Training for a triathlon is all about recovery. Triathletes need to train for three different sports and it’s usually suggested that they do some strength, core and flexibility training. This means many triathletes – amateur, age group and professional, end up doing at least two to three sessions a day.
So, take your recovery to another level with five of the most expensive recovery gadgets:
Normatec Recovery System
The Normatec Recovery system is a dynamic compression device that uses compressed air to massage your limbs and speed up recovery by mobilizing fluid from your limbs toward your core. This is what creates that “fresh legs” feeling after taking the boots off.
A session in the boots can vary in time, you can start seeing benefits from as little as 20 to 30 minutes.
While the altitude tent isn’t technically a recovery tool, it does help certain athletes improve their performance. There’s an overwhelming amount of research suggesting that living at altitude provides an advantage for athletes competing in sports like cycling, running and triathlon.
Sleeping in an altitude tent allows the body to achieve the physiological adaptations associated with living at altitude without having to move.
Definitely one of the coolest recovery gadgets out there, cryotherapy chambers take ice baths to another level. Essentially, this recovery method exposes an individual to -100 to -150C for three minutes. Because Cryotherapy is dry cold and not wet cold (ice baths), the frigid temperatures never penetrate the skin – wet cold causes frostbite or skin damage when skin is exposed to temperatures for too long.
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Cryotherapy stimulates your skin’s cold receptors causing your blood vessels to vasoconstrict. This sends the blood from your limbs to your core and vital organs. It’s the mobilization of fluid that allows your blood to become oxygenated and is what gives you a rejuvenated feeling when you step out of the chamber.
Besides its positive effects on athletes and recovery time, cryotherapy has been established as an effective adjunct treatment for reducing symptoms of pain and inflammation brought on by numerous chronic conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.
The Hypersphere is a vibrating roller that allows athletes to release pressure. The rolling effect along with the vibration does wonders when trying to release muscle tension.
The Foam Roller
The foam roller, acu-ball and massage stick are all great stretching and rolling tools. This trifecta will allow athletes to hit almost any spot that could be bothering them. Most elite athletes have these tools on hand no matter where they are. Plus they are considerably more affordable than the gadgets above.