Cristiano Ronaldo is no stranger to showing off his lean, shredded physique on social media (Men’s Health even once did a round-up of the soccer player’s best shirtless shots). Ronaldo has just added to that canon with his latest Instagram video, which sees him walking into a cryo chamber for a sub-zero recovery session after a workout while wearing just his underwear, showing off that famous six-pack.
Cryotherapy is a popular form of recovery favored by some of the world’s fittest athletes and actors, from NBA superstar LeBron James to pro fighter Floyd Mayweather to movie stars like Mark Wahlberg and Zac Efron. Spending time in extremely cold temperatures in the aftermath of strenuous exercise is reported to reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood circulation, and even increase your limbs’ range of motion, leading to greater overall athletic performance.
“In football you have basic points — from training well to eating properly to drinking properly and so on — but recovery for me and from my point of view is the most important thing,” Ronaldo told Men’s Health last year.
In addition to cryotherapy, Ronaldo is a big fan of using massage guns to aid muscle recovery. “A quick pass over my body after a tough match or training session eliminates muscle soreness and kickstarts relaxation,” he said. “I also hydrate, eat a healthy meal, and get a good night’s rest. It’s a simple but effective routine that helps keep me consistent at my best.”
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