Your ability to recover is essential to your training progress. Quality recovery optimizes quality training. So, what’s the best thing you can do for recovery, especially in the middle of a heavy volume cycle? Here is a brief list of things that we do ourselves as athletes to recover from a hard day/week/month of training:
- Yin Yoga
- Dry Needling
- Sports Massage
- Hot/Ice Bath
- Muscle Stimulation (ex. Marc Pro)
HOWEVER, the best recovery tools you may ever use include three things: sleep, diet, and reduction of stress. The list we gave you is great but if you’re not sleeping enough, eating enough, or you have too many outside stressors, that list becomes useless. Personally, I’ve gone through entire training cycles without seeing doctors or committing to an hour of yoga every night. Because I was sleeping 10 solid hours, following my nutrition plan to a T, and making sure to limit as many outside stressors as possible, I was able to have productive training sessions each day.
Before trying out the list we provided, first ask yourself: “Am I getting enough quality sleep?” “Am I eating the right foods and a lot of them?” “Have I worked to eliminate any unnecessary stressors in my life?” Be able to answer these questions right and you will begin to see a positive change in your training.
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