I learned a valuable lesson last week about the importance of recovery.
As I often say in my classes, recovery is an important component of exercise; without it, you’re less likely to experience the benefits you’re hoping for.
But last week I realized I wasn’t paying enough attention to my own recovery. I was torched. So I did something I’ve almost never done before: I took an afternoon off. To recover.
Here’s what I learned.
Taking a break doesn’t mean you’re wimping out.
You’re giving your muscles a chance to repair themselves, which is how we become stronger.
Tip of the Week: 3 Wall Sit Variations
Wall sits are one of the most effective no-equipment exercises for strengthening your legs and hips.
#1 Basic Wall Sit:
To do a basic wall sit, stand in front of a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart and about 18” away from the wall. Press your spine into the wall and lower yourself until your knees and hips are at a right angle with your thighs parallel to the floor. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
#2 Weighted Wall Sit:
Once you’ve mastered the basic wall sit, challenge your strength even more by adding a dumbbell. Hold the dumbbell close to your body as you press your spine into the wall with your knees and hips at a right angle and your thighs parallel to the floor. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
#3 Wall Sit with Overhead Press:
For an advanced challenge, press the dumbbell overhead to work your upper body too!
This Week’s Featured On-Demand Classes
Here are the latest featured classes I’ve uploaded to the on-demand library. Click on a thumbnail to play a video. Enjoy!
Mobility warm up for strength training
BodySculpters, this mobility class is for you! Strategic mobility exercises will prepare you for a safe and effective workout – in just 10 minutes!
BodySculpt HIIT and flow
A fusion class that includes a high intensity interval sequence plus a dynamic yoga with weights flow.
Pilates Express - Intermediate Hips and Legs
Strengthen your core, butt and legs with just a resistance loop band and a mat in this online 30 minute intermediate Pilates class.
That’s it for this week, friend. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!
Yours in fitness,