Is Susan Just a Freak of Nature?

Posted on 09/03/10 18 Comments

So why is it that after those killer work outs that the other girls were sore and I wasn’t? As little as only four years ago I used to get really sore just like anyone else. You know that “ooh-don’t-touch-me-there-and-I-can’t-barely-get-down-to-the-toilet-sore-muscles.” It was normal, but not anymore.

I do occasionally get  a bit “stiff” after a work out, but never that I would notice to move or use those muscles the next day. Is it because I am a slacker? I don’t think so, not my style. One day Jill had me work my legs so hard she assured the girls I would be stiff and cranky the next day. But 20 tuck jumps onto the 24″ table later (2 sets of 10 with only a short break in between) still, no soreness. Lynda actually sounded disappointed the next day when I said my legs felt great and I could actually do it all over again:).

I am no exercise physiologist so take anything I say with a grain of salt but here is what I do that I know are good things to help with muscle recovery after exercise.

1.  I always methodically stretch out after every work out — usually for 10 -15 minutes.

2. I like to soak in the hydro pool. Apparently the combination of the salt water and the power of the jets is great for recovering from exercise.

3. I am religious about my post-work out smoothie. Experts say the combination of nutrients and the timing of when you get this meal is critical. My smoothie is my reward for a great workout. I always have it within 20-40 minutes of my last exercise (depending upon how long my stretching session goes).

4. A diet high in alkaline producing food and drinks is also thought to aid in muscle recovery.  I drink no coffee, no caffeinated drinks, no soda pop, no alcohol all of which are acidic to your body. I have a deionizer on our kitchen sink which separates our drinking water into alkaline and acidic water sources (of course I drink the alkaline water).

5. Sleep is a key to muscle recovery – 8 hours a night is essential. Ooops, okay I fall desperately short on this element.

6. I am a vegan and from what I can google, a plant based diet aids in muscle recovery from exercise. I used to think this was the main reason for my great recovery. I routinely go through about a pound of raw spinach ever two or three days ( 1 put about 2 C in my post workout smoothies to start).

Each of these reasons make me different than anyone else in our work out group so perhaps all of those reasons (except for reason#5 ) would contribute to why I don’t get sore after a after a killer work out. Up until a few weeks ago I really thought it was my diet and drinking habits that made the biggest difference (while in Florida working out with Jill this past winter I experienced the same thing).

Here is what happened to make me change my mind. I have been on the road for the better part of 3 months, with sporadic workouts at best. When I got home in July I started my regular workouts and was shocked to find I was stiff and sore. I couldn’t believe it. Was my diet and stretching not doing the trick any more?

I worked it over and over in my mind what was different? Nicky and Linda you both earn the gold star. I figured out that I always do at least 15 minutes of “Cellercising” a day — sometimes 30 when I am at home. While on the road I had no cellerciser so it didn’t happen. When I made this realization I added it back into my day. I had been doing it for about two weeks before the “Fit Week” at Say Yes. I can only believe THAT was the deciding factor as that was the difference.

I read all of the hype about rebounding, how they claim it can be your “only” workout and you can get into great shape but honestly I didn’t believe it whole heartedly. Now I have a different opinion. Not that I am going to give up my other workouts because a) I love them and b) I think the sport specific stuff we do in the gym can only help.

If you haven’t read my blogs about rebounding go back and do it. If you are thinking you need to start to get into better shape go to their website now and pick up a cellerciser. If you get sticker-shock at the price go back and read my blogs — there is a difference. Trust me you don’t want a “cheap-o” models, I tried them to start and it lasted less than a week.


Working my obliques (abs) on the cellerciser.

Any of you that have been cellercising regularly let me know your thoughts. Are you as sore after a weekend of agility as you used to be before the cellerciser came into your life? How long per day are you on it? Take a little test before your next agility trial. Get regular about cellercising and let me know what you think about my theory.

Today I am grateful for my cellerciser. I may sound a bit like Vince and his slap-chop but I can’t tell you how much I love that thing!


  1. Shamaine Ference says:
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:34pm

    How do I purchase an celleciser? I went to your website but couldn’t find where I could purchase one. Please send me the link.




  2. Janet in Oz says:
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7:55am

    Can heartily recommend lots of field hockey – I never get sore after agilty runs / training. And my dog is just a beginner so I can’t send her to an obstacle yet, I have to go with her all the way. But the first two games of the season kill me every year, despite playing (softer) games in the off season.

    And my dog makes a great Personal Trainer. Pratice playing chase me and taking turns to be “it”. Used to be bad when I couldn’t find her “off” switch though.


  3. Sandy says:
    Monday, September 13, 2010 at 12:03pm

    Is anyone having trouble getting onto the recaller site. It has worked fine for me for a month and last week it does not recognize my log in.


  4. jeanine says:
    Monday, September 6, 2010 at 12:11pm

    How about using it post-hip replacement? I did not have good physio following the replacement and still walk short-strided, and am a bit leery. Does anyone have any experience with this post hip surgery? thanks!


  5. Judith Batchelor says:
    Monday, September 6, 2010 at 9:23am

    Susan- Is the cellerciser ok for people who have knee problems. I have to be really careful- I have a treadmill but right now can’t use it because of knee issues.



    • Nicki says:
      Monday, September 6, 2010 at 10:23am

      Hi Judith,
      My Mom ‘Judith’ had a knee replacement and ‘can’ use mine very comfortably. I don’t have the balance bar and should prob. order that so she woulds use it more!
      Although the impact on joints isn’t there like pounding on a hard surface, I would suggest you definitely use the balance bar and discuss with your Dr. first. The cellerciser is fabulous at improving strength in the knees – I noticed a BIG difference in my right knee. Depends too, what the nature of you knee problem is, and to be safe you should perhaps consult with a DR. or a physiotherapist. Ideally, trying one out would be great too….maybe a physio clinic near you has one?


