Train Hard, Recover Harder

“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. 

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Setting An Intention

“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.

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5 Reasons You Need to go to SoulCycle

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!

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Active Activities

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.

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