“The real workout starts when you want it to stop.” But the truth is, the real workout actually starts after your workout. No matter how hard you train and push yourself, without proper nutrition, maintenance, and care, you will never achieve your peak fitness potential, or it will take a lot longer for you to achieve those goals. Fitness progress and success requires a lot more than just adding another mile to your run or an extra rep to your weight set. When you workout, you are essentially breaking down your body by depleting your stored energy, muscles and other tissues. Without proper recovery, this can lead to muscle fatigue, inflammation, and ultimately, not achieving #gains, as they say. Here are some of our go-to ways to fully recover from a workout.
A lot of people don't understand how 45 minutes a day can be any effective when getting fit. Well the answer is, if you're doing it right, it can be even more effective than a conventional gym workout! High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and weight training is a great way to get fit in a short amount of time.
With so many fitness class options, it can be difficult to decide which workout you’re in the mood for. Vinyasa flow or HIIT bootcamp? Instead of choosing between a butt-kicking, sweat chamber and a toning, relaxing vibe, there is an easy solution. Corepower Yoga’s Sculpt class is a fitness lover’s dream. Set in a heated room (between 90-93 degrees Fahrenheit), it's a beautiful combination of soothing yoga, intense cardio, and weighted exercises intended to tone and “sculpt” your body.
“Revive”, I repeat to myself as I start to lose focus in Standing Bow Pose. I find balance again, and my body syncs with my breathing. My posture deepens, the sequence goes on, and I make progress with what my mind, body, and breath present to me in this hour. I leave class feeling revitalized and carry that feeling throughout the rest of my day. This is the power of setting an intention in your yoga practice.
Everyone knows the physical benefits of working out, but did you know that exercise also combats anxiety and depression, increases energy and alertness, and improves your quality of sleep? Even though we all know these advantages, squeezing in that morning workout or getting to the gym after a full day of classes is often dreaded. Here are some ways to change the dreadful pit in your stomach when you think about heading to the gym:
I wish I was a runner. The thought of running makes me anxious and I would much prefer crawling up in my bed and watch a whole season of Gossip Girl. Some people do enjoy running, and feel that it’s liberating and makes their day a whole lot better. Not me.
If you are looking for a way to get in your cardio and reduce stress at the same time, it’s time to run outside. Running in general, especially outdoor running, can be a great way to burn some calories and clear your mind.
Ever feel a little lonely grabbing smoothies and checking out the hottest workout studios around your campus by yourself? Would you love to have a buddy tag along? Enter CHAARG, the hottest fitness organization that is ‘liberating girls from the elliptical.' This fitness club just went live in Madison this semester and I’m loving every second of it. From the weekly studio spotlights, to the weekly small group sesh and the inCHAARG insta fam I became a part of, this is exactly what I was looking for.
Spring off the SERF’s “dreadmill” and onto one of the many beautiful running paths in Madison! There are endless places to run, whether it's a quick 20 minute run in between classes or running an hour away from campus (and your homework).
Walking into the gym can be intimidating to anyone... All of the weights, machines and fit people can make you feel like you’re in a daze, and make you overwhelmed. It’s easiest for some of us to hop on the elliptical and just ride without getting out of our comfort zone, or knowing if it’s actually benefiting us. Do you ever wondering if you’re getting a good workout or actually gettin’ those gains on cardio days? Although there is not one specific machine that’ll do the trick, because every person is different, each one is beneficial for different reasons.
While juggling classes and social life, it can be hard to fit a good full body workout into a busy college schedule, and it’s easy for students to slack off. Fitness is vital to our overall mind, body, and spirit, which is why it's so important to include it in your daily routine.
Everyone knows that staying healthy and fit means more than hitting the gym. Good nutrition is arguably 70-80% of what keeps us lean, energized, and fitting into freshman year's jeans. So why is it so hard for us to eat healthy, especially in college? Sure, it can be done, but it takes a crazy amount of discipline do it alone. In addition, the health-food rumor mill is always churning out new gossip. What's a college kid to believe? Most people have heard of nutrition counseling, but probably haven't considered hiring someone to sit down with weekly, especially when we barely have time to get more than 6 hours of sleep a night.
Having self-awareness is an essential part of life- it is so important to be able to relax your body, mind, and spirits that lie within each and every one of us. Yoga incorporates all of these aspects, can transform our bodies and minds, and encourage us to try something new every time we step on the mat. Located on Mill Plain Road, Fairfield Hot Yoga offers both Hot (Bikram) and Power class to tone your mind and muscles and leave you sweaty and zen.
Full disclaimer: I’m not writing this article because I work at SoulCycle; I started working there BECAUSE I love it so much!! Everyone remembers their first time at SoulCycle (and if you haven’t tried it, you will remember the day you try). You’re completely lost while the front row is killing it with synced tap-backs, push ups, body rolls, etc. It’s okay! If you’re some athletic super human who gets things on the first try, props to you. If you’re like me, it takes four or five times to really get into the rhythm and understand how to incorporate choreography into your ride. That first class where you successfully hit those tap back push ups, you feel unstoppable. It’s literally like winning Dancing With The Stars (LOL not really, but you’ll feel cool). With all of this being said, here are 5 reasons why SoulCycle is my absolute favorite workout in the world!
