You'd think after a baller wins a big title like the Madrid Masters that they'd get to celebrate with some late night drinking and late morning sleeping. Nope.
Andy Murray, who defeated Gilles Simon for his second consecutive Masters Series shield this past weekend and is certainly coming into his own, was rewarded with a trip back to Roehampton and a 10 minute dip in a 7 degree ice bath to help remove lactic acid build up in his leg muscles.
The Brit baller begins with a 7 mile slow pedal on a stationary bike. Afterwards, Andy throws on some neoprene socks (which help to make the ice bath more bearable) and takes the plunge.
According to the site,
Once they get out after ten minutes, their legs are bright red, and ice cold to the touch.Sounds pretty intense Andy but well worth it is since you're turning right around and heading to St. Petersburg.
The science of it all is that the cold forces the blood vessels to constrict, draining away the blood. Likewise, when they get out, their legs fill up with 'fresh' blood, helping to invigorate the muscles.
But question: where have you been hiding that body all this time? I guess it's all those core, stability, and treadmill practices you've been performing lately. No complaints here.
You're officially welcomed into the shirtless brigade Andy!
(images via andymurray.com)