Cold showers post-workout effects on muscle hypertrophy

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    Roberto Celi
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    Hey Joe, hope you’re doing alright.

    I had this doubt about about taking cold showers or generally immersing on cold water after a workout, whereas directly after 2 minutes or 20-30 minutes after. It’s not something that I intentionally do for “recovery” or any muscle building reasons, but I just almost always like 95% of the time take cold showers  as much during winter as in summer.

    Couple months ago I saw someone who mentioned them being detrimental to muscle hypertrophy if taken right after a workout, it stuck in my mind for a while but didn’t really payed much attention. Now I tried to search for something to read to get at least some notion on Pubmed but I found nothing (I’m not good at finding or reading studies though).

     

    Thing is I’m aware, or I think so, that if your goal is to recover let’s say after running a 5k,10k,15k they can help.  But it would also make sense that since cold temperatures slow blood flow might also affect recovery since having blood flowing through your muscles aid recovery.  So I don’t really know what to objectively think, my question is aimed towards muscle hypertrophy though.

     

    Might worth mentioning that a couple days ago after performing a pull workout (finishing with bicep superset and stretch) I took a cold shower 5mins after and part of my arm (nothing really big) turned purple as if I had a bruise for 5 seconds or so.

    Hope you can shine some light into the topic for me, if I got anything wrong please let me know I tried to turn my thoughts straight but as I’m writing this after a legs and push workout you know it’s a hell of a task to do haha.

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    Roberto Celi
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    Hey Joe and Bryce hope you didn’t forget this one.
    This has been still stuck in my mind. I’d avoided cold showers post workout.

    Buttt if I workout at night let’s say 9pm and take a warm/room temperature shower and go to sleep. There is still any effect on hypertrophy through the acute inflammation from the workout and the body response to cold if I take a cold shower in the morning?

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    BryceBahm
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    #66792
    Roberto Celi
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    Got it, I was kinda thinking the same. So if I were to some days bike in the morning a cold shower afterwards can be beneficial.

    However, when I workout specially hard or specially late on the night. If I take a cold shower in the morning the next day I feel like I’m throwing all of my effort out of the window. It is really very not motivating the harder I workout the more I feel like depriving myself from the cold shower. This makes sense? or it is mostly nonsense for you? Like, how much time (making guess) do you think is good to let the blood flowing to allow for the nutrient partioning and recovery of the muscle the occur without limiting it due to cold exposure.

    Thanks for the answer Bryce!

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    BryceBahm
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