You’ve always said you wanted to make fitness a priority but never could make the time before. With unlimited hours to fill now and an unencumbered access to the fridge—and all the quarantine-influenced baked goods inside—the motivation to get fit has never been stronger nor easier. There are online tutorials, DIY apps, and a plethora of easily-convertible banded weights to turn any living room into a guns ‘n’ buns show. But in the campaign to working out, it’s easy to make the mistake of overworking. Training, as it turns out, is only half the battle. Recovery is integral to physical development for any type of fitness program. It allows the body to replenish energy, clear out metabolic waste, and repair damaged tissues and muscles, among other things. Away from our trainers, guided classes, and enormous stretch mats at the gym, though, that focus is often forgotten. Here, CR examines a few recovery tools that can easily be brought home to help maximize any progress.
Roll OutIn addition to the bouquet of benefits of traditional foam rolling—promotion of blood flow, breakdown of scar tissue, reduction of soreness, and increase in range of motion—this mini masseuse by TB12 generates deep-tissue massage to alleviate pain and tension by breaking up lactic acid through vibrational frequencies. Armed with four levels of force and a contoured surface, you can literally roll yourself to recovery by targeting hot spots on the back, shoulders, quads, calves, and hamstrings. Its rechargeable battery lives up to 3 hours, allowing for the everyday potential of the longest massage ever.
TB12 Vibrating Pliability Roller, 0
Cushion for the PushinWhile its name might conjure up ideas of a meditative shavasana, this high-performance runner can do more than simply frame your yogic flows. Constructed with a closed-cell surface to keep moisture, sweat, and the occasional spill from soaking in, the high-density mat from Manduka has a fabric-like surface for ease of movement. So as you transition from a morning sun salutation to your mid-day ab burner and, finally, an evening rehab session, you don’t have to worry about getting comfy. Finding enough leg room for all of the above, however, is another thing.
Manduka Prolite Yoga Mat 4.7 mm,
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Deceivingly cute and gel-like, this non-traditional self-massager is composed of ABS plastic, an unbelievably resistant and sturdy material that allows for a plethora of bodily twists and turns without any effect on Pso-Spine‘s shape. To use, simply lie overtop, aligning the spine with the tool and then lowering to touch for pressure. Now, you’re in full control. Continue to move the back left, right, up, and down, allowing the five peaks to draw out anything that doesn’t belong.
Phone a FriendWhile there is something to be said for listening to the body for a freestyle stretch, sometimes we must turn to the experts for long-term results. Enter Variis, a just-launched multi-channel fitness app developed by luxury fitness group Equinox that includes a menu of classes from HIIT to abs to cycling (the app has partnered with Equinox-owned SoulCycle) and yoga in collaboration with Manhattan studio Pure Yoga. Led by each programs’ actual instructors, the virtual classes are tailored to specific needs, so should you find yourself waking up on the wrong side of the bed, Pure Yoga’s “Twisting for a Healthy Spine” might just be the cure. While Variis is only currently available for Equinox gym members and those that purchase SoulCycle’s new at-home bikes, there are plans for app-only membership in the future.
Variis by Equinox, Available with Equinox Membership or Purchase of SoulCycle At-Home Bike
Leg UpDon’t let the simplicity of Stund Stand‘s Door Stretch Strap fool you. Originally created for movement-based sports—cheer, dance, gymnastics—the versatile tool can be used after any type of physical exertion to find just the right type of release. Just thread the strap through the included door anchor, close the door, place your foot inside the loop, raise, and start your stretch. Even better: the bands come with easy how-to’s to help the least-experienced get in the right groove.
Stund Stand’s Door Stretch Strap, .95
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