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Old April 2nd, 2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Cold plunge/Ice bath

Anyone actually do this after a workout?

I was going to try it today after a run/swim brick but got in for all of 10 seconds before I loudly decided it wasn't for me.

There is no way the "benefits" outweigh more than 30 seconds in that thing.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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My strength coach at MSU had me do it a few times when my knee was acting up. I wasn't submerged, just mid-thigh down on my right leg. It was awful, but it helped ease the pain. Wouldn't want to do it again though.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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Try it in the shower. Start off in a hot shower for a few minutes, then turn it on cold for as long as you can stand it (2-3 minutes), and then back to hot. Repeat the cycle a few times. It's a pretty torturous yet invigorating experience and is supposed to be great for your circulation.

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 07:01 AM   #4
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I use to do the sauna up to 180 till you cant stand it then jump in the pool, repeat. Sucks while youre doing it but you feel great afterward
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 08:25 AM   #5
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I have never even heard of that. It doesn't sound like something I would want to do since I hate the cold. What is the benefit?
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 08:33 AM   #6
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I've been in a hot tub or sauna then rolled around in the snow then hopped back in the hotness.....but alcohol was a factor.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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Try it in the shower. Start off in a hot shower for a few minutes, then turn it on cold for as long as you can stand it (2-3 minutes), and then back to hot. Repeat the cycle a few times. It's a pretty torturous yet invigorating experience and is supposed to be great for your circulation.
I have heard the same thing from a few reputable sources about it being very good for your circulation and your heart rate.

After a workout in the gym, I usually will sit in the steam room for a while. Some days I will do about 5 minutes in the steam, then go into a very cold shower for 60 seconds and then right back into the steam and repeat the process 4 or 5 times. In my experience, it helps me cool down and relax after my workout better than when I just take a regular shower or when I just do 10 or 15 minutes in the steam before a regular shower.

I wish my gym had a sauna or steam room right next to the pool (instead of in the locker room) so I could jump into the pool for a couple of laps between bouts in the heat.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 10:24 AM   #8
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Try it in the shower. Start off in a hot shower for a few minutes, then turn it on cold for as long as you can stand it (2-3 minutes), and then back to hot. Repeat the cycle a few times. It's a pretty torturous yet invigorating experience and is supposed to be great for your circulation.
If you put a load of laundry in the washing machine before you get in the shower you get the same results. It's a little sketchy knowing the temp is going to change, but not knowing when.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 10:27 AM   #9
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If you put a load of laundry in the washing machine before you get in the shower you get the same results. It's a little sketchy knowing the temp is going to change, but not knowing when.
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It's beneficial to stretch after working out so your muscles don't contract and get tight. I don't see how this would be beneficial to take nice warm muscles and freeze the shit out of them.
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The benefits of an ice bath after working out are definitely positive if you can stand the cold. Ice baths constrict blood vessels and flush waste products, like lactic acid, out of the affected muscles. They decrease metabolic activity and slow down physiological processes within the affected muscles. Another benefit is reduced swelling and tissue breakdown.
Stretching is extremely important after a workout, these ice baths do no replace that at all. Stretching should be done prior to the plunge.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 11:00 AM   #12
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If you put a load of laundry in the washing machine before you get in the shower you get the same results. It's a little sketchy knowing the temp is going to change, but not knowing when.
Have you been showering at my house? My wife likes to test my circulation by flushing the toilet in one bathroom while I shower in the master. It gives me a nice rush of ice cold water followed by a quick rush of scalding hot water!
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 11:07 AM   #13
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Have you been showering at my house? My wife likes to test my circulation by flushing the toilet in one bathroom while I shower in the master. It gives me a nice rush of ice cold water followed by a quick rush of scalding hot water!
Haha I miss doing this to my wife and kids. Our shower at this house is not effected by othe sources functioning at the same time.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 01:27 PM   #14
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The benefits of an ice bath after working out are definitely positive if you can stand the cold. Ice baths constrict blood vessels and flush waste products, like lactic acid, out of the affected muscles. They decrease metabolic activity and slow down physiological processes within the affected muscles. Another benefit is reduced swelling and tissue breakdown.
Stretching is extremely important after a workout, these ice baths do no replace that at all. Stretching should be done prior to the plunge.
Makes sense.

If your goal is building muscle, don't you want tissue breakdown since that's how new muscle is built?
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Makes sense.

If your goal is building muscle, don't you want tissue breakdown since that's how new muscle is built?
you need a deaper understanding on building muscle.

Keep in mind, there are different types of "building" muscle.

