The BeWOW Breakdown: A Great Recovery Workout (Just Don’t Expect It to Be Easy)


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This Week’s Workout: Jump-Start Your Broad Street Run Recovery


The Breakdown

Total time commitment: 30-35 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3
Soreness factor: This workout left us feeling all nice and stretched out.
Overall grade (out of 5): 3.5 This was a great recovery workout for our Broad Street racers.

First impressions:
Alon and Emma crushed Broad Street, with Rebecca working her vocal cords as a spectator. When we saw the workout, we were a bit nervous of the amount of lunges and push-ups (Audrey, who creates the BeWOW workouts, has loved giving us push-ups lately), but were intrigued by the idea of a recovery workout.

How we felt afterward:

This workout was tough, but we sure felt better when it was done. The lunges into knee drives were tough, especially 20 per leg the first time around. The push-ups weren’t easy either, but the plie squats and the down dogs to up dogs really felt nice. This isn’t the workout you’d do to get a killer burn, but it does the job it should: helps you recover from a tough workout or race. Just don’t expect this to be too easy!

About our testers:

Rebecca Barber is the founder of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, a just-for-fun 50K run that follows Rocky Balboa’s footsteps in Rocky II. She’s a 16x marathoner and 14x ultra marathoner, having started running when she was a kid. She’s an active volunteer with Back on My Feet Philadelphia, where she works to help the homeless community use running as a means to better their lives and find stable employment and housing. When not running all the miles, she is the social media coordinator for The Wharton School.

Alon Abramson is the founder of the West Philly Runners, the creator of RunPhil.ly – a web resource for running in Philadelphia – and the organizer of a number of running events in Philly, including the annual 26×1 Mile Team Marathon Relay, Beat the Bus, and Beat the Commute. Running since high school, Alon is an on-again, off-again runner with ebbs and flows to his mileage and commitment. More recently however, he’s taken a new approach to training, emphasizing cross-training and speed work as much as building up mileage and this has dramatically improved his running performance. When he’s not organizing and running, Alon works as a research project manager at Penn’s Institute for Urban Research, studying energy efficiency best practices. He’s on a number of non-profit boards and works on his whole-home retrofit project whenever there’s free time.

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