Muscle recovery is as important as the strain

By Michael Chernow

My name is Michael Chernow, I am a father, a husband, an entrepreneur, an athlete and a self- proclaimed life optimizer. I am motivated by challenges, by taking risks, by living life to the fullest on a daily basis. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that the greatest strategy to success in whatever it is you are doing is to create a real balance between the push and the recovery.

For years I had one speed, GO and then GO again as fast as possible. Here’s the problem with a one speed mentality: It is short lived, burnout is real, and boy have I crashed a few times! Over the years I’ve had to learn the hard way that life is a marathon, not a sprint. That patience and taking a holistic approach to every endeavor, be it fitness or business, is the winning formula. 

This brings me to the premise of this entry: Recovery. Muscle recovery in particular. Like I mentioned, I go hard. I always have and most likely always will, it’s in my DNA, but the difference today is that I also go hard in my recovery practices.

I have implemented a number of tools into my daily routine that allow me to perform at peak level, one of those tools is CBD. I am super stoked to have found CBD products I use daily for my recovery. Products like roll-on gels, tinctures, body lotions and balms. I use a CBD relief gel on my joints before and after every session in the gym. After I train I use relief drops and before bed I use a CBD body lotion. This  CBD routine fits perfectly into my life. It’s easy, impactful, holistic and actually feels good mentally and physically. Taking small actions like this make big differences if used consistently and habitually.

This past September I became a professional bodybuilder in the men’s physique category. My muscles are constantly under fire. However now I have an arsenal of things to do to help put those fires out and give me the best chance at crushing my goals. There is no doubt, in order to get anywhere in life, we must embrace the suck. If you don’t make recovery a priority, the suck just gets harder and harder.

Live everyday like it’s your best, not your last. 

Make good decisions.

Break bad habits and make great ones. 

At the end of the day, we truly are a product of our habits. Great habits create great results, great results make great people. There is no magic pill or potion that is going to ‘fix’ our problems, our pain, our hurdles, however there are many things that we can do to counter these realities. It’s up to us to take the bull by the horns, to take our lives into our own hands and just DO.