So you take a new fitness class like TRX or CrossFit, and it completely demolishes your muscles. You can barely lift your arms to pull a shirt over your head, and your quads and calves feel like rocks lodged in your legs. We’ve all been there—athletes and average Joes alike. But unlike professional athletes, we don’t have a slew of extreme high-tech recovery equipment like hot tubs, cryotherapy chambers, or electric stimulation at our disposal to help relieve our aches and pains.
Fortunately, there are some simple, inexpensive solutions you can try in the comfort of your home the next time you get a little ambitious at the gym. We picked the brains of health and wellness experts and scoured research to bring you the best ways to ease muscle soreness so you can get back to doing the things you love.