Many people dismiss the cool-down as a waste of time, or simply unimportant. But if that were the case, then why is that we see Games athletes spending time on the aerodyne (a training bike that uses air resistance) immediately after the event? I witnessed several athletes making their way back to the rower after the Triple 3 event at this year’s Games to spend five to ten minutes rowing at a controlled, steady pace. The truth is that performing a cool-down after a workout is just as important as warming the body up in preparation for exercise. But why?
Benefits of cooling down
It is firstly important to note that a cool-down is different from active recovery. A cool-down consists of the actions taken immediately post-WOD while you are still at the box. ‘Active recovery’ means the steps you take to recover from a workout when you return home or on the day(s) following exercise. During an intense training effort, metabolic waste products are lodged in your body all the way down to the individual muscle cells. The fluid that surrounds them – as well as the capillaries, veins, and lungs – needs to be flushed out before you rest.
The main aim of the cool-down is to promote recovery and return the body to its pre-workout state. During a strenuous workout, your body goes through a number of stressful processes; muscle fibers, tendons and ligaments get damaged, and waste products build up within your body. The cool-down, performed properly, will assist your body in its repair process. Read more…
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
A) True Negative Pullups 5×5
B) 3 Sets: 2 Minutes Each
- 5 Burpees
- 5 Clean and Jerks (155/100)
Rest 2 Minutes: Pick up where you left off
A) Teams of 2:
Partner A: Row (at steady state)
Partner B: 20 Deadlifts (180/125)
Keep DL Reps Manageable
B) Teams of 2:
Max Rep Perfect Pushups (10 Min Cap)