Joe Wicks has said he’s ‘never felt more alive’ after taking his first ever ice bath.
The fitness guru, 34, who has become the nation’s PE teacher over lockdown, explained that he wanted to try out the technique of ice water exposure, as it’s known to help with physical recovery between workouts and supposedly leads to a number of mental health benefits too.
Setting himself up in his garden, Joe filled a bath tub with water overnight and added 20kgs of ice to it the next morning in order to bring the temperature of it down even further.
With the help of breathing techniques, he aimed to spend two minutes in the tub and shared his experience over on his Instagram story, where he revealed he’ll also be creating a vlog on how he found it too.
Joe told fans that he’s ‘never felt more alive in my life’, after successfully completing four rounds of breathing techniques and submerging himself in the ice cold water.
Alongside a picture of him looking slightly uncomfortable in the bath, Joe revealed: ‘Just had my first ever ice water exposure in 1.3 degree C water ?? I’ve never felt more alive in my life. What an experience.’
He continued: ‘Thank you @iceman_hof for guiding me and coaching me with your incredible breathing techniques. I’ll be posting a VLOG next week on YouTube with my interview with Wim, the breathing techniques I used and the full ice bath immersion. How long do you think I managed to stay in the water for? ???.’
Over on his story, Joe hit back at those questioning how cold the water was after being left unimpressed by his faulty thermostat.
‘Few people doubting me thinking that I’ve covered up the thermostat, but I put it in the sauna and basically blown the display,’ Joe revealed, before confirming his bath water was at 3.3 degrees and the temperature was dropping fast.
With the ice, the temperature of the water fell to 1.3 degrees and, yeah, we’d much rather Joe be throwing himself into that tub than us.
Following the exercise, Joe said: ‘It was painful but at the same time I controlled my breathing, found this relaxing kind of moment where I eased into it. I’m so chuffed I did it, the mental health benefits – asides from the physical side of things – I just felt so clear, I was so alive.’
He explained: ‘I’ve been doing cold showers for about two months and I hate it. The first time I got in I couldn’t bear it, now I’m up to 2 minutes in the cold shower and this is like the next level up. It’s uncomfortable but you feel amazing afterwards.’
It comes after Joe suffered a minor injury while working out in fancy dress for one of his online classes.
Rocking a Buzz Lightyear suit, Joe ended up pulling his hamstring as he revealed: ‘Twanged my hammy, didn’t I? I believe in my head when I’m wearing suits that I can do things I can’t.’
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