My Secret Weapon for Overcoming CrossFit Soreness (And How You Can Win It!)

thermacareThe following post is sponsored by ThermaCare. For our sponsored post policy, click here.

If you’ve ever done any kind of intense exercise, you know one thing that usually is a byproduct of said activity: soreness. Like the kind where it takes a bit of time and a big ol’ groan to get out of bed. Or takes serious determination to climb a flight of stairs at a normal pace without wincing with each step. Or requires bracing when you sit down to pee.

If you do CrossFit or any type of circuit-training, boot camp classes or endurance training/racing, you know what I’m talking about. I thought I’d been sore from workouts before, but nothing has compared to the soreness I experienced after running my first and only marathon (it was laughable how Tish and I couldn’t even walk the next day) and the recent soreness I had after the Throwdown event at my gym. This kind of soreness isn’t just uncomfortable—it’s downright debilitating.

Sure, I’m a glutton for punishment and kind of enjoy soreness as a badge of honor and pride that I definitely pushed my body to its extreme, but, come on. Pain stinks. And when soreness keeps you from being able to walk around, you need help. Which is just another reason why we love ThermaCare. Its one-time use HeatWraps deliver muscle-loosening goodness for a full 16 hours, which means you get almost a full day of pain relief!

Yep, I was sore after this workout.

A couple of weeks ago, I was pushing it pretty hard at the gym. We were doing kettlebell swings, snatches, wall-ball—all the makings of a crazy good workout. And it was. But when I got home, the back pain set in. Knowing that my muscles just needed a little TLC and a few days to recover, I strapped on one of the ThermaCare Lower Back & Hip HeatWraps, and it was like heaven. It loosened my back up and allowed me to move more like a human and less like a robot. It was a savior for sure and even allowed me enough mobility to do some stretching, which I know my body needed, too.

How to Win Some ThermaCare for Your Bad Self

In a nutshell, ThermaCare Lower Back & Hip HeatWraps help to keep you active and doing all of the activities that you love. So that you guys can experience the ThermaCare awesomeness, too, we’re doing another giveaway! ThermaCare is giving one lucky U.S. reader a ThermaCare Gift Pack with 16 ThermaCare Lower Back & Hip HeatWraps in it. Sixteen HeatWraps that give 16 hours of pain relief? Well, that’s a giveaway of 256 hours of muscle love. You’re welcome.

Want to win it? All you have to do is comment with what workout left you sooo sore you couldn’t move either. Although it’s not required, we’d also love if you’d check out ThermaCare’s Rally for Relief campaign on Facebook here. Not only can you make a super-fun avatar of yourself doing the activities you love, but you can win some HUGE prizes, like trips to go scuba diving in Cancun (man, I need to win that to check that off my fitness bucket list!) or skiing in Park City, Utah.

Good luck, ladies! And here’s to an active and pain-free summer! —Jenn



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  1. My first half marathon left me just like you and Tish! I could barely walk for a couple days, even though I was constantly stretching and icing.

  2. My very first bikini boot camp class… My quads were so sore for the next two days that I avoided sitting down!

  3. Crossfit on the morning of the 4th of July was brutal!!! The coach’s motivational words were, “Your independence is mine!” I did Shuttle Runs (Forward and backwards) and then it was 21 – 15 – 9 reps of each : ** Deadlift 125lbs ** KB Swings 40lbs ** H.S.P.U. ** Wall Balls 15lbs ** S.D.L.H.P. 40lbs ** Hand Release Push-Ups ** Dips ** and lastly…Toes 2 Bar. I ran out of time at the end of the 15 rep round only completing 9 more deadlifts and then I called it a day! For the next 3 days I could barely walk, stand, move, bend, sit!! Hahaha! I was dying! At one point I squatted down to fill the dog bowl of water and I got stuck and had to have the hubby help me get back up! On the plus side, I am now confident in my 125lb deadlifts!!! That’s only 4 lbs less than I weigh!!! Woohoo!

  4. The first session I had with a personal trainer just about killed me. I have to say, it wasn’t good motivation to go back to him. He seemed hell-bent on paralyzing me. I’m all for challenging myself, but I do want to “want to” get back on the horse the next day!

  5. I did an intense kickboxing class (emphasis on the “kick” – my butt and legs were sore for days!!).

  6. So sore after doing sprints, lunges, etc on a tennis court for hours. Couldn’t even walk down the stairs!

  7. Following my two-day Sh’bam certification training. We danced, jumped, shuffled, ran, kicked and twisted for hours each day. After that training I felt confident to teach the class, but everything hurt. My arms, back and thighs were so sore, I had shin splints and my achilles tendons hurt so badly I could hardly walk down a set of stairs. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t shuffle or jump on a regular basis. It was completely worth it though- I now get the teach one of the most fun classes I’ve ever taken and I get to see women have fun and love their workouts.

  8. I got injured while training for a marathon. Five months later I was heeled and decided to still run the marathon. I finished but because I had not been “pounding the pavement” in training, the next 4 days I was so sore & stiff I could not walk. I did not leave the house and could not go up the stairs to my second floor.

  9. I started working out again after a year of being lazy and attended a body combat (kickboxing) class. It was brutal and I walked like Frankenstein the next day, but I’ve been going back and I totally love it! 🙂

  10. This morning I did my longest run this far in training for my first half-marathon. 10 miles left my calves feeling almost numb they were so sore. OW!

  11. An innocent barre workout at The Dailey Method (my first) left me hobbling around for days. I guess I was used to taking too many breaks on my own! Ouch but I got over it and purchased a package of 5 classes (more torture please!)

  12. My first Muay Thai (kickboxing) class was the hardest workout I had ever tried. My legs needed three days rest afterwards.

  13. Sitting in a chair studying for the bar exam leaves me the most sore – and it doesn’t actually even work muscles!

  14. Comment #2, Julie V. wins it! Woot! Emailing you now to get your mailing addy. 🙂

    Thanks to all who entered!

    –FBG Jenn

  15. I am actually thinking about doing this type of training to take my fitness to the next level. It seems very intense and I won’t be able to stop when it hurts, as I do at the gym. I need to someone to push me further and to give me that full body workout.