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Aspirin after a workout

I once read somewhere that it is not a good idea to take aspirin after a workout for the pain that accompanys excercise because it affects skeletal muscle somehow. Does anyone know anything about this subject. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

NSAIDS (aspirin, tylenol, advil, aleve, etc,) circumvents the inflammatory process the body goes through while repairing and building muscle. Cut the inflammatory response out and you can impeed the rate at which a muscle grows.
I believe the summary of the study is in one of Doug Kalman’s “News from the Front” articles.

If your power lifting or trying to get stronger do not take aspirin. Aspirin thins your blood and make it more difficult to lift heavy weight. Think of your blood as being like hydrolic fluid in a jack. You can lift more efficiently when the fluid is less viscus.

Take 325mg of acetamophin or 400mg of ibuprofin 45 min prior to training to reduce the release of the very catabolic hormone cortisol.