"Lift to show, recover to grow." This is one of those sayings that get thrown around a lot in gyms and fitness facilities. The good news is that it is great advice, the bad news is that many of those who say this have no idea how to properly do either. The mainstream idea of recovery is stretch, rest, and protein. This is a very basic form of recovery and sometimes can be counterproductive depending on one's goals.
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