5 Best Exercises to Recover from Workouts

I was scrolling through my phone gallery and I came across this photo…

Bellagio

My few friends and I walked around Las Vegas and found the best spot. When we were at the Bellagio, we had a great view of the fountains and the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower. It was very cool!

Today, I will share a few exercises that you can do to help you recover from your workouts.

Enjoy!

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In today’s video, I wanted to go through the best exercises to recover from workouts.

Best Exercises to Recover from Workouts

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I got Jenna to demonstrate the exercises.

#1 – Foam Rolling Out the Quads

Use a foam roller about 1 foot in size. Place it on the floor and lie down on it. Roll from above the knees and keep rolling through the thighs to below the hips.

You can do this bilaterally with both legs at the same time or unilaterally with one leg at a time.

Foam Rolling Out the Quads

Foam Rolling Out the Quads

Perform 1 set of 5 reps in smooth controlled movement, with a quick stop at the end position. Intensity is moderate. You should get some pressure in the muscle, like having a self-massage in your quads.

#2 – Stick Roll out on the Hamstring

Use a massage stick. While in a lunge position, grab the stick with both hands and roll it through the hamstring area, just above the knee and below the hips.

Stick Roll out on the Hamstring

Stick Roll out on the Hamstring

Perform 1 set of 10 reps in smooth controlled movement, with a quick stop at the end position. The intensity should be putting as much pressure into the muscle so you feel like you are massaging out and loosening up the muscles. This will help your muscle recover from your workout.

#3 – Side Lunges

Side Lunge is more of a dynamic movement.

Keep a nice wide stance as you shift your weight to one leg, go back to the middle, and then shift your weight to the other leg. Keep shifting back and forth.

Side Lunges

Side Lunge

Perform 1 set of 10 reps in smooth controlled movement, with a quick stop at the end position. The intensity is light. With this exercise, you are loosening and cooling down the muscles from your workout.

#4 – Full Arm Circles

Move in one direction with the arm circles and then go in the opposite direction.

Full Arm Circles

Full Arm Circles

Perform 1 set of 10 reps (5 for one direction and 5 for the opposite direction) in moderate movement where you are not going super slow or super fast with light intensity as you work through the range of motion in the shoulder and help the muscles to recover from the workout.

#5 – Sun Catcher

Stand in a squat position; knees and hips are bent, upper body is in a straight line, arms are behind you. Straighten the hips and knees out and bring the arms over head, then return to that bottom squat position.

Sun Catcher

Sun Catcher

Perform 1 set of 5 reps in smooth controlled movement with a quick stop at the end position, with light intensity to fully stretch out the whole body. Stretch out the shoulder and the abdominal area. Bring the knees and hips to the end range position to stretch them out and help them recover from your workout.

After your workout, give those five exercises a go. They will target all those major areas in the body and will help you recover from your workout so you feel better and perform better. Have a safe workout!

If you want to speed up recovery, reach your fitness goals faster and rapidly hit your peak, then click here to check out the Recovery Workouts program.

Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS