Sauna Use to Increase Athletic Performance

Sauna Use to Increase Athletic Performance

📅May 30th, 2014, 01:27

Ever wonder exactly how you benefit from spending time in our sauna?

We recently came across this video from Dr. Rhonda Patrick that explains some of the benefits perfectly. If you don’t have time for the video or prefer a quick read to listening, there’s a short conclusion of the video and the benefits of hyperthermic conditioning via FoundMyFitness.com below.

Want tips on how best to use our full spectrum infrared sauna to increase your athletic performance? Check in with us next time you visit Recharge for ideas about making the sauna a regular part of your recovery plan.


To recap and drive the point home: acclimating your body to heat stress by intermittent whole-body hyperthermia via sauna use (“hyperthermic conditioning”) has been shown to:

Enhance endurance by:

  • Increasing nutrient delivery to muscles thereby reducing the depletion of glycogen stores.
  • Reducing heart rate and reducing core temperature during workload.

Increase muscle hypertrophy by preventing protein degradation through the following three means:

  1. Induction of heat shock proteins and a hormetic response (which has also been shown to increase longevity in lower organisms).
  2. Cause a massive release of growth hormone.
  3. Improving insulin sensitivity.

Hyperthermic conditioning also has robust positive effects on the brain:

  • Increases the storage and release of norepinephrine, which improves attention and focus.
  • Increases prolactin, which causes your brain to function faster by enhancing myelination and helps to repair damaged neurons.
  • Increases BDNF, which causes the growth of new brain cells, improves the ability for you to retain new information, and ameliorates certain types of depression and anxiety.
  • Causes a robust increase in dynorphin, which results in your body becoming more sensitive to the ensuing endorphins.

Complete blog post from which this conclusion was derived can be found here.