The substances you slap on your working muscles have received a significant upgrade. Here’s the skinny on the best of the new products.

Counter position

Keep it old school and you’ll be fine says research in the British Medical Journal. They found a well-structured warm-up prior to exercise that includes strength, balance, core and muscular awareness can cut sports injury rates in half. Similar research has shown that cooling down with the right kind of stretches and active recovery methods can also help you overcome the painful price that intense exercise can exact upon your body.

The new science

Priming your body for exercise with the right kind of warm-up aids is one of the best things you can do to boost performance. While you might normally use a combination of bodyweight exercises, smart nutrition practices and pre-workout supplements, new supplements and muscle rubs can easily outperform traditional methods. This is especially true when you consider how porous your skin actually is and the body’s ability to transmit muscle-healing agents direct to the source.

Get better muscles with LactiGo

LactiGo gel is an entirely new product that delivers a significant edge to your workout. It’s a first-of-its-kind workout aid that lets you see instant exercise improvements. LactiGo truly is a game-changer. Developed by scientists in Europe and refined in North America, LactiGo has been tried and tested by professional athletes with incredible results. It should be rubbed onto your body 45 minutes before you train, focusing on the areas that are going to be the most active. Its fast-acting formula will make sure those areas are primed for your best-ever performance because you’ll be able to recover quicker. What’s more, you’ll be able to test its efficacy by placing it on one limb to see how much better that limb will recover.

COLD AS ICE – Biofreeze Cold Therapy Pain Relief

If heat isn’t your thing, this cooling option is said to relieve achy joints and muscles and is accompanied with a pleasant-smelling menthol odor.

OLD SCHOOL – Arnica Gel Muscle Rub

Arnica oil has been used in medical settings to reduce swelling or pain. So if you’ve copped a black eye, this is the one for you, plus it has no discernible odor.


There’s no mistaking the distinctive smell of this aid, which has been used at races (and raves) for decades to ease painful muscles and get you back on track quickly.

HOT STUFF – Chilli Muscle Rub

The hottest rub this writer has ever tried. Only for those with a high pain threshold. After using, don’t use the rest room before washing your hands thoroughly.