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Relaxation PWO?


#1

Is it a good idea to relax for, like, 5 to 15 minutes immediately after the workout?

I learned to relax pretty well years ago when I was practicing yoga (not gymnastics-yoga, but the real deal, if that makes sense). I'm able to induce a pretty deep relaxation quickly (to the point where the muscles do not resume movement immediately, but it takes conscious effort to "reboot" them), I've done it many times so I should be able to do it even immediately after an intense workout.

But my question is - will it help the training or not?


#2

I think it would definitely benefit your nervous system recovery, especially after something like Tabata training or training for absolute strength.


#3

I'm usually pretty fired up from training and find that relaxing afterwards helps a lot. Dr. Lowery once recommended listening to music that you find relaxing while writing your training down in your log. Very beneficial if you train with a lot of intensity.


#4

Nervous system recovery - definitely.

But I was wondering if it would shift the balance away from catabolism. Deep relaxation is clearly a low-metabolism state when performed in the usual way. But I wonder if, when performed immediately after workout (OK, immediately after the protein + carbs shot), it depresses catabolism more than anabolism. It's just a hunch, perhaps someone has some data?...


#5

I think it's a great idea, but we'll never know how beneficial it is for your training state unless we do a controlled experiment on it.

After a really good workout, I sit in my car for a minute or two, hold onto the wheel and scream hard. A manly scream. Helps get the aggression out.

Usually on arm day and chest day I feel like this.


#6

Relaxing is very beneficial, I find. After a workout I make my shake and just sit and relax. I breathe deeply and let all my muscles relax while I sip and cool down. Sometimes I get so relaxed I doze off. So I would say take it easy after a workout and enjoy some silence.


#7

Uh . . . pay a visit to "Lucy"?