Should You Cold Plunge Before or After a Workout? Why?
Cold plunging immediately after exercise activates a powerful
anti-inflammatory response that dampens the positive inflammation required for muscle growth.
If your goal is to grow muscles, then you will want to cold plunge prior to working out.
Muscle growth is known technically as "hypertrophy."
If you examine:
- Cold exposure peer reviewed science
- Cold exposure experts like Dr. Andrew Huberman, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, and Dr. Susanna Soeberg
- Active practitioners of cold exposure
They all point to an optimal daily / weekly contrast therapy routine:
1. Cold Plunge First
2. Then Workout
3. Sauna Post-Workout
Daily Cold Plunge, Workout, Sauna Routine to Maximize Muscle Growth
Weekly Cold Plunge, Workout, Sauna Routine to Maximize Muscle Growth
Cold Plunging, Working Out, Sauna are All Hormetic Stresses
Hormetic stresses are useful body stresses that reset our metabolism, nervous system, and hormonal system.
There are four hormetic stresses:
3. Heat Therapy (Sauna)
4. Cold (Plunge)
The hormetic stresses are tools to reset your biology to your advantage— experience greater energy, engagement with life, and mental clarity.
Start slowly incorporating hormetic stresses into daily and weekly goals.
It is difficult incorporate several new routines at once.
But as you slowly stack these activities over time, you can maximize the benefits you experience from working out.