Today wasn’t a “Jess” day in the typical sense. I woke up feeling pretty low energy and not particularly excited about hitting the gym at 7:30. Nevertheless, I did it. After all, my clothes are feeling more comfortable and my energy has been through the roof.
I’ve been back on the tennis court after a shoulder injury kept me on and off for quite sometime. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Striation 6’s co-founder Sam Trotta and I aren’t just training in the traditional sense. We’re Striating, meaning every detail in my overall wellness regimen has been attended to. Part of the process, in addition to weight training and nutrition, is Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT).
This week, I came back from the holidays feeling somewhat low. At Sam’s suggestion, I started my New Years wellness revelation prior to Christmas in anticipation of standard January moodiness. I’m so glad I did! I not only got into a new routine that allowed me to start 2015 with healthier habits and looser jeans, but I also developed an appreciation for exercise that I’ve never previously had.
Plus, in spite of some December gorging, more and more people have been commenting on the recent change in my figure. It’s funny because while the scale has moved a bit, my clothes feel so much more comfortable, which is a reminder that a transformation isn’t purely about “weight loss”. For me, this is a revelation.
Easing back into the process has been seamless. With that said, I explained to Sam that my shoulder was acting up at the beginning of January. And so, rather than launching into a weight training/ISOPHIT session, I hopped on the MAT table. After a combination of checking my range of motion, manually testing me to check for muscular instabilities and a combination of (let’s say) interesting pokes on various parts of my body, I felt huge changes in both my pain levels and my ability to move my shoulder. Here’s the kicker: he actually didn’t even touch my shoulder. According to Sam, “I know your shoulder feels like it’s screaming for help right now, but it’s actually your spine that’s whimpering silently in the corner that seems to be causing this whole mess.”
Two days later, I was back on the gym floor, feeling like I hadn’t skipped a beat. The Welcome Back session went like this:
– A total body ISOPHIT warm-up to get my blood flowing and my muscles prepped for movement
– ISOPHIT Leg Presses supersetted with Machine Leg Press – S6’s new machines are from this killer company called Keiser and they are AWESOME!
– ISOPHIT Rows supersetted with Bent Dumbbell Rows
– Kettlebell Swings
This is a little less than we would normally do, but it was a perfect way to get back into my routine – just enough squeeze to get my workouts for the year started off right.