“Hi my name is Nate Koch. I’m a track cyclist on the US national Team. I currently live in Long Beach, CA and training for the 2016 Olympics. I use the RecoveryPump Boots before, during and after a lot of my training. Its helps a ton.”
Tell us more about Track Cycling…
“So track cycling is not to well known in America unfortunately. Basically the Velodrome is a 250 meter oval around and the turns are 45 degrees. So there’s endurance races and sprint races and so my race is anywhere from 17 ½ seconds to about a minute and a half. So not so super long when usually people think about cycling they think your riding for hours but my stuffs pretty quick, very strength oriented. So not only are we going fast and our legs are moving fast but we are pushing really big gears to get up to speed. It’s a very unique sport. “
What is a typical day like for Nate Koch?
“So usually every days a little bit different but a day like today I was up by 6:30am and then out the door by 7:15 to go to the gym. Lifted for about 1:30 hours, came home, sat in my boots for a while and ate some food. Now, just hanging out and then I’ll leave in about 2 hours to go to the track. Today I have acceleration so I’ll get up to speed and it’s just an all-out effort for about 12 seconds and I do 4 of those efforts. I have about 15 to 20 minute rest. So when I hop off the bike I like to jump in the boots for about 5 – 10 minutes and what that does is after my efforts my legs are really loaded up so hoping in the boots really helps flush everything out and I can feel a huge difference going from one effort to another and just not being as bogged down as I typically would be but feeling a little bit fresh. So in track cycling every 100th of a second counts. So I could see in my times too instead of doing time that are say 12.1 and effort I’ll be able to maintain closer to like 11.8, 11.9 instead of dropping off as much.”
What are your thoughts on the topic of Recovery?
“I know the faster you can recover the quicker you can get back into what you need to do and the better you can do it. So I’ve always held a very large importance towards recovery. I would always do it whether it was doing ice baths or cold showers or contrast showers, rolling out and doing all the different types of stimulations. When I found out about RecoveryPump I figured I needed to give it ago and try it out and see what kind of difference it made. Like any recovery thing I’m skeptical at first. It’s not really until you put it to use and find out the applications for that specific sport or activity you’re doing. So yes, I’ve definitely found out how RecoveryPump works best for me as a sprint cyclist and so I see it as a huge tool and extremely valuable no matter what kind of season I’m in.”
What is your protocol for using RecoveryPump?
“Usually I’ll use the RecoveryPump Boots up to 3 or 4 times a day. If I have time in the morning I like hoping in them for 15-20 minutes and just kind of getting the blood flow going while drinking my coffee and hanging out, then after that I use them during my workout so I don’t think there’s a lot of athletes out there that actually use the boots in workouts and during training. So I find with the efforts that I have to do that really helps keep my legs ready and refreshed. I can keep to that high intensity without falling off that much. So I like to put them on for 5-10 minutes and usually I keep the pressure as high as it can go. Just to flush everything out and be kind of aggressive with it. The at night it kind of depends on my schedule but sometimes I’ll sit in them for 30-45 minutes, other times I’ll fall asleep in them for close to 2 hours. It just all depends. I’ve never noticed any bad affects form staying in them to long at the end of the day especially. So, yes if I have the time to just lay around and hang out in them. It’s a nice excuse to not have to get up and do stuff.”
How do you use the Recovery Core?
“At the track I have both the RecoveryBoots and RecoveryCore and when I’m doing some efforts that are extremely painful and lock everything up usually when I’m doing those I’ll throw the Recovery Core on and that really helps workout my lower back, gluts and quads at the same time. I’ll stay in them a little bit longer in between efforts.”
What is it like to travel with your RecoveryPump?
“Traveling with RecoveryPump has been easy. I’ve learned how to do it. Obviously the system itself is extremely portable and just fits in my carry on back pack with a bunch of other stuff which is nice. I’ve learned that I can take out the pump unit and put it in a bin along with my computer that way TSA doesn’t get skeptical about it. There’s been a handful of times were they just rip all my stuff apart and look through everything and then I go to the little black room and they start looking at the pump unit and its always been cleared. I never had any issues in the long run. Ever since I started taking it out of my bag and actually putting it in front and center, they just pass it right through. That usually is the easy way to do it. Well yeah , traveling with it, I mean I’ve had it and been able to use it once on an airplane that had a plug so that was pretty fun and people are walking up and down the aisles thinking what the heck is this guy doing. Yeah people are always looking at you sitting in the airport with the big boots and people come up and ask. It’s a good conversation starter. They are a lot of fun and very simple to travel with. You kind of just learn the in’s and out’s with the security and TSA and how they view it and what they think about it.”
Would you recommend RecoveryPump to other athletes?
“Yes, obviously recommended it to other athletes as well as just people who are on their feet a lot and walking around a lot, just moving. I think the biggest reason to recommend it is like I said earlier the faster you can recover from whatever you’re doing the better your going to be able to get back at it and do it again the next day. So whether your any kind of age, group, athlete just looking to get the best results that you can get or if you’re an athlete that’s looking to be an Olympic champion or world champion, I mean it’s going to benefit you the same way. So that’s pretty cool that I can have a system that I use or that anybody can use that’s going to be beneficial regardless of your level of competition. It’s going to be a good thing for you!”
- Nate Koch, USA Track Sprint Cyclist