Recovery Goodies & A Giveaway! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

DISCLAIMER: I was provided most of these products from companies in exchange for a review. As usual, all opinions and thoughts are my own. I would also like to thank these companies for donating prizes for this giveaway!

 

In case you missed this article that made the rounds this week, there was a whole lot of talk on the internet about the difference between rest and recovery. I’m a big believer in recovery practices and improving my recovery has been something I have been consciously working on since the beginning of the year. I like to think of recovery in several different facets: sleep, hydration, food (this will get it’s own post), supplements, and mobility.

 

SLEEP

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[she has no problems in the sleep department]

I will be the first to tell you that sleep is something I don’t often get enough of. My husband works at a restaurant and since we have one car, I often pick him up from work….at 1am. I’m lucky if I get to sleep through the entire night twice in one week. Rather than just being exhausted all the time or only getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep, I’ve been coming to terms with basically having “two sleeps”. I go to bed early, around 8:30-9, sleep until 12:30-1, then go back to sleep around 1:30 and wake up anywhere between 5-7:30 (5am on training days). Is it ideal? Nope. But it does allow me to get more sleep and it’s helped tremendously with my recovery. Something that has also helped – sleep mask! I picked up a cheap sleep mask from Target and it has made a big difference in my ability to fall asleep. I like to sleep in a dark, dark, dark room and unfortunately, our bedroom isn’t super dark but the sleep mask solves that problem.

 

HYDRATION

 My go-to hydration source is just plain H20. I drink A LOT of water each day simply by keeping my big 32oz water bottle with me at all times. Beyond that, there are a few things that I’ve been using lately to keep hydrated:

 

Power Ice

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[SO GOOD]

This product is so cool, literally (I really didn’t intend that to be a pun but you know, it happens). When I was emailed about trying these out, I just couldn’t resist. Power Ice bars are like the ice pops from when you were a kid, only better! So what is it? Power Ice is a hydration ice bar that contains electrolytes and serves to hydrate athletes.

 

Some of the things that make PowerICE frozen bars special:

- Frozen Electrolytes

- Caffeine Free

- Great Taste

- Only 30 Calories per Ice Bar

- No High Fructose Corn Syrup

- Gluten Free & Kosher :)

- 100% Daily Value of Vitamin C

- 8 grams natural sugar

- Ships Dry, place in freezer after receiving, best served frozen

(product information from company)

 

Also, having frozen hydration provides several pre, peri, and post workout benefits. For pre-workout, it’s great for getting hydrated quickly and can increase endurance. I personally love Power Ice before early morning workouts since I often do not want or have the time to chug a bunch of water before hitting the gym. They’re also great for cooling you down during your workout and also helps deliver cooling hydration for better recovery after a workout.

 

Pedialyte

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[I'd like to hashtag this #strongwomanproblems]

Yeah, like the kid’s stuff. I like this for competitions or any day where I’m going to be working out, hard, for a long period of time (the LBEB Seminar comes to mind). There are lots of different flavors – I like the orange one – and even an unflavored version, which, I admit, I am too afraid to try for fear that it will be digusting. I basically drink ⅓ of the container after weigh-ins for competition and sip on the rest between events. It’s a great way to get more hydration without having to chug water and feeling like you’re going to puke OR running to the bathroom every 5 seconds (which I do anyways). Seriously, it works!

 

SUPPLEMENTS

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[do Reese's count as supplements?]

I only take a few supplements religiously:

- Creatine

- Vitamin D

- Fish Oil

- Magnesium/ ZMA

 

My absolute favorite source for these (minus the creatine, which I get from True Nutrition) is PurePharma. I’ve blogged about PurePharma products before and I still think they are the best on the market. Big, big fan!

 

I’m chronically low on Vitamin D, which is critical for hormone production so taking that is a must, especially during the winter months. I like fish oil to help with inflammation and magnesium, which helps with muscle repair, is my go-to sleep aid. The PurePharma M3 will knock you out in the best possible way.

NeoCell Collagen Products

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[my joints are so happy]

I’ve talked about NeoCell before and was more than happy that they reached out once again to have me try some other products. In addition to sending me their recovery protein powder (which I love), they also sent me some Collagen type 2 supplements. This product helps with joint repair, lubrication, and recovery by providing specific amino acids necessary  to replenishing your body’s own collagen and -bonus- is also great for your hair, skin, and nails. I usually take fish oil at night and have been adding in the NeoCell Collagen in the morning since my knees tend to be quite cranky in the winter and squatting 3x a week after taking a month off has them feeling a little banged up. I’ve only been taking it regularly for two week or so but I have noticed that my knees, in particular, are feeling a whole lot better.

