Challengers Focus On Movement & Recovery

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Many believe that working out is the key to weight loss, but often it’s how you work out that is the difference between success and failure.

“People forget why they’re working out. They’re working out so they can have a better life, be healthier, but if we’re working out and creating issues. Then they’re not going to be able to work out any more,” said Jill Magee.

This week the challengers get a visit from Jill Magee, an expert in fitness and kinesiology, to learn how focusing on the right muscles will help them achieve their weight loss goals.

“We’re so focused on doing the move that we forget what muscles we’re supposed to be using during the move. So, my job a lot of times is to remind people when they’re working out. Doing a squat is supposed to go to butt. If you’re feeling a squat a ton in your knees. If you’re doing a squat a ton in your quads, you are not doing the move correctly,” said Magee.

A key part of each exercise many time comes from the base of your body, the feet. With proper placement of the feet comes the ability to push through the exercise properly. That starts with your heels out.

“What’s happening is your lower back is really tight, and your hips are opening up and you’re not moving through the full glute. So what happens is when your feet are out, you’re powering through where you should be powering through,” said Magee.

Just as important as doing each exercise properly is the ability to recover from a workout properly. After Eric, Julie, and Tim finish their workout with Jill they got a lesson in some new ways to help the body heal.

“You can’t just keep building. So, say you work out and you’re really sore in your pecks, you have a slight lean forward. The next day you do something, maybe you rolled forward, that could really be hurting your shoulder. For injury prevention recovery is huge. You build muscle and get better by stress. You’re body comes back and one ups it almost. That’s how we build muscle. That’s how the body gets better,” said Magee.

After the recovery lesson, the challengers are starting to see the results.

“Yeah, slow rolling has been helping. I’ve had issues with my feet cramping and my calves cramping. So, even rolling my feet before and everything has been helping so I’m not as sore. Definitely what they taught us, I’ve been putting in to practice and it does help,” said Julie Puyleart.

“You know, we were going to be sore tomorrow and we weren’t. We’re still working hard, sweating, having a rough workout, but our bodies are starting to get used to this. So, it’s easier to recover,” said Eric Peterson.

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