Thursday, June 1, 2017

Living with Tennis Elbow

It is quite common for those of us who are most active and aware of the importance of listen to our bodies to be the same ones who take our bodies for granted. We push it just “one more time”, or “one more race” only to put ourselves out of commission for longer than we would have been if we’d listened to our bodies the first time.  

Sue's Story:
My latest recovery story is one where I took those lessons from the “just one more time” mindset. 

In December of 2016 I woke up one morning to severe elbow pain. I couldn’t tie it back to a workout or injury, & figured it was the heavy load I’d been carrying around all week. The next morning, flexion and extension became difficult & I experienced numbness. Again, I thought, hmmm, slept weird. Once function returned I didn’t think much of it. 

Day three it hit me. When I grabbed my big glass of water in the morning, searing pain shot from my hand, through the tendons in my arm to my elbow. I dropped the glass to the floor and, well, expletives. At that moment the terms “carpal tunnel”, “tendonitis”, and “tennis elbow” all ran through my head. Basic things were suddenly painful- squeezing a bottle of Windex, brushing my hair, opening a jar, pulling wet clothes out of the laundry, even taking a picture with my iPhone! 

I went immediately to my expert resource, a Facebook Post. In all seriousness, the number of friends I have who had “been there” or are in the healing arts, I knew I’d get excellent feedback.

My routine quickly shifted to Epsom salt baths, massage, yoga (my body has been screaming MORE YOGA for years) and in particular, locust pose. Being consistent, I saw great improvements. I could also see the impact of skipping a day or two of some kind of recovery effort.

After teaching at ENRGi, my arms craved a deep stretch (there’s some serious arm action in WERQ!). Hanging from the bars in the SWAT room, or deep stretches using the yoga hammocks did wonders.

I learned more about foods that cause inflammation, thereby increasing pain & hindering progress. As a cheeseaholic, I was saddened to find dairy a prime culprit. But the reduction in inflammation I felt just a week into avoiding it quickly changed those desires.

I did officially get a tennis elbow diagnosis and PT routine. While I’m still improving, my pain level is drastically reduced and my function greatly increased. It has truly been a lesson in the importance of recovery and consistency. A happy body is definitely worth the dedication.  

If you'd like to contact Sue about her story, email and we will connect you. 

Member Spotlight - June 2017, Mayumi M.

Mayumi W. has been an ENRGi member since 2010.  She's always smiling, working hard in class, and never misses a workout. Best of all, her attitude towards life is inspiring!!! 

What motivates you to workout?
Staying fit while eating and drinking what I want.  

What are your favorite classes at ENRGi?
WERQ! Shredded, Suspension, Gravity Barre

How do you recover post workout?
Drinking Coconut Water and Kombucha

What is your guilty pleasure? 
I don't feel guilty at all - drinking lots of really good red wine and eating copious amounts of chocolate covered nuts.   

What is your favorite quote?
"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once." Nietzscheat  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Member Spotlight - May 2017, Karli B.

Karli B. has been an ENRGi member since early 2016. Karli shows up ready to work and is continually making impressive progress. Way to rock those pull-ups!! 

What motivates you to workout?
It's exciting to see changes in my strength like lifting heavier weights or doing pull-ups without the band (which I NEVER thought I'd be able to do)!  

What are your favorite classes at ENRGi?
SWAT and Shredded but Hayden's Wednesday night Calorie is in the running now that the stairs are off limits.

How do you recover post workout?
Sleep! I usually take the last class of the day so dinner and bed is all there is time for.

What is your guilty pleasure? 
Craft beer and cheese.  

What is your favorite quote?
"That's all for today" -Any trainer at the end of class 

Overcoming Plantar Fasciitis  

Many of us take recovery for granted... until we get injured! This month, our Assistant Manager and Instructor-In-Training, Amanda, tells her story about conquering plantar fasciitis. While many told her it would never go away, she proved them wrong! "My injury has taught me how important stretching is, given me great appreciation for yoga and taught me that recovery does not happen over night, so do not get discouraged." 

Amanda's Story:
In March of 2015, I was getting excited for spring and to go to New York to work the Tribeca Film Festival. I was running on the treadmill everyday, as I had done since I was 17, and suddenly started noticing a shooting pain in my right heel. I didn't think much of it however, and arrived in New York, very eager to run along the Hudson River, my favorite thing to do when I used to live there. I made it a couple minutes before I realized my form was out of whack and started feeling pain in my right hip, as well. I spent the next two months working long festival hours on my feet, and running around the streets of New York in sandals, with no idea it could be a chronic injury.     

I moved back to Chicago that summer and decided to Google it, diagnosing myself with plantar fasciitis. I made an appointment for a consultation at Athletico, and after seeing an orthopedic specializing in sports medicine, my diagnosis was confirmed and I was prescribed to physical therapy. I was instructed to start each session with about 10 minutes of foam rolling. I had to hold back tears as I foam rolled my IT band, because my plantar fasciitis was causing me to limp, causing pain to my hip and entire lower body. My physical therapist focused on gaining strength in my glutes and ankles, in order to release pressure from my heel when walking. 

I was very discouraged at times because most people I talked to told me that plantar fasciitis never goes away. I had signed up for the 2015 Chicago Triathlon, but couldn't do it as I was unable to run. I decided to try yoga, and after about a month I was starting to see the pain slowly slipping away. I did hot yoga almost everyday and that combined with physical therapy started to make me hopeful that I may run again.  

After a one year break from running, physical therapy and hot yoga, I ran along Lake Michigan in May of 2016, sending pictures to my family along the way, and was able to do the 2016 Chicago Triathlon. Looking back, I am very proud of myself for being so patient, and not allowing myself to return to running until I was pain free, and for dedicating at least an hour out of each day to do my physical therapy exercises. My injury has taught me how important stretching is, given me great appreciation for yoga and taught me that recovery does not happen over night, so do not get discouraged. 

If you'd like to contact Amanda about her story, email and we will connect you. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Member Spotlight - April 2017, Michal K.

Michal K. has been an ENRGi member since early 2016. He's attended almost every format ENRGi has to offer and has even brought his fiance in on the fun!!!  

What motivates you to workout?
I like how I feel both physically and mentally after a good workout. Now, I feel guilty on days that I don't workout.  

What are your favorite classes at ENRGi?
I enjoy every class I take but my favorites are SWAT, Boxing, Bells & Bags, and Gravity Yoga.

How do you recover post workout?
I make sure to stretch, drink a lot of water, protein shake and 8 hours of sleep.

What is your guilty pleasure? 
Reese's peanut butter cups.  

What is your favorite quote?
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." -Robert Brault