Dylan Rivier shows us why he’s one of the most sought-after trainers in Australia. Source: Supplied
WHAT you do after you exercise can be just as important as the work you put in at the gym.
Here, Australia’s favourite celebrity trainers share their top recovery tips.
With abs like those, I’d listen to anything Katie says. Source: Supplied
How you know her: She’s a beach sprinter, fitness model and has represented Australia at the Surf Life Saving Worlds.
Her tip: “If I do a heavy leg session, my normal recovery includes a hot bath followed by 20 minutes using a foam roller (or physio ball) and an all over body stretch. This is usually done while I am watching TV.
“If I am doing a speed endurance track session, I often find that I get a build-up of lactic acid in my legs during or afterwards. I find that light active recovery helps to flush out the lactic acid from my legs and a light recovery for me is usually a light walk or even a slow jog the following day. Rest and active recovery plays an important role as an athlete. In order to reduce fatigue and muscle soreness while enhancing my performance, conditioning is just as important as the physical exercise.”
How you know him: Dylan has been a personal trainer for ten years. His clients include models, celebs and media personalities.
His tip: “After a tough session I like to have hot/cold showers. When your body is subjected to cold external temperatures, it naturally starts to restrict blood flow to the extremities and focus it in on your internal organs. When you’re subjected to hot temperatures the opposite happens and blood is sent outward toward the skin. This helps to improve circulation and reduce inflammation.”
Cameron Byrnes. Source: Supplied
How you know him: Cameron trains celebrities including Larry Edmur and Mel B and is an ambassador for Skins.
His tip: “If you have recently decided to go hard with your training or if you are brand new to the game, I always suggest jumping into a bath with Epsom salts post workout. It really helps relax muscles and improve circulation.
“I also use Skins compression garments post workout as the compression forces blood circulation and can really help combat DOMS [delayed onset muscle soreness] or tightness the following day.
How you know him: He’s the author of The Healthy Cook and Dude Food, plus he has a Masters in Exercise Science.
His tip: “You just can’t beat jumping into the ocean — particularly after a workout. I find that it helps with the lactate acid build up and muscle work. I follow my swim with a super tasty shake … right now I’m trending my choc banana protein option.”
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How you know him: He’s the owner of Battle Fit, the star of search4hurt and is a Skins ambassador.
His tip: “To boost the recovery process post training or post event, I actually apply BioCeuticals magnesium cream directly onto the affected area and then put my Skins over the top of it.
“I did this almost every night during the 250km Big Red Run that took six days to complete earlier this month. I do this at the end of the day and then just sleep in it over night. Rest, increased blood circulation and magnesium is the perfect recipe for effective recovery.”
How you know him: He’s a personal trainer and former My Kitchen Rulescontestant.
His tip: “Try to eat within 60 minutes after you complete a workout. I know that many people don’t feel like eating, especially after a HIIT [high intensity interval training] session, however we have a relatively small window in which to replenish our stores and get nutrients into our cells post workout.
“This is because your cells become less receptive to insulin the longer you leave it — so bare that in mind and try to eat something that contains good carbs and protein post workout.”
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