Here’s how a bodybuilder and hybrid athlete, Kris Gethin, plans out his day to recover from brutal workouts and keep coming back for more.
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Kris Gethin has never been content to push his body toward just one goal. He’s best known as a hard-training bodybuilder, but he’s also sought out his limits in competitive motocross racing, an iron-distance triathlon ( and even an ultramarathon. “You name it, I’ll do it,” he says.
But how does he do it all? It starts with dialing in every minute component of his workouts and nutrition—this is the guy who said on the Bodybuilding.com Podcast that he didn’t miss a meal for 19 years, after all. But it doesn’t end there.
To help recover from everything, while being ready for anything, Kris employs a laundry list of cutting-edge techniques. A few you’ve definitely heard of. Others, you might not quite be ready for. But if you dare, here’s how he hones his body into a performance machine, and you can, too.
| Sauna |
Studies have found time to exhaustion among distance runners increased by 32 percent after just 12 half-hour sauna sessions ( In that time, the user’s blood volume increased dramatically, as well. Other studies have seen sauna users double their growth hormone level with just two sessions a week (
| Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy |
This technique has historically been used to boost recovery from illnesses and injuries such as extreme burns and decompression sickness ( More recently, it’s become a favorite of hard-training elite athletes looking for an edge. Numerous NFL players built entire hyperbaric bedrooms in their houses. Seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath also called his at-home changer his “hidden secret” for dominating the competition.
| Ice Baths and Cold Therapy |
The effectiveness of cold exposure for fat loss is well-established, via the mechanism of “brown adipose tissue.” This type of body fat not only burns calories, it also helps to regulate blood sugar ( and can help control inflammation ( Some research indicates it can help elevate mood by boosting dopamine levels.
| Red Light Therapy |
So-called “red light therapy” has been around for years, and researched to some degree for the benefits Kris is after. In one study, elite female basketball players saw their sleep quality improve ( from red light exposure, helping them combat the types of sleep disruption that can accompany intense training. Animal studies have also seen significant increases in testosterone ( levels from targeted red light therapy.
00:00 – Intro
00:35 – Sauna
00:56 – Ice Bath
01:23 – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
01:53 – Red Light Therapy
02:13 – Blocking Blue Light
02:48 – Earthing (Grounding)
03:50 – Meditation and Mindfulness
04:12 – Apollo Neuro
04:30 – Nutrisense
04:50 – Final Thoughts
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