Ice Baths

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  1. Simon

    Simon Administrator Admin Supporter MAP 2017 Koyo Award

    Have any of you tried ice baths, or cold water therapy.

    I have started to do some work directed by the incredibly clever, but nutty as a fruit cake, Wim Hof.

    I now take daily two minute cold showers and the effect on my mood has been noticeable.

    My pulse drops and my mood definitely lightens during the cold showers.

    His breathing method is new to me as well and that also has a positive effect.
     
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  2. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    Yes I've been doing them for a few years, usually around the time of increased activity (training for a race).

    I feel it helps when I'm particular over sore, and have an elevation of mood also for some time after.
    Also do the cold shower, usually after training. I haven't followed Wim Hoff's method, so I'm not familiar with the breathing part, I follow slow deep breathing method that I would normally do when meditating.

    The ice bath 1-2 times a week, I don't do more than that, probably not a true ice bath as I believe it needs to be a metal bath. I use my normal bath, with 2 shopping bags of ice (not sure how much that is, but that's what I use to carry it from freezer to bath).
    I can't fit my whole body in, so it's up to about my lower chest area for no more than 10 minutes.

    I notice my HR drop for some time after also, based on reading of my watch.
     
  3. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool Spes mea in nihil Deus MAP 2017 Moi Award

    I know someone who took all wim hofs claims as being true (which there not, but are still impressive) tried out his hyperventilation method, and almost drowned in his bath.

    Then I looked into it and a few people have actually died due trying to follow his methods, so that put me off it.

    Then I looked in more detail ( not this but something very similar in Dutch: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/wim-hof-the-iceman/ )

    And it looks like he has a natural adaption to cold, which his twin brother who doesn't "do breathing" also can do.

    Don't get me wrong, I actually like a cold shower, and I think some fortitude training is good for the self, but be careful with the hyperventilation practice.

    There's a reason respiratory homeostasis evolved!

    Edit
    I've just checked, there's been a few more deaths now, I can see 4 from a quick Google, including at least one this year.
     
  4. Nojon

    Nojon Tha mo bhàta-foluaimein

    Hi there, Back in my crossfit days, we had an infared sauna, and an icebath. We would alternate between the two on recovery days. Once used to it, its a very helpful recovery combination. The only issue I had was itchy skin, but that was from the ice/heat combo. Icebaths get deeper than a cold shower IMO.
     
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  5. Grond

    Grond Valued Member

    Cold plunge therapy works wonders for athletes, but especially strikers.

    I know a lot.of people in their latter years regretting they did not learn about this earlier in their training.

     
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  6. SWC Sifu Ben

    SWC Sifu Ben I am the law

    I do it occasionally. Certainly when I feel like I may have tweaked a muscle, freezing it in the cold water definitely helps.

    I think beyond any specific physical benefits it's a good at building mental resilience. I hate cold water and the water in my building is just barely above freezing in winter, so it takes some real effort on my part.
     
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