Today’s topic is going to be healing. It’s all too often that people will get into a gym and not only forget warming up, but also forget to set the body back into a relaxed state, where it can begin the recovery process. As a personal trainer, I have witnessed so many people get into a gym just thinking about the brutality of what they think a workout needs to be, without considering the ramifications of these actions. Every time we get into the gym and put the body into Catabolism (fight or flight), we promote the secretion of stress hormones. If those hormones are not regulated at a neurological level after a hard workout, those hormones will still be pumping through your body for several hours. If that happens, the body will stay in a state of Catabolism, inevitably leading to increases in bodyfat, along with many other dysfunctions. If the body is in constant breakdown mode, it’s next to impossible to heal, therefore it will only be a matter of time before the body breaks down entirely. If this still seems like a foreign concept, I would recommend grabbing a book called “Why Zebras Don’t get Ulcers” by Robert Sapolsky (he goes into great detail on this topic). It is the problem of stress overloads being placed upon people that has lead me to center my method around healing. When the issues of stress are conquered, the body is then capable of a true progression that not only maximizes performance, but also embodies sustainability.
Here is a video of me showing you how to do a TRX post workout stretching regimen that will help regulate your stress response after a hard workout. Static stretching is something I commonly use with my personal training clients when they really need to unwind after a rough stress-filled day. This video covers some of my favorites with the TRX Suspension Trainer. Enjoy!