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Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Written by Christie Aschwanden

Narrated by Allyson Ryan


Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Written by Christie Aschwanden

Narrated by Allyson Ryan

ratings:
4.5/5 (15 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781684418299
Format:
Audiobook

Description

An eye-opening, myth-busting exploration of how the human body can best recover and adapt to sports and fitness training.

In recent years "recovery" has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers.

In Good to Go, acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden takes listeners on an entertaining and enlightening tour through this strange world. She investigates whether drinking Gatorade or beer after training helps or hinders performance, she examines the latest trends among athletes—from NFL star Tom Brady's infrared pajamas to gymnast Simone Biles's pneumatic compression boots to swimmer Michael Phelps's "cupping" ritual—and she tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, floatation tanks, and infrared saunas.

At a time when the latest recovery products and services promise so much, Good to Go seeks answers to the fundamental question: do any of them actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance?

Released:
Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781684418299
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Christie Aschwanden is the lead writer for science at FiveThirtyEight and health columnist for the Washington Post. She's also a frequent contributor to the New York Times, a contributing editor for Runner's World and a contributing writer for Bicycling. Her work appears in dozens of publications, including Discover, Slate, Proto, Consumer Reports, New Scientist, More, Men's Journal, NPR.org, Smithsonian and O, the Oprah Magazine. A lifetime athlete, Ashwanden has raced in Europe and North America on the team Rossignol Nordic ski-racing squad.


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  • (5/5)
    It makes you rethink recovery! And brings the job back to fitness.
  • (4/5)
    Overall, this book says what you'd expect (most recovery methods have little-to-no science behind them, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't use them). The beer study was a great example of the limits of science. I would love to try a salt water float tank someday.
  • (5/5)
    Good review of the evidence. Balanced view on all topics and a nice conclusion. Good journalism.
  • (4/5)
    I always appreciate books that can lead to immediate, useful action. Aschwanden's sensible assessment of the world of sports recovery is one such book, arguably the most valuable fitness book I've read because those actions are primarily about things we can stop doing. Once the evidence is fully explored, sports recovery is primarily about rest, especially sleep. Compression, cryo, supplements, and all the other treatments don't really seem to matter. If they do matter, it's likely for a combination of placebo effect and for the benefit that the time spent on treatments often mandates periods of inactivity. The author has both the sport and research cred to make her conclusions convincing. I just recovered some time and a new outlook on my weekly PT plan.
  • (5/5)
    Honest write. Lots of solid quotations. Though didn't/couldn't describe the science behind.