 

MOBILITY

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 [torture devices]

I am not as good about mobility/body care work as I should be BUT I’m trying to be better about it. My go-to tools are my foam roller and a lacrosse ball. I actually get my “lacrosse ball” from Walgreens – it’s simply a dog toy tennis ball which is much firmer than a regular tennis ball and is super cheap. I try to foam roll every day and do an extended foam rolling/lax ball session at least twice a week. I usually use bands, the Rumble Roller, and some other tools at the gym on one of my very low volume training days so that I’m forced to really work on it.

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[Ouch Wrap >>>>>> ice packs]

Another critical thing for me? My OuchWrap, which you all know I love! There is a lot of debate about the benefits of icing but for me, it works really well. My OuchWrap is THE only thing I use now to ice any area that’s feeling beat up. It’s perfect for my hip, shoulders, knees, and back – even the husband has taken it a few times because he says it’s the only thing that helps his back!

 

SO, in an effort to help you all get on the recovery train, I’ve put together a big giveaway package that includes some of the products I’ve mentioned. One lucky reader will win:

- a package of Power Ice bars

- Your choice of either NeoCell Collagen Sport Recover Protein Powder OR Collagen supplement

- a small Wrecked Ouch Wrap (P.S. even if you don’t win, you can still get a  20% discount FOR ONE WEEK by using the code “ggf20″)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Some seriously good stuff, y’all.

CONGRATS to Barb!

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Comments: 50

  1. Kim February 7, 2014 at 11:22 am Reply

    Great post! This is definitely important info, especially for me who takes “rest” days but doesn’t recover as best as I can. I need a good foam roller!

  2. Jennifer February 7, 2014 at 11:23 am Reply

    My recovery method often ends up being curling up on the couch watching Netflix.. oops.

    I do like a good mobility massage every so often to put my body back where it needs to be. An hour of torture, but well worth it!

  3. Johnna February 7, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

    I don’t do much for recovery, occasionally I’ll ice after a race or crossfit competition but usually I just relax or get a massage!

  4. Michelle February 7, 2014 at 11:41 am Reply

    Great post, interested to try the Power Ice bars! My recovery is usually Xtend, before during and after a workout, I also take ENERGYbits, which help with recovery as well. The foam roller is also one of my fav methods, it’s just a matter of taking the time to actually do it!

    • PowerICE February 12, 2014 at 10:29 am Reply

      Hi Michelle,

      We agree, great post by Gabby!

      We’d love to have you try out some PowerICE bars. The work you Lisa are doing with promoting healthy lifestyles is great!

      • Michelle February 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm Reply

        Thanks so much, we appreciate the support! We are looking forward to learning more about PowerICE!

  5. Sarah February 7, 2014 at 11:44 am Reply

    I can’t live without my foam roller!

  6. Maggie February 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Ughh I have bad memories of pedialyte… In softball when I was younger, one of the girl’s moms would make us drink pedialyte and eat pickles during day long tournaments. Hahaha I hated it! Now I try really hard to foam roll or use a lacrosse ball. I also drink lots of water after hard workouts!

  7. Melissa White February 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Thanks for this article. I’m glad I found your blog

  8. Leah February 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm Reply

    I recover with a good stretch and a hot shower!

  9. Sheena February 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm Reply

    My favorite form of recovery is SLEEP. Yep, sleeping is my favorite =) But next to sleep, I do a lot of rolling with my pvc pipe and lacrosse ball.

  10. Jenn February 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply

    My favorite recovery method is SLEEP. I don’t get nearly enough of it, but when I do, it’s GLORIOUS

  11. Riss February 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm Reply

    My favorite recovery method is lots of sleep and stretching!

  12. Liana@RunToMunch February 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply

    My favorite recovery is foam rolling!

  13. Lauren February 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm Reply

    I take some glutamine,fish oil, and aminos to help with recovery! Also I make sure to hydrate!

  14. Katirie February 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Sleep is amazing and I also have a love/hate relationship with icing. I know it helps me and is good, but so uncomfortable!

  15. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm Reply

    I need to be better about having a recovery! I love the collagen supplements. My trainer recommended them years ago and Iv’e been taking them ever since!

  16. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal February 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm Reply

    I need those ice wraps. My neck hurts a lot. But yeah I love SLEEP is the best way to regenerate I think.

