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    I heard that Hot showers after workouts were bad!?!?!?

    someone once told me that taking a hot shower right after you work out is bad... something about it killing some of the progress you made in the gym... or some crap like that...

    it was a friend of mine back in college...

    so ever since then, I don't take a shower for at least an hour after I work out...

    Now... I've read stuff about what a hot vs. cold shower can do for your muscles... but I'm just asking... is there any reason I shouldn't take a hot shower RIGHT after I work out???

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    I Have Know Idea Bout That----it Sounds Odd To Me But I Aint No Scientist
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    Seems like the oppisitte would be true.. heat expands and helps blood flow, cold restricts it (hence you ice an injurie to reduce swelling).

    Added blood flow and the relaxation from the heat seems like it would be benificial for the muscles.

    That's how I'd see it..
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    i think he didn't know what he was talking about

    i have a shake, drive home, showr, then eat
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    Originally Posted by bigpoppaproppy
    i think he didn't know what he was talking about

    i have a shake, drive home, showr, then eat
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    Originally Posted by rockn2dmax
    someone once told me that taking a hot shower right after you work out is bad... something about it killing some of the progress you made in the gym... or some crap like that...

    it was a friend of mine back in college...

    so ever since then, I don't take a shower for at least an hour after I work out...

    Now... I've read stuff about what a hot vs. cold shower can do for your muscles... but I'm just asking... is there any reason I shouldn't take a hot shower RIGHT after I work out???

    thx

    The friend back in college couldn't be more wrong.

    In fact, it has the opposite effect. Taking a hot or at least a warm shower after a workout has a sort of whirlpool effect. After a workout, blood circulation throughout the body decreases as the blood gets trapped in certain parts of the worked tissues/muscles. Metabolic wastes and hydroxyproline, if you want to get scientific, also gets trapped within the muscle membranes.

    Now hot water, above 96 degrees fahrenheight, has a vasodilator effect in opening up the constricted blood vessels for blood transport throughout the muscles so the metabolic wastes can be removed. When taking a shower, apply hot water to the worked area for up to 6 minutes and you'll see a major difference in decrease of soreness and improved recovery the next day. It's a good idea to stretch passively and statically(no bouncing) while the shower is on.

    But it is a good idea to first cooldown with some light cardio for 5-10 minutes , then take the shower, don't jump into the hot shower if you are heated directly after a workout. Wait until you reach body temp. again and let the sweating calm first.
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    yo

    I shower right after cause i hate smelling liek BO. I would think there is no difference but im just some dude, what do i know?
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    would taking a steam after working out be bad?
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    i've read that you should shower after working out and use hot water but finish off with a blast of cold water.
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    If cold water reduces blood flow, wouldnt it help you to keep the pump longer thus giving more time to the muscle to absorb nutrients?
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    I always do cardio cool down for about 5-10 minutes then sit in the hot tub and stretch for a few. Seems to help.
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    Originally Posted by Sion
    If cold water reduces blood flow, wouldnt it help you to keep the pump longer thus giving more time to the muscle to absorb nutrients?

    No, the muscles pump comes from blood being engorged along with metabolic wastes, which is what you want to get rid of. These are waste products ( electrolytes, water, urea, CO2, free radical chemicals) that the body does not need. After a workout, yes you will get a pump but the pump will consist of these waste products with the blood. The blood isn't carrying any nutrients anyway, except for the waste products. So in order for your muscles to absorb nutrients from post workout drink and meal, you will have to get the blood flow out back to your heart and stomach for absorption, since the blood is emptied of nutrients.
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    Ive found an article which says hot showers are bad after a workout

    Go Here >>>>> http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/henkin15.htm <<<<<<<

    It gives good tips on post-workout recovery such as contrast showers and ice massaging .....
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    Originally Posted by PainfulNegative
    Ive found an article which says hot showers are bad after a workout

    Go Here >>>>> http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/henkin15.htm <<<<<<<

    It gives good tips on post-workout recovery such as contrast showers and ice massaging .....

    That article does not even say hot showers are bad. It offers a potentially better alternative , contrast showers, where you alternate hot and cold bursts of water for several minutes as tolerable. That does not imply that hot showers are bad. The reason for the cold water after hot water is that you want to constrict the blood vessels again so it will open up for better circulation after applying hot water again, as in a paired process.
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    Originally Posted by SkinnyTallGuy
    would taking a steam after working out be bad?
    steam is great after your workout...saunas ARE BAD

    steam bath hydrates you....saunas DE-hydrate you

    i have always showered after my workouts....no problems here
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