4 Things to Know Before you Flex on The Beach
Flex on the Beach will be here before you know it, are you ready to flex on the sand? With beach season upon us, it’s time to get out there and start training! However, there are a lot of things to consider before starting your workout.
Every workout will feel more challenging
Sand is an unstable and uneven surface. As you move, so does the sand underneath you which is a huge difference from a usual gym floor. Your body has to respond to this movement by firing muscles and tendons to create stability. Your muscles have to work harder and therefore you feel more sore, even if you do your regular workout. These muscles may even be ones you are not used to working.
It is more taxing on your joints
Increased instability will create more stress on your joints. This means that athletes with a history of stability issues such as meniscus or ACL injures should use more caution. Not only that, but hips and lower back can also be irritated. Beware of small ankle rolls, strains or sprains.
Always start slow
Just because you can break into a sprint on hard ground doesn’t mean you can do it right away on the sand. Stabilizing muscles may not be strong enough to support your movement on sand and injuries can occur almost immediately. Start with low resistance and low speed and build it up from there. Your whole body will thank you.
Beware of objects in the sand
You should always check the area you are working on before you jump into a workout. There could be sharp objects like shells or glass underneath the sand. Also beware of sand burn when sliding.
Make sure to keep all of these things in mind when you start your training for Flex on The Beach! Don’t forget to sign up and get ready to flex with us in Long Beach, New York on September 14th.
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