Take a minute after your workout and think about how you feel. Are you sore from the day before? Do you feel depleted and feel like you are exhausted for the rest of the day? Recovery is key when it comes to sport and fitness and there are two easy must do’s we like to do here at CrossFit Belleville.
The first of the two components is a recovery protein. Vital to our very life, proteins are the building blocks of our bodies and play a critical role in building muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, blood, hair, fingernails, serum albumin, keratin and collagen. Most people don’t get enough clean, nutritious protein so supplementing with one like Jaktrx Pro Recovery is a must. It is highly recommended you take it immediately or up to 30 minutes maximum after your workout! This is IMPORTANT. This will allow your body to repair, reduce muscle soreness, build lean muscle and support recovery so you can get back to training the next day. We are fully stocked at the moment and offering our Pro Recovery for $44.95+HST (that’s $10 off the regular price!!) We are also offering curb side pick up or delivery depending on location. Flavours include: Chocolate Milkshake, French Vanilla, Peanut Butter and the NEW Strawberry Banana. Please let us know! We have also included a protein pancake recipe that is not only a great breakfast option but a balanced snack during the day. These can also be prepped in larger batches, thrown into a freezer and toasted or reheated for a quick breakfast or snack 🙂 🥞 🥞 🥞
The second that is extremely important is stretching and mobility. Stretching exercises after a session will help to improve overall flexibility, lessen muscle soreness and enhance recovery. Stretching post workout is as important as before the workout. Keep in mind – there is a difference. Your body must be warmed up before stretching before the workout – so think increasing your heart rate, performing aerobic activity type warm ups before getting into a stretch. There is a reason as to why we are trained to stretch before and after exercise. Not only does stretching warm the body, but it does wonders for recovery and may just prevent the dreaded Delayed Onset Muscle Syndrome. When exercising, it creates toxins in the body as muscles are exerted. By stretching the muscles after exercise, these toxins move into the bloodstream and out of the muscles, where they can be broken down and eradicated. So in effect, stretching after a tough WOD means that when you’re tying your shoes or trying to sit on the toilet the next morning, you won’t be left feeling like a mummy just released from its coffin. Dynamic stretching will help prepare for the workout ahead but static stretching is more advised post workout, to help with recovery and improve flexibility. If you need guidance while at home, ROMWOD is a great tool as well as GOWOD which actually can provide a more custom approach to where you’re lacking in specific areas. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your CrossFit Belleville Coach! Collectively, we hold a great wealth of knowledge and experience 😉