07-22-2007, 03:59 PM
Ok so basically this thread is to share any little tricks you have for speeding up recovery by icing your knees a certain way or improving your flexibility by stretching with a broom stick or whatever...........
Basically just list the little things you do to ensure your prepared for a workout and/or to prevent injuries and set backs .
07-22-2007, 04:03 PM
07-22-2007, 04:56 PM
Prone to bicep tendonitis. So instead of waiting until post-workout when it is bothering me, I treat this beforehand by throwing a wet hand-towel into the microwave for a few minutes until it is so hot my skin can barely stand it, then wrap it around the joint(s) in question until it cools, and then repeat a couple of times. Works wonders, and I read this somewhere else on the net. Wish I could remember where.
Post workout I do a lot of stretching, and on off days as well. The sauna works wonders to relax my aches and pains.
I am a big fan of veterinary linament. I have probably rubbed enough of that into my joints and muscles to float an arc by now.
Active recovery. Even on my off days, I still train, not only GPP, but often a lighter version of what I did the day before. Goes a long way to reducing soreness, improves sport specific flexibility, and give me another chance to work on technique.
Diet. By this I mean I also ensure that I am getting enough protein, as well as EFA's. Carbs are easy to consume, and often far too easy.
Supplements: Not for performance enhancement, as most are crap, but for maintaining optimal health. Given the nearly impossible task of getting enough micronutrients in our daily diet, a good multi-vitamin is essential. I also take a mineral supplement, as well as extra anti-oxidants given the volume of training that I perform.
In my training diary, I keep track of any problems that may occur, and look for trends that may indicate I am doing something wrong, such as continually missing a particular lift, particular pain in an area when performing a certain exercise or group of exercises, etc. Nothing takes the place of awareness, and I have quite a few reminders of when I was not paying enough attention.
To recover from injury is very specific, and should be treated as such.
07-23-2007, 11:58 AM
Getting a proper pair of o-shoes fixed a lot of things for me.