Gym Addict Curly Advice!

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  • 1 Post By Corrina777

Join Date: May 2012
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So I'm a pretty fit woman in general, but since being injured playing rugby a few months ago I've been super lax about my fitness level and I'm practically disgusted by my slovenliness. I don't like feeling soft and my energy level is way down. It's amazing how working out less makes you more tired.

In order to force myself back in the gym habit and to get back in good enough condition my figure skating coach/friend won't laugh me off the ice, I'm working out everyday...alternating the cardio and weights. I'm doing this for the next month until I level out back to working out my normal 3-5 days a week.

I was wondering about hair strategies of those who are workout ubers. And not the occasional step aerobics type, but the people who are active frequently, have family runs, bike to work, and live at REI. You know who you are.

So far I'm cleansing the same, about two times a week. I'm rinsing and conditioning my hair every other day. I figure I can get away with second day hair, if day one hair is on weight day, since I sweat less.

I'm just trying to avoid scalp issues, but this may be an "only time can tell" type of thing.

Last edited by Jessiebanana; 07-08-2013 at 12:51 AM.
I cleanse 2-3 times a week. My only advice is I schedule my cardio/sweaty workouts the day when I cleanse and in between I do gentler workouts. One day on, one day off. I also pin curls back away from my face with bobby pins. I do it loosely so that when I release them they won't be bent out of shape. And silk headbands. Those help. Also helps if you're highly porous and able to refresh with water and conditioner which I know some people aren't. Sorry about the rugby. I hate getting injured as well. It's not the injury so much as the downtime. It drives me, well, bananas when I can't workout on schedule. I also feel soft and slovenly and devoid of energy. It's not fun.
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I sweat like a pig and focus on compound moves so even weight training means a full shower including hair wash. If I sweated less I'd crack out the Batiste dry shampoo. Definitely use sweat wicking fabric headbands, I use microfibre.

It's not recommended to work out intensely more that five days a week, you are at high risk for either injury (predictors include previous injury and number of consecutive days training), over-reaching/ over-training or simply lower quality workouts. In reality I've known very few clients who can train at the right level more than four times a week, that is getting into sports not fitness for health (including metal health as you have alluded to in the OP).

Any athlete knows your rest day are as important as your training days: sports is literally considered the opposite end of the fitness spectrum to health. Even if you are rotating body parts it's impossible to not work the same muscles day in and day out - legs and heart. Failure to recover puts the body into a state of stress, can lead to muscle breakdown and even fat gain.

You don't have to sit on your backside on your 'off' days, you can still do the 10,000 steps easy pace walking, a leisurely bike ride, perhaps some very gentle toga or Pilates. I don't say any of this because I don't understand the passion or the buzz or the drive, almost all exercise professionals get very close to or experience exercise addiction/ overtraining syndrome at some point in their careers.
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Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
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HI!
I work out every day and sweat a lot... i'm washing every day with CoWash and once a week with sulfate-free shampoo .
I've had no damage at all since my second to last haircut (in january, i had a little trim last week and my hairdresser confirmed that my hair were healthy ).
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I work out 5-6 days per week (high intensity strength training + martial arts) and also cleanse daily. I generally rotate between cleansing conditioner and low-poo, depending on how my hair feels, with the occasional straight conditioner co-wash and gentle sulfate shampoo. My hair is in excellent condition- when I got my last deva cut the stylist was very impressed with the condition of my hair.
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I sweat like a pig and focus on compound moves so even weight training means a full shower including hair wash. If I sweated less I'd crack out the Batiste dry shampoo. Definitely use sweat wicking fabric headbands, I use microfibre.

It's not recommended to work out intensely more that five days a week, you are at high risk for either injury (predictors include previous injury and number of consecutive days training), over-reaching/ over-training or simply lower quality workouts. In reality I've known very few clients who can train at the right level more than four times a week, that is getting into sports not fitness for health (including metal health as you have alluded to in the OP).

Any athlete knows your rest day are as important as your training days: sports is literally considered the opposite end of the fitness spectrum to health. Even if you are rotating body parts it's impossible to not work the same muscles day in and day out - legs and heart. Failure to recover puts the body into a state of stress, can lead to muscle breakdown and even fat gain.

You don't have to sit on your backside on your 'off' days, you can still do the 10,000 steps easy pace walking, a leisurely bike ride, perhaps some very gentle toga or Pilates. I don't say any of this because I don't understand the passion or the buzz or the drive, almost all exercise professionals get very close to or experience exercise addiction/ overtraining syndrome at some point in their careers.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
Thank you for your absolutely unsolicited advice on my work out. I've had coaches and personal trainers and I know how to take care of my body.

