In the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, recovery methods such as ice baths and sauna sessions are often considered a “must”.
However, Lachlan Giles – an elite BJJ athlete and coach, as well as a PhD in physiotherapy – begs to differ.
To put it more bluntly – he openly dismisses these popular recovery techniques.
He explained why in a conversation with Craig Jones:
When you do something like that, when you’re looking at the football teams and stuff…
The research they do on those – if it helps, it’s very minuscule, like 1 or 2% in terms of recovery.
Giles further elaborated on his perspective, saying:
If you rolled for one or two minutes less in your entire training day, it would probably have the same effect on training.
You know, just a little bit less training.
Essentially, Giles is suggesting that minor adjustments in training intensity could potentially replicate the recovery benefits attributed to ice baths and sauna Dubai.
He that, yes, you should be looking to improve your recovery time as much as you can:
You know, I think, obviously… Experts make sense. If you wanna have your training volume so high and everything is very strict like that…
You wanna do everything you can outside of that.
But at the same time…
Look, we’re pretty good at recovering. Our body can recover quite well, it’s going to do most of the work.
So, just the general idea that you can do something external – which is going to be better than what your body naturally does [doesn’t make sense].