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What's the best recovery position?

Slumped or upright? What's the best recovery position?😮‍💨

There's been a long-standing debate over what position to adopt when recovering from a hard effort, with some advocating upright posture, whilst others suggesting slumped over with hands on knees. Which is best?🤷‍♂️


🔎A recent study looked to answer this exact question! The authors compared recovering upright with the hands on the head versus bent over with the hands on knees after 4 x 4min hard running efforts.


🤷‍♂️Which is best?

Surprising as it may be to some, the hands on knees came out on top, showing greater improvement in the volume of carbon dioxide, tidal volume & heart rate recovery!

🔑So after your hard efforts, don't fear the slumped position, it will aid your recovery!


Have you experimented with different recovery positions? Let us know below!👇


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📚 Reference

  • Michaelson, J. V., et al. (2019). "Effects of Two Different Recovery Postures during High-Intensity Interval Training." Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine 4(4): 23-27.

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