Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Syracuse Orangeman 4 Life killerasp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    NY, NY
    Posts
    472
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Do you take an aspirin before work outs?

    i heard that some people take aspirins before work outs help reduce muscle soreness and aches. it sounds reasonable since it will thin the blood and the pain reliever will reduce and pain you experience.

    Do any of you do this?

  2. #2
    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Whistler,BC
    My Bikes
    Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
    Posts
    16,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hmmm...actually I never liked doing it. I follow my bodies lead pretty closely and if any pain is masked, that 'could' be an injury waiting to happen. Just my preference...

    Besides the pain during and after gives me an indication of how hard I worked and I enjoy that

  3. #3
    Not a senior! townandcountry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon
    My Bikes
    Felt 85
    Posts
    285
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I take Aleve for tendonitis in my shoulder, usually before a ride, mostly afterwards.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    62
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wouldn't get into the habit. If you only take the aspirin occasionally then you probably won't run into problems, however in the long term you will increase the risk of side-effects, such as gastric complaints. Additionally, aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also very good at masking joint pain and delaying joint healing. This can worsen the effects of exercise on joints (particularly damage to articular cartilage surfaces) and promote premature osteoarthritis.

    So while I might consider taking aspirin before a big race, I certainly wouldn't take it as a training aid. You would do better with a 'simple' analgesic such as paracetamol (I think the Yanks among us might call it acetaminophen ;-) ) to reduce pain but hopefully have fewer side effects. However I think Maelstrom has the right idea - pain is a good guide to how much you should be working out.

    Jonny

  5. #5
    Just ride. roadbuzz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    C-ville, Va
    Posts
    3,237
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've heard that ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) and naproxen (e.g. Aleve) are actually better than aspirin for inflamation and muscle soreness.

    I sort of agree with Maelstrom and jonnyweale. I take them occasionally prior to a major ride or race, but in general prefer not to. If I've made myself really sore on a ride, sometimes I'll take some after. But for training, the pain is there for a reason, and dealing with it, riding through it, etc., is part of the training, in my opinion.

  6. #6
    Just ride. roadbuzz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    C-ville, Va
    Posts
    3,237
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A related item from this weeks RoadBikeRider.com newsletter, mind you they're talking about NSAIDs, which doesn't include aspirin, but does include Aleve (naproxen), if I'm not mistaken.

    Soreness.

    The initial long or fast rides of the season are apt to
    result in what the sports docs call delayed onset
    muscle soreness (DOMS). That's the tenderness you
    feel in the 24-48 hours after a strenuous ride.

    What do you do about it? Pop 2 or 3 Advil or Tylenol
    and hit the road again?

    Bad decision! So says Ed Burke, Ph.D., in Optimal
    Muscle Performance and Recovery, a book dedicated
    to repairing and replenishing muscles for greater cycling
    success.

    Here's a passage from chapter 4, "What Causes Muscle
    Soreness?" To read another excerpt and see the table
    contents, click www.roadbikerider.com/omp_page.htm

    Causes of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

    The first thing you should know is that non-steroidal
    anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen
    (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) do not work on
    DOMS, and will actually interfere with muscle
    recuperation.

    A study published in the American Journal of Physiology
    demonstrates this in a striking way. Researchers gave
    24 men the recommended doses of ibuprofen,
    acetaminophen or a placebo (containing no active
    ingredients) on the day following a hardcore weight
    workout.

    They then measured muscle soreness and skeletal
    muscle fractional synthesis rate (SMFSR) -- the
    muscle-building response to exercise.

    They found that not only did NSAIDs not help with
    muscle soreness, they completely halted all SMFSR.

    That is, muscles made no gains toward recovery.
    While the placebo group increased its SMFSR by 76%,
    there was no increase in the NSAID groups. Muscle
    building was completely negated by the NSAIDs.

  7. #7
    Senior Member RacerX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Left Coast
    Posts
    1,717
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    aspirin is ok but I wouldn't take alot of it especially if you have a lower hematicrit level. The blood thinning and some people take forever to stop bleeding. If you are out training and get into an accident, internal bleeding can be much worse with asprin.

    After a ride, maybe asprin is ok. Higher altitude, an asprin can help you cope with the air a bit better too.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    62
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Roadbuzz - Aspirin is an NSAID. Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is generally not considered an NSAID as it has rarely been shown to be anti-inflammatory (there are studies that claim it is, but these are very much a minority).

    Jonny

  9. #9
    Around now and then DnvrFox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Around now and then
    Posts
    20,846
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by roadbuzz
    I've heard that ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) and naproxen (e.g. Aleve) are actually better than aspirin for inflamation and muscle soreness.
    Ibuprofen/motrin has now been shown to markedly increase blood pressure (hypertension) in some people, and to actually be a causative factor in hypertension.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

  10. #10
    opinionated SOB cycletourist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    Branson, Missouri USA
    Posts
    968
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    All NSAIDs, including asprin, reduce blood flow to the kidneys and with regular use will cause kidney damage and sometimes even kidney failure.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •