We all know that recovery is the most important part of your workout. Lifting weights/running break down your muscles. What do you do to build them back up? Would love to hear about your sleep, nutrition, stretching, rolling, and rest day products.
- Battlestar has changed my life. I started CrossFit about 6 weeks ago and I don't think I could have gotten through it without this little device. Friends and I affectionately refer to it as a "foam roller on steroids" as it does the same thing in theory, just SO MUCH BETTER.My first foam roller was a black rumble roller. It's less hard than these and after first usage I woke up the next morning covered in bruises. I think the foam part is important. That being said, the light styrofoam ones are just aweful. The Grid is the best one I've found, soft at first but then pressure increases substantially when you hit the plastic core.
- I'm in love with Dr. Teal's epsom salts. They're effective and all of their scented options are delightful (none too overpowering). They relax my whole body and I can feel my muscles unclench when I ease myself into a nice big epsom salt bath.
- I recommend doing the cal-poly hip flow prior to your work out, and rolling out on a foam roller afterwards. Definitely speeds up recovery time on my end. Don't forget to eat something before and after the workout, a banana before and some eggs after. https://kingathletic.com/product... https://breakingmuscle.com/learn...
- Immediately after workout I mobilize for at least 10-15 mins. Stretch muscles that got hit the hardest and hold for 2 mins each (2 minutes is the minimum effective dose). Then I EAT. Protein/carbs. Later in the day, I'll mobilize a bit again. I use mobilitywod a lot to look up specific body parts. After a while you learn how to take care of yourself and handle whatever is achy. 😀 Another important key is getting up and moving during the day. A lot of us have deskjobs. I make sure to walk around/stand/keep moving. The worst thing to do is to sit on the couch for 8hrs. It's the surest way to be even more sore.
- I love active recovery techniques, and recently started following the MoveU Instagram page to learn new techniques. I've had a rotator cuff and hip issue and been managing both really well using techniques I stumbled upon from MoveU.