I'm not working out for two hours every day. I'm doing shorter of amounts of less intense cardio and I'm working out different muscle groups. I'm not some stupid gym bunny doing circuit training. The way I'm doing it I'm strength training the same muscle group every four days. That's plenty of rest time.

I know how important rest days are and if I were training at the level I'm aiming to be at I would have one or two, but you can rest and still work out. I bike to work. Some days I might choose hatha yoga over cardio. A large part of my workout is stretching, since my range of flexibility is difficult to maintain with strength training.

My rugby injury was from an illegal tip tackle that was so inverted I fractured a rib. In all my years of ballet, skating, and rugby I've only ever had a couple practice/overuse injuries.

Mental health issues? I'm not even going to touch that major overstep. If you were really concerned that's something you'd pm me about.

Point is I shouldn't have to explain myself. You shouldn't make assumptions about a person you've never met. You are full of hair knowledge, but you are so condescending and heavy handed that I would prefer that you never respond to one of my posts or messages again.

Thank You

Last edited by Jessiebanana; 07-08-2013 at 10:00 AM.
Thank you for your absolutely unsolicited advice on my work out. I've had coaches and personal trainers and I know how to take care of my body.

I'm not working out for two hours every day. I'm doing shorter of amounts of less intense cardio and I'm working out different muscle groups. I'm not some stupid gym bunny doing circuit training. The way I'm doing it I'm strength training the same muscle group every four days. That's plenty of rest time.

I know how important rest days are and if I were training at the level I'm aiming to be at I would have one or two, but you can rest and still work out. I bike to work. Some days I might choose hatha yoga over cardio. A large part of my workout is stretching, since my range of flexibility is difficult to maintain with strength training.

My rugby injury was from an illegal tip tackle that was so inverted I fractured a rib. In all my years of ballet, skating, and rugby I've only ever had a couple practice/overuse injuries.

Mental health issues? I'm not even going to touch that major overstep. If you were really concerned that's something you'd pm me about.

Point is I shouldn't have to explain myself. You shouldn't make assumptions about a person you've never met. You are full of hair knowledge, but you are so condescending and heavy handed that I would prefer that you never respond to one of my posts or messages again.

Thank You
Originally Posted by Jessiebanana
Nobody said or even suggested you were stupid, thanks for the personal attack and for leaping to negative conclusions about my intentions. Lifestyle healthcare (physical activity and nutrition) is what I do for a living and I am qualified to degree level: injury/ postural analysis/ true core stability is my main 'specialism'. There is nothing condescending in caring about or expressing concern for a fellow member of NC nor being passionate and enthusiastic outside of the workplace as well as within it. Maybe you have never met a trainer or coach as enthusiastic or passionate as I am, if not that is a real shame because you clearly are enthusiastic and passionate yourself.

I didn't say nor even suggest you had mental health ISSUES, reread the post. I was acknowledging that you'd alluded to fitness being beneficial for health in the true holistic sense of the word, including mental health not simply physical health. I said 'mental health' not mental health ISSUES you added that, reversing the meaning of the sentence.
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CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 07-08-2013 at 10:22 AM.
Join Date: May 2012
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Yeah...your reaction is exactly as expected. If you could just agree to pretend my posts don't exist I would really appreciate it. I don't want to argue, I just want to cease communication since this forum doesn't have block features.

Last edited by Jessiebanana; 07-08-2013 at 11:14 AM.
Do you like bandanas? I have been using them for both working out and in the pool too. I think they are great because it helps stop the sweat to your eyes (lol) and also it keeps your hair out of your face! Also, you can make it into a regular sized headband (if that makes sense?) or you can do the OG way with the bandana (grr I can't explain it but you know what I am saying). HTH!
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A bandana sounds like a good idea.

I want my hair off my neck because it will get sweaty and tangled along the neckline.

I wonder if using a bandana upside down would do the trick.

I'm still trying to figure out the whole low-poo vs co-washing thing....along with well everything.

I have to say that I had an easier time dealing with my hair when I was not trying to bring out my curls. I just let it air dry and threw it half up or all the way up.
I never worried about messing up my hair while working out either.

Sorry I can't offer suggestions. I'm too new. I'm taking suggestions at this point.

I also wonder how octopus clips would work holding hair up off the neck. Might be good on non-bouncy days, but then if you do any moves on your back...

Before I was trying CG I would just rinse my head/hair with plain water in the shower. I washed about every 3 days. That was with sulfate shampoo though so I'm trying to figure out my new hair care for during and post workouts.

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