Cryotherapy & Mayweather: When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Floyd Mayweather has been touted as the pound-for-pound juggernaut of boxing. His perfect record of 49-0 has been controversial at times, but nonetheless, stands unblemished. Winning 49 fights goes way beyond luck at this point and It's no secret to anyone that knows boxing that Mayweather has been searching for the opportunity to make it an even 50-0 before retirement - and this time for good. 

So how does a 40 year old boxing legend come out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor - a young 29 year old Mixed Martial Arts phenom in what is being called "The Money Fight?"

 Cryotherapy, Floyd Mayweather & Coner McGregor

Cryotherapy, Floyd Mayweather & Coner McGregor

Mayweather has become very good at "selling" fights, just as his counterpart has followed in his footsteps and done the same in the UFC. Many fans of both sports are claiming this is a show, and not a real fight - and although they may have a point in their arguments; there's still a fact that cannot be denied: this is a going to be a real boxing match. Both fighters will step up, strap their hands, shake away the moments of anxiety, battle their adrenaline, put on their gloves and face each other in a battle to test doubt, preparation, and skill. 

But before all this happens tonight - Floyd had to come to the realization that he's losing his fight to the biggest enemy of all: time. One thing that Mayweather has learned is how to adapt. His boxing skills have allowed him to experience longevity in his shoulder rolls and superhero-like speed to avoid the physical punishments of a boxing career. The issue comes back to light though - with age the speed starts to slow down, your reaction time decreases, and your punches don't have the same effect. How does a champion boxer get ready for a much younger, more energetic, and extremely talented fighter? The answer is simple: he recovers differently.

Floyd Mayweather is now an active user of Cryotherapy and other holistic methods of recovery and training - even Bikram Yoga has become a part of his training camp to help aid mobility, recovery, and core strength. 

 Floyd Mayweather inside Cryotherapy chamber

Floyd Mayweather inside Cryotherapy chamber

 Floyd Mayweather Yoga

Floyd Mayweather Yoga

 Mayweather Training

Mayweather Training

WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?

Cryotherapy derives its name from the Greek word “Cryo” – meaning “Cold” – and “Therapy” – meaning “Cure”Cryotherapy is the process of using cold temperatures for health benefits. It was originated in Japan in the 1970's, but different forms of low temperature therapy have been around since the 1700's.

HOW DOES CRYOTHERAPY WORK?

Whole Body Cryotherapy was developed in 1978 by Dr. Yamaguchi to treat his rheumatoid arthritis patients. Brief exposure to subzero temperature and rapid decrease in temperature of outer layer of skin, triggers body's natural protective "fight or flight" reflex causing constriction of blood vessels, release of endorphins and anti-inflammatory response. This powerful response leads to oxygenation and enrichment of blood, reducing internal information and pain.

For many celebrities the treatment was used for relaxation, reducing stress, improving sleep disorders, and dramatically improving jet lag. But cryotherapy was really perfected and now used to help athletes recover and improve their performance, to prevent relapses in different illnesses, and in the treatment of muscular and inflammatory pathologies. The anti-aging virtues of extreme cold have been known for a long time in Nordic and Eastern countries for rejuvenation and as an apparent fountain of youth.

  Photo Credit: Subzero Recovery

Photo Credit: Subzero Recovery

Floyd Mayweather and his team ("The Money Team") have clearly been doing their research - so the legendary boxer has added Cryotherapy in his program because the veteran’s body naturally takes longer to recover from a workout and the physical abuse he takes during training as he gets older.

Cryotherapy helps the body to reset and recharge while freezing it to 216 degrees below freezing. That is almost 100 degrees colder than the lowest natural temperature ever recorded on the planet.

There are several types of cryotherapy chambers as well: a full-body cryo-chamber that you see in the picture above; a localized cryotherapy machine that shoots the frozen nitrogen mist at a specific area of your body to help recover specific areas of discomfort and pain; and there are also cryo-saunas that you can walk into a be fully engulfed in the experience for maximum recovery benefits (don't worry, they give you a mask). 

One thing is for sure - this treatment has been a dear friend to Mayweather since 2015 when he trained for what was then touted as the biggest boxing match in this generation - Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. If Mayweather's overwhelming and dominating win over Pacquiao was any indication that this cryotherapy training is working - then watch out McGregor - you're about to see what happens when preparation meets opportunity, when cryotherapy meets the "perfect" 50-0.

Who are you rooting for tonight?

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/boxing/video-1176970/Floyd-Mayweather-cools-minus-240-degrees-cryogenic-treatment.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/boxing/3938747/floyd-mayweather-training-conor-mcgregor/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2015/10/12/celebrities-and-athletes-taking-the-deep-freeze-the-cryotherapy-craze/#3957bb457a80

https://www.si.com/boxing/2015/04/16/floyd-mayweather-manny-pacquiao-training-cryosauana-david-levi

https://www.sporttechie.com/floyd-mayweather-is-using-cryotherapy-to-train-for-manny-pacquiao/