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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Waterproof Mascaras that can Endure Any Workout!

I sweat for a living and for my sport. I have been wearing waterproof mascara since I was 17 years old and I won't mention how old I am now, but its been a long time. I don't wear a ton of makeup but I feel like a little bit of foundation and mascara makes me feel like I am ready to take on my day.
I have found that there are only a few mascaras that live up to their claim of being "waterproof". I don't mean just a little but when you sweat as much as I do as a fitness instructor and while playing roller derby, I need something that is actually "waterproof".
Some people may be looking for a durable waterproof mascara for a different sport or maybe they cry a lot, but either way, it is extremely embarrassing to think you are still made up but come to find out you look like you got punched in both eyes.
So, the test has been taken. I have been trying a multiple of different waterproof mascaras, and have had others helping me with this experiment as well.
Many brands say they won't run down your face but I beg to differ. I have taught many classes and continue talking to my students afterward.  I finally get to a mirror and see that I have raccoon eyes and extra mascara all over my face. And why doesn't anyone ever tell me?  
With the sweat that we spill from our faces doing hardcore spin classes and Zumba, plus playing roller derby and many others that are runners, swimmers or any other reason you may sweat a lot, we need a mascara that can withhold and tornado coming out of our faces or a mamas cry when her son gets married.
I rated them on a scale from 1-10 (1 least favorite, 10 the best)
Here are some of the results:

Avon Wash off Waterproof: I used this mascara for over 6 years straight and it always held up. The last couple times I have bought it, it has not been the same. This is what led me to this recent experiment and now my blog. Maybe they changed the formula but I had to go through a few mascaras till I found the one I liked. It used to be a 10 for me, but now it is a 4 out of 10.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes: This mascara seemed to work pretty well the first time I used it, but it didn't hold up to a true spin class or more than a couple workouts. I would say this was one of my least favorite. I give this one a 3 out of 10.
Although this one  worked the first couple times I used it, it clumped up in the bottle very quick and wasn't waterproof after a few times. I would give this a 5 out of 10.

This one was recommended to me by a derby girl. She said it always works for her and she needs to use a really good make up remover to get it off. She gave it an 8 out of 10.

Great Lash help up pretty well. I rub my eyes when the sweat is running down my face, so I am a little harder on my mascara than others. A few of my fellow instructors recommended this mascara, so it must be better for others than me. All 3 ladies that recommended this mascara gave it a 7 out of 10.

Ok. I had to splurge to see if any of the high priced department store brands to see if that made a difference. I left my spin class and I had makeup all down my cheeks. I would give this one a 4.

Ok, Here is a winner!!! Maybelline VolumExpress Waterproof Mega Plush held the test of Spinning, Roller Derby and a shower. I had to use my makeup remover pretty strong to get this off and that is how I like it! I give this one a 9! The reason it is a 9 and not a 10 is because you have to put on at least 3 coats to make your lashes look really full. 
This is the 10! Maybelline VolumExpress Waterproof Colossal stood the true to test of sweat, tears and shower and makes your lashes look full and lengthy. It last a long time in the bottle, doesn't dry up and is only $7.99. 

I would love to hear your feedback on this blog. I know it is not a traditional blog that we would do, since it is not about fitness directly. But so many of my students and colleagues ask me what mascara to use, I felt that this was an important topic to cover.
Stay fit, Be well, and in this case, Feel good, Look Good,
Michelle Rotell
owner Sweat Cardio and Yoga

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ankle/Back/Abs All Athlete Workout /Roller Derby Preventing Injuries

 Ankle/Back/Abs  All Athlete/Roller Derby Workout- Preventing Injuries

These workouts should take no longer than 10-15 minutes. I recommend doing these workouts on your off skating (training) days, however they will not hinder your skating at all if done before or after your skating sessions.
Day 1:
Ankles: Draw your ABC’s with each foot. Capitals or lower case are fine. Whatever mood you are in. One foot at a time or both at the same time is fine too. Once you feel comfortable, this exercise is better done with your skates on to get your ankles even stronger.
Calves: Calf raises. Hold on to a wall or chair, lift your heels off the ground to its highest point and hold for 3 seconds. Lower back down. Perform this exercise 20 times and progress each week by 10. Holding dumbbells on each side if available and balancing calf raises are a more advanced move and would be another option. Example. Week 1: 10 calf raises,  Week 2: 20 calf raises, Week 3: 30 calf raises  and so on…By starting at 10 you will know how many weeks you have been doing your workouts and will see how much stronger you are.

Abs: 1. Crunches: With your knees up, and your hands behind your head, perform 20 crunches up and down.  2. Bicycles: With one leg extended out and the other bent toward your chest (off the ground), twist your opposite shoulder (not elbow) toward your knee. Alternate twists and legs back and forth slowly 20x. Work your way up to 3 sets of each exercise. Crunches and bicycles could be performed with your skates on after you do your ABC’s.
Back: Stand in derby low, with or without your skates on for as long as you can. Keep your chest up, abs in, and arms in front of you. Count your seconds. Each week increase your time by at least 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 5x.

Day 2
Ankles: Repeat Day 1: Draw your ABC’s with your feet.
Shins: Toe taps. Toe tap 20x one foot at a time. Repeat 3 sets of 20. Performing these with skates on will make your shins and ankles even stronger and prevent shin splints as well.

