Someone needs to come rub my awesome, sore back muscles.
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Does anyone use Stitch Fix? If so, and you happen to be on the more lean-muscly side, do you like what they’ve sent and would you recommend it?
You are beautiful and look stunning! Those glitter poses are unbelievable! You look absolutely mesmerising! How did you apply the glitter to your body?
Oil, then I rolled around in glitter.
Speaking of the Glitter Shoot, part two happens this weekend (on Sunday), so I hope all of you are ready!
I get really bad foot cramps where it feels like if I move it my foot is gonna break. Do those exercises decrease the chance of getting foot cramps or will it cause them?
You should see a doctor about that, first, and ask them what would be the best method to alleviate the foot cramps.
Not a doctor nor do I play one on Tumblr.
Point your toes. It was embedded in my brain meats through years of gymnastics. However, if your point is not as pretty or exaggerated as you would like it to be, there are tools and exercises that help (other than just pointing).
Here’s an exercise I like: So, point your toes; making a straight line down your calf all the way to tip of your toes. AND KEEP THAT STRAIGHT LINE. Then flex ONLY your toes, your ankle should not bend (no flex foot). Then point again. Then flex your toes again. Repeat forever (or until it burns).
You can also do a bit shopping around for point enhancing tools. Many of them look like medieval torture devices, but hey, you’ll have a pretty point.
Here’s the Elgin Archxerciser. I know a lot of ballerinas who use this to strengthen their arch for pointe. Not a bad little device and it’s one of the least expensive tools you can acquire.
Then on the top-of-the-line scale in superior pointe, you have the Pro-Arch. $190 of foot crankin’ abuse! I have not tried this product nor do I know anyone who has. So, if you have had experienced this product, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
This winter has been brutal. I just got my heating bill for the past month. I’m going to go sit in my cold blank fort…
Sometimes I have aerial dreams that wake me up because I’ll actually kick my legs to hip key my blankets or some such thing.
I just woke myself from a nap in the living by dreaming of doing an invert, which caused me to throw my legs out and I ended up kicking over an end table.
Anyone else have this problem?
I was in the grocery store when a 4-6 year old boy yelled out, “SWEET NIPPLES!”
Made my day.
If you’re training hard, you’re probably sore everyday. I have a personal arsenal of gels, rubs, pastes, balms, crystals, and lotions to alleviate varying degrees of muscle aches and pains. This list is organized from products to aid in mild discomfort all the way to MOTHER OF ALL THAT IS UNHOLY NOT ANOTHER STAIR post-leg day kind of feeling.
Level 1-2 Soreness on the Hyperbole and a Half Pain Scale
I found out about Magsoothium almost a year ago when my friend, Demetra, introduced it to those of us training in the studio. The company is actually two miles down the road from my studio, so I drove over and picked up a bottle from the owner himself. This stuff was magical. Spraying it on my muscles was INSTANT pain relief and muscle fatigue vanished. Notice how I used past tense there… When I was walking through a grocery store, I saw a bottle on the shelf and noticed a slight difference in the ingredients. I bought it and took it home to compare it to the bottle I got from the owner. They had completely different ingredients listed, but it was marketed as the exact same product. Sadly, the new formula does not match up to the effectiveness of the old formula. Sad face. Before, I would have marked it up to a Level 6 on the scale, but it’s not as powerful now and I only use it for barely noticeable soreness. Plus, it’s nice for dry skin.
Level 3 Soreness
Cramer’s Atomic Balm Analgesic Ointment (2.75 oz) is a medium strength muscle heat soothing petrolatum based product. I’d say it’s good post-weight lifting days when you crawl into bed and notice your obliques are kind of hurty when you roll over. You can also grab it in a one pound jar!
Level 4 Soreness
Ah, Regular Strength Tiger Balm (white) is the go-to for your standard muscle and joint tension. Maybe your wrists are a little achy after an hour of handstands; this is what you should grab.
Level 5 Soreness
Okay, it’s getting hard to reach for your coffee cup without wincing. Maybe you upped the weight on your bicep curls or added another set of dips even though you were already getting tired. Slap the Tiger Balm Extra (red) on those arms so you can stop tearing up when you pour your protein shake.
Level 6 Soreness
Getting out of bed is painful and you’re stumbling around your bedroom like a baby giraffe learning how to walk. You might make it to the kitchen with if you rub in some Tiger Balm Muscle Rub and it might be a good idea to up your protein intake.
Level 7 Soreness
A flight of stairs the day after leg day. ’Nuff said. Cramer Red Hot Analgesic Ointment
Level 8 Soreness
The Tiger Balm Ultra (yellow) is what you’ll probably need after a circus workshop weekend. Trust me.
Level 9+ Soreness
If you are here, congratulations on being completely badass without causing an injury. There’s a fine line between badass and idiot when it comes to training. There is only one item that I know of that will ease your pain. Biofreeze products are the closest you can get to medical grade muscle rubs without needing a prescription. Some companies still won’t sell it to you without being a massage therapist, medical professional, or an athletic/personal trainer (like me!). But you can order it through Amazon as an add on purchase. Read the directions thoroughly before use and don’t stick your fingers in your eyes after application. There’s even a roll-on option in case you’re the type of person that would do that anyway.