The Power of Cold and Heat!

I have been searching for a way to share one of my passions with you guys and it wasn’t until I found Stokeyard Outfittersthat I realized I could! Stokeyard is a local company that rents mobile saunas and cold tubs so people can bring hot cold therapy to their doorsteps. That’s exactly what we are going to do for you! On Saturday November 16th, from 8am to 11am, we are hosting Stokeyard Outfitters at Fit.  We will run hot cold therapy recovery sessions after each one of our morning training sessions. I will be outside taking you through a hot cold recovery session that will include some breathing, cold and heat exposure, and other recovery techniques. Each session will last 45 minutes. I recommend you do it following your Fit workout, although you are more than welcome to just swing in for a recovery session. Sessions will start @ 8:15am, 9:15am, and 10:15am. Free for members or $25 for non members. 10-pack holders can use a session from your 10-pack. See below for more details on sign up. All are welcome! Bring shorts, a tank or tee, water bottle, and towel.

This obsession with cold and heat started about 3 years ago when Christine and I went to Hawaii to spend a week with some great people at an experience called XPT. We met Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reese. XPT is Laird and Gabie’s wellness company, Xtreme Performance Training, and at the time it was just getting off the ground. We spent a week incubating the idea of mixing training, breath work, and hot cold therapy. We did it all at their home on the beach in Kauai. They had a barrel sauna and a huge tub of ice water. We spent an hour going from ice bath to warm sauna. The goal was to stay in the ice bath for 3 minutes and then go into the sauna for 5 minutes. Now I knew about cold hot contrast therapy because I used to have our athletes do this post-game for recovery, but to be honest, I had never done the combination myself. I had done cold or hot, but never mixed them.  

Christine lasted about 30 seconds in the icewater, followed by a ton of profanity and I came out shortly after. Going right into the heat felt amazing! Each round got better and better until eventually I was looking forward to the cold. This began my quest for more experiences combining hot and cold.

Here is what happened afterwards:

  • My sleep was amazing that night. I don’t even remember my head hitting the pillow.

  • My body felt amazing the next day despite doing hard training days before the ice and heat therapy. 

  • It was super fun! Of course, we were with Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reese and it was a really cool bonding experience.

Since then, I have taken it upon myself to do the best I can to create a similar ice and heat situation at home, usually it’s either in the shower or running down to the lake after a workout for a cold plunge. 

I go in cycles of being engaged and then if I get too busy I forget to do it. However, I will say that I have noticed that when I do ice heat therapy my stress levels go way down, recovery is way faster, my skin looks healthier, sleep is better, and, in general, I feel healthier.

The benefits, of course, go beyond how I feel and how I look. In my next newsletter I’ll be sharing with you some of the science behind this type of ice and heat therapy and how it can help with things like increased metabolism, detox support, and hormone balance. 

Have you ever done cold heat contrast therapy?

Aaron Leventhal