Yesterday’s spicy MetCon was 4 Rounds for Time, 15 GHD Sit ups and 50 Double-Unders. This workout is great if you want to feel sore the next day. So my suggestion it to follow up the workout with these 3 stretches and then repeat them the next day. There are lots of other stretches you could do but these three touch on the core, the hip flexors and the calves which take a beating during this short but sweet metcon. As always breath easy, move slowly and take your time in each stretch. Allow the body to slowly open up to prevent over stretching, especially if you are sore!
1. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana or Up Dog (Top Photo)
The hands should be underneath the shoulders. Press down through the palms and tops of the feet to allow the hips to slowly lift of the ground. Feel the chest move forward and up
through the gateway of the shoulders as you lengthen your tailbone towards your heels. Breathing here for 15 seconds and then relax and repeat.
2. Anjaneyasana Variation or Forward Low Lunge (Bottom Left)
Starting in a low lunge with the right foot forward, the front heel directly under the front knee, begin to draw the knee forward of your ankle while grabbing the front of the toes. Continue to draw the heel down. You should feel a big stretch through the achilles and the lowest part of your calf. Hold and breathe here for 30 seconds, then switch.
3. Anjaneyasana with Side Stretch or Low Lunge Side Stretch (Bottom Right)
Starting in a low lunge with the right foot forward, the front heel directly under the front knee and the back toes un-tucked, allow the hips to relax towards the ground as you feel the hips hug together. The frontal hip points should be parallel to the front of the mat. Place your right forearm on your right thigh for stability, lift the left arm up and over to the right feeling a side stretch along the left side. Hold and breathe here for 30 seconds. If you have the space in the side body, you can gently turn the chest up towards the ceiling to feel the stretch through the hip flexor and front of the belly.