It’s easy to be intimidated by workout classes that make you cycle your heart out for 45 minutes in a hot and sweaty room while they yell at you. It is an acquired taste, but don’t let the fear of fitness classes like these take you away from living an active life. Over the years, I have tried many different workout classes, and it’s safe to say that they truly made an incredible impact on my life. Soul Cycle taught me how to push myself, Core Power Yoga taught me how to breathe and enjoy the little things, and Pure Barre taught me that I’m incredibly inflexible. However, I noticed that when I truly felt a change in my body was when I did something as small as going on a 20-minute walk once a day, which seems a little more doable if you are just starting to get into a new workout routine. One of my favorite ways to exercise is to hike with friends.
Growing up as a dancer, the studio has become my happy place– a home away from home. So, when I first learned about barre classes in high school, I knew I had to give it a try - ballet + a workout class... it could not sound any more like me?! I went to my first class at Pure Barre, and little did I know that I would become slightly (ok, maybe MAJORLY) obsessed with barre classes! Now living in Nashville, I’ve tried almost every barre class there is, and I’m here to give you the rundown of all the super cool and hip barres the Music City has to offer…
Do not let the excuses get to you. “It’s cold “the gym is too far of a walk” “I don’t have time” “I can start tomorrow” are not reasons that you cannot be getting your grind on! Working out in your dorm room is totally doable. It saves the time and the hassle of trekking to the gym in winter temperatures. Whip out a yoga mat and try these full body workouts in your room.
Is this the biggest indoor cycling news like... EVER?
In an exclusive announcement this morning, Well+Good broke the news that celebrity trainer and former Flywheel master instructor, Holly Rilinger will be joining Cyc Fitness as their creative director beginning in February.
Whether you’re almost done with holiday shopping or have yet to begin, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life. Grab one of these for your mom, sister, bestie, or roommate and watch her face light up when she unwraps it! If your own New Year’s Resolution is to work towards a healthier lifestyle, there’s no doubt she’ll join you if she’s got one of these awesome gifts to accompany her.
After my hot sweat sesh at the Rock’n’Roll half marathon in Chicago this past summer, I decided to continue the pace and I signed up for the Madison Half Marathon in November! This meant that I would have to train outside for weeks in the cold weather. After training and completing that half marathon, I learned how to prepare for a run in the chilly, dark conditions of winter.
If you’re reading this article, or The Sweat Scene in general, there’s a good chance you’re a part of the student population who makes time to work out at least a few times a week despite your busy schedule. Whether your motivation is to decrease stress, manage your weight, give yourself an energy boost, or any combination of these (plus others from the plethora of awesome things exercise does for you), I think we can all agree that working out is one of the best things you can do for your body. In order to really reap the benefits, you want a workout routine that’s both effective and time-efficient. Unfortunately, while the SERF and Nat are both free and convenient campus rec centers, they’re rather no-frills. They don’t necessarily have top-of-the-line cardio machines, the weight rooms resemble dungeons with some squat racks and bench presses, and the instruction for group fitness classes typically falls short of exceptional. Rather than settling for mediocrity, check out some of the most popular boutique gyms on campus.
After hearing endless chatter about the sweat dripping OrangeTheory workout, I can absolutely say the class lived up to the hype. With a mixture of fast paced cardio and high intensity muscle toning, you'll be burning several hundred to a thousand calories in just an hour as your heart rate shoots through the roof in the basically personal training room.
Although the new and improved RecPlex is beautiful, constantly being on a machine and staring out that big glass window can get a little boring. Lucky for us, we go to school in New England, a suburban/rural region notorious for its beauty during the fall season. There are plenty of hiking trails near campus that are perfect for running or just taking a walk with some friends to admire the beauty of nature and the changing seasons.
When your workout time becomes EVERYONE’S workout time...I know the feeling. Walking into the gym and seeing everyone and their mother there. It makes you want to turn around and head straight for the exit, BUT WAIT. I have some solutions for you.
On days that I felt that my world was collapsing down before me, I literally had to drag myself out of bed to go running, as I knew that running was my only escape. Yes, I was temporarily pumped on endorphins and my “runner's high”, but I didn’t realize that running was actually healing my heart.
We have all walked into a workout class and thought to ourselves, “omg he’s so hot.” So, here are the ways flirting with your trainer (you know you want to) will give you that fall break bod that much faster ;).
The RecPlex spin class targets your legs, arms and abs, giving you a full body cardio workout. You'll work your arms, legs and abs moving between the different positions. While the class seems dauntingly early, it's actually an amazing energy boost for the rest of the day!