Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fitness Recovery Tips from my BFF Jill

It seems like a lot of you like this style of blogging so I am going to keep posting this way Monday-Thursday. Friday is my favorites post and some weekends I write, some I don't... it all depends on life.

PS-VLOGmas is starting this Saturday! 
26 days of me rambling on camera, I know you secretly can't wait ;)


My alarm scared me right out of a deep sleep this morning at 4:31 am.
Yes I set my alarms at strange times because I find I need to trick my brain/body so it doesn't wake up before the alarm goes off.
I've also noticed that my brain/body hates me.
On the days I don't have to wake up early it decides that its appropriate to wake up between 5-6 am and the days I DO have to wake up for the gym [like today] or work it likes to sleep in.

Does anyone else have this problem?

Anywho I walked into the gym at 5 am and hopped stumbled onto the treadmill for a wake up walk before class.
I was able to power walk a 1/2 mile before the legs & abs class started, not too shabby for 5 am, eh?

We spent the entire 45 minute class on the stability ball, one way or another.
I have a new found hatred for that thing.
It may be the plank variations or the weighted wall squats/lunges/calf raisers we did.
I can't decide but either way we are no longer friends.

On the train this morning I hung out with an old friend of mine, you may know her, Jillian Michaels.
I was listening to her most recent podcast [I LOVE the Jillian Michaels show] 
 "Denying anger that exists in your life."

As always I felt like she was speaking directly to and about me.
Somehow she just hits the nail on the head podcast after podcast no matter what she is speaking about.
I love that I learn something new each week and always take notes while listening.

My favorite part of this podcast was the fitness recovery tips. She gave an abundance of information so I thought I would recap my top 3 [in my own words] with you:
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Eddie bought me a foam roller last month and it has become a part of my daily routine. I can feel a difference in the days I roll and the days I don't. I think a big part of my torn meniscus was a lack of stretching/rolling, so if you don't have one I suggest picking one up!
If not a lot of gyms, mine included, have them on hand so spend a few extra minutes post workout to take care of your muscles.


  1. My body is totally like that with wake up times... it's awful.

    I LOOOOVE me some foam rolling! Have you heard of the Stealth Align from Muuv Sport? It's seriously the best roller I've ever used because of that raised center with the nubs. I brought it with me to use after the Seattle Marathon (I ran the half) and I was actually able to workout yesterday and today (though maybe not gracefully) because of it. It's amaaaaazing. I don't work for Muuv Sport, btw, their roller is just the shiznit.

  2. I wish I had the ability to make myself wake up that early. I just can't do it. I need help. Any tips?

    Also, I love foam rolling. It helps so much with muscle soreness and even helps prevent muscle soreness for me.

  3. I love the Jillian Michaels show too! I listen to it while I am at work, and I too stop and take notes, she has lots of good stuff to say that I want to remember!

  4. Jillian Michaels sure knows her stuff huh? :)

  5. ginger seems to be everywhere these days.
    I need to cave and try :-)