Cold Water Immersion

Famed Olympic lifting Coach Mike Burgener is known for bringing his athletes along on a rich Bulgarian-style diet of heavy and intense training. Following a monster workout, he encourages athletes to try taking ice cold baths to recover.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that supports the practice of cold water immersion, and it is certainly a timeless and Paleo activity.  If such casual advice and your own primal instincts aren’t enough to convince you, a study released earlier this year lends a bit more evidence to support the recovery effect of cold water immersion as well.

Another variant on this theme is the topic of contrast baths, which we’ll address in a future post.  In the meantime, please post your comments and let us know your own thoughts and practices in this regard!

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3 Comments»

  Eric wrote @

This traces back to the old time strongman Eugen Sandow. He wrote about this in his book “Strength and how to obtain it”. Its an interesting read.

  Eric wrote @

This traces back to old time strongman Eugen Sandow. He wrote about it in his book Strength and How to Obtain it. Its an interesting read.

http://books.google.com/books?id=B6SUQ2ioaLgC&printsec=frontcover&dq#v=onepage&q=&f=false

  London 20Twelve Olympics wrote @

[…] The rest is here: Cold Water Immersion […]


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