Training itself may cause physical adaptations, but it’s the rest between training sessions that actually creates strength and skill gains. The opposing forces of intensity and recovery need to be controlled and balanced; the athlete’s mind must also be primed for success. Walking this fine line is a battle that requires every part of the extreme athlete to work in unison towards the goal.
Of course, depending on your sport of choice your goal will vary. You might be aiming to ace a new slalom course, hit a new deadlift PR, or run your fastest 10k ever.
But almost regardless of your particular goals, the biggest hurdle to overcome stays the same. It’s you.
More specifically, the biggest barrier between you and your goals is your ability to recover from training sessions. The faster you can recover, the quicker you can train again. The more you can train, the more your body can evolve and adapt!
All you athletes out there are probably already aware of this. And you probably already take supplements or nutraceuticals of some sort to speed up your recovery process. But did you know that there’s a new recovery-enhancing product out there, one that operates on a micro scale to impact your performance on a very macro level?
That product is Gameday CBD. Though it’s not actually new to humankind, it is new to the world of professional sports…but probably not for much longer, for reasons you’ll soon find out.
Topical CBD as an adaptogen
Echinacea. Cordyceps Rhodiola. Panax Ginseng. Yerba Mate.
Do any of these sound familiar? They’re all adaptogens, substances known and loved by athletes for their energizing, pro-recovery properties. It turns out that hemp-derived CBD is an adaptogen, too. Though not technically classified as one yet, CBD does definitely fit its definition…
Adaptogen: a nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.
Let’s break this description down for a minute — it’s actually quite simple. Adaptogens are plant-based substances that help the body deal with stress. That’s important because exercise is a type of stress, too!
To put it simply, the lifestyle of an extreme athlete is stressful.
Topical CBD vs stress: does it work?
Might the best antidote for this stress be topical CBD? We think so. It’s been shown to quiet down the HPA axis, calm the nervous system, and lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol. CBD is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, though it only reduces inflammatory selectively…in a way that doesn’t inhibit adaptation and recovery.
Another potential benefit: topical CBD could keep muscle tone within its optimal range. While intense workouts often cause muscle cramps and other electricity-related imbalances, CBD seems to regulate neurotransmission enough to calm down tired muscles. Though CBD’s effect on muscle tissue hasn’t been scientifically proven yet, it’s very plausible given the proliferation of CB2 receptors within muscle cells.
Plausible…and being experientially proven by athletes themselves. As Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph told Runner’s World, “while specific research on the use of CBD in this instance is lacking, many believe that it helps prevent muscle and collagen breakdown.”
Of course, all this happens within the context of CBD’s nourishment of the human endocannabinoid system. That’s what allows CBD to transform one’s health from the inside out, from the micro to the macro-scale. Taken consistently, cannabidiol replenishes internal endocannabinoids, which in turn transmit signals that optimize communication and synchronization within the body. And a body able to communicate with itself is better able to stay in balance and resist stress.
Bridging the gap from theory to practice
While CBD’s theoretical benefits are fun (and insightful!) to reflect on, it’s possible to go one step further. That’s because a growing number of elite athletes have begun using topical CBD to fuel their own performance. It may not be necessary to wait for CBD’s effect on this or that aspect of training science to be validated in the lab, when one can simply test the theories on their own!
Let’s see what elite athletes are saying about topical CBD’s pro-recovery qualities thus far…
Heather Gollnick | Professional Triathlete | 2009-2022
As an endurance athlete, Heather is always pushing herself to the extreme limits. As a 5-time Ironman World Champion she has experienced firsthand the adrenaline rush of competition followed by the pain of inflammation. Heather recently stated after winning the Spartan Championship in February of this year.
“The wellness benefits I’ve experienced using Gameday CBD are a game-changer. Its fast, effective relief targeted to my sore muscles that I can rely on. I love the topical roll on”.
John Carney | NFL Retired | 1988-2010
Coach Carney has over 30 years playing, coaching and mentoring at every level of football. He is the San Diego Chargers all-time field goal and scoring leader, member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame and the NFL’s 5th overall leader in points.
“Nothing better to relieve the muscle tension after kicking a hundred footballs”
What makes our CBD topical different?
While there are lots of CBD topicals available on the market today, ours is different. How so? It combines 1000 milligrams of Broad-Spectrum CBD with an array of other nourishing plant essences and extracts, that’s how! A growing number of CBD experts believe CBD does best when combined with other plant compounds — and the experience of our customers seems to back that belief up.
The top ingredients in Gameday CBD Workout Recovery include:
- Aloe Vera
- Tea tree oil
- Yerba Mate
How to use the Workout Recovery Topical:
- Apply after workouts to cool down muscles or relieve pain from joint inflammation
- Apply before bed if extra relief is needed prior to your next intense workout
Summing things up
Gameday CBD is the all-natural way to recover from physical activity by reducing pain and inflammation to sore muscles and joints. All Gameday CBD products are THC Free and WADA compliant. Get your free samples today at Free Samples.