Floyd Mayweather in Whole Body Cryochamber, 2015

Professional athletes and celebrities are now using cryotherapy

Cryo Innovations
3 min readJun 26, 2017

What is the science behind the cryosauna chamber that professional athletes are using for recovery?

Cryotherapy has become one of the latest trends with celebrities and athletes since it proposes many benefits. It is known as a much more comfortable, quicker, and effective alternative to traditional ice baths. There has been much research behind the subject, but what it comes down to is, cryotherapy is helpful in healing and relieving pain from muscle aches and stiff joints. It can even improve sleep quality. This treatment uses cold liquid nitrogen to soothe the muscles of the user and give a renewed sense of energy.

Since it is whole body cryotherapy, the user stands in a chamber. For three minutes, with the temperature slowly dropping, the user is enveloped with the cold. The body, in order to prevent hypothermia, responds by regulating blood flow to the core, where there are the most nutrients. When stepping out of the chamber and therefore out of the cold, the blood picks up these nutrients and distributes to the rest of the body. Not only does this occur, but the cold also helps decrease inflammation and pain in joints and muscles. In addition, the body inside the chamber releases endorphins, which leads to an increase in energy. Surely, this is useful to those with an active lifestyle.

Who is using this treatment, and why?

Athletes are prone to soreness and injuries, so whole body cryotherapy can help them heal. For example, in 2015 prior to his fight with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather often used cryotherapy following his training sessions. This was in an effort to recover faster. In a similar vein, athletes like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Steph Curry have used cryotherapy following their training. Usain Bolt, the fastest short-distance runner alive, has used and loved this treatment as well.

Aside from famous athletes and teams, other celebrities swear by this treatment. Most significantly, Tony Robbins, an inspirational speaker, not only has bought sessions of cryotherapy but also owns a chamber in his home. Due to this, he can use the chamber for multiple sessions per day. He refers to cryotherapy as one of the best modern-day technologies, essential to his recovery and daily routine. Other like him have bought and installed chambers in their homes for private use, so that they do not have to go to a separate location each time they want a freezing session.

Where is cryotherapy available?

Cryotherapy locations have popped up in many locations, and even outside the US. In fact, many Europeans use this therapy for its anti-aging benefits; the cold helps to tighten the skin and increase collagen production. One of the most famous distributors on the market is based in Poland, and sells to Europeans and even outside the continent. Wherever you live, there is likely to be a distributor or cryotherapy chamber. Finding one is not difficult, and using this treatment can help you heal like some of the most famous athletes do.

Here is a more complete list of individuals who have used and promote whole body cryotherapy. Notice, not all of them are athletes since others benefit from cryotherapy as well:

Hugh Jackman

Usain Bolt

Cristiano Ronaldo

Jamie Vardy

Dr. Oz

Tony Robbins

Justin Gatlin (sprinter)

Shaquille O’Neal

Carlos PenaVega

Mo Farah

Justin Bieber

Demi Moore

Mandy Moore

Derek Hough

Daniel Craig

Lindsay Lohan

Alicia Keys

Jessica Alba

Jennifer Aniston

Bobbi Brown

Harry Connick Jr.

Yoko Ono

And, as far as broader groups go:

Cast of Dancing with the Stars

LA Lakers

Phoenix Suns

Dallas Mavericks

New York Knicks