Cold Water Post-Workout Recovery Tip
You can experience a decrease in strength and muscle soreness for a day or two after a demanding workout. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance looks at a couple different methods for speeding recovery to get back in the game.
Researchers had 10 physically active male subjects perform 5 sets of hamstring eccentric exercises for 15 reps. Right after completing the workout, some were immersed in 50 degree water for 10 minutes. The others experienced whole body cryotherapy at -166 degrees for 3 minutes.
At 24, 48 and 72 hours into recovery, subjects performed single and double leg countermovement jumps. They also rated levels of muscle soreness and their progress on recovery. Countermovement jump performance was higher and reports of muscle soreness were lower for the cold water immersion group.