Friday, September 2, 2011

5 Ways to Speed Up Recovery
Here are 5 ways to make your recovery more efficient

1. Protein, protein, protein I am not convinced about the research on post workout, pre-workout nutrition. but I do know this- you must have a sufficient supply of protein to grow and recover.. At least 1 gm per pound of body weight for hard training athletes. Get it in real food when you can. Shakes help also as do dairy products. With the shakes, give them a trial run to make sure that you don't have GI issues. Break into them slowly.
2.Rest- 8 hours is great, 9 is better. A nap is perfect. Read "Lights Out" for more info. That book is great and essential reading.
3. Massage- if you can afford it, deep tissue or ART works wonders. Ive been all "stoved up" before, and left the therapist feeling 18 again.
4. Dynamic mobility exercises- walking hand kicks, shuffling and touching the ground, work with an empty bar all help bring blood into the area and speed up recovery
 5. Whirlpool treatment and ice baths- Not sure if they are researched very well, but anecdotal evidence indicates that they help.
Give these 5 modalities a try next time you are feeling over trained or stiff. Thanks for reading, Steel

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.