Abs: 1. Leg Raises: Lying on the ground, raise both legs up to a 90 degree angle. Place your hands by your side or underneath your lower back. Raise your legs straight up without swinging or using momentum. Repeat 20x.  2. Russian Twists: Sit up and then lean slightly back placing your weight just above your tailbone (not on your tailbone). Hold this position and twist back and forth 20x. Work your way up to 3 sets of each exercise. These exercises could be performed with your skates on after you do your ABC’s and toe taps.
Back: Supermans: Lie on your stomach. Raise your arms and legs up and hold for 3 seconds. Release down. Repeat 20x. Slowly stretch this one out into child’s pose before doing the next set. Repeat 3 sets. This exercise can be with skates on as well.

Day 3:
Ankles: Repeat Day 1: Draw your ABC’s with your feet.

Ankles/Core/Balance: These exercises could be done with or without skates, on your carpet or on the floor at home. Wearing your skates during these exercises will challenge you with your skills as well as your balance and strength. Work up to 3 sets of this routine. 
1.       Balance on one foot as long as you can with your knees slightly bent and abs tights. Repeat other leg.

2.       Hop side to side holding on one foot for 3 seconds before switching. Repeat 20x

3.       Balance on one foot, slowly bring your other leg behind you keeping it off the ground and bring it back to the front again. Repeat one side 10x. Switch sides.

4.       Toe Stop Walks  (If you aren't wearing skates you can do this in a calf raise position):  Walk on your toe stops 10 steps forward and 10 steps back. If you don’t have your skates on, you should do these in calf raise position.

5.       Toe Stop Box Step (If you aren't wearing skates you can do this in a calf raise position) :On your toe stops, step in a box to the right then to the left. Example Step R side-Step L in-Step L forward-Step R forward-Step L side- Step R in- Step R Back-Step L back.

Written by: Michelle Rotell
owner Sweat Cardio and Yoga
Certified Personal Trainer
Training Coordinator Wine Town Rollers




Monday, October 26, 2015

Prevent Knee Injury in Repetitive Motion Sports-Rolling/Stretching/Training

 We need to train specifically for strength and power in our legs. We can prevent injury by cross training which is working your opposing muscles we work all the time. For example, strengthen  your lower back as well as your abdominal muscles. Twisting and leaning are integral movements in roller derby. Incorporate side lunges and curtsy lunges to strengthen the areas needed.  
Repetitive motion puts high stress on one area and can cause imbalance in your muscular structure as well as your skeletal structure. Tight muscles can pull bones and ligaments in one direction and loosen muscles not being used as frequently. We need to lengthen specific muscles and strengthen others. 
Lengthening your IT band and strengthening your Vastus Medialis and inner thighs are key to knee injury prevention.
First, rolling or lengthening your IT (iliotibial) Band  is key. Here is a great stretch for your IT band as well as how to roll it.
Roll Slow. Make sure to hold it in the areas that you feel pain till the pain lessens. You then move on as you roll the entire side. You should not be rolling consistently up and down your leg.

With your legs crossed and folding forward, lean slightly to the outside of the base foot to create a better stretch on the outside of your hip and down to the back of the knee. 

If your IT band is tight which is caused by repetitive forward motion, there is tension on your knee. The IT Band connects from the hip to the knee, therefore pulling your knee outward and putting unwanted and uneven pressure on your knees and lower extremities.
With a tighter IT Band comes pulling of the inner thighs; primarily your Vastus medialus muscles (inner muscle of your quadriceps) and Gracilis muscles (inner thigh). 

We need to make sure to strengthen all areas of our quadriceps but this muscles is not only neglected but really hard to trigger on its own. 
To strengthen the Vastus medialus and gracilis muscles, here are a few exercises.
Perform a wall squat with or without a ball on your back making sure your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Then take another small ball and place it between your legs and squeeze it slowly. Repeat multiple times till you feel a strong burn. Stand, recover, then repeat set 2 to 3 more times.
Curtsy Lunges. Alternate curtsy lunges from leg to leg. If you can push off with inside of your front foot you will feel more work being done to your medialis. Repeat 10 to 15 repetitions on each side. Rest and repeat 2 to 3 sets.

Side Lunges. Make sure your knees are over your heals when stepping out. When pushing back to center, it is imperative that you place most of your weight on the inside of your power foot in order to get the proper stengthening in your vastus medialus. This will also fire up your glutes, hamstrings and obliques. 
Tradition is to train as we play, but it is important in order to keep balance in our bodies to work out bodies at least once a week in the opposite manner. For example in roller derby, we need to make sure to work our right side as much as our left side. Skate non-derby direction when possible. If  you are a cyclist, make sure to do lateral movements such as skaters and back lunges for your hamstrings. 
Make sure to work at your own pace, but you will see your performance increase in your specific sport or just in your daily lives by making sure your body is aligned properly. 
You may even notice your lower back or neck have less stress as you become more balanced. Your whole body will become more balanced and will reflect on other areas of your body and life. 
Written by: 
Michelle "Michbehavin" Rotell
Owner Sweat Cardio and Yoga