Monday, December 30, 2013

Do You Like Post-Workout Massage?

Hey loveys,

So as most of you know, I've started the 12 week training program with Optimal Body Fitness and my trainer Deanna. This time of year has been a bit nutso in terms of getting a consistent schedule for training. With Christmas, and going back home, and then New Years it's been a bit crazy. So because I just got back to see Deanna on Friday, and I can't see her Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday of this week, we decided that doing 3 sessions back to back was a good idea.

My quads really don't think it's a good idea.


I've always laughed when I saw this photo because it's pretty hilarious, but it's exactly my entire life right now. Some things I've learned in the past 2 days:

- Split squats are not my friend.
- Split squats holding extra weight are definitely not my friend.
- Pushing heavy weight across the length of an entire gym is not "fun times".
- I need shoes with better grip.

I'm going back to see Deanna this afternoon and I'm not totally sure how I'm going to survive. Hopefully it's a little less quads and a little more... anything else. After yesterdays session my legs actually felt a lot better, however when I got home and stopped moving they became a lot more sore. Deanna told me my homework was foam rolling my quads for at least 10 minutes last night. I attempted to foam roll, I really did, but I just couldn't do it properly because it hurt so much. Then I had a "brilliant" idea.

Get C to massage the crap out of my quads. 
My face the whole time


And by "massage" I really mean "rip my quads apart and release all the built up lactic acid". I laid on the bed and he got some cream and away he went. I had a pillow over my head the whole time because the pain was so unreal. I could feel bumps in my muscles (knots) and it was just so sore no matter the amount of pressure he applied. I put my iPod in my ears and started singing loudly. C eventually told me I had 5 more massages and for every time I said "ouch" it would drop by 1. For anytime I didn't say anything he would continue.

Needless to say it didn't take him long to finish because I kept saying ouch, but I did manage to keep a few painful massages to myself. My legs feel a little better today but I wanted to look up and share with you why having someone massage sore muscles after training is good for you!...

- increases circulation in the muscles allowing them to flush out lactic acid and repair more efficiently.
- gets more oxygen to the muscles via the blood which allows them to heal and move faster.
- helps stretch the muscle in ways we are unable to do by typical stretching.
- if you've had an injury, it helps break down scar tissue.
- can help provide not only physical benefits, but can also help relax you as well!

Deep tissue massage can cause the muscles to be sore for a day or two after the massage, which kind of feels like you would after a really hard workout. Needless to say, it is a great thing to do if your muscles are sore, even if it is REALLY painful for the time being. :)

I'm off to do some food prep and then get my butt to see Deanna for the last time this week - YA DAYS OFF! :)

Are you a big fan of post-workout massage? Or do you love foam rolling? I feel that's a love/hate type thing...

Sarah

11 comments:

  1. I am in love with foam rolling! After reaping the benefits I will forever be a fan. :)

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    1. Can you teach me how to love my foam roller? :)

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  2. I LOVE massages and I HATE foam rolling. But I think both are necessary if you are working hard on your muscles. Massages are too expensive to get a lot but I think they are a worthwhile investment once a month! Foam rolling hurts so much but so necessary!

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    1. I didn't pay C to do my massage for me, and I find it more effective because I can't do foam rolling by myself because it hurts too much! Lol!!

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  3. I am not a fan of massage. I don't really want anyone touching me. LOL!

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    1. Hahaha, understandable, it's not for everyone!

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  4. They both have a place, but foam rolling is more affordable (and once off fee of buying a foam roller), and portable, unless of course you self massage, which is hard to do if you want to do your own back.

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    1. What if you have a boyfriend that will massage you? :)

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