Two Words...GUT FLORA...an increasingly popular topic in emerging research.
Who doesn’t want to get stronger? From high-level athletes to weekend warriors, we’re all motivated to get the most out of our training routines. Many people use supplements and pre-workout drinks in the attempt to get a little more out of each workout, break through a strength plateau, or just get a couple of extra reps in. But what if there was a natural way to get more out of your workouts without having to take loads of caffeine and without health risks or side effects? Welcome to the world of photobiomodulation, or as we call it, PBM.
Hormones, we all have them. Early on in our pubescent years, it is probably safe to say we just wanted them to go away. As we grow older, that wish is slowly but surely granted. Weight gain, sleep issues, metabolic conditions, poor performance in the gym and in the sack leaves us wishing they would return to previous levels. Enter modern medicine and technology; hormonal therapy, supplementation and a rapidly growing and expanding Anti-aging movement driven by demographics largely thanks to all the amazing baby boomers. Why not try cryotherapy?
The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people are affected by depression. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 18% of the US adult population is affected by an anxiety disorder of some kind. That is an enormous number, one that does not even begin to bring light to how difficult it can be to try and live life when dealing with anyone of these conditions. The stigma, the treatment resistance, the “wise words” of people who tell you, “you just have to want to be happy” or to “chill out.”
Twenty of anything seems to be a great number. Andrew Jackson’s face tends to be a pretty site when receiving a bill (although Benjamin Franklin would be nice too) or the feeling of finally leaving your teens behind you. Who would have thought that it also happens to be the most therapeutic amount of consistent daily whole body cryotherapy sessions?
Humans are an amazing species; we have never been the strongest, fastest, we don’t make poison or fly. Despite this, human species’ best quality is our adaptability. The human body is in a constant balance of receiving information from the outside and sending a response outwards. The moment you step into CrossFit X-treme’s cryo chambers, it’s no different. Your body is forced to adapt.
As most people know, when you get cold, you shiver. The shiver response is characterized as an increase in heat production via the contraction of skeletal muscles. This can increase to a level that is 500% more than resting metabolic rate (Jansky, 1998). If you haven’t been into the chambers at CrossFit X-treme San Jose, ask anyone who has: you shiver. You shiver hard. This means that every time you shiver, your body is using an increased caloric consumption just to maintain your body heat for survival.
You are on a roll...3 days in a row of intense workouts!!! That muscle soreness and stiffness is really adding up. How about some extra time dedicated to warming up and stretching before the next workout? Not so fast! Maybe you may be better served with a nice cold Whole Body Cryotherapy session instead. Now don't get us wrong...Stretching is fantastic! Opening up tight areas of the body are so important to develop proper movement patterns and improve our range of motion. However, your pre workout/exercise related activity may be hindering your performance in the gym.