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    negf03 is offline Senior Member
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    Default Post Workout Recovery

    Check out the new post about hot/cold contrast therapy on my blog. Feel free to leave your thoughts!

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    Dak Ink is offline Senior Member
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    Contrast showers are an awesome recovery tool. They saved my life when I did BJJ years ago.I still use them from time to time( not as much as I should to be honest). They really are a great tool that more people might consider looking into especially if you play hard.

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    Great blog, Neghar. The only thing I would add is to stay as loose and relaxed as possible while in the cold.

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    Great blog with some really solid lifting!

    I like to follow Charles Poliquin's writing and summation of research...interesting that many of the long standing methods of increasing recovery that seem to work fail under the eye of science. The icebaths and cold suits seem to actually hinder recovery and hormonally effect the body as another trauma to overcome (via HPA axis stress) increasing cortisol and other bad stuff.

    The contrast shower does not fall into the ice bath category but I wonder...the contrast shower....the way I used to do it, it is pretty harsh...I do get a bit of a rush, but like my coffee am a whipping a tired hormonal system into giving me a momentary escape from my fatigue? It that stressor worth the expedieted pumping action that does seem to get the waste products cleared out?? Now I start hot and GRADUALLY go cold and I think bringing my body temp back down as soon as I can with the cold and cold drinks and the QiGong breathing is more helpful that the "shock" of the rapid contrast.

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    negf03 is offline Senior Member
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    Hey guys, thanks for the feedback!

    As far as the "shock" from sudden cold water, the research I've done shows that initially you may be stimulating the sympathetic NS, but after a few moments it kicks in to parasympathetic. I don't have a lot of time to get into detail, but that's the gist. Interesting things to look into, though. Thanks!
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