Speaking candidly from their own personal experiences, we got together with four friends of Brass Monkey, Professor Green, Joie Risk, Rosie Marcel, and Laurence Fountain, all cold dipping pros in their own right to ask for advice for first-timers.
When we're challenged, we're changed.
Stressors on the human body were key to our evolution as a species. These ‘teacher’ stressors were nothing like the daily grind we associate with modern ‘stress’ today. Known as ‘hormetic stress’, in short bursts, high stressors like fasting, workouts or cold water immersion can bring big benefits to our health.
Controlled, positive stress builds our mental and physical resilience each time we take a dip. Resilience we can use as a tool to push further in sports and fitness, better navigate stress at work and negotiate the tests and trials of modern life.
Interested in the deeper science?
The larger body of scientific research remains a bit of a mixed and often confusing bag, however, the potential impact of cold exposure on overall wellbeing is unequivocally good. Cold training, like any exercise, doesn’t yield lasting effects with a single exposure. The benefits of adaptation come with repeated exposure, and nobody can sit in cold water for extended periods without some form of adaptation. Check out the science section if you want to dig a little deeper on the inner mechanisms through cold adaptation.
“Well, everything has a tipping point. I see it as “chosen suffering”. The ice is another option to make that moment in your life a little bit more difficult. To callus the mind. To be in a position where we actively choose not to choose the easy route. And there might not be any other motivation other than to maybe toughen up a bit. Because everyone’s aware that life has a tendency to throw you a curve ball every now and again. Sometimes you see people who have had easy lives and they get themselves into a situation where life gets tough.
Laurence Fountain is the owner of Salus London. An exclusive gym that provides elite training, body conditioning, and lifestyle coaching. We met Laurence through Professor Green, who invited him to try the Ice Bath in his back garden. You could say the rest is history, but actually, it was more like the beginning of the future. As the owner of a gym, we asked Lawrence what is the role of cold water immersion in recovery?