Days 209 & 210: Foam Rolling Enemy

Day 209:  Yesterday I went to checkout Powerhouse Gym to see if I could finally commit to a gym membership.  It’s exactly T minus 100 days until the wedding and my bridal guns could use a consistent weight lifting routine.  I ran for 30 minutes on the treadmill and then did 15 minutes on a machine called the Summit Trainer.  Has anyone heard of this?  I thought it was an elliptical machine when I got on, but my strangely moving body did not want to quickly get off and embarrass my less than knowledgeable gym-rat self.  The machine was a hybrid between a stair-stepper, elliptical and the devil.  I sweat more during those 15 minutes than I have in a hot yoga class.  There was a pool underneath me and the elevated machine made me feel as though all the regular gym goers were laughing at my man-made lake.

After I collected my wits off the floor, I headed over to the free-weight area and lifted for thirty minutes (still sweating through everything I had on).  Finally, I finished up with some foam rolling and abdominal action in an empty workout room in the back of the gym.  The ab workout was nothing special.  The foam roller, was a different story.  If you do not know what a foam roller is, then I highly recommend asking a trainer at your gym to show you how to use it.  Here http://www.strengthcoach.com/public/1303.cfm

It’s primary use is to use your body-weight to massage out any pain in tender/sore muscles.  My orthopedic surgeon brother recommended I start using one on a regular basis (again).  I have not used one in almost three years and OH.MY.GOSH did it hurt.  I winced in pain as I slowly rolled the foam down my IT band on the left leg and then the right leg.  Holy cow.  I don’t get why it helps just yet, but I’ll keep you updated on the progress of my IT band if I continue to use it.

Day 210:  Today Mike and I rode our bikes to REI to gawk at the expensive camping gear and then biked our happy selves back home.  The 45 minute ride was enough to make me sweat there and back while spending some much-needed time with my man.

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3 responses to “Days 209 & 210: Foam Rolling Enemy

  1. Hi Betsy,
    I just joined Powerhouse for a month, with a living social coupon. It’s kind of nice, I haven’t tried the machine you mentioned but I want to. I was a little disappointed in their treadmills, more basic then I have seen in awhile. Oh well I love how they have trx and kettle bells, that most gyms don’t. Just thought I would write and say hi and i hope your it starts feeling better. Another nice place you might want to hike at it Lair of the Bair, just up Bear Creek Canyon from Morrison.
    Take Care,
    Terri

    • Hey Terri! It sounds like you’re doing well, are you still at powerhouse? I decided not to join just yet, with the impending move in the Fall. We will have to checkout that hike, thanks for the tip! Hope you’re well and talk soon!

      • My month will be up the beginning of June, and I can’t afford to join although I like it, but I’m going to be out of a job in a couple of weeks or so, at least it’s summer and I’ll continue to find deals on the internet. I can see how you wouldn’t want to join because you may end up living quite a distance from there.
        Happy house hunting!

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