In the years that I’ve been a runner, I’ve heard a lot about Epsom Salts, and mostly good experiences with muscle pain or soreness. I’m not a huge bath taker, or even lifter, so I’m not usually super sore and I never seemed to need them. When I got sent a huge 8.5 lb. bottle of EPSOAK SPORT Epsom Salts, however, I thought, “why not?”

The day after dying in my first Orangetheory Fitness class (read that review here) my whole body was sore. So, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and try the Epsom Salts when I’m the sorest I’d been in a long time.

I put four scoops into a very hot bath, which is what the bottle recommended for maximum recovery. Nearly two minutes after I got in, I felt very relaxed, but I don’t know if that was from the salts or just the bath in general. A few minutes later, though, I got antsy and was sweating, and had to try to force myself to relax.

About 10 minutes in, I definitely noticed my shoulders loosen up. My legs still felt pretty tight, so I sat there for another 10 minutes before losing all of my patience. When I stood up though, I did feel relaxed and not as sore! I was amazed because I didn’t feel like I was soaking in anything besides hot water, yet I felt better.

I’ll admit, I should have done more research before trying Epsom Salts, because about an hour after soaking, I felt stiff again. I later learned that the salts don’t provide instant relief, they are just supposed to help speed up recovery, prevent further injury, detox the body and reduce inflammation.  Because this is my first Epsom Salt experience, I can’t rate the EPSOAK SPORT salts higher or lower than others, but based on how I felt the next morning and days following my bath, the salts did the job they claimed to.

For those who have more experience with Epsom Salts, the EPSOAK® SPORT Epsom Salt is a pure mineral compound of Magnesium Sulfate, and are premium grade making it the best quality for athletes, its website says.  Plus, Epsoak SPORT is being used by fitness enthusiasts around the nation, including fitness guru Callie Bundy.

Overall, I think I would definitely look to Epsom Salts again after a really tough workout to speed up my recovery. Except next time, I would want to try scented ones, so I could not only feel good, but smell good.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.

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