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Corey Tomala 02-07-2010 10:06 AM

Hot tub right after working out or eating
Hey everyone,

First just wanted to say Hi. Been surfing the boards for a while, but usually don't post because I find my answers through searches. I think I finally have a question worth posting on though!

I currently have a nice little membership to a Globo gym, and lately after my workouts I have been hitting the hot tub because I thought it would help relieve some of the soreness from the workout. A lot of the time the soreness is in the back. I did a search for 'hot tub' for previous threads, and came up with one recommending doing a mix of hot and cold, which I'm going to give a try now as well and see how it goes. Right now I usually stay in the hot tub for about 10 to 15 mins at the max. Does anyone do this? I usually do it after every workout because I like the hot tub and it's nice to hit it once a day.

Another part of my question is regarding eating for the recovery process. Does anyone think it would be more beneficial to eat quickly after working out instead of hitting the hot tub? Usually the whole hot tub deal adds another 30 mins (changing, etc) before I can get home and toss something together. Perhaps too long out?

Right now I typically workout 6 days a week, sometimes doing two-a-days as well, so I'm trying to do anything I can to help reduce some of the soreness that I have been running into lately.



Steven Low 02-07-2010 10:37 AM

Re: Hot tub right after working out or eating
For contrast stuff... start with cold and end with cold.

For ice baths obviously it's ice bath the whole time.

I wouldn't do hot tub at all.

PWO -- depends on your goals.

Why are you doing 6x + 2 a days? Do you need this extra volume for something? Doing work for the sake of doing work is not beneficial.

Katherine Derbyshire 02-07-2010 11:11 AM

Re: Hot tub right after working out or eating
I'd spend the time doing cool down stretching instead. Or eating.

Hot tubs feel awesome, but can be somewhat dehydrating because of the heat. For overall recovery, I'd say they're neutral at best, and may even be detrimental.


Thomas Kelley 02-07-2010 11:26 AM

Re: Hot tub right after working out or eating
I doubt the hot tub does much if anything for recovery, but personally I love soaking because it's fun and relaxing. If I'm going to soak after lifting, or do anything else other than eat right away, I just bring some protein powder in a cup to mix with water, and I have a banana also. This way I don't need to be thinking about my post workout meal at a time when I'd rather be enjoying whatever it is that I'm doing. I'll have a proper meal within maybe an hour or two, but I don't like obsessing until then - it's not very relaxing thinking my muscles are eating themselves for dinner.

Corey Tomala 02-07-2010 01:58 PM

Re: Hot tub right after working out or eating
Thanks for the advice guys. I'll switch to eating straight afterwards and also work in cold stuff. The ice bath is going to be interesting. Saving that one for next weekend.

Steven, for the workouts, I should have explained that more. I with the Army now (in the Navy though), and they PT M thru F every morning. Since the gym is usually packed and doing a Crossfit style workout isn't always an option, I usually do some cardio or something in the morning, and then do my Crossfit workout in the afternoon. That's where the two-a-days come from. It's not every day by any means, and I sometimes I only work out 5 times a week. My goal is to keep active though almost everyday.

Katherine, agreed on the draining feeling. Having that drained feeling was a reason I was wondering if I was doing myself more harm then good.

Thomas, I just got myself a shaker bottle and I plan on using that from time to time after workouts. I typically hate protein shakes, but I'm going to give them another shot.

I think I'll save the hot tub trips for pure enjoyment instead muscle recovery.

Again, thanks for the advice.


Wade Smith 02-08-2010 04:14 AM

Re: Hot tub right after working out or eating
I like doing the contrast thing by jumping from hottub into freezing cold pool. Back and forth a few times. Winter makes it easy.

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