Fitness and Recovery

Muscle recovery is not a problem with a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Find the relief needed to conquer, relax and recover.

fitness and recovery

Troy Taylor, USSA High Performance Director, recommends hydrotherapy to athletes for muscle recovery, in both training and competition. “This results in athletes feeling better and having an improved perception of fatigue and recovery,” explains Taylor. The effects of warm underwater jet massage for muscle soreness were studied1 by the Research Institute of Olympic Sports in Finland, with results suggesting that a 20 minute, warm underwater jet massage in connection with intense strength/power training increases the release of proteins from muscle tissue to encourage faster repair of damage from muscle exertion.

In a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, PowerPro® Jets use Aqualibrium® to penetrate muscle knots and relieve pressure and pain all the way down to your feet, But, relaxing into ergonomic seats integrated with purposely-placed jets not only helps you recover from muscle exertion; it can help you perform at your peak, too.That’s why high-performance athletes like Trace Worthington — 2-time Olympian and U.S. Ski Hall of Famer — still actively uses hydrotherapy in training. By being proactive and taking care of his body, he felt noticeably better the next day. Worthington often uses the hot tub to stretch, as well as pinpointing areas that are sore or tight, releasing lactic acid and allowing his body to loosen up.

Recover Like a Pro

Most of us never endure the training routines that high-performance Olympians and professionals do. Still, many everyday athletes strive for peak performance, and workouts often end with aching joints and over-exerted muscles. But as the NCAA History Guide explains, athletes on all levels can benefit by using hydrotherapy1 as part of their training regimen.

The thermal waters in the hot tub will ease the stiffness in the joints and return pliability to soft tissues. And a warm soak can decrease inflammation and reduce recovery time. Muscle soreness results when lactic acid builds up in the body during a workout. Studies show that hydrotherapy aids in lactate reduction2, so post-workout pain is relieved.

Want more? Another study reported that aching muscles respond to the warm water jets in a hot tub, resulting in a reduction in recovery time. And spending time in a Jacuzzi® hot tub at the end of the day can slow the production of stress hormones, improve circulation, and decompress joints, leading to a better night’s sleep.

After you enjoy a warm soak, try turning down the temperature. Exposure to cold water for short periods of time on a regular basis can help the body increase vitality and metabolism. Some athletes even choose to transition from their hot soak or steam by taking a quick, cold shower. Changing the temperature of the water from hot to cold causes dilated blood vessels to contract, which aids circulation and results in increased energy and a sense of well-being.

After a grueling workout—or just a day at work—that’s good news for athletes on all levels, even the armchair variety.

Regardless of your level of physical activity, using a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub can give you the preparation and relief needed to conquer, relax and recover. Explore more reasons why to buy a hot tub now.

1 Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1995 Warm underwater water-jet massage improves recovery from intense physical exercise.

2 Eur J Appl Physiol. 2008 / Epub 2007 Effect of hydrotherapy on the signs and symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness.