There’s a lot of strategies out there to eliminate metabolic waste after training. After competition, it’s one of the things that should be on the forefront of your mind for sure.
When we talk about metabolic waste, we’re talking about burning sugars during high-intensity exercise…maybe it’s creatine phosphate, or maybe we’re taking glucose from our liver and our muscles and we’re converting the lactate into fuel. Whatever that might be, the byproduct is, in a way systemic, right? It’s in our system. And it’s one of the things that’s going to inhibit our ability to recover and adapt and get stronger, fitter and faster in training and in competition. It’s going to end up blunting performance.
So one of the biggest priorities should be this idea of getting rid of metabolic waste now. There’s a bunch of fancy tools out there for you guys to use. Before all these tools came along, a jog or a brisk walk was enough to start getting rid of this metabolic waste. So, essentially, we just want small muscle contractions. You can imagine it as a pumping action. These muscle contractions are pumping fresh blood through the system.
Now, one of the downsides of going for a jog or a walk is that there are eccentric contractions, and it could add to some of the fatigue. So, it might not be the best fit. It is still a good idea to go for a 10-minute walk, post-training. I recommend it unplugged for a whole bunch of different reasons. But you know, take 10 minute walk around the block. It’s a great option for it.
The introduction of Fancy tools like the power dot and the Marc Pro gives you guys options to get even more out of this idea of flushing metabolic waste our of your system. So these are two great tools that you can use to really get the most out of recovery. So I like the power dot, it’s easy to use, you can slap it on its remote and there’s not a lot of wires. It’s pretty simple to use, and it’s going to work.
You can also use these tools regionally, so you can work on your legs, shoulders, glutes or really whatever area needs it the most. And I would say that that’s based on what areas most worked either through competition or training. So if you have a big squat day, quads, hamstrings, glutes are what you want to focus on. If you guys have used a Power Dot or any sort of STEM, you know, the contraction of those muscles are actually what’s flushing the metabolic waste.
This is the actual value of these types of tools. The slight muscle contraction is flushing new blood in and getting rid of metabolic waste. Marc Pro is another great option. You can have a little bit more adjustment and fine-tuning, so there are units out there that you can actually adjust the frequency that help with pain and discomfort. Now you’ve got to be careful on how you use it. You don’t necessarily want to numb all the pain. Pain is a good signal to you and your body on what’s going on, so just keep that in mind.
But let’s say your back is really sore from a big deadlift session. This might be a great option where you can program that frequency to just help mitigate that discomfort a little bit. So you can go on with your day and recover a little bit. It shouldn’t necessarily be used to mask something so you could train Harder per se.
Now I could see in events where this might be useful as well. But essentially they do the same thing, right? There’s the stim that creates really, really fast, minor muscle contractions that help flush metabolic waste.
So, long story short, these are great tools, I would recommend looking into them, especially if you’re going to competition. They’re easy to travel with and very useful in general. I think they are worth it.
If you have any questions, go ahead and drop them in the comments below, and we can have a conversation about some of these tools, how to use them, and when to use them. Either way, good luck with your training and good luck with your competitions. Hope to see you out there.