Women’s Health recently compiled a list of the seven craziest training methods used by athletes preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The list ranges from antigravity treadmills to digital temperature pills to a homemade training course for the kayak slalom. The wild and crazy training methods might appear over the top, but they’ve led to some incredible results throughout the past two weeks.
STACK picked three favorites to highlight.
This futuristic machine provides athletes with a weightless running experience. Stepping into a pressured-controlled chamber, athletes can reduce their body weight percentage in a process called unweighting. The NASA technology reduces the impact on a runner—which is perfect for athletes rehabbing a muscle or recovering from an injury.
During cryotherapy, athletes are exposed to extremely low temperatures for three to five minutes. To maintain normal body temperature during this time, the athletes’ bodies experience a circulation boost, which helps to alleviate muscle pain and fatigue.
Compression therapy is a great way for athletes to improve the health of their leg muscles. You grab a seat, stick your legs into the air boots, and relax for a 15-minute session of air compression therapy, which reduces muscle stiffness and cramping.
Source: Women’s Health