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Ultimate Recovery Guide: 6 Keys to Recovery

Being your best doesn't mean just training hard. You need these recovery methods to stay on top of your game.

By Mike O'Hearn

Too many guys think it’s all about the training. Of course, you can’t look great unless you consistently train hard, but I would never have been able to achieve the physique I have—and maintained it well into my 40s—if I hadn’t listened to my body and given it the best possible chance to fully recover between workouts. The six recovery methods I list here are ones that I’ve found to be completely indispensable. At this point in my life, I consider them just as important as training.

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Some of them, like proper sleep and stretching, are free. Others, like chiropractic and acupuncture, you need to pay for. All of them are worthwhile investments toward creating the body you want.

All I ask is keep an open mind and be willing to try them. You’ll never know what works best for you until you give everything a chance.

6 Keys to Total Recovery

1. SLEEP

You cannot, as many people think, “catch up on” sleep. The body doesn’t work that way. You need to get at least eight hours of sleep every night - 10 if you can. Consider it part of your workout, and schedule it just as you would a training session.

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