Actress Shay Mitchell has a can’t-stop-won’t-stop attitude that extends beyond her career. She goes hard at the gym, too. While she’s known for sharing her intense training sessions (and post-workout smoothies and pizza slices) on Snapchat, she recently chatted with SELF about her workout tips and what she has planned after the Pretty Little Liars finale. Check out the full interview
1. Don’t waste time at the gym.
“I really try not to sit down in any workout,” Shay says. This tip is a great way to help keep you focused and on track during your workout. It will also help prevent your heart rate from dropping too low—while it’s important to take breaks during your training session, extra-long rest periods may actual interfere with your goal. Plus, “It’s like taking your shoes off at the end of the night when they’re tight. Putting them back on is so much worse. Just keep them on.” #Preach
2. Focus on recovery.
Shay puts in werk at the gym, and she knows just how important it is to take time to recover properly. When you’re training hard you’re breaking down your muscles—that’s a good thing because they’ll rebuild stronger. However, you need to give them time to repair, which is why rest and active recovery days are an essential part of any training program. One recovery tool Shay uses is the NormaTec system—in fact, she did part of the interview for her November issue cover story while wearing the gear at Unbreakable Performance Center. NormaTec looks like inflatable, slip-on booties, and it uses compressed air to massage limbs and help improve circulation. “I’m like the Michelin Man,” says Shay. (You may have even spotted athletes including Olympic gymnast Simone Biles using this recovery tool.)