In motorsports, recovery can present a unique challenge, especially after an endurance event.
These challenges don’t just affect riders and racers, however. Effective recovery strategies are just as important for amateur athletes and gearheads as they are for motocross and off-road racers.
Research has provided new insight for improving your recovery efforts. And the good news is that you can put many of these proven strategies to work right now in your high-performance life.
Use Hypertrophy to Develop Muscle & Shorten Recovery Time
The most effective training strategies do double duty.
Your training regimen should prepare you for the track, but also prepare you for a shorter, more effective recovery period. Recent studies demonstrate that skeletal muscle hypertrophy — increasing lean muscle fiber size — is a highly effective way to achieve both goals.
Hypertrophic workouts differ from traditional strength training in several significant ways. Hypertrophy develops strength, but as a side effect of focus on lean muscle mass development. Resistance training — when done properly — is one of the most effective methods of hypertrophic muscle development.
Some specific strategies you can try today include drop sets (descending weight sets), super sets (paired sets with no rest period in between) and forced repetitions (pushing two to four extra reps after you reach the fatigue point).
Be sure to have a trainer or spotter with you for any of these workouts!
Addressing Immune Response in Motorsports Recovery
A key factor in motorsports recovery (that many riders and gearheads aren’t aware of) is the role of the immune system.
Research tells us that long periods of intense exercise, such as in an endurance race, increase inflammation and suppress the natural immune functions of the body. This period of vulnerability can result in frequent upper respiratory infections as well as more serious infections and viral illnesses. It also increases your chance of sports injury.
Here’s a surprise — did you know you can train your immune system, just as you can your muscles?
The key to training your immune system is listening to your body. Record your resting heart rate each morning. If you notice a gradual trend upward, you’re pushing your body too hard and compromising your immune system and recovery ability.
Also keep an eye out for symptoms of moodiness, excessive muscle soreness, poor concentration or a change in sleep patterns. All of these can be signs you’re taxing your body too much.
Anyone living a high-performance lifestyle may be reluctant to back off their training regimen and competition schedule. That’s where motorsports supplements come into play.
Nutritional Strategies & Motorsports Supplements Can Aid Recovery
To aid recovery, start with the go-to strategies of rest, hydration, heat, ice, stretching and compression. All of these are critical to the recovery process, but they aren’t enough for many of us.
That’s precisely why Gear 49 Motorsports Nutrition designed our RESTOR Muscle Recovery blend. This proprietary blend is backed by scientific research for building and maintaining muscle — but RESTOR goes way beyond that.
To assist in your hypertrophic training, our blend improves your resistance strength. To fight inflammation and suppressed immunity, RESTOR supports immune health to shorten your recovery time.
This highly bioavailable blend of nutrients is the perfect accompaniment to your new and improved strategies for a faster, more effective rebound.
In addition to the RESTOR Muscle Recovery product, Gear 49 Motorsports Nutrition offers our exclusive Race & Ride Stack, a suite of products that works in concert to improve energy and focus, boost cardio function and aid in recovery. Visit us online today to learn more, or call for more information about how our products can give you the edge in performance and motorsports recovery.