I'm wondering how to reduce my post workout soreness after a good crossfit WOD. I'm currently only able to make it there 2 times a week because I need 2 full days to recover afterwards (my box is only open Saturday AM, which I can't make, and closed Sunday. So I'm only getting there Monday and Thursday)
I've been going for almost a year now, so it's not newbie related (or is it?). I'm female, 25, and in good health aside from a bit of a belly. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
So I realize I'm relatively new here and I apologize if I missed this, but why the hell didn't anyone care to ask her about her protein intake?
Performance is 20% exercise 80% nutrition.
You can eat as many carbohydrates and pop as many fish oil pills as you want, but if you're not replenishing your body with its most basic building blocks then you'll be wasting your time. So I'm going to ask the question.
What's your typical protein intake like in a day? Is it a few eggs in the morning, only a piece of chicken or meat for lunch and dinner? How much protein do you eat per day, and more specifically post-workout.
WARNING. Completely anecdotal recommendation to follow:
The only way I can hope to do intense CrossFit workouts consistently is if I follow my workout with an immediate jump into a cold pool / cold shower and a large post-workout meal containing a fair amount of carbohydrate and sodium (homemade french fries, anyone?). Several hours after my ice bath dunk and feeding, I do a fair bit of mobility work and stretching to keep everything loose and resilient.
Best of luck, I hope someone has a more clinical response for you,
How sore are you? Sometimes you just have to go and work through the soreness. If you're always waiting until you're fully recovered, you're not going to be adapting to the work. Try going every-other day for a couple of week and see how it goes. Or I like to do 3-on,1-off,2-on,1-off. I schedule my rest days on Thursday and Sunday. Those are the only days I skip, if I'm feeling crappy or sore on a non-rest day, I still go, but may have to dial it back a little. Just be smart and don't injure yourself, but just play around with different schedules and see how you react to them.
Cold therapy. It's magic. Sit in a tub of ice water. I do it whenever I do workouts like squats, deadlifts or kettlebell work for reps. I'll literally just sit with legs and part of torso in the water and it really reduces soreness.
The crushing soreness starts to fade after about 2-3 weeks in my experience. Unless you are really, really sore and borderline injured, you can probably go back and work out if you pay extra attention to stretching and warming up. If you think you are really injured though, you need to abstain.
For recovery, I find that a generally anti-inflammatory diet helps, plus ice packs at night within 24 hrs of the workout. Magnesium citrate seems to help me recover too.
Fish oil, antioxidants / polyphenols, both are anti-inflammatory.
i know it is hellishly expensive, but I've tried lots of different fish oils and Sears Zone liquid fish oil does it for me.
Lots of high anti-oxidant fruit (like berries) and vegetables also help.
The most reliable ways to produce muscle soreness (DOMS) are eccentric exercise and varying your workout.
Training intensely twice a week and doing different exercises each session, there's probably no way to avoid muscle soreness without some heroic measures.
If you want to avoid soreness, pick a few compound movements and stick with them. After a few sessions, muscle pain will be minimized or eliminated.
I know exactly what you're going through. I would go on Monday and be totally dead until Friday. I started taking fish oil + a post-WOD protein shake and have really noticed a difference in my recovery period. Now I can go Mon, Wed, Friday no problem. Last night's WOD was insane and I thought I'd be wrecked for the weekend but NO, feeling awesome and strong.
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