Stars often have impressive (and sometimes crazy) fitness habits. Everything from what they do, to who they break a sweat with, to what they wear is next-level, and when it comes to what they do post-workout, that’s far from average as well. Turns out they aren’t just collapsing on the floor in an exhausted state like the rest of us. They’re keeping the momentum going via healthy eats, drinks, and one-of-a-kind treatments.
We decided to put the post-workout routines of the stars to the test. Here's what went down.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN’S EPSOM SALT POST-WORKOUT BATH
I figured Khloe's post-workout routine would match the difficulty of her Revenge Body program—but it's actually pretty simple: she takes a bath. Not just any old bath though—Epsom salt baths, known for their ability to soothe sore muscles, are Khloe's go-to.
Kardashian recently revealed on her app and website the exact bath formula she uses: “Replenish your magnesium supply by pouring two cups of Epsom salts (naturally composed of magnesium sulphate) into a warm bath and soak for 15 to 30 minutes.”
So I hightailed it straight from my Chaise Fitness cardio class to the nearest pharmacy to buy a bag. Although I’m usually not one for a long soak, I have to say this was pretty nice. Dipping your toes into a warm tub is great when you’re dripping with sweat and dead tired from the treadmill.
Not only did I feel the soreness set in less than usual, but it was a very enjoyable way to calm down. Plus, getting your workout in for the day doesn't seem so bad when there's a bath to look forward to afterwards. Not to mention, Epsom salt baths have loads of other benefits: They can reduce bloat, improve bone health, and even help volumise your hair.
VERONICA WEBB AND TONI GARRN’S POST-WORKOUT CRYOTHERAPY SESSION
Cryotherapy has been praised by celeb trainer Anna Kaiser, who uses it to tackle post-workout inflammation, and a bevy of models and influencers from Toni Garrn to Hannah Bronfman. Cryotherapy devotees enter a chamber that's set at arctic temps (think: negative 230 degrees) for no more than three minutes—just long enough for the body to go into fight-or-flight mode, leading to a rush of blood and oxygen that's said to help muscle recovery. Indeed, research suggests cryotherapy has some positive effects on recovery, though more data is still needed.
So I took the plunge and went to a cryogenic tank. I'm not going to lie—it was painfully cold, but it was worth it. Not only did I feel great, but there was a glow to my complexion and I overall felt like I hadn't worked out too hard. This feeling of being less fatigued, having high energy, and firmer, tighter muscles lasted into the next day, which I would say is definitely worth it for the $75 price tag.
EDY GANEM’S POST-WORKOUT STEAM
Devious Maids and After the Wedding star Edy Ganem prefers a good 10- to 15-minute steam after she gets in her workout, saying "I mainly do it for relaxation purposes, for cleansing my pores, and for removing toxins (to get glowing skin!), but not more than that otherwise it's too dehydrating.” Given the warmth factor, I'm all for this—especially after cryo. She also tells me she'll occasionally stretch in the steam room, killing two birds with one stone. Research from theJournal of Clinical Medical Research also shows that moist heat can help minimise the onset of muscle soreness. So I set to work on my next task and got to steaming.
My takeaway: This post-workout routine is especially great because it’s easy and makes you feel like your body is still working for you, long after your workout is over. Although I was too chicken to ask the others to move to the side so I could stretch in there, just being inside the room instead of rushing out of my Exhale barre class and into the shower was surprisingly enjoyable. Bonus: It made my muscles much less sore than they'd normally be after a workout. Total win.
CHARLOTTE MCKINNEY’S POST-WORKOUT MASSAGE
Baywatch babe Charlotte McKinney recently told GQ that she prefers a deep-tissue massage post-workout. And after trying it, this hard-core massage might be my favourite on this list. Who doesn't want to basically fall asleep on a table while having all the soreness from too many reps rubbed out of you? Deep-tissue massages not only help work out knots and loosen up tense muscles, they also help your body heal and rest. My muscles felt like they'd been rearranged in just the right way.
HEATHER THOMSON’S POST-WORKOUT COMPRESSION SLEEVE TECHNIQUE
Former Real Housewives of New York cast member and Yummie shape wear designer Heather Thomson tells me she kicks off her day with kombucha (a fermented tea drink that improve digestion). But after a workout it’s bone broth soup or a green smoothie and Tommie Copper Compression Sleeves that help her muscles and joints feel better. “Compression promotes circulation and encourages venous return, which is essential for recovery and to keep moving,” says Thomson.
To be honest, I always thought compression sleeves were only for intense athletes, but I decide to give them a go. Let’s just say after an intense Fhitting Room class (one of the hardest, but best HIIT options in NYC, IMO) I was very thankful to have them. They kind of hold everything in when you feel like total Jell-O. There are sleeves for your arms, knees, thighs—even back—and the compression acts like a band around the muscles you just pushed to the max.
Aside from feeling slightly silly walking down the street and having people stare at my sleeves, this one definitely made a difference in speeding muscle recovery post-workout and reducing my overall soreness. Plus, researchers have found that wearing compression sleeves can help you work out for longer, reducing inflammation and muscles damage. Now I can't wait to try the lower-back sleeve.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health.