When utilizing any tool, you have to ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish. Whenever a trainer, friend, workout partner says “always” or “never” do something, you should probably question it.
This is one of my favorite examples of this, most people are big fans of using ice and can’t imagine it has any down sides. But when it comes to hypertrophy, it reduces inflammation which is a giant part of the muscle building process. But that doesn’t mean to never use ice when trying to put on muscle. For example, many studies show if you just wait 6 hours after your resistance training session you will have zero or minimal difference in results.
On the other hand, it can increase mitochondrial biogenesis, which basically is just the production of ATP through an aerobic process in the mitochondria. Doing this after a training session when the goal was increased endurance or recovery might be advantageous for people. - 14 hours ago