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Every athlete's journey involves a trial of their capabilities. We train to stretch our boundaries to push those limits in competition or when we're looking to set that new PR. The never-ending training cycle eventually takes its toll on our bodies.

If you don't back off from your training in a strategic manner, and you don't eat properly or sleep well, you're running the risk of eventually developing an injury.

Your body can only take so much stress before throwing in the towel. Whether that comes in the form of a torn hamstring, tendonitis, or nervous system fatigue, injuries will derail your training plan and possibly end your athletic career.

The hardest part about being an athlete or sports enthusiast is managing your time outside of training to enhance your recovery.

The hardest part about being an athlete or sports enthusiast is managing your time outside of training to enhance your recovery. By paying attention to your recovery, your training cycles last longer, your performance improves, and you stay injury-free.

Understanding Athletic Recovery

There are three pillars to an effective recovery strategy; nutrition, supplementation, and rest. If you’re doing all three right, you’ll find you always have plenty of energy, and you rarely feel stiff and sore after training. You can also use research peptides to accelerate healing.

However, a recovery strategy requires planning. If all of this sounds new to you, you're going to need professional help with your planning. Hiring a nutritionist helps you understand the value of food and the role it plays in performance. 

Improving your sleep hygiene and using techniques to limit inflammation help keep your body operating at peak performance levels. Optimal recovery also involves understanding your body. When you're feeling tired and unfocused, it's not the day to try and hit that PR.

Effective recovery involves a flexible plan consisting of several elements.

Techniques to Improve Recovery

Here are a few techniques the beginner and advanced athlete can use to enhance the results of their recovery strategy.

NormaTec Compression Therapy

Recovery and circulation go hand-in-hand. When you feel stiff and sore after a hard workout, that's because your muscles have a buildup of lactic acid, causing the reaction. Your circulatory system removes lactic acid from your muscles, flushing it out through the lymphatic system.

Compression therapy helps fast-track this process, stimulating circulation in the limbs and pushing blood back towards the heart. NormaTec compression therapy sleeves provide a new method of using compression therapy to your advantage. The sleeves fit over the legs and arms, increasing circulation through tissue compression.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a new recovery tool creating a stir in the fitness and health community. Cold therapy involves a cryo-chamber producing cold temperate ranging from -160F to -220F to activate the Vagus nerve and the parasympathetic nervous system.

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It's sort of like taking an ice bath, but without the hassle of organizing the ice and the tub. A cryotherapy session reduces exercise-induced inflammation in the muscular system, sheds excess body fat, and resets the central nervous system (CNS).

A cryotherapy session three times a week will revolutionize your recovery. You'll find you sleep better, you have better digestion, and you have plenty of energy throughout the day.

Heat and Red Light Therapy

A session in an infrared sauna lets you benefit from the powerful effects of red light therapy and heat shock proteins. When the body dwells in hot environments for extended periods, it releases heat shock proteins. These proteins have a potent effect on boosting the immune system.

Spending 30-minutes in an infrared sauna a few times a week helps to loosen up the muscles. The red light also stimulates collagen production in the muscles, assisting with faster recovery from the effects of exercise-induced stress.

Massage

Every athlete needs access to an experienced, qualified massage therapist. Athletics, sports, and weightlifting take a tremendous toll on the muscular system. During training, your muscles break down under stress, forming tiny tears that rebuild stronger after recovering.

However, sometimes, muscles can experience over-stressing on the tissues, resulting in tears, strains, or sprains to the muscular system. Getting a massage helps to work the tension and knots out of your muscles, improving your range of motion and your form.

Cupping

This ancient eastern therapy helps to draw toxins from the skin. If you've ever seen UFC fighters with round, red marks on their back during a fight, that's because they went through a cupping session before fight day.

Cupping helps to eliminate toxins interfering with the normal function of the nervous system and organs. Athletes swear by its efficacy, stating that the process makes them feel relaxed, loosening muscles and improving their recovery time after a serious training camp.

IV Therapy

IV and injection therapy is a rising trend in athletic recovery. As athletes, we place tremendous strain on our physiology and mental capacity. The demands of training and competition require your body to have all the macro and micronutrients it needs to perform.

When training gets intense, most athletes rely on supplements to help them get the recovery edge they need. The problem with supplements is that they take a few months to build o levels where you start noticing improvements to your game.

With IV and injection therapy, you get an immediate increase in your vitamin and mineral levels with full absorption. Your body gets everything it needs to perform optimally, with vitamin drips and B12 shots giving your body the raw materials it needs to break records.

Muscle Lab – Your Partner in Athletic Recovery and Well-Being

If you want to supercharge your recovery strategy, visit Muscle Lab in Pasadena, CA. We offer you a comprehensive range of athletic recovery services, including everything we outlined in this post.

At Muscle Lab, we realize every athlete is unique. You need an experienced team helping you with your recovery needs to optimize your performance. We offer you a professional, customized recovery service tailored to your requirements.

Nathalie Nicole Smith states that working hard and staying true to yourself are sure ways to win in life.

Come through to Muscle Lab and have a chat with one of our consultants. With the best cryotherapy Los Angeles has to offer and a team working with you to manage your recovery, you'll reach your athletic goals.