. This allows the toxins to be flushed from the area and fresh blood to be pumped back in, creating the best possible environment to recover" We do know this, but it's nice to see it talked about in training magazines.
If like me you have not been training as hard or as often during the Easter period, then it's time to get back to it. Put down that last of the chocolate and get back into the gym. A spin class straight after dropping the kids in school was my first order of the day. Bye Bye Easter caleries. Be gone with you........... A hard 45 minutes of pure hardcore cardio. Cardio is not my favorate activity, but sometimes it just needs to be done, same again on Friday and all those extra caleries of the holidays will be banished. In the mean time it's back to my favorate and weights, weights, weights........
For all of you training for the London Marathon - Good on you :)
Time is getting closer and I'm sure you will have your biggest run coming up very soon. Remember to look after yourself and that includes coming in for a Sports Massage. Get those hamstrings loosened up, get those calf's seen to and is anyone is suffering from groin strain!! It is SO important to look after your body and your mind. The marathon is a LONG way and you don't want to ruin the rest of spring / summer bring injured. Put down your running shoes, pick up your phone and book in to see me now.......
After 15 minutes on the StairMaster (post leg workout) my legs are singing. Feels good :) Climbing steps is an excellent cardio workout. And unless you have a Mayan temple in your back garden, the StairMaster is a great alternative.
Remember to stretch afterwards!!!
Tired Legs, Tight Hamstrings, Over worked Quads - Come see me for a sports massage
I love a good weights session, but after over doing it on the adductors on Monday I think i am going to need to ease up on that particular muscle group! The Pectineus in a small muscle and if you train it too hard, it will hurt (living proof) and can lead to groin strain...... DOM's is all well and good, but 4 days later it should not still hurt. Less weight, more form and a good stretch next time :-)
I have been practicing Sports Massage for 12 years and in that time I have trained in Thai massage. I have found that Sports & Thai massage work amazingly together to aid in both rehabilitation and injury prevention. The deep tissue of sports massage along with the stretching and mobilization of Thai massage working in unison to enable you to get the best out of your body.
With my gym undergoing a major referb currently, I am left using what is available to me and re-thinking my training programme. At the start I was a little thrown by this, but it has proved to be a good thing. I have had to shake things up and do different weight and body weight training than normal. I hurt more than i have in a little while. This is good.
#change your training programme every 6 weeks
#DOMS is good
#Look after your body
#injury free training
#get a sports massage
#sports massage improves your ability to train harder