It’s Just a Shower – Or Is It? Guest Blog by Nick Yiakos

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Guest blog by Coach Nick Yiakos

You have 6 minutes to take a shower. Try and spend 3-4 minutes, at room temperature and then the last 2-3 minutes, take a cold shower for as long as you can stand it.

Before you think I’m crazy, hear me out. Yes, it’s just a shower. But what if I told you you could take a simple daily task and turn it into a growth mindset experience. That would allow you to train harder, recover faster, burn fat, and increase energy. There will always be facts and articles about the pro and cons of a cold shower. I’ll just speak from my personal experience.

I had heard a while back, about the benefits of a cold shower, so I gave it shot. The first few times after I was done showering, I turned the water to cold. I probably started longer than most people do by standing under the cold water for 3 minutes. Personally, I would recommend building up to this time frame as this is suppose to be a relaxing experience not something you dread doing. Over time, I have started incorporating breathing, and letting the cold water do it’s magic.

Anyone, who works out, can benefit from a cold shower. Try and start with 30 seconds, and build up over time. For me, the pros outweigh the cons. Yes, I might be cold for a few minutes. But knowing that my body, as well as my mind is relaxing, that is of great benefit to me. It also doesn’t hurt to know that I’m fighting DOM’s, increasing circulation, energy and my overall well being. Six months later, I can honestly say that this was great advice, and so glad I started doing this. I’m glad I started because I’ve noticed how much faster I can recover from a tough workout. I feel better when I go to sleep, and how changing up a very mundane task has greatly changed my overall well being.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Thursday’s Workout – NO 12:30 CLASS

(A) EMOM 10 (for quality load):
1 Power Clean + 2 Hang Power Cleans

(B) AMRAP 15:
15 Lateral burpees
12 Kipping Pull-ups
9 Power Cleans (~75% of best from (A))
Peak: Nasal breathing only
Base: Experiment with Breath

(C) AMCAP 5 (with a partner):
Assault Bike (cals)
Peak: Nasal breathing only
Base: Get it done breathing any way you want

Friday’s Workout 

1 KB Swing to Goblet Hold
8″ e-load to squat
10″ hold at bottom of squat
8″ c-load to stand

B. 5 Rounds on the 3:00
(2 mins to do work)
200m Run (85% RPE)
6 Plank Up DB Drag
Max second HS Hold

C. Tabata Core Mash Up:
1. Bicyles
2. Knee Up Press Downs
3. Legs Up Reach Ups
4. Legs Up Butt Ups




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