I am still suffering from my hip flexor injury. To make matters worse, I am working a lot of hours and my local pool is a slimy mess. What is an injured athlete to do? I can bike on flat ground but I don’t have the ambition for cycling as I already missed my summer bike ride and triathlon from my injury. Now that I am healing up, I can lift weights but I don’t want to get bulky.
What I am doing now is a far cry from my usual 10-15 hours of exercise per week but it helps. I have a body blade that I picked up from Fitter First. It looks like a real gadget that I was nervous about buying. I paid $99 for it. The price seems to be the same no matter where you look.
I happen to like Fitter first because they have quality stuff and cool videos of all the stuff that I bought.
The body blade is a fiber glass stick with rubber weights on the ends. You shake it back and forth to get a workout. The thing comes with the obligatory video that I watched and then promptly ignored. I just shake the stick and let my body find the workout. I know it works because I am sore the next day. The nice thing about the stick is that it is easy to put in a corner and use it while watching TV. They have workout plans but I just use it. A lot of the two handed positions work the whole body. Any time you work the whole body, calories are burning.
I also do some ab work that avoids pulling on the injured muscle group. Resting is hard but I have some big events coming up and I must be healthy to have a chance at completing them.