Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the secret of his success – chilling out at home. The Real Madrid star has had his own ‘ice-box’ Cryotherapy chamber fitted.
And with two three-minute sessions a week he has taken his already incredible strength and fitness to another level.
Cryotherapy is the practice of exposing the body to extreme temperatures as low as -160C to provoke a process of muscle regeneration and immune-system stimulation.
The chamber is the size of a shower cubicle and is an update on the old post-match tub of ice cold water favoured by former Real Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez.
The chamber costs around €45,000 (N 7, 000 000) and according to Spanish paper El Mundo Ronaldo installed the equipment into his La Finca mansion on the outskirts of Madrid after using it in the luxury neighbourhood’s gym.
Ronaldo is not the first to have state-of-the-art technology installed at home to improve his fitness. Raul had an oxygen tank fitted at home during his final years at Madrid.
He would sleep in the specially sealed room occasionally, allowing its revolutionary air-conditioning system to recreate high-altitude conditions that would increase red blood cells meaning oxygen reached the muscles more quickly, delaying fatigue and speeding his post-match recovery.
Ronaldo is now reliant on deliveries of liquid nitrogen canisters to his home to keep the system topped up. And if the liquid-nitrogen man lets him down he can always go back to using the local gym’s facility where €550 (£465) buys 10 private sessions.
Culled from Daily mail