The truth is, the entire time I've been an endurance athlete (nearly 8 years!) I've struggled massively with recovery. My lack of recovery dates all the way back to my Ironman training days when I would notice my training partners having significantly more "pep in their step" than I did the week after a race. Not cool. Even last year my coach and I had numerous frustrating conversations about recovery (or my lack thereof). My slow recovery was obviously negating my ability to effectively complete training sessions and thus improve my lactate threshold. At times I was wondering if it was all in my head! We all want to be faster right?
Well I'm happy to report that THINGS HAVE CHANGED!!! My recovery has significantly improved to the point that it's not only allowing me to meet the goals of my workouts on back to back days, but it's taken away the constant fear that I had about the effort I was putting in and how I was going to feel the following day(s). So what's different?
I'd say on average I'm using this device 3-4 times per week. I always make sure to use it after a long or intense ride and find it's most effective when used within a few hours of my workout. I'm mostly obsessed with the Recovery Plus mode (only found on Sport Elite). However, I often double up with Massage mode and at times enjoy the Active Recovery mode (available on all models). Since I'm a cyclist the majority of the times I'm throwing the electrode pads right on my quads. Although I've also used the device on my calves, low back, and hamstrings. The Recovery Plus program takes only 25 minutes, it feels fantastic, and I usually get this done while I'm uploading data from my ride, blogging, or watching TV.
The best thing though...the Compex isn't just a recovery tool. It's a strength training tool that can really help increase specificity and efficiency in your strength training. I haven't had the opportunity yet to explore this capacity in great detail, however I am very much excited to get started on this in the months ahead. Hopefully soon I'll be able to share with all of you my experience.
If you want to recover faster, definitely think about buying a Compex. If you are already thinking about buying a Compex, but have some final questions please reach out to me. If you are local I'd be more than happy to borrow mine out for a few days (only a few, cuz remember I'm obsessed!). I'd also be happy to let anyone try it out after a race so you could see firsthand the benefits the following day. If you are ready to buy one...please use my code AM25OFF to score yourself 25% off at www.shopcompex.com
Trust me...life with a Compex is really, really good!