I’ve been wanting to get into a stretching/mobility/yoga routine for a while. I’ve started a few different things, but nothing stuck.
YouTube videos. Nope.
Pinterest posts. Nope.
Doing it myself. Definitely nope lol.
I follow a lot of different athletes, and a lot of high end CrossFit athletes use, and are sponsored by, GOWOD. So, I figured, if it was good enough for some of the fittest people in the world, it has to be at least worth checking out.
It’s an app. Which is great for me, because my phone is an extension of my hand.
Download. 14 Day Free Trial? Yes!
I put in all the basic info about myself, then take the initial mobility test.
It only takes a couple minutes, going through a bunch of different movements and motions. Trying to find out where my strong and weak points are. Once it’s done, it gives an overall percentage of mobility, and my strong and weak points.
As you see, my strong point was my shoulders, and my weak points were my posterior chain.
From there, it built an option for a daily mobility routine (8/15/22 minutes), with a focus on my posterior chain.
It basically tells you to do your homework, and retest in a month.
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Some of the features:
There’s an option for pre & post workout stretching. Where you log in what exercises you’re doing today (squats, deadlifts, bench press, running, etc…) and put you desired time in, and it gives you a routine to do before and after your workout.
You can pick and choose your own routine based on:
TYPE: Massage, Banded Stretching, Stretching
ZONE: Pick a body part to work on, and a list of stretches pop up
TOOL: Choose stretches based on your accessible equipment (Barbell, Foam Roller, Bands, Lacrosse Ball, or nothing)
I think this is a well put together app and program.
It has a large library of mobility/stretching exercises to do for your full body.
The interface is super easy to use.
It’s not targeted for the commercial gym goer. This app is marketed for CrossFit style training. So, if you’re about machines and cable resistance in the gym, this may not be for you.
I really enjoy the app. I’ve used it almost every day. And will continue to. I say, at least try out the free 14 day trial.
If you enjoyed this blog review, let me know if I should do more of these.
A ton of people have goals to lose weight / get in shape. And a ton of people go to their closest gym and sign up for a membership. But, what happens is, a lot of those people get discouraged from being in the gym for various reasons.
One of those reasons is a lack of confidence with being in that environment.
“Don’t know what to do.” “I don’t want to look like a fool” “Everyone in there is SOOO in shape!”
I’ve personally heard these exact quotes. So, I wanted to go over a few things you can do to help build your confidence in the gym and with working out.
Take a Tour & Ask Questions When you first sign up for a membership, someone usually (SHOULD) takes you around the gym. This is where you ask questions, take notes. Most standard gyms are set up similarly. With Free Weights in one section, Leg Machines, here, Upper body Machine there, & Cardio Equipment over there. Even if you don’t remember it all, when you go back in, ask again!
Have a plan Before you step into the gym to workout, you should know exactly what you want to accomplish. If you want to workout your legs, write down 4-5 exercises you want to do. Having a plan provides you focus, and takes away that “deer in headlights” look you can get when you don’t know what to do next. You can write this out yourself (with googles help) or hire someone to write out a plan for you. But, having a plan is essential.
Don’t compare yourself to others We all fall victim to this. Looking at the guy with the huge arms or the girl with the great legs, and you start to feel self conscious about yourself. DON’T!!! The guy with the giant arms, he’s been working out for 5 years consistently. The girl, she comes in every week for the last year to workout.
Never compare your day 1 to someone else’s day 500. Only compare yourself to your past self. Have patience with yourself, and trust the process. If you’re doing what needs to be done in the gym (& kitchen), the progress will come. Trust me.
A couple other things to consider:
Be ok with looking like a mess
Be proud of your sweaty shirt
Celebrate when you go for a heavier weight
Or run a faster time
Buy noise resistant headphones and rock out to your favorite songs
With that, have your playlist ready before stepping into the gym. This small thing can save sooo much time!
And lastly, enjoy yourself! If a commercial gym isnt for you, find another activity that gets you moving. Trust me, there is something out there for EVERYONE. You just have to find it.