Regularly doing ice baths and going to the sauna are often lauded as the things to do for recovery.
However, Lachlan Giles – elite BJJ athlete and coach, as well as physiotherapy PhD – doesn’t buy it.
Giles doesn’t do ice baths nor does he go to the sauna for recovery purposes.
He explained why in a recent 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.
And 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.
Giles also emphasizes that yes, experts make sense in some cases, but the body is good at recovering itself:
You know, I think, obviously… Experts make sense. If you wanna have your training volume so high and everything is very strict like that…[But] look, we’re pretty good at recovering. Our body can recover quite well, it’s going to do most of the work.
You wanna do everything you can outside of that.
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].
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