  6. myirish2 says:
    Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 8:01pm

    Besides the extra dollars – How do you decide between getting one with bars or without?


  7. Pam says:
    Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 2:50pm

    Got my cellerciser (or Jolly Jumper as my husband calls it!) in February.

    Lost 11 lbs by using it 20 – 25 minutes a day and changing my diet slightly by avoiding breads.

    I am kind of a medium energy person. The cellerciser is my only aerobic exercise although I do walk a lot.

    What I noticed first was a gain in core strength and better posture. Then stronger/tighter muscles in my legs, especially around the knee and ankle.

    Running courses, I am definately in better shape now. I also experience very little soreness.

    I enjoy my daily bouncing sessions, rocking out to great music…..


  8. Kari says:
    Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 8:02pm

    Sometimes get stiffness in my feet/ankles of all places, but that is it. No sore muscles or stiffness anywhere else. Though, I have been only using the cellerciser about once or twice a week in the summer.


  9. Joanne Rainger says:
    Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 3:24am

    Very sad, to get a cellerciser to Australia it would cost about $700 AU or to buy one that is in Perth is $790 and that doenst include getting it to the other side of the continent. It may have to wait until I travel OS. 🙁
    We are a developed nation I believe!!!!


  10. Nicki says:
    Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 2:07am

    Yes – I noticed a HUGE difference in post trial soreness. That’s what nudged me into trying the C. in the first place. I was feeling very sore for several days after running hard (3 dogs) in a full trial. I used mine 1x/day for about 12-15 minutes and stretched afterwards. In the first ten days I lost something like 1.5″ off chest, waist and 1″ off hips. And there were no other changes in lifestyle/diet – just bouncing on the cellerciser. I added hand weights after 3 weeks. Now I just bounce away for 5 upbeat songs and that’s it.

    The other huge change was in balance/strength. I had no idea my right knee was about 50% weaker than my Left until I tried to bounce on that leg alone and nearly fell over! After 3 weeks of the Celly, my R leg was as strong as the left.

    I recently picked up a slap chopper at the ferry terminal at some kiosk. I’m not anywhere near as enamoured with that, tho . LOL

    So Susan, are we bringing mine or yours to Germany?? Can’t imagine a week without it. I think 5 or 6 friends bought one after hearing me rave about mine. It is the only piece of exc. equipment I have ever owned that I continue to enjoy, use and get results from.


  11. Gale says:
    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 7:23pm

    You are trying to show off your bionics. Sitting here, jealous and in pain, after doing stairs! Oh to be young again.


  12. sierra says:
    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 1:08pm

    I use the Celluciser before and after killer boot camp workouts. I’m not as sore as my friends in the class-but I thought it was because I took Arnica after as well. I also use it in the evenings when my muscles are tense and notice it helps a lot with that.


  13. Michelle says:
    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 12:22pm

    After reading the purist life, heck I would rather be sore!! Not giving up my glass of wine, muscles can “wine” way!!

    Seriously, I rebound also and love it.


  14. Russ says:
    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 10:59am

    Susan’s strong to the finach, cause she eats her spinach…


  15. Tammi Stone says:
    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 8:49am

    How do you make sure you are getting Alkaline water when you travel?
    Right now when I drive I take water with me.
    But when I fly I can not do that.
    Tammi Stone


  16. Catherine Thomas says:
    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 7:41am

    I’ve been meaning to write to you to thank you for the cellerciser for months …. so I’ll do it now 🙂

    I took a big leap of faith and bought it the last week of February . I am a pretty active person but really dislike gyms. I enjoy hiking, gardening, snow shoeing and swimming in the lake. I love being out doors and my exercise routines almost always involve having a dog in tow. I needed an activity I could do in the house to supplement my regular activities and to tide me through the dark months (late October to January) when there is not enough light after work for a long walk, the lake is really too cold and there isn’t any snow.

    The cellerciser is my answer! I LOVE it and really try to sell it to anyone who will listen to me. I used it daily from March 1st until late June. I have a very large garden with heavy clay soil. Usually, I experience very sore muscles and back pain in April/May when I am preparing my garden for planting. Not this year. I started the spring with very strong core muscles thanks to the cellerciser.

    I also love what it has done for my handling! I think the fast starts and stops we need to make in agility have been one of the toughest things for me to learn. I believe the cellerciser is incredibly helpful for improving balance, and smooth weight shift from left to right – back to front. It is a very efficient workout 12 mins a day really does make a difference! I haven’t used it much over the summer months but now that school is getting started again, I’ll be back at it every morning. The sticker price was shocking for me BUT it is a high quality product and you know what, lots of my friends have spent a heck of a lot more and have not seen the results I have easily achieved. PLUS it is FUN! About four years ago, I herinated two discs in my back, which was the biggest reason why I was not willing to risk a cheaper unit.

    This fall, I plan on adding hand weights into my program.
    Just a little plug for juicing. I have been juicing daily for about seven years and really believe it has made a tremendous, positive impact on my health. I am not a diet purist like Susan 🙂 If anyone is thinking about juicing I hope you will go ahead and do it, it is a wonderful way to put a lot of nutrients into your body!
    Catherine Thomas


  17. Joanne Rainger says:
    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 6:44am


    May I ask what you put in your smoothies?
    Might invest in a baby trampoline, hope we can get them in Oz. I used to spend hours as a child/teenager on a large trampoline and I still miss it. joR


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