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Infrared Generates Radiant Heat for Recovery During Exercise

I am amazed sometimes when I see very smart people making outlandish claims about infrared, and it is obvious that they have a very limited understanding of infrared saunas. They will make statements as if an infrared sauna is some sort of danger box that should be avoided like the plague. This view comes from a lack of knowledge and most likely from a lack of experience with actually using IR saunas. Quite the opposite is true.

That said, it’s common knowledge that an infrared sauna is one of the best tools out there for pain relief and workout recovery. This is one reason why HOTWORX decided to combine the recovery aspect of IR with zero impact exercise, a perfect mix of workout with environment and a smart method to save time and prolong the life of bones and joints. Why not practice active recovery, or what I like to call a “recovery workout”, inside of an infrared sauna? Makes sense, and in practice, it works very well. It took me only a few minutes to find these (among the thousands of) unsolicited online comments from actual studio customers:

I just returned from climbing the tallest mountain in Africa with three team members who also applied HOTWORX zero impact infrared training. If an active recovery workout like that of HOTWORX can work to condition athletes for climbing a mountain the size of Kilimanjaro, then it can work very well for mainstream fitness objectives too, as noted with the anecdotal evidence above.

Inside of an infrared sauna an individual will experience non-ionizing radiation in the form of heat that is generated by the IR heaters. Non-ionizing simply means that this form of radiation will not alter human DNA and is, therefore, harmless. This “good” radiation is infrared energy and has many positive benefits. It is in contrast with, and not to be confused by, for example, some wavelengths of UV radiation and X-rays that are ionizing and can alter DNA, which can be harmful.

IR saunas have a distinct recovery advantage over traditional saunas for two reasons. One, individuals can experience effectiveness at much lower temperatures than convection heat saunas, and, two, IR induced sweating has been shown through studies to contain up to seven times the amount of toxic substances when compared to traditional sauna sweat. IR energy  penetrates the skin and goes to work at the cellular level to help break up toxic substances. When infrared energy enters the body, it goes to work breaking up fats and toxic substances trapped in water molecules. These wastes products are then removed from the body through the skin in the form of sweat, lungs as we breathe, kidneys filtering blood, colon by way of stool, and the liver converting fat-soluble toxins and toxicants into water-soluble substances for excretion from the body through the kidneys by creating urine. 

It is thought that infrared induced sweating can help to cleanse the body and make for a more efficient workout recovery!

“When the cells are free from toxins, they function more effectively and have less risk of sickness and disease.”(1)

IR energy and heat for recovery creates a unique training advantage and is a smart use of workout time! Why not experience recovery WHILE you are working out as opposed to the old method of working out and then going to the sauna.


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Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer


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