It sounds like the plot of a James Bond movie. In a electrical room on the 6th Floor of the Niketown store in Manhattan, Coach Alberto Salazar has installed a cryosauna, a six-foot tall metal cylinder that rapidly cools his runners using nitrogen vapors at -275 F.
For two-and-a-half minutes, the runners stand in the cryosauna as their blood rushes first to their internal organs, then back to their skin after they exit the machine. Dathan Ritzenhein, who finished 8th in Sunday’s NYC Marathon, was the first to use the sauna. Kara Goucher, Alan Webb, and Galen Rupp have also used it.
According to Salazar, after using the $50,000 cyrosauna, his runners recover from tough interval and weight lifting sessions and are ready to run again in a few hours.
What do you think? Would you turn yourself into a human popsicle to recover faster? Tell me in the comments.
A video of Ritzenhein and Salazar using the cyrosauna is embedded below.
An interesting New Yorker article on some of Salazar’s training methods and his effort to change Dathan Rizenhien’s running form can be found here.
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