Health and Wellness
Recover Like a Pro
Katie Gross, BA
31 May 2018
When you were a little kid, did you ever dream of becoming a professional athlete? Maybe you wanted to be just like Michael Jordan and play in the NBA and win six championships. Perhaps you grew up admiring Serena Williams and you wanted to play in Wimbledon just like her or maybe you grew up watching football with your dad on Sunday afternoons and always wanted to  follow in the footsteps of Walter Payton. No matter what sport you liked, or which athlete you followed, chances are at some point in your life, you wanted to be a professional athlete.

As a young kid with a big dream, did you ever think about what it took for these men and women to get to their respective positions? Did long hours at the gym appeal to you? How about the time away from family when they were forced to play across the country? Often times we just see the millions of dollars they are getting paid and forget about all of the other items that go along with it. In today’s blog, we will be focusing on the long hours spent at the gym.

Cristiano Ronaldo, depending on his match schedule, trains an average of five days a week for four hours at a time. Mo Farah, one of the greatest long distance runners of all time, runs an average of 135 miles every week. During the offseason, Lebron James can be found working out an average of five days a week, switching between spin classes, pilates and versaclimber classes. During the season, James works out and plays basketball seven days a week. Still have the desire to become a professional athlete?

As you can imagine, professional athletes do whatever it takes to take care of their bodies. The list ranges anywhere from eight or more hours of sleep to weekly physical therapy visits, with a wide variety of modalities in between. Some athletes even go to the extreme of sitting in an ice bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Can you imagine?! I can’t even take a cold shower for 30 seconds.

While ice baths work for some individuals, I have something something even “cooler” for you to try and it is called Whole Body Cryotherapy. You may have seen it on the tv show, Shark Tank or perhaps you are obsessed with Lebron James and know that he has his own cryotherapy chamber. Other athletes, fitness enthusiasts and actors like Derek Hough and Mandy Moore have been spotted trying out this new technology. Perhaps the biggest name out there in the fitness world is Joe Rogan. Former UFC commentator, Joe Rogan has his own podcast where he talks about all things health and wellness. He has mentioned Whole Body Cryotherapy a number of times as he is a huge advocate for the modernized ice bath. So does it actually work?

First, we need to understand what Whole Body Cryotherapy is. Whole Body Cryotherapy is a health treatment involving subzero temperatures. Now this is where most people freak out. Trust me when I say that it is not as bad as you think. First of all, the whole process only takes three minutes! When was the last time you sat in an ice bath for three minutes and felt better immediately after. Probably never. Keep reading.

Besides the session only lasting three minutes, Whole Body Cryotherapy uses gaseous nitrogen to produce a dry cold, so you’re not sitting in a large bucket full of ice water or jumping into Lake Michigan on a cold day. Did I mention that many individuals notice a wide variety of benefits after a Whole Body Cryotherapy session rather than just decreased muscle soreness. Whole Body Cryotherapy has been shown to produce benefits such as, whole body health, fitness recovery, purified and tightened skin, deeper sleep and reduced pain.

 

So next time you’re thinking about jumping in an ice bath for 20 minutes of pure torture, think again and recover, like the professionals, with Whole Body Cryotherapy!  

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