Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Active Recovery

Finished up a week of KTA training this past Saturday. I'm mashing the #2 again. The high volume gripper work leaves your hands with a soreness not regularly felt. The best solution for this? Contrast baths!

It goes as follows:

Get yourself two buckets, fill one with water as hot as you can stand, and the other with cold water and a couple trays of ice cubes.

Stick your hands in the hot water. Open and close, stretch and crack them for about 2 minutes. Take them out of the hot water and put them into the cold water for 2 minutes. Switch back and forth several times.

At the end of it all, your hands might look something like this:

Nice and red from all the blood flowing through them. This will take the ache away and allow your hands to get stronger.

This whole concept is referred to as active recovery. The theory of active recovery is to help your body along in its natural process of healing itself. You may often hear someone say that the body doesn't get stronger when you work out, but when you rest. This is very true. Only with rest can the body adequately recuperate and recover. Anything you can do to help the recovery process will only help to make you stronger.

For other body parts, try a bit of light stretching or light work with bands. Both will get blood rushing to the area without breaking down and taxing the system. The idea is to help circulation, not to get in another workout.

If you're not thinking about recovery, then you're wasting a lot of time that you could use to get stronger. So grab some buckets, grab some bands, and get to it!


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