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    Default Sauna after workout ?

    My local gym has a sauna and steam room. Is there any benefit or harm to going into these after a workout? Just asking as I workout in the morning and would be in there by myself. I wouldn't want to pass out and shrivel up. Tim

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    I used to like a sauna after training, finish training, get protein/carb drink wait about 20 mins for heart rate to drop and then go in the sauna, the only thing that used to kill me was coming out of the sauna and into the plunge pool, god that used to kill, freezing cold, it felt like the head was going to cave in, the place I used to go to also had chill out beds for after your sauna where you could go and lie down, and have a drink .... it was great, I fell asleep many times.....
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    I never understood the sauna thing. What are the advantages of sitting in there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strongerin5 View Post
    I never understood the sauna thing. What are the advantages of sitting in there?
    sauna's are great to stimulate blood flow, and to open up the pours of the skin so then when you shower off afterwards, its a much more refreshing feel. if you decide to take a cool shower or hop into a cold pool afterwards, go into it gradually as a sudden change in temperature results in a great increase of your blood pressure which can be dangerous to some people.

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    But what are the advantages of 'blood-flow stimulation' and 'opening up the pores'?

    I'd like to know whether the sauna is actually something beneficial, or whether its just a way that people choose to relax after a workout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strongerin5 View Post
    But what are the advantages of 'blood-flow stimulation' and 'opening up the pores'?

    I'd like to know whether the sauna is actually something beneficial, or whether its just a way that people choose to relax after a workout.
    Opening the pores is good for the skin. Helps things like black heads and spots clear up. And its jus generally nice to flush the water out nd replace it ... If you have TIME i would use it just to relax. Personally i dont normally have time to sit in there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strongerin5 View Post

    I'd like to know whether the sauna is actually something beneficial, or whether its just a way that people choose to relax after a workout.
    Saunas increase perspiration and body temperature which helps with aleviating muscle pains and aches, helps relieve muscle tension which leads to quicker recovery times. The increased heart rate can also help with the cardiovascular system.
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    Last time I went snowblading (skiing on little skis) we had our own sauna off the shower room. I went in there every evening before my shower and I felt bloody fantastic all week. Spent at least 6 hours a day on the olympic competition slope and off piste, every day and didn't feel the least bit sore. Felt really healthy come the end of the week too

    Wouldn't mind trying it after lifting. Moving soon so will have to try consider that when looking for a gym.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xman View Post
    My local gym has a sauna and steam room. Is there any benefit or harm to going into these after a workout? Just asking as I workout in the morning and would be in there by myself. I wouldn't want to pass out and shrivel up. Tim
    It's a toughy, it feels really good but I'm wondering if there is a possibility that it can hinder your training results. If you are looking to increase muscle mass the increase in temperature encourages the body to supress insulin and increase cortisol which supresses testosterone. I always have a protein shake after working out and some juice. The sugars create insulin which carries the protein via amino acids directly to the muscle tissue. However, if there's less insulin being produced this process is slowed.

    On the other hand I wonder if the increase in heart rate, metabolism and dilation of blood vessels actually encourage the hypertrophy and repair of muscle tissue. It's great for sore muslces due to beta-endorphine production which is essentially a painkiller.

    Is there anyone who's an expert to give the definitive? I found an article that say's it's great for increasing endurance in runners.

    http://www.jsams.org/article/S1440-2...139-3/abstract

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambe01 View Post
    It's a toughy, it feels really good but I'm wondering if there is a possibility that it can hinder your training results. If you are looking to increase muscle mass the increase in temperature encourages the body to supress insulin and increase cortisol which supresses testosterone. I always have a protein shake after working out and some juice. The sugars create insulin which carries the protein via amino acids directly to the muscle tissue. However, if there's less insulin being produced this process is slowed.

    On the other hand I wonder if the increase in heart rate, metabolism and dilation of blood vessels actually encourage the hypertrophy and repair of muscle tissue. It's great for sore muslces due to beta-endorphine production which is essentially a painkiller.

    Is there anyone who's an expert to give the definitive? I found an article that say's it's great for increasing endurance in runners.

    http://www.jsams.org/article/S1440-2...139-3/abstract
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    Quote Originally Posted by lambe01 View Post
    It's a toughy, it feels really good but I'm wondering if there is a possibility that it can hinder your training results. If you are looking to increase muscle mass the increase in temperature encourages the body to supress insulin and increase cortisol which supresses testosterone. I always have a protein shake after working out and some juice. The sugars create insulin which carries the protein via amino acids directly to the muscle tissue. However, if there's less insulin being produced this process is slowed.

    On the other hand I wonder if the increase in heart rate, metabolism and dilation of blood vessels actually encourage the hypertrophy and repair of muscle tissue. It's great for sore muslces due to beta-endorphine production which is essentially a painkiller.

    Is there anyone who's an expert to give the definitive? I found an article that say's it's great for increasing endurance in runners.

    http://www.jsams.org/article/S1440-2...139-3/abstract
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    A guy at my gym said that going into the sauna before you workout is a good idea. Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jae713 View Post
    A guy at my gym said that going into the sauna before you workout is a good idea. Any thoughts?
    I like to do my stretching in the sauna, warm & cozey..... I think it's just a matter of personal prefrence.
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    i do my cardio in the sauna because i'm tough like that.



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