The Reasons Why You’re Sore After a Workout

That seemingly harmless injury might be something more serious. For athletes, being sore is like a badge of honor, a lingering, slightly uncomfortable stiffness that reminds you how hard you pushed your body in your last workout. Whether it was the extra 10 pounds you were able to bench press, the new pretzel-like pose you finagled your body into, or the fifth mile you were able to squeeze out in your morning run, soreness (for the most part) means your muscles, strength and endurance are increasing. But for individuals committed to a regular fitness regimen, that perceived soreness can quickly turn disastrous. You push yourself through the pain, and then suddenly, it happens—a sudden jolt rocks through your muscle fibers, followed by a debilitating injury that forces you out of your exercise routine for days, weeks or even months. So how can you tell the difference between what is just simple soreness and what is actually serious? “Soreness and pain or injury are two completely different things,” stresses Daphnie Yang, ISSA-certified personal trainer and creator of …

How to Set Up a Spin Bike

First time trying indoor cycling? Here’s how to get started. Indoor cycling classes can be a wee bit overwhelming between the dark room, loud music, figuring out how to set-up a cycling bike and learning how to clip your cycling shoes in and out of the pedals. We covered the basics in Indoor Cycling 101, and now we are here to help with bike set-up. Proper bike set-up can make your next spin class both injury-free and more enjoyable. BYKlyn Master Instructor Kat Piola gives us the lowdown on how to set up your indoor cycling bike. 1. Remember to set up from the back to the front  Adjust the seat, then the handlebars. 2. Use your hips as a guide The seat should be about hip height. Stand right next to the saddle. Place your hands on your high hip bones and/or lift your knee up to hip height to get an idea of where the seat should line up. 3. Try sitting on the bike Clip into the pedals and bring your foot/pedal …

5 Yoga Moves You Can Do On An Airplane

Traveling by plane means dealing with a lot of changes in our environment, sometimes for an extended period of time. The aircraft cabins are pressurized so we can breathe at a high altitude where the oxygen becomes more thin, but even when configured perfectly our body is still impacted by this constructed environment. The lower oxygen levels cause sleepiness, the dry air makes our skin crispy and immune system weak, and because the air is cooled before being circulated, it is often too cold for comfort. These subtle changes are actually a lot to deal with. Not to mention, sitting in one tiny space without much ability to move causes blood to collect in the legs and feet, which can lead to annoying and semi-painful swelling or even blood clots. But we all love traveling—and posting that photo of the wing of the plane above the clouds—so how can we improve this experience? The answer is yoga. In an ideal world, there would be time for a quick cycle class before departure and a nice vinyasa …

Common Running Terms, Explained

Running — be it on a treadmill, on the trail or in the city streets — can strike some serious anxiety into the hearts of the uninitiated. We promise: running can be a lot of fun, once you can work through (or embrace) the burning lungs and heavy legs. As a sport, running offers a lot of pretty excellent benefits for the body. It’s a full-body workout, activating the upper body, lower body and core; it improves strength, stability and agility; it builds cardiovascular endurance; and it can be useful for promoting a calm mindset and clear thinking. Technically, running is a lot more than just charging headlong towards the horizon: there is technique, planning, strategy and training tools that can help make running more enjoyable and more beneficial. There are also terms and tools every seasoned runner can pull out at the drop of the phrase ‘fun run’ to demonstrate their prowess: knowing the vocabulary can help you sound (and feel) like a pro. To give you a little burst of speed towards your …

Common Pilates Terms Explained

The buzzwords you hear in pilates class, defined! Our bodies speak the language of movement during class, but what about our minds when it comes to all the terms we hear during class? If you’re experiencing a bit of a language barrier when it comes to your Pilates classes, you’re not alone. Bookmark this article on pilates terms and read it on your commute to the gym or the night before your next class for a serious level-up in your fitness knowledge! We’ve explained all of the common pilates terms below. Abduction:   Movements that take your limbs away from the center of your body. Adduction: Movements that bring your limbs closer to the center of your body. Anterior: This refers to your front side, and all the muscles that work to support it and move your limbs toward it. Barrel: This is an apparatus that helps develop proper breathing techniques and train the spine for correct posture. It looks just as it sounds, like a barrel of hay! BEAM: This is an acronym that refers …

Everything You Need to Know About Bootcamp

Do you find yourself actively skipping over those bootcamp classes in your ClassPass studio lists? If you’re intimidated by the thought of intense instructors, impossible moves and a pace you can’t keep up with, you’re not alone. Working at Barry’s Bootcamp, I see many intimidated and skeptical faces enter our studio, unsure of what to expect. As a seasoned bootcamp pro, I love instilling confidence and excitement into others for bootcamp workouts, as it is one of the best additions out there to a well-balanced workout regimen. What’s the key to dominating your bootcamp class? Preparation. Follow my tried and true tricks in and out the studio in order to have your best bootcamp experience possible. You’ll wonder why you ever glossed over these types of reservations in the first place! How to prepare for bootcamp class Bootcamp classes are a combination of high-intensity intervals and strength training, which call for high levels of hydration and energy. It is important that you show up to class well hydrated and fueled (eat and drink a couple hours …