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If there aren't at least a few studies backing up contrast showers/black cumin/black magic/other things you read about online, assume it's bullshit, it almost always is. What kind of exercise are you doing? The best way and timing of recovery varies a lot depending on wether it's resistance training, marathon running or football... Either way, you'll ...


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Muscle soreness is not an indicator of overtraining. Go ahead and work out.


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I think most popular and effective training programs do not allow you to recover fully. Recovering fully, being at peak power and endurance, is usually achieved by tapering off your training. As such, simply by the fact that you'd taper off a training program (like 5/3/1, 5x5, etc) before a competition, it's a logical conclusion that not tapering off (ie: ...


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Check out these resources for more specifics about the supplements: Glutamine -- not shown to increase muscle mass, but shown to lower inflammation (i.e. recovery). Timing doesn't matter. No more than 5g any time of day. (Brown Rice) Protein -- protein is protein. There is minimal increased uptake during and post training. One book recommended 10-15g ...


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It shouldn't take as long as the first time getting into it. The benefit you have now is that muscle memory is there. In essence, your muscles have adapted and can now "remember" the movement to perform the exercises you once performed. So when you go back to it, that whole element of learning the movement is gone. This will hasten your results. However, ...


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The reason for skipping leg day is that my leg muscles are decently developed , hence I don't target them specifically. Honestly I'd doubt that. Your "leg muscles" consist a large variety of muscles. The obvious ones like your quads and hamstrings are there, but I don't know how you can say that your iliopsoas is sufficiently strong and flexible. ...


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On my rest days, I usually try to do these: Long walks. Walking back and forth to work for me is ~5 miles, and it's a terrific way to keep the body moving and learn how to walk long distances, which is about as core to the human condition as you can get. Hiking. Find a decent trail, but your running shoes on, and go hiking for a few hours. Yoga. Yoga is ...


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My personal favorite is foam rolling. I mean, why wouldn't you want to give your muscles a good massage? It's kind of a reward. It can also reduce muscle soreness as well as improve your range of motion, according to this study. I actually didn't know that last part until just now. I've been foam rolling for quite some time simply because of how good it ...


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I'm not aware of any concrete studies on the matter, but basically CNS fatigue can be summed up like this: it's the overall degradation of hormones and neurotransmitters that are required for sustained physical output. I wrote an answer a while back that gets into the fairly low level chemical actions that limit strength output, it's worth reading if you ...


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I've been through a similar endeavor, and in my case, it was a case of a pulled muscle. It's very normal to have low flexibility turn into muscle-pulls. Especially during squats, where a very heavy load is placed on muscles that are required to be elastic, or be destroyed. I suggest you start stretching your lower body quite thoroughly. Not only is it going ...


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Let me set a fine line: It isn't really THAT useful at all to drink a sports drink AFTER you go for a run. That sports drink stuff is supposed to give you energy to go running, not to recover. Besides, it is probably loaded with artificial sugars, anyway. I would suggest drinking water, milk, and protein shakes after a run, not a sports drink.


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This question brings back memories. I’m a competitive rower and I had a similar situation. Although, my symptoms were more situated in the rhomboid/trap region without shoulder inflammation. I did, however, have some discomfort in the shoulder. Here are some of the exercises/stretches I had to do as part of my rehab. Thoracic Extension Thoracic ...


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If you look at the breakdown, it's got 364 calories per 100 grams, with 78.2 grams of sugar. So you're basically getting 312 calories directly from sugar substrates (dextrose and saccharose as well as maltodextrose). Also, the advertising tag line states that it's designed to be light in the mouth "during sports", not after. During, you want enough calories ...


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Exercise breaks down your body a little bit. Done well, it breaks it down the perfect amount that allows your body to repair the damage before the next time you exercise. You can read this answer on how exercise adaptation occurs. Sticking with your archery: If you pick your bow up and put it down, you're not stressing your body. If you fired off a few ...


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The archery practice tears your muscle fibers. There are two things you need to get that back. Enough proper food Enough rest If one/both of these are not met, your muscles will not be rebuilt properly, and you'll get progressively weaker. It's odd that you experienced this after only 5 days, but it does strongly implies that at least one of the two ...


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Not useful at all. The reason to drink an isotonic drink is to get water and calories onboard during exercise. Isotonic means that it is at the same concentration as your blood so you're neither osmotically extracting water from your blood to dilute it so you can absorb it nor leaving nutrients behind because the concentration couldn't be affected. ...


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The soreness you're experiencing is probably just Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Regarding the cold water, the studies I've read (1,2) are mixed. Just coming from a pure medical prospective, "cold water" is defined as water temperature below 68F-77F (20C-25C). There are four phases: Cold shock response Cold incapacitation Hypothermia ...


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often those "challenges" don't progress at a realistic pace, and it sounds like there may not be the appropriate rest days involved. You may be used to squatting, but bear in mind that DOMS takes 24 hrs to kick in, and 48 hrs to then go away (on average), without rest days, that's loads of workouts on top of your DOMS. Regarding cold showers, have you ...


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I am not a big fan of whole body workouts. For me, whole body workouts, depending on the intensity, can require too much recovery time. The benefits of split routines is generally acknowledged. Regularly performing a weight training routine that combines both push and pull muscle groups within the same workout is ideal for several reasons. First, ...


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I yanked an adductor the other day. Just speaking from my own experience, it played out a little like this: Deadlifting was okay. Overhead pressing, bench pressing, pullups, and dips were all fine. Squatting I waited about a week, then started with ramping sets (empty bar, 50% of 1RM, 60% of 1RM, I think I maxed around 75% of 1RM. Olympic lifts I waited ...


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Most of the folks who exercise different body parts on different days are body builders, which is more about body modification than achievement of strength or fitness. When you hear people talking about doing "chest" on Tuesday and "arms" on Thursdays, this is what's going on. If you're interested in exhausting yourself, I know of nothing better than ...


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It's sometimes said: Improvement = training stress + recovery Your training puts a stress on your system, and during recovery you get stronger. Most training programs are built around generating different kinds of training stress in efficient ways and providing appropriate time to recover. Both the amount of training to create stress and what is needed for ...


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You need a full body deep tissue massage. Then purchase a deep tissue foam roller. To me it sounds like your leg muscles have shortened and are kind of twisted up. This can be caused by strains, poor posture, or by simply not doing the exercise correctly. Once you've gotten a massage and legs are feeling back to normal, you need to start with light weights, ...



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