The Pursuit of Faster CrossFit Recovery
Do you ever have those CrossFit workouts that make you super sore? The next morning you wake up and feel like you might be sore for a week… I sure do! In fact, it’s almost every heavy squat day for me.
In my pursuit of faster CrossFit recovery (and less muscle soreness) I stumbled across Soak Fitness Rapid Muscle Recovery. When I say “stumbled”, I really mean that a super athlete from CrossFit Invictus in San Diego referred them to me. Soak Fitness has designed bath crystals specifically for CrossFitters, and their unique recovery needs.
As a CrossFitter who needs to recover faster, I had to try these recovery crystals for myself! I got my hands on a month supply of Soak Fitness crystals (eight packs). I figured two baths a week for four weeks would be a good test period. Here’s what I observed…
Soak Fitness First Impression
When my Soak Fitness crystals showed up, I was pleasantly surprised to see them packed in single serving pouches. The first thing that came to mind was, this would be perfect for travel… Throw one of these into your bag for a post race soak in the hotel. This would have been amazing after my ultra marathons or Ironman’s.
Getting started was really easy. All you have to do is pour a bag (or small scoop) of the bath crystals into a hot tub of water. Then hop in!
Soak Fitness Performance
The 1st bath…
When I opened the first pouch it had a nice minty smell to it. I filled up the tub with hot water, and poured in the pouch of Soak Fitness crystals.
The smell made the bath even more relaxing than usual. I stayed in the tub for 20 minutes. When I got out, my legs had this nice warm tingly feeling.
The morning after my first bath, I felt great, and less sore and tight than usual. It seemed like I found an awesome new product to speed up CrossFit recovery times, but I knew that after only the first test I could be getting some placebo effect.
I took my second bath after a heavy squat clean and back squat day. I soaked for about 30 minutes in hot water. The minty smell again was very relaxing. When I woke up the next morning I expected my legs to hurt. You know that feeling when you take your first few steps out of bed, and you can immediately tell how painful the day is going to be? Well, I was actually expecting to be sore, because that workout was brutal! But I didn’t have any muscle soreness… These crystals were working!
The following Soak Fitness baths gave similar results. Every time I took a bath using the recovery crystals I woke up feeling better than expected the next day.
It was my fifth bath that I was really able to test the Soak Fitness crystals. The workout of the day (WOD) was:
A. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
135/95 lb. Thruster x 5 reps
135/95 lb. Power Clean x 10 reps
Pull-Ups x 15 Reps
Rest 4 minutes, and then,
B. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
20 Kettlebell Swings (24/16 kg)
30 Walking Lunge Steps
Rest 4 minutes, and then,
C. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
10 Burpees?20 Push-Ups
30 Anchored Sit-Ups
With all of those reps, I was certain I would be hurting the next day…
After the workout my muscles had that torn up feeling. It’s that feeling where the soreness seems to start early instead of waiting until day 2 or 3. I loaded up the bath with hot water, dumped in the Soak Fitness crystals, and relaxed for about 25 mins. Again, when I was getting out of bed, ready to be sore, there was no soreness. It’s actually a really bizarre feeling. It’s like everything that I had known to expect up to this point was wrong. There wasn’t even any tightness.
So, here’s the deal… I tested Soak Fitness crystals twice a week, for four weeks. Only after my hardest workouts, and what I found was:
- A faster recovery timeline
- Less delayed onset muscle soreness
- And the baths were relaxing
This is a product that I will continue to buy after my testing is done. It just works too well to ignore.
I suggest that you test the Soak Fitness crystals for yourself. If they speed up your recovery (like they did for me), keep using them…
For writing this review Soak Fitness has generously given my readers a discount code to get 15% off. BUT it only works for the next two weeks! So, hurry up and order now.
To order Soak Fitness crystals click any of the links above or go to:
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If you have any questions about this product or my training simply comment below.
Now get outside and have fun by working hard! 🙂