The discussion on saunas during the last podcast episode (#192) has piqued my interest. We actually had a sauna in the house I grew up in. I used it from time to time, but mainly because it felt good, not for any potential training benefit. This may explain why now, as an adult, I just love hot, dry weather and can’t stand the cold!?
As there seems to be mounting evidence of a training benefit, I’m considering getting one for my current home. Looks like you can get a freestanding sauna for around $1,000USD, which isn’t that bad relative to other equipment costs in this sport (e.g., bikes that cost > $10k)!
Here’s an example of a free-standing sauna:
There are also portable saunas that go for around $250USD, like this one:
Sure you’ll look dorky while using it, but it’s 1/4th the cost. I just wonder if you lose some benefit since your head isn’t in the heat?
- Has anyone used either of these types of saunas in conjunction with their training?
- Could you share your experience or any advice you may have?
- What practical considerations should I be thinking about?