what hacks/techniques do use pre/during/post workout to help mitigate* soreness after a tough workout?
some stuff that has worked for me (mostly taken from MA days):
-cold water dousing/exposure
-self massage (I have a wooden stick--i.e. a broom handle--that I use to roll over sore muscles, this is both brutal/semi orgasmic when doing over the thighs after squats)...sounds weird but if you can get a partner to do knuckle pushups on you, switching hand position to your various muscle groups (i.e. the sore ones) this acts as an AWESOME massage, try using strikes also (not aggressive, just good, solid contact)...good breathing and relaxation with light tension in the contact areas paramount here. You may want to laugh/cry all at the same time.
-rolling around on the floor (do it slowly, with good breathing) but great for a sore back
-going through basic four bodyweight exercises REALLY slowly (i.e. pushup, situp, leg lift bringing toes back behind head and squat) and taking your time to pause/move through any really sore/limited parts of the movement
What do you guys do? I'm especially interested in pre-workout stuff you do? Do you do anything while working out/lifting? Often I will stretch lightly in between sets.
*i.e. prevent or shorten the length/severity it