The Hardest Day…Recovery Day

I used to work out for months straight without ever taking a rest day.  I never did recovery or mobility work.  I walked in my commercial gym, loaded up the weights, hit the treadmill, and went home.  For me the hardest day is the recovery day.

I now force myself to take either Wednesday or Thursday off plus Sunday is now almost always a recovery day.  This does not mean I just lay around and watch tv.  Recovery sucks.  My lax ball’s sole purpose in life is to make me suffer.  And boy do I suffer.  Then I do other mobility work that makes the daily WOD seem like a cake walk.  For anybody who does not have a gym that preaches the mobility and teaches it (like Crossfit214) I would highly recommend checking out KSTAR at http://www.mobilitywod.com.  Start at post 1 and work through it all.

It also seems now that I will be spending my normal crossfit time on recovery days dealing with the mob at whole foods after work.  Normally I like to hit up WF at strange hours so its empty but working in a law firm and living 45 mins from WF has made my normal routine impossible.  Lucky for me I will only be in the situation for the next 4 weeks and then its back to a more normal life for me (the student life at my apt).

As far as WF goes I love that store but today I went there for lunch.  Big Mistake.  They cook freaking everything in Canola Oil.  Here was my actual conversation with one of the people serving the food:

Me: What are the vegetables roasted in?

Employer: Just Salt and Pepper in the oven.

Me: So they aren’t cooked in Canola Oil?

Employer: Oh Ya of course they are.

Me: Ill pass.

I really enjoy cooking my own food and controlling the entire process so after that lunch I decided to go a little crazy for dinner tonight.  I went with Ground Lamb and Kale (from my Mom’s backyard garden) cooked in Coconut Oil with onions and Coconut Aminos.  Then I also made 2 fried eggs.  Finished it all up with broccoli and cauliflower roasted in the oven with coconut milk.  Freaking amazing.  I tend to cook simple stuff because it makes my life easy and considering I was going from 6 am and didn’t get home until 8:15 I think its the best way right now.

Now as I said in my last post its time to finish up some mobility work and hit the bed.  The Eastern Conference Finals will be turned off now and I will check the score in the morning.  Stanley Cup Finals…Same Thing.  Sleep is critical so make that a priority.

Make sure to recover properly because it really will pay off.  Recovery includes the mobility work, tissue work, proper diet, hydration, managing stress, and last make sure to sleep.

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3, 2, 1, GO!

This first post is gonna be short and sweet.  Just like a good Crossfit WOD.  This blog has been a long time in the making.  Mostly I like to talk about eating properly, sleeping enough, staying stress free, and keeping active at both high intensity (Crossfit) and low intensity (dog walks).  

I like to stay up on the news and different articles especially about health and fitness so those will be posted often on my blog.  What can I say but I am lazy and those people put in a whole bunch of time to study these things and write long articles.  They taught me this in Law School…if I just give the person credit I can use their exact words.  Thats a winning combination right there.  More information and less work.

I will be sharing my own stuff as well like when I eat awesome meals or a WOD just blew me away.  Most of all I want to share my experiences and hope it might help others.  This blog will grow and evolve as I get more accustomed to all of this blogging stuff.  For now I hate to be the old man (at the ripe age of 25) but 10-6 is my sleep time and should be yours too, so get to bed and let the body recover.

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