At best, the efficacy of ice baths is up for debate. A 2019 study published in The Journal of Physiology claimed that cold water immersion actually impairs muscle repair and growth rather than aiding it. Still, knowing that at least two out of three of the Hemsworth brothers favour the recovery method, I gave them a go after a couple of pretty gruelling leg sessions.
Full disclosure: this wasn’t my first time doing an ice bath. My position as a free-loading journalist has afforded me many opportunities, one of which was to experience cold water immersion under the guidance of ‘Iceman’ Wim Hof, who, among other icy escapades, once spent almost two hours in an ice bath.
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