My rest and recovery..

So many of you have asked me about how I train and recover.. I decided to post about this today considering that I am extremely sore and resting! What works for me might not work for you… Every body is different, every one recovers differently.. You should just test what works with you..

  1. PurePharma supplements

My number 1 source of recovery has to be Omega 3. I do take a good amount of omega’s in my foods but I do need extra because I train so many hours in the day and put a great deal of stress on my muscles. PurePharma Omega 3 is easy to get in any Crossfit box in the UAE. I take 3 a day but if I need a little extra dosage I take 3 more.

2. CryoHealth

I have been using CryoHealth for over a year now, whenever I am feeling beat up, sore and tired, I pass by CryoHealth (Emirates Towers or Dubai Ladies Club) to freeze myself for 3 minutes. It helps boost your immune response, eases chronic pain, heals nerve damage, recovers muscle soreness and even improve sporting performance.

3. DISC: Diversified Integrated Sports Clinic

I visit Dr. Tamara and Nermeen every month to get my body adjusted, massaged and needled. With heavy lifting, sudden movement in Crossfit, and moving around in my sleep, every one is in need of an adjustment with a chiropractor. It is important even for people that do not train in Crossfit to see a chiropractor because we all have bad habits of slouching or sitting in an awkward position which consequently displaces our bones and causes cramps and muscle sprains.

And finally….. my favorite!

4. ROMWOD

RomWod is just a new fancy word for Yoga within the Crossfit community, everybody is doing it! We all forget to stretch, breathe while stretch and how long to stretch for. RomWod is a website you can subscribe to and get access to demonstrating videos of stretches for any parts of the body. You can choose to warm up, recover or increase mobility for certain areas and videos can start from 10 minutes up to an hour.

Because I train up to 5-6 times a week, if on my rest day I feel great I would do a recovery workout, maybe light gymnastics moving around the gym, stretching, a row or a swim. If however, I am extremely sore and beat up I would just do RomWod and get enough lazy couch time as possible!

Also please check out:

How anti-inflammatory foods help you recover faster

Top 10 foods that reduce muscle soreness

Another reason why I had to sign up for Nourishing Dubai was to help me recover better, faster and better my performance.

Stay fit, healthy and blessed x

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die”

Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone that took time to visit my link, after I posted on instagram I got a huge spike in viewing from countries all around the world! You guys won’t be disappointed I have so much in store for you, articles from doctors, advice from personal trainers from all over the UAE, talks about life and experiences. I’m very excited to start this chapter in my life to share with you all what I have learnt from Crossfit, training, recovery, coaching and from all the great people I have met in the passed two years and also topics about life, positivity, food, nutrition, social identity and much much more.

I came across this post on instagram and the song attached to a video of some snatches was “Awake My Soul” by Mumford & Sons, and I thought of the perfect title for my next post.

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
And where you invest your love, you invest your life”

Pretty much sums up my life. After 8 years of on and off gym, body building, circuit training and boxing, I was introduced to Crossfit and my love for it in undeniable. You are blessed with a functional body from God, isn’t it the right thing to do to treat it well? For in these bodies we will live and we will die. I started Crossfit in March 2013 when I had a job working in Jebel Ali. I had a job for 6 months, and it was exhausting, driving an hour back and forth and sitting on my desk for hours a day. I started training in Fitness First until Marwan Al Marri contacted me through facebook and we were talking about training and he mentioned Crossfit. I’m not going to lie, I had the same reaction as every other person. The moment I googled it all I read was “injury” related articles and comments. But the more I read about what Crossfit is, how it started, how it grew, I wanted to be a part of it.

But unlike most people, I wanted to build a base of good technique and strength before getting into it. So I contacted Inger, and started taking personal training sessions 3 times a week, and other days I would do circuit and body building. After a month under her wing, I signed up at The Burn Room, where most of you guys know Kim Beso (my current Coach) used to coach there. I remember doing my first air squat in front of him, and he told me I need work on “form” and I thought to myself come on, I can squat! But little did I know there’s more to a squat than just dropping down A2G and standing up!

For a whole year, I took some courses, learnt some things, trained with the greatest trainers and coaches in the country and I couldn’t be more blessed. The number one thing I took away from training with my coaches, is that mobility is essential. Mobility means “the ability of move freely” and some people would associate flexibility with mobility but we’re talking about mobility with good form, I could easily drop in a squat but my chest and back would be slouching, I wouldn’t engage my core or maybe I would get on my toes. I learnt mobility drills and exercises from YouTube videos, my coach friends and Crossfit Trainer Courses, and I can share some links in the end of this post.

Second most important, is form and technique before anything. Time and time again I would let athletes know you got to leave that ego at the door. You could be the strongest guy/girl in the box, but hey without form you ain’t going no where! I constantly teach my athletes to drop weights, work on correct form, then gradually increase the weights to when you’re comfortable. Now I’m not saying you should stay in that bubble forever, I’m saying stick to good form until your biomechanics switch on and it’s an automatic reaction to set up before every lift or movement. Don’t try to RX the WOD when your power cleans are terrible! That will only lead you to injury, and we wouldn’t want that!

“Where you invest your love, you invest your life”

I became a coach for my love of Crossfit, community and my eagerness to help people. I invested what I love, I invested my life in Crossfit for the girl who gets her 80kg back squat, for the girls who get the unbroken double unders, for the girl who gets her first kipping pull up after struggling for months. Seeing girls get stronger and more confident has made me stronger and more confident. I feel a sense of pride in myself, being able to change lives with something as simple as Sport or through my videos on instagram, or through my blog. I am finally in a state of peace and happiness within myself and with my life through Crossfit and it is truly rewarding with each person that I work with.

God bless you all,

Have an awesome weekend!

Kiki