Friday, March 16, 2012

My Games WOD 12.4 recovery

I think I might have been the first one to get to do WOD 12.4 at CFSQ this week, as I did it at 6am yesterday morning.  Ouch.  So, I thought I'd post some of what I've been doing throughout the day to aide in my recovery.  I'll keep it short and sweet with the assumption that you'll know what movements or stretches I'm talking about.

First, right when you finish...fall on the floor and catch your breath a little.  It's OK, I won't tell you to keep standing while you cool down!  But then, it's time to stretch for healthy resting muscle length and to do "cool down" work with the muscles to continue to gently pump that metabolic waste (soreness) out of there...

- Hip Flexor Stretch
- Deep Quad Stretch (couch stretch)
- Pec Stretch
- Upper traps stretch
- any of the Hip Girdle Stretches that seem most appropriate at the moment

"Cool Down" movements (but really, do these throughout the next day or two)
- Air squats
- pushups (on the knees, we're recovering, here - don't be a hero)
- Once of my all-time favorites, the Hip Mobility Sequence

It's certainly not a comprehensive list, but it's what I've been doing so far, and should give you someplace to start once you finish 12.4.

As always, if it feels wrong, don't do it.