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Coach's Blog

The Cool Down

By admin | In Coach's Blog | on August 12, 2012
The moment after an intense workout is completed is a VERY important time for the body to cool down properly because:
  • Helps the heart rate and respiration slow down gradually
  • Helps avoid dizziness or fainting, which sometimes happens when exercise is stopped suddenly and blood pools in the legs
  • Allows your muscles time to recover and repair for the next workout
  • Helps your muscles get rid of waste products such as lactic acid
  • Helps you end your workout on a good note
Though the cool down is a very important part, many people skip because they run out of time or just run out of steam and find they’re ready to move on. But allowing yourself this time will help your body recover and this recovery will help you be prepared for the next workout. Take just a few minutes at the end of your workout (particularly a high intensity workout) to do the following:
  1. DO NOT! Stop moving immediately after an intense workout, especially if you’ve spiked your heart rate & body temperature. A cool down is just as important as a warm up!
  2. Continue moving. Give yourself at least five minutes to walk & move around, ESPECIALLY if you’ve been doing high intensity exercise.
  3. Stretch. After your heart rate has dropped, this is an excellent time to stretch muscles you have exhausted during the workout. Hold each stretch at least 15-30 seconds.
  4. REHYDRATE. Last but not least, make sure to rehydrate your body after sweating. Keep your water with you during the above steps.
Doing this will help a speedy, fast recovery & have you ready for your next workout! Stay cool & cool it down correctly. Now who is ready for some Summer Time Abs!!

One Comment to "The Cool Down"

  • Eric Vaughn says:

    August 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Rob,
    This has been lost with a lot of Crossfit participants. People need to be re-educated on this. Throwing up is not a cool down. Good job.

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