Recovery is vitally important to anyone that is training for competition. Recovery is when the body gets stronger by adapting to the stress (training) that is placed on it. Without recovery, we would continue to breakdown and end up getting slower and/or injured. When training for an Ironman, 70.3, or any other long distance event, recovery becomes even more important.
When training at a high level, generally those that are smartest in their recovery are the ones that make the most improvement and beat their competition. That being said, I know that I must do everything I can to help my body recover. That is why I’ve turned to Primal Sport Mud this year after a trail run of it early this winter.
Primal Sport Mud comes from the idea that ancient warriors/athletes of putting volcanic mud all over their body to help with recovery and sore muscles. Primal Sport Mud is basically that, minus the dirt. They have removed everything except for the active ingredients and activated them to make them more effective. With that being done, the molecules can absorb through your skin and into your body more efficiently and work much faster. With using normal organic matter/mud, it would take several treatments to get the same effect as 1 or 2 treatments of Primal Sport Mud. In the few months that I’ve started using Primal Sport Mud, this is what I’ve noticed:
1. It helps with sore muscles – Just yesterday I did a fairly hard brick workout. Afterwards my legs were sore and tired. I applied it all over my legs and let it soak through. I felt a lot better after it was done. The next morning the amount of fatigue in my legs was significantly less than what it would have been without using it based on how I felt in last years workouts that were similar.
2. It helps with inflammatory issues – I have had some inflammation issues this year in my IT band. I think it has been due to needing new running shoes and also with the significantly higher volume in comparison to previous years. I’ve applied it when I felt the pain coming on, and it has always been gone the next day.
When I was first learning how to use it, I was told to apply the Mud, wrap the area in plastic wrap, and then apply heat. However, I found that using some two 2-gallon zip lock bags worked better. I cut out the bottom of it and pull it over my upper legs. I put the part that locks shut around the thickest part of my legs so it wouldn’t rip the bag. Also, I could reuse the same plastic bags over and over again instead of using plastic wrap once and throw it away. A small bag can be used over the lower legs in the same manner. To clean it off your body, simply jump in the shower and rinse somehow with water. The product is completely water soluble and safe to go down the drain. It will come off your body looking like coffee going down the drain.
Most recently I completed a radio commercial for Primal Sport Mud. I added pictures to it so I could upload to youtube. So here is my 15 seconds of fame:
You can try Primal Sport Mud by going to their website and ordering the product there. Use coupon code “maverickprimal14” for 40% off your first order and bring your recovery (and racing) to a new level!