Work In

The Athlete's Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results

By Erin Taylor


Work In shares new mental and physical recovery techniques for athletes who give it all in every workout.

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Work In shares new mental and physical recovery techniques for athletes who give it all in every workout. Yoga and recovery coach Erin Taylor gives athletes practical tools and an integrated plan for real recovery from training—and everyday life. By making yoga and meditation easy for anyone, Taylor gives athletes a way to do recovery right. Just 5 minutes a day of “working in” can prime athletes for faster, fuller recovery and higher performance.

With unprecedented access to training data and workout bragging rights on social networks, athletes are doing everything they can to “win the workout” and keep pace with the athletes around them. Every athlete knows that training brings results, but workouts are only half the equation. Workouts tear the body down. Athletes must also “work in” to gain full recovery, when the body rebuilds for higher performance.

Taylor’s Work In program brings real recovery to athletes wherever they are—at home or on the trail, track, field, or court. Work In techniques can be performance anywhere with minimal or no props and can be easily incorporated into any training plan. Work In offers

  • Low time commitment—just 5 minutes a day to fully integrate recovery into training
  • A 28-day recovery plan to introduce meditation and restorative yoga
  • 11 meditations for athletes and 3 visualizations for brain training and mental focus
  • 27 poses and 4 restorative yoga routines for physical relaxation
  • Tips to get started and prompts to stay engaged

Erin Taylor’s Work In will help athletes balance working out with working in so they can close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.

Read a chapter! See selections from Work In.

Work In: The Athlete’s Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results
Erin Taylor
Paperback. Full-color interior with 150 photographs and illustrations throughout.
7.5″ x 9.75″, 208 pp., $21.95, 9781937715779

Work In: The Athlete's Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results

Erin Taylor

Shipping Dimensions: 7.5in x 9.75in x .5in pp $21.95, Inventory 9781937715779, Shipping 1.2lbs


Intro: Work in for the win

1 Rethink recovery

Slow down to speed up

Use your nervous system

Signs that you need to work in

How to work in to recover for real

2 Get your head right

Why meditate?

Flow on purpose

Make the most of stress

How to meditate

The tools

How to get started

Hurdle the barriers

Work in for mental focus: 4 breathing meditations, 3 mantra meditations, 3 visualizations, 4 sensation meditations

3 Recharge your body

Why do restorative yoga?

How to do restorative yoga

How to get started

Work in for physical relaxation: 17 poses to relax deeply, 10 poses to gently mobilize, 4 restorative yoga routines

4 The 28-day recovery plan

High fives

About the athletes

About the author

For more info, take a look at this Work In Chapter Summary.

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Praise for Work In by Erin Taylor

“An easily accessible approach to mental and physical recovery….You can do the poses and meditations anywhere, with minimal or no props, and they can easily be added into any training plan.” —Women’s Running

Praise for Hit Reset by Erin Taylor

Hit Reset is a stripped down yoga program for athletes.” – Triathlete magazine

Hit Reset isn’t just a book of yoga poses. It is a method for finding imbalances in your own body and learning simple tools for self-diagnosis and intervention. Hit Reset puts the power in your own hands to learn to feel when balance needs to be restored, and in a way, prepares you to be your own yoga teacher. After reading the book and developing the framework, you’ll be able to use yoga as a tool for as little as a few minutes a day with real results.” – Lauren Fleshman, professional runner

“These om-inspired routines will help stretch and strengthen where you need in most.” – Women’s Running

Hit Reset will be a revelation for many runners… It’s easy to follow…and a great reference for runners who aren’t interested in dragging their mat to the yoga studio.” – Canadian Running

Hit Reset goes way beyond just showing you the moves… It addresses 10 really common problems, suggests poses and stretches, and provides a game plan to follow… If you’ve every felt intimidated by yoga, this book will leave you feeling empowered.” – Fit Bottomed Girls

“A guide to help an overcooked athlete reset muscular imbalances. Organized so that you can crack open the book and follow instructions on how to unlock and repair specific problem areas.” – LAVA magazine

“Helpful for all yogis to create a more balanced physical yoga practice.” – Yoga Basics

“If I’m not balanced, I don’t feel at ease. With yoga, it’s amazing to see something that looks so simple make such a big impact.” – Norris Frederick, professional long jumper

“Erin takes the physical and mental benefits of yoga for athletes and makes those connections better than any other yoga instructor I’ve had. It makes yoga very accessible for sporty people, and motivates you to be consistent.” – Lauren Fleshman, professional runner

“Building my strength through balance work, yoga, and pre-hab exercises has allowed me to push myself further than I ever thought possible.” – Linsey Corbin, professional triathlete

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