Most athletes will do just about anything to step up their game and get better, bigger, faster, and stronger. But the latest performance and recovery trend that’s sweeping the sports world doesn’t require you to do anything at all.
Floating takes place in a light-proof, soundproof tank, also known as a “float tank” or a “sensory deprivation chamber”. While it used to be a practice reserved for the New Age hippie crowd (John Lennon used float therapy to kick his heroin habit in 1979), it’s rapidly gaining popularity in the fitness world, with some of the world’s strongest athletes swearing that regular float sessions are key to everything from decreased muscle soreness and anxiety to a noticeable performance boost during workouts. Steph Curry, for instance, recently floated in a commercial for Kaiser Permanente, and the New England Patriots have used float tanks as part of their pre-Super Bowl conditioning (Tom Brady is a particularly big fan).
The rundown on floating
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There’s no right or wrong way to do it, but Marcello says if you can do it after a workout, you’re likely to see more benefits. “The sooner you can get in, the better from a post-exercise standpoint,” he says.
With floating becoming more mainstream (and more studies emerging that show the benefits of regular float sessions), more athletes are taking advantage of float tanks as a way to boost their performance, speed up their recovery, disconnect from stress, and relax. Just try not to open your mouth in the water.
By Deanna Debara