If you’ve ever watched a CrossFit competition like the CrossFit Games, the CrossFit Invitational, or even a local throwdown, you know that the competing athletes go through a lot.
So for elite athletes who need to be ready to endure year-round-training and events, proper recovery from competitions is a must.
Reebok asked five 2015 Reebok CrossFit Invitational athletes how they will be recovering from Invitational events to get back on track safely.
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, The Canadian Team & 2014 Fittest Woman on Earth:
Normally I give myself a “trash day” after! My body feels so bad that I mainly want to eat ice cream and watch girly movies.
Katrin Davidsdottir, The European Team & reigning Fittest Woman on Earth:
Recovery is always a big part of my training. I get massages 2-3 times a month. I see a chiropractor once or twice a week, and I use the muscle stimulator probably every day.
Tia-Clair Toomey, The Pacific Team: I love to have ice baths as well as a protein shake and a meal with chicken and vegetables. After that, I celebrate the competition!
Dan Bailey, The US team: I spend the competition night stretching, staying properly hydrated, and eating a ton of food! The body is on high alert during competition. When you come down from that, your body needs more rest and fuel than on a regular training day. That being said, I still typically find myself staying out way too late with friends to celebrate the competition – win or lose.
Kara Webb, The Pacific Team: I usually rest after the competition, drink plenty of water, and nap a lot. I eat a little extra and drink my Progenex after competition even when I’m not working out, just to repair the damage and replenish my stores. I generally like to keep moving to some degree because that’s just what my body is used to. I usually walk, go slowly on a rower or assault bike for 20 minutes, or go for a swim each day.