Are you trying to get stronger? Are you trying to make your muscles "look" bigger and appear stronger? Are you trying to build power? Are you trying to build endurance? Are you focusing on strength and agility for a specific sport? time period? single weight reps? etc........


THe idea, as KCameron has pointed out is the ice bath will in laymens terms stop the internal bleeding of the muscle at a microscopic level which will allow it to repair itself faster and recover faster so you can tear it down again. Part of that is flushing the toxins out of the muscle (lactic acid being the most commonly discussed and known) which is carried out of the muscles with that increased blood/swell you feel after doing 3 sets of curls and allows for new cleaner blood to come in and carry the necessary nutrients to the muscles faster than cooling down naturally and allowing the muscles to repair.

An ice bath doesn't make much sense for the casual gym goer or a bodybuilder trying to acheive a certain size and or look.

An ice bath is for those that are trying to help their muscles recover for athletic performance.

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If you put a load of laundry in the washing machine before you get in the shower you get the same results. It's a little sketchy knowing the temp is going to change, but not knowing when.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 02:30 PM   #17
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An ice bath doesn't make much sense for the casual gym goer or a bodybuilder trying to acheive a certain size and or look.

An ice bath is for those that are trying to help their muscles recover for athletic performance.
Bingo!
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 04:54 PM   #18
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you need a deaper understanding on building muscle.

Keep in mind, there are different types of "building" muscle.

Are you trying to get stronger? Are you trying to make your muscles "look" bigger and appear stronger? Are you trying to build power? Are you trying to build endurance? Are you focusing on strength and agility for a specific sport? time period? single weight reps? etc........


THe idea, as KCameron has pointed out is the ice bath will in laymens terms stop the internal bleeding of the muscle at a microscopic level which will allow it to repair itself faster and recover faster so you can tear it down again. Part of that is flushing the toxins out of the muscle (lactic acid being the most commonly discussed and known) which is carried out of the muscles with that increased blood/swell you feel after doing 3 sets of curls and allows for new cleaner blood to come in and carry the necessary nutrients to the muscles faster than cooling down naturally and allowing the muscles to repair.

An ice bath doesn't make much sense for the casual gym goer or a bodybuilder trying to acheive a certain size and or look.

An ice bath is for those that are trying to help their muscles recover for athletic performance.
exactly. I may try it at home were I can ease into it but I have no plans to do it any time soon.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 07:49 PM   #19
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you need a deaper understanding on building muscle.

Keep in mind, there are different types of "building" muscle.

Are you trying to get stronger? Are you trying to make your muscles "look" bigger and appear stronger? Are you trying to build power? Are you trying to build endurance? Are you focusing on strength and agility for a specific sport? time period? single weight reps? etc........


THe idea, as KCameron has pointed out is the ice bath will in laymens terms stop the internal bleeding of the muscle at a microscopic level which will allow it to repair itself faster and recover faster so you can tear it down again. Part of that is flushing the toxins out of the muscle (lactic acid being the most commonly discussed and known) which is carried out of the muscles with that increased blood/swell you feel after doing 3 sets of curls and allows for new cleaner blood to come in and carry the necessary nutrients to the muscles faster than cooling down naturally and allowing the muscles to repair.

An ice bath doesn't make much sense for the casual gym goer or a bodybuilder trying to acheive a certain size and or look.

An ice bath is for those that are trying to help their muscles recover for athletic performance.
Gotcha. Thanks for the info.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 08:27 PM   #20
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you need a deaper understanding on building muscle.

Keep in mind, there are different types of "building" muscle.

Are you trying to get stronger? Are you trying to make your muscles "look" bigger and appear stronger? Are you trying to build power? Are you trying to build endurance? Are you focusing on strength and agility for a specific sport? time period? single weight reps? etc........


THe idea, as KCameron has pointed out is the ice bath will in laymens terms stop the internal bleeding of the muscle at a microscopic level which will allow it to repair itself faster and recover faster so you can tear it down again. Part of that is flushing the toxins out of the muscle (lactic acid being the most commonly discussed and known) which is carried out of the muscles with that increased blood/swell you feel after doing 3 sets of curls and allows for new cleaner blood to come in and carry the necessary nutrients to the muscles faster than cooling down naturally and allowing the muscles to repair.

An ice bath doesn't make much sense for the casual gym goer or a bodybuilder trying to acheive a certain size and or look.

An ice bath is for those that are trying to help their muscles recover for athletic performance.

please forward this info to cerial,
with directions, he only needs a bucket full
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