  17. Elle February 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Well, depending on what I am recovering FROM I have different methods…but always rehydration. That Pediolyte sounds like a great idea… REST… PROTEIN… often I will put on a Tommie Copper copper-infused garment for warmth and to stimulate blood flow, and if I have muscle cramping, I make sure to take calcium, and a magnesium powder I use called Natural Calm, AND I like to use Tiger Balm or Ben Gay too, topically. Whew! I have used the NeoCell products and really like them, too.

  18. Heather February 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Thanks for the great tips! Hoping to compete in a strongman this year too!

  19. jared February 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm Reply

    I still have yet to find the perfect ice pack

  20. kate February 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I love foam rolling.

  21. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm Reply

    My recovery method is Protein and Sleep! And Yoga!!!

  22. Melissa February 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm Reply

    I love a good solid night of sleep

  23. Mona February 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Foam rolling is a must! My gym just got a few PVC rollers – hurt so bad but feel so good later:)) At home I have a grid roller.
    And yes – enough sleep is so important. My husband has been snoring quite a bit and I was getting very disturbed sleep till I discovered foam ear plugs. What a difference in both performance and recovery when you sleep better!

  24. Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer February 7, 2014 at 9:10 pm Reply

    I love Kill Cliff for Recovery

  25. Erin Ellis February 7, 2014 at 11:38 pm Reply

    I agree that foam rolling is the best!

  26. Julie February 8, 2014 at 1:56 am Reply

    I’ve wanted to try NeoCell for the longest time! And all my CrossFit friends post about Kill Cliff!

    • Julie February 8, 2014 at 2:24 am Reply

      As for recovery, I like sleep, watching mindless TV, and not thinking about eating and just eating cans of tuna.

  27. Danielle @ It's a Harleyyy Life February 8, 2014 at 7:32 am Reply

    protein smoothies and foam rolling!

  28. Angie J. February 8, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply

    After my daily Jazzercise class I love mixing my gourmet chocolate protein powder with a container of plain Greek yogurt (extra protein). It tastes just like delicious chocolate pudding!!

  29. Alicyn February 8, 2014 at 11:11 am Reply

    Foam rolling has to in my top! But also a nice long epsom salt bath

  30. Marin February 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm Reply

    I know that foam rolling is the option I should use the most, but nothing beats a hot bath for tired muscles!

  31. Janelle February 8, 2014 at 11:37 pm Reply

    a light jog, foam rollers, and sleep

  32. Debra Lee February 9, 2014 at 12:33 am Reply

    Sleep for me with some light book reading to make me tired!

  33. Seth February 9, 2014 at 9:32 am Reply

    I like wearing compression socks and using a clay “ice” pack.

  34. Emily February 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Rest, yoga, and foam rolling!

  35. Kelsea L Eaton February 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm Reply

    I usually just have a protein shake.

  36. Jordan February 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm Reply

    I’ve been taking a creatine supplement on weekends before/during my workouts and it’s really reducing my muscle soreness and fatigue. Otherwise, I’ve been carb-cycling.

  37. Jordan K February 10, 2014 at 11:04 am Reply

    The Power Ice Bars sound delicious!!

    • PowerICE February 12, 2014 at 10:21 am Reply

      Hi Jordan, we think our PowerICE bars are pretty delicious :-)

  38. Carly February 13, 2014 at 9:08 am Reply

    Foam rolling, epsom salt baths, and SLEEP!!

  39. Elisa Worsham February 13, 2014 at 9:10 am Reply

    i am looking for them in Miami-Dade!

    • Elisa Worsham February 13, 2014 at 9:11 am Reply

      the PowerIce bars…oops!!

      • PowerICE February 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm Reply

        Awesome Elisa! We love when people are looking for our products.

        PowerICE bars are sold in a few places around Miami-Dade (iRun Company, FootWorks and Sole Runner). Here’s a link to a store-finder on our website, http://thefreezer.powerice.com/store-locator/. If you can’t find a location that’s quite close enough you can also purchase from our website.

        Definitely let us know what you think – we love hearing from our customers! ~ZS

  40. Jen K February 13, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply

    For sure my fav recovery tools are my foam roller and my LAX ball, plus some protein. Not super original but they’re so effective! My biggest problem is that I lift in the morning now and don’t get much time for recovery afterward. I wish it was acceptable to roll around on my LAX ball on the floor at work!

  41. Courtney February 13, 2014 at 10:48 am Reply

    I usually just have a protein shake and foam roll, so some new ideas are great! Thanks!

  42. Rb February 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Epsom salt bath and sleep

  43. brian urueta February 13, 2014 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Protein neocell

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