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Do ice baths help build strength?

Expert insight:

Protein synthesis helps you build muscle post-workout, explains study author Cas Fuchs, Ph.D. candidate in human biology at Maastricht University. Because of their low temperatures, ice baths reduce blood flow and amino acid presence in the muscles, both of which are necessary for the process to take place.

The bottom line:

When you’re on a strength-focused plan, Fuchs advises focusing your recovery efforts on protein intake and sleep rather than cold water therapy.