Would it not be amazing if you could train three or four times a day and growth in speed, strength and power with each session? If pigs could fly that would be pretty miraculous as well but they can’t so let move away from the notion that the more you train the better you will become.
Athletes tend to forget that recovery is a vital part of performance since the reason you train hard is to build that Formulae 1 race car engine. As powerful as these cars are, they too are limited and if they are pushed too hard and run too long, they will start overheating. In a blink of an eye the performance can go from hero to zero. Your body is no different.
When you play sport your body is put through complex patterns of movements that include rotation, explosion of muscle contractions, pulling and pushing forces. This entire movement pattern creates energy, the more you train and the harder you train the more the engine starts to heat up. There is a limit to the amount of heat your body can handle before homeostasis wants to kick in. The body tries very hard and will do just about anything to get back to normal core temperature. Just understand that the body does not like excessive heat, and this is the single biggest inhibitor in sport. Fitter athletes have fine-tuned their bodies to get rid of heat efficiently and unfit athletes tend to be found lying on payments exhausted and sweating profusely from their run which they didn’t manage to finish.
So if you can’t train more than two times a day for fear of injury, fatigue and burn-out then what can an athlete do to increase their performance. Cryotherapy is the new generation of cold therapy with conditions found neither in space nor on earth. The Cyrolab is a room no bigger than six meters wide with 3 chambers with different temperatures. The first room is fixed at -10 degrees and the last room at -110 degree. This is made possible because at -110 degrees Celsius the air no longer contains moisture and there are no air currents so it doesn’t feel like it is that cold.
Air volume shrinks to 45% compared to room temperature. This would mean that you will be inhaling twice as much oxygen per breathe. By standing in the room for no more than two to three minutes, this would be enough to reduce inflammation, swelling and stiffness in the muscles and joints. From the performance side, the cold temperature helps reduce your heart rate, increases the blood flow throughout the body and most importantly increases the athletes’ stamina. There are also a host of psychological benefits that aid in helping burnout syndrome, fatigue and exhaustion, depression and sleep disorders according to Zimmer Medicine System in Germany who have been researching Cyrotherapy for over 20 years.
This type of technology gives rise to need possibilities in sport. Image coming off at half time after facing the Blue Bulls into a Cryochamber for 3 minutes, reduce the swelling from the monster thumping you just experienced and get back on the field; feeling as though you are just starting the game for the first time. These are the possibilities that lie ahead for sportsmen. The only down side to this technology at the moment; it will cost you, and this is only the start price of a Lamborghini – Gallardo
Is the glass half full or half empty? If you are the athlete that is thinking I need to train harder, maybe you should be thinking, how I can try smarter to give me the same desired output. Technology and science is leading the way forward and we are living in exciting times where science meets athletes.
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