We, as Crossfitters, are all familiar with that amazing feeling after a really tough workout where you just lay on your back thinking “Yes! I just went there. I just put myself there in that place.” After that brief recovery stage, however, typically most people just get up and get on with their day. We all warm up before workouts because going into a workout cold sucks! But how many of us really take the time to recover properly. Today, we want to talk about Cooling Down.
When you expend crazy amounts of energy, putting stress on your muscles, and maxing out your heart rate like you would in a typical Crossfit workout, you need to allow your body time to Cool Down. What kind of state do you think you are leaving your body in when you bring your workout to a screeching halt and then head back to work or home and sit for hours? There is a lot of lactic acid build up in your muscles after a workout that needs to find its way out in order for your body to feel good; and for you to be able to perform better the next day.
A lot of us are short on time with work and all the other things we have going on in our lives. But even just a 5 minute easy row or jog could go a long way in helping you recover! All of us are familiar with that stiff, achy, and sore feeling we sometimes wake up to…and that’s inevitable with Crossfit workouts. But these short videos from Experts in the Crossfit community like Kelly Starrett of Mobility WOD (also the author of Becoming a Supple Leopard), and Crossfit games athletes like Zach Forrest and Tommy Hackenbruck might be able to help you solve that problem!
- P.J. Raia
Posted on 03/10/2014 at 12:00:00 AM