Hi Fearless Fam,
This week I want to talk about recovery. Recovery is by far the most under looked aspect of fitness, yet it is one of the most important pieces to the puzzle! In truth, when we work out what we are doing is actively breaking down the muscle in our body – that is why our performance gets worse and worse as we go through a workout. Where our body builds is in the “Recovery” phase. “Recovery” is the single most important aspect to fitness. Without allowing your body to recover, it cannot build more muscle.
Recovery comes in many different forms. Here are a few common methods that are used for recovery:
- Foam Rolling
- Lacrosse Ball Rolling
- Mobility Work
- Ice Baths
The goal of recovery is to assist the body in repairing itself and prepping for the next workout. How many times have you felt sorer after either not eating a good post workout meal or not sleeping enough after a hard workout? If this sounds familiar – you have firsthand experience with the importance of recovery.
My favorite options for recovery are ROMWOD and Sleep. ROMWOD (Range of Motion Workout of the Day) is a program that puts out daily stretching/mobility sessions that you can follow along with. One perk of membership through CrossFit and Fearless is the ability to ROMWOD any time you want in the gym! We have a mobility studio in the back of the gym with an active ROMWOD membership on the TV, just ask a coach to start it for you!
Whatever you do for recovery, any recovery is better than none. When we work out, we put our bodies through a physically stressful situation. Without given the time to fully recover (and the right nutrients), our body cannot go through its natural process of protein-synthesis, also known as muscle building. To fully achieve our best results in the gym, the effort we put in cannot stop when you leave the gym. Your nutrition, your sleep, your stretching all matter more than you think.
What is your preferred method for recovery?