The Art of Recovery: Part I April 30, 2014 16:43

Now more than ever, recovery is a big topic in the athletic world. 

Far more than just resting & "waiting" to feel better following a workout or race, proper recovery is an integral component of effective training. We all know the feeling of stiff and sore muscles the day after (or worse- the second day after!) a strenuous workout. But how do you properly recover? And why is recovery important in the first place?

I was recently at Ironman Oceanside, where I was fortunate to interact with a variety of athletes.  Recovery was a recurring theme in our conversations. The booths in the Ironman Village offered an assortment of approaches to recovery- compression, “tens” muscle stimulators, and of course, the ensō roller.  One thing I observed: everyone that stopped by the booth was interested in how they could recover more quickly to ultimately perform better.

Traditionally, recovery has been the focus of post workouts and post race day activities. However, it’s now framed within the context of how quickly you can return to effective training. For better or worse, we live in a seven-day cycle; there are only so many hours available to train. Given we all need to carve out time to rest/sleep, work, and spend with our family/friends, the time to train is limited. If you want to get back to the type of training that makes you faster, stronger, better, proper recovery is essential. 

3 key components to an effective and fast recovery include:

  • Hydration
  • Rest​
  • Massage/ Self-Massage

In our next blog post, we'll be providing practical tips in each of these 3 areas to help you speed up your recovery time and get you ready for your next workout.  

On a personal note, I am encouraged by the amazing response to ensō and how the idea of an adjustable roller resonates with athletes of all types.  Check out our round up of recent testimonials, success stories, and product reviews here. We are also featured in Outside Magazine's Buyer's Guide - currently on newsstands - check us out on page 134!

Happy Rolling!

Tom Carlson

Founder & Owner of EvoFit