As some of you might know, I’ve been working towards becoming fully qualified in massage and soft tissue therapy. I obtained my massage certification a couple of months ago and this past month became qualified in Active Release Techniques for the lower extremities. For the rest of the year I’m going to be trying to gain more experience and work on my skills as a manual therapist, specialising in pain management and range of motion enhancement for athletes like you and me. I’d like to share some tips to help you self treat yourself in between appointments with guys like me, and your other allied health professionals.
First, know and understand the benefits that self myofascial release (SMR) can give to your body. SMR techniques include foam rolling, lacrosse ball work and using anything else you can think of to release the tension in tight, short and fibrotic tissues. Learning a little bit about your anatomy and practicing the art of self massaging yourself should be part of your daily (or twice-daily if you’re in desperate need of some TLC) recovery protocols. If you’ve got no idea where to start and are looking for a good place to find information, head to Mobility WOD and do their daily mobility prescription.
Second, know and understand the benefits of stretching. Both static poses and dynamic stretches can do wonders to not only increase your range of motion, but also give you a much needed psychological edge to help you deal with stress and the rigours of life. Even if you didn’t exercise, something like yoga is going to do wonders for your mind and your body. If you’d like a resource to help you learn more about stretching and introduce some yoga inspired movements into your training and recovery protocols, head to ROM WOD and do their daily stretching prescription.
Third, know and understand how to activate muscles that are dormant or under active in your body. When you all got started with us at CrossFit Devonport, you all received a Functional Movement Screen. This allowed me to devise a corrective exercise strategy for you to do prior to the start of each class. You were instructed to spend 10-15mins prior to each class working on improving your range of motion and activating poor functioning muscles or movement patterns.
The template I follow to help you get ready for a training session is R.A.M.P.ing. “R” stands for range of motion and implies that we should complete enough mobility and stretching activities needed for our bodies to obtain the range of motion requirements needed for the days training session. “A” stands for activation and means that anything that is weak should be woken up and activated. “M” stands for movement and means that we should start moving after we are released and literally warm up our body and increase muscle motility and blood flow. “P” stands for preparation. After doing everything else, have a look at the WOD on the whiteboard. Figure out if there is a skill you need to brush up on, a percentage that you need to calculate, an exercise you need to scale or substitute. Do you need some help figuring out anything? A good idea might be to chat to a coach prior to the workout actually taking place. It’s a lot easier to figure things out before hand, especially if there’s a big class. When you began, I gave you all a RAMPing protocol to follow. How many of you are following that advice? I know the bulk of you are and that is great! However, there’s still quite a few of you who rock up either right on time or even slightly late for class and in doing so self-limit yourself and the effectiveness of your training session that is about to take place. If you’d like a bunch of things that can specifically help you with your training and help take you to the next level, perhaps you might want to book in with a trainer for a short 30min personal training session. Both Jason and I are able to help you with your skills and training program preparation (RAMPing) and are more than happy to help you out.
If you’d like to book in for a personal training session, please contact Filipa on 0408707249 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd also like to make special mention here of our strong movers who have been with us for two years - Seth W - and one year - Kayden W, Chris (Robbo) R and Danielle H. Thanks guys for trusting us and for helping make Move Strong what it is today! To show our gratitude, we'd love to give you you $20 credit to spend on our Move Strong apparel :)
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Pre & Post Workout Nutrition
Over the years, a lot of people have asked us what foods or supplements they should eat before and after a workout. We tend to focus a lot on making sure you get adequate protein 15-45min after a workout to aid faster recovery and muscle tissue repair. Generally a whey isolate protein shake with some carb, and little fat (i.e. like coconut water) is a quick and effective post-workout functional food that you can easily consume within the small 15-45min window. However, workout nutrition is so much more than just chugging down a protein shake.
In this article, Charles Poliquin, an expert in training nutrition, has put together the top five best and worst workout nutrition foods. You'll find that Poliquin emphasises on real foods, and not on highly refined, sugary sports drinks and the like. It's a good read for any one wanting to improve their performance, or at the very least, feel less 'sore' after training. Eating the right kinds of foods, at the right time, can also significantly help to combat fatigue and increase energy levels. Switching up the kinds of foods you eat around training, really can make a world of difference. You can read the article here.
If you'd like us to help you with your personal nutrition, wellbeing and lifestyle, contact us to book in for a nutrition consultation. We also have a 12-week educational program - the Wellness Nutrition & Lifestyle Program - which will teach you how to make healthy food and lifestyle choices for fat-loss and optimal health. During the program you will have unlimited support from our coaches, as well as daily monitoring of your eating and lifestyle choices. For more info on nutrition, health and lifestyle, check out our Eat Strong blog.
Strong mover and talented photographer, Tracey Kent, has entered her awesome pic of Coach BigDog in the Devonport City Council "Distinctly Devonport - Faces of Devonport" photo competition. Let's help Tracey win...Head on over and place your vote
GOOD LUCK IN RIO!
And finally, a huge shout out to our TIS Athletes, Deon Kenzie and Amy Cure, as they prepare to compete at the Rio Olympic Games! As the North-West Satellite TIS Coach, Chris has been working closely with Deon in particular, helping this bright athlete prepare for the Rio Paralympics. We'll be keeping a close watch on Amy and Deon as they go forth to make Australia proud!