Req­ui­site Re­cov­ery

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Re­cov­ery Pump Re­cov­ery Boots; $1,495 At the 2011 Rev 3 Quassy Half, I sought out the Pro Li­ai­son Jac­qui Gor­don. I found her sit­ting in a white blow-up lazy boy with what looked like enor­mous full-length moon boots on her legs. She looked to­tally at ease and not even the least bit goofy. I was in­trigued, and promptly zipped into my own pair. The Re­cov­ery Pump pro­mo­tional team gave me a thor­ough ex­pla­na­tion of what I was in for and what the boots were all about. Then they let me re­lax and chat with Gor­don. My re­cent test-trial con­firms my ini­tial im­pres­sion.

Triath­letes like their gear and par­tic­u­larly gear that has the po­ten­tial to make them do any­thing faster, in­clud­ing re­cover. The Re­cov­ery Pump Boots do just that. Cham­bered sleeves zip up the leg and fill se­quen­tially with air. This ac­cel­er­ated com­pres­sion tech­nol­ogy sim­u­lates man­ual mas­sage, f lush­ing meta­bolic waste and inf lam­ma­tion up and out of the legs, al­low­ing a process that would nat­u­rally take be­tween 12 and 24 hours to hap­pen in just a few hours. The tech­nol­ogy is based on sound re­search and years of ef­fec­tive re­sults in the med­i­cal com­mu­nity treat­ing cir­cu­la­tory dis­or­ders. When to Use Re­cov­ery Pump sug­gests putting the boots on within 30 min­utes of fin­ish­ing a hard workout for 30 min­utes, and then again later at night for an ad­di­tional 30 min­utes. They also sug­gest us­ing the sys­tem 15 to 20 min­utes prior to a hard workout. While I was less con­sis­tently able to get them on prior to a workout, when I did, my legs didn’t need quite as long to warm up. It’s hard to say whether that was phys­i­o­log­i­cal or psy­cho­log­i­cal, know­ing I had an ex­tra tool in my arse­nal.

The feel­ing, as the boots inf late and def late in pulses up your leg, is sim­i­lar to the pres­sure of a good, deep-knead­ing mas­sage, but it’s the af­ter effect that users will re­ally no­tice. From try­ing them on at a race expo, I knew they felt great, but now I know how ef­fi­ciently and thor­oughly they rid tired, lac­tic legs of the achy heav­i­ness en­durance ath­letes know well. The re­sult is that I could get to my next hard workout more re­cov­ered and ready than usual. The Bot­tom Line What you will likely save on mas­sage alone is worth the in­vest­ment.– SZ

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