What a week! We ran through some very big workouts this week, especially on Veterans Day where we did a Military Physical Fitness Test. Brutal. Were your arms jelly-like after? Mine sure were! But what a great way to honor our past and present soldiers.
Pushing yourself hard both mentally and physically can be very rewarding but also makes for some very sore muscles. I want to take a moment to talk about self care. Muscle soreness is your muscles adapting to your last workout by getting stronger. You actually build your muscle during your recovery! Lacrosse balls, foam rollers and if you feel like really treating yourself some massage are all great ways to ease those sore muscles. The self-induced deep tissue massage is torture. You may shed a silent tear but it breaks up scar tissue and improves circulation helping you to feel better faster! Like I’ve mentioned before, if you are feeling horribly sore from the day or two days before let your coach know and we can guide you to some extra mobility! Sleep is also super important, letting your body recover is crucial. Getting a regular 6-8 sometimes 9 hours a night (I know, that sounds crazy, right?) feels like a vacation but is what your body needs. Though you know yourself better than anyone else and if you feel great on 5 hours or best on 7 keep it to what you need. Calluses need care too! I highly recommend a pumice stone, nail file or similar. The general rule of thumb is if you can pinch the raised edge of a callus you need to file it down or else suffer the bloody tear next time you do your toe to bar or pull ups! Keep those hands from drying out as well. All that chalk and washing your hands just dries them out. I found a great salve at a climbing store that I keep in my gym/ “mom” bag and am happy to share with you! Lotion or udder cream works wonders too.
Last, I’m so excited for the UFC fights this weekend! I’ve been a huge fan of Ronda Rousey for years now and in the last year became a fan of Holly Holm and now they are fighting for the title! Can’t wait, it should be a good one!
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your coaches! Keep up the good work and see you in class next week.