Fitness Friday: After the Workout

April 13, 2012

How am I already in week 6 of bootcamp? I am loving the workouts, changing it up every 2 weeks and leaving the gym a sweaty mess. I feel strong! Losing weight was never my goal (and I do NOT need to lose any weight) but I have noticed some slight changes in my body, more defined arms and the start of a quad sweep. Very exciting. Keep those muscles coming, because strong is sexy.

 

I need this shirt:

 

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Having recently moved from 4 workouts a week to 5 I have noticed that I need a little more post workout stretching and fuel. My two new close friends. The foam roller and the Vitamix blender. I have found that I need the foam rolling after the workouts and it has really helped with soreness. This is a great article about the benefits of foam rolling.

 

 

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Enter a little food prep time the night before and a delicious smoothie made with the Vitamix. Pretty much any excuse to blend something makes me happy (I guess it really is the little things)

 

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My post workout smoothie of choice (makes 2):

 

Berry Banana Power Smoothie

1/2 cup almond milk (a little more if you want it thinner)

2 huge handfuls of spinach

1/2 cup frozen berry blend (raspberries, strawberries and blueberries)

1 banana

2 scoops of vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp flax

 

 

I have been making a batch the night before a workout and having it in a bottle ready to go in the morning when I leave for the gym. As I walk into work the next morning with smoothie in hand I always get a weird look or two and a what the heck is that. But this is one delicious smoothie!

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Sarah, Simply Cooked April 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

That does sound delicious. I never thought about making them in advance, but, really, it’s obvious! Thanks, Mellissa. :) Also, what is a quad swap?

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Mellissa April 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

Oops, was meant to be sweep. Just a noticeable definition of muscle in the leg.

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