The Future of Climbing and Training

Posted on 31. May, 2009 by in News

This is a very interesting article and it seems like there are some very obvious applications to our sport.

Cool your Hands

11 Responses to “The Future of Climbing and Training”

  1. Nick

    31. May, 2009

  2. Nick

    31. May, 2009

    Gotta start saving $2,500, Jamie.

  3. newton

    01. Jun, 2009

    that’s really interesting. i wonder if something as simple as applying ice packs or cold compresses between sets or traversing laps would provide any benefit.

  4. sock hands

    01. Jun, 2009

    chris rogers used to stick his hands in snow banks between burns on his projects. regularly. coincidence?

  5. Josh

    01. Jun, 2009

    I took part in a study involving these things a few years ago (http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA459500&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf ) and they are sorta awful. When I used the RTX my hand swelled up, my fingers got pruny and I saw no improvements in my ability to lift heavy things or exercise in a hot dry room. Just my 2 cents

  6. Nick

    01. Jun, 2009

    No, not a coincidence, and no, ice alone or cold compresses wouldn’t work. The key element of the device is the vacuum, which opens up the blood vessels to allow the exchange of temperature and return of cold blood to the heart, therefore keeping the body from using extra oxygen its natural cooling mechanism. That extra available oxygen then goes to your recovering muscles.

    If you just use ice of even compresses, then the body constricts the vessels to prevent heat loss. The device is pretty much cheating nature is a completely legal and healthy way, so far….

  7. mike rathke

    01. Jun, 2009

    ive done that so many times. in the sink w/ cold water is the easiest way

  8. RT

    02. Jun, 2009

    Old news… Luke has been doing this since 1967!

  9. sock hands

    02. Jun, 2009

    ok, so i did see the video which mentions the need for the vacuum… but still, holding a cold beer between burns seems so right.

    anyway, why doesn’t drinking cold water [beer] work? seems like your internal organs have way more blood vessles and i’m not sure that they constrict like those at the surface/skin.

    it works for dogs.

  10. Herman

    03. Jun, 2009

    Read the following for news about similar technologies employed by the Garmin Chipotle cycling team to keep cool.

    http://velonews.com/article/80922

  11. stids

    10. Jun, 2009

    I use to dip my arms in a bucket of cool water with a tray of ice cubes in it pretty religiously a little over a year ago when I was training fairly hard. I usually did it briefly when I got home from a gym sesh or after a weekend trip. I remember a noticeable difference in recovery and lack of soreness. I know there’s no vacuum involved but it certainly doesn’t hurt in my opinion.

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