I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some very strong athletes but sometimes I have to cut material to fit a publication’s space constraints. Well lucky you, because I post those “outtakes” here for your reading pleasure!
While we’d all like to have Wolverine’s healing factor, the reality is that we don’t. Hard training can take a toll on the body if we don’t adequately recover. For today’s article I decided to do something different and share some of the recovery tips I’ve picked up from some of the great lifters and coaches I’ve had the privilege to interview. Check them out!
Andrea White, “My normal recovery is foam rolling, stretching and laying on my acupuncture mat. If needed, an Ice Bath to relieve soreness and inflammation. After meets I deload, anywhere from 3 days to a week, after that I’m going nuts if I’m not back at the gym.”
Perry Ellis, Jr. I do a lot of little accessory stuff a lot of machines, a lot of bodybuilding stuff and rotator cuff work, upper rotations, outward rotations, band pull aparts and
lately, I’ve noticed that doing delt work seems to help too. Massage, I use deep tissue massage once every month or two, I like ART (Active Release Therapy) chiropractor work, I have a regular sports chiropractor who does great adjustments and then I have an ART chiropractor who gets the ART tissue work done and then just resting. I do Epsom Salts and my wife walks on my back, I get that, cause I think that’s great too. Ha ha.
Zahir Khudayarov, “I’m afraid that I have very little to say about recovery-issue. What I do after a major training is sleep. Sleep 15 hours per day for many days. I try to do a little stretching (I’m very lazy at that), and easy training. Especially good exercises are back
extensions or reverse hyper, different kinds of ab curls, good mornings with small weights, lunges with small weights. I might do cycling or other aerobic training, or I might be too lazy for that. I do my normal accessory training sessions after a hard training session, but I don’t do speed training earlier than after a week from the extra hard session. Speed training requires totally recovered muscles and nervous system, even though the weights are small. Generally concentrated and slow exercises are ok for unrecovered muscles.And I might use muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory pain killers for a couple of days. I don’t change my eating after a hard training, but eat my normal foods and take my normal protein shakes”.
Samantha Coleman “Massage has helped me a lot. I have a lot of pinched nerves. I always have one in my left leg, I have a few in my upper back which can make it difficult to do lifts. I find it hurts the most in the bench press but chiropractic helps a little bit but I find that deep tissue massage is just better. It just helps me recover better”.
Maliek Derstine, “I have two different chiropractors and a masseuse that I see on a bi-weekly schedule all year long. My masseuse performs myofascial, Graston work, TRT, which also aids in my recovery”.
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John Greaves III is a freelance writer in North Georgia. He is the founder of Garage Gym Life and a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. John’s diverse athletic and writing background allows him to write about a variety of topics from sports to business. You can find out more about him including how to have him guest post on your blog, write for your magazine or ghostwrite a piece for you by clicking here.