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Old 01-11-2007, 09:05 PM   #1
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What kind of results have people found in terms of recovery from saunas? Anything worth the time?
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:21 PM   #2
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I had a friend who hippie flipped in a sauna once...he never fully recovered, I'd say it's a bad idea.
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:08 PM   #3
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I put an article up somewhere around here.

1-2x weekly, a time commitment of 30-45 minutes total...they worked well for me.
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Old 01-12-2007, 10:09 AM   #4
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steve - how about timing? were you throwing them in arbitrarily, or were they post workout or some other significant time?

john - i was planning on leaving the mushrooms and ecstasy out of it for once.
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:41 PM   #5
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If the training session was really heavy/high volume, I'd do a sauna the next day. Example: With Rut's ME BB stuff, I'd do a sauna the day after, in most cases.

Or, if available, about 6 hours post workout.

There was a time when my heavy sessions were at lunch (~11:30), and my accessory work was after work, around 5:30 PM. And I'd do a sauna after my evening session. You really need to watch your hydration. I'm pretty sure that if I went into the sauna dehydrated, and didn't hydrate during or immediately after, that some benefits were lost.

If the training session didn't elicit such a high level of DOMS or was relatively low volume, then I'd take a sauna right afterwards, definitely if it was a met con or BW conditioning session, unless those were really, really brutal.

I would also use the sauna as a place to stretch and lengthen tissue, using some of the long, low intensity stretches. That worked well, I thought.
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It's the frivolous towel snapping that I can't stand......
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