I wish I could say that taking ice baths were unnecessary, but I'd definitely be lying to you. It does hurt though, but like they say, no pain no gain (which is a bunch of b.s. I train smarter not harder lol).
I don't enjoy doing them, but it's important to get that lactic and other toxins squeezed out of your system, plus I feel refreshed after doing them. You get use to them after a while really, but don't neglect hitting the hot baths in there too, I love doing those.
As far as coming through Dallas, I never come there, if the Mayweather v Pacquio fight is there, then I'll be in town for sure, don't want to miss that (depending on when they fight, might be in Europe or something)
4 weeks ago