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Wow, first, thank you so much for putting this 20-page report together!!
Unfortunately, it creates a dilemma for me and I suspect others who strength train before work. I need to wait a full hour before taking a cold shower (per Wim Hof protocol)?
Another option for me is to wake up earlier and swim after my strength training to cut into the hour a bit before cold showering. That’s tough as well though: the water at my pool’s gym is cold to replicate competition temperatures. I’m not sure how cold that is, but perhaps it would not be cold enough to trigger these negative consequences to strength and muscle gains. [Note: I swim for cardio due to a herniated disc; so no running, and the elliptical does little to build up wind imo.]
What a bummer. Any suggestions? The pubmed abstract doesn’t discuss temperatures, but CWI often means pretty darned cold! Would I be fooling myself if I dismiss it as not applicable to my current weight-lifting-to-cold-shower protocol?