I’ve had a new addition to my fitness routine this week, and it comes in the form of a foam roller.
I’ve been learning a lot about muscle imbalances, the terrible effects of sitting all day and the importance of using a foam roller before every training session. Without getting too much into it, a foam roller is an inexpensive piece of equipment that helps you give your muscles a deep massage to work out the knots, through a process called Self-Myofacial Release. There are so many benefits to rolling that I’ll get into all of them in a future post. But for now, in case you want to know more, here’s a look at “10 ways to use a foam roller” from Shape Magazine.
It’s time to recap what my week looked like in the world of working out.
- Monday – at home: did 30-minute CXWORX, practiced 30 minutes of BODYATTACK
- Tuesday – taught one-hour BODYPUMP class
- Wednesday – taught one-hour BODYPUMP class, did 10 mins. of foam rolling
- Thursday – at home: did 30-minute CXWORX, practiced 30 minutes of BODYATTACK
- Friday – taught one-hour BODYPUMP class, did 10 mins. of foam rolling
- Saturday – taught one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Sunday – rest
This week, I included two sessions of practicing BODYATTACK at home. This is something I do regularly to prepare new choreography to teach in my classes, and at times, I use it as my own workout.
What’s good about my routine this week?
I added foam rolling. I’m so glad I’ve learned the true benefits of this tool, and plan to fit it in more frequently before my sessions to get a better workout. In addition, I did a nice combination of cardio, resistance and core again this week, sticking to my schedule of six days on, one day off.
What could I have done better with my routine this week?
I could have added a higher-weight, shorter-set lifting session for more muscle building and power. BODYPUMP is lower-weight, longer-set program, which focuses more on muscle strength endurance. Once again, I didn’t fit it in. With all of the resistance training I do with three classes of BODYPUMP a week, it’s hard to find the time and energy to lift more weights. But it’s on my radar, and I’m developing a plan of action.
And with that, I’m heading out to enjoy the rest of the weekend. Dave and I are going shopping to prepare for a big event in the City tomorrow.
Questions of the day
Did you find time for exercise this week? If so, what was your line-up of sweat sessions?
Have you ever used a foam roller? Love it or hate it?