So you've book yourself an ambitious week of training and end up skipping a session due to muscle soreness. I've been there , Jillian Michael s videos rock for at-home workouts, I had been doing her Shred-it with weights video for roughly three weeks , I felt like it was time I graduated from video to a live session. The first week I started my kettle bell sessions I had to skip the following class due to muscle soreness. I started thinking what was I doing different this time compared to what I had been doing before when working out to the Jillian's video. I've found that stretching is key after a workout , Jillian spends about three full minutes stretching all the muscles worked in our 45 minute session.
You see, when you exercise, the lactic acid builds up in your muscles which leads to fatigue and muscle soreness. Stretching post a workout means that your muscles are warm and you have increased blood circulation that helps your muscles recover faster from the workout and prevent any future injuries.
After your high intensity workout , start the process of bringing your heart rate down with a few calming post-workout stretches " stretch & hold " this will help increase the level you are able to push yourself in the next workout.