Whether you’re competing in the Gold Coast marathon on July 6-7 or simply want to try out some of the world-class sport recovery centres the gold coast has to offer, pay these places a visit.
‘Repair, rejuvenate and recover’ is the RIGS mantra. Knowing that recovery is just as important as physical training, RIGS offer services and solutions to address everything from oxygen therapy and injury rehab to anti-aging, as well as the hugely popular cryotherapy – technology that uses subzero air exposure to kick start your body into survival mode, releasing endorphins and promoting rapid circulation. Other RIGS recovery options include the Dreampod (a float therapy sensory deprivation tank that uses warm Epsom salt solution to help you achieve deep relaxation for mental and physical calmness) and a Hyperbaric chamber (an atmospherically controlled chamber that allows you to breathe 100 per cent oxygen), just to name a few.
P3 SPORTS AND RECOVERY
You’re sure to spot a bevy of local sports stars and athletes when you stop by P3 Sports and Recovery, which is true testament to the effectiveness of their treatment options. “I have been to P3 many times and I think everyone should have a recovery session there when they are training very hard,” says Gold Coast Marathon ambassador Danielle Byrnes. “If you’ve never been, you’re in for a real treat!” Even the PainPod – which sounds a lot worse than it is – is a favourite for athletes, gym enthusiasts and anyone with an active lifestyle, using BioPads to target knots and trigger points for a deep post-workout massage. There are also dry and wet therapy options, include a magnesium hydrotherapy pool and a cold plunge pool, as well as hot and cold spas. “Wet therapy has a bevy of benefits including increased circulation, reduced swelling and relieving aching muscles – ultimately speeding up recovery so you can get back to training,” says Dani.
POST-RUN TIPS FROM A PRO
A model and Gold Coast personality, Dani (pictured right) isn’t just Gold Coast Marathon ambassador for the third year in a row – she’s participated in the event a number of times, too! Her tips for cooling down after a run? “I usually cool down with a 10-minute jog or walk before I jump in the shower – if I don’t, I cramp up, find recovery slower and get very sore the next day!” says Dani. “I also make sure I refuel after a run. Normally I have breakfast within 30 minutes after my morning run, but if I don’t have time, I at least have a banana smoothie with protein. Replenished muscles mean you can get back to running quicker!” Dani adds that she waits a few hours after her run before using a foam roller on her calves, quads and IT band (outer thigh), and she also uses a tennis ball to sooth her glute muscles. Painful, but necessary!