Cold Shower Challenge Results

Have you ever heard about feeling people get at the gym called the “pump”. It’s when your blood is flowing and you feel like you can take on the world. Well there is a way you can experience that same exact feeling without even having to workout.

You can get the same endorphin rush and euphoria that can put you into a productive state of mind without the sweat and time commitment of a full blown workout. Of course though it does involve some mental fortitude and the ability to convince yourself to stand or bath in cold water for a few minutes every day.

As someone who was once a habitual procrastinator I am always on the lookout for life hacks that I can try to stave off the procrastination monster. Recently I discovered something called “Cold Therapy” and advocates of it say that cold showers are a great way to spike your energy, productivity, and immune system. You can read more about the benefits to cold showers here.

A hot shower in the morning is one my FAVORITE things and it’s hard to imagine how I could do this to myself. Who the hell wants to start their day with their teeth chattering and freezing water on their bare skin.

So for the sake of science I set a 30 Day Cold Water Knockout Challenge on this blog. 2 minutes a day of cold showers. Here is how it went.

Days 1 -10: Screw This

From day one I dreaded stepping into the shower, but I set my phone alarm for 2 minutes and jumped my ass in.

You know how when you start a workout you kind of ease into it. This is like extreme intensity from the very start. It felt like I had stepped out of bed and when I opened the bathroom door I had a drill sergeant screaming in my face telling me to start doing hill climbs.

I couldn’t even do this completely. I had to jump in and out of the cold water stream. Luckily I have a big shower so it’s easy to step in and out of the water. I found myself intensely closing my eyes, hugging one arm around my chest and cupping my penis with my other hand.

My senses were all on high alert and my brain activity was completely gone. I was occupied by one thought and one thought only “holy crap this is effing cold”.

All that was just the first 10 seconds.

The 20 seconds were even worse when I realized that this is self-inflicted. What the hell am I doing?

After about 30 seconds my body adapted and I began to feel less like a prisoner getting bathed with a fire house. Don’t get me wrong it was cold, but I could muddle enough energy to get the shampoo into my hands without the bottle falling on the floor from my incessant shaking. Don’t get me wrong it was still freezing.

The first 10 days of actually showing in the cold, completely sucked. I couldn’t wait for the alarm to go off. I was like a kid on the last day of school just dying for the final bell to ring, so I could run out the doors.

Getting out of the shower and drying off way the best part. Eyes bulging out of my head, chest beat red and pulsating like I just bench pressed a small pony. Any feeling of that “morning fog” I woke up with was completely gone.

The feeling of alertness and energy stayed with me for about an hour. At the point I sort of came back down to a normal energy state where I could eat breakfast and relax a bit. This the exact way I felt after doing P90X for 90 days in 2011, except this only took me 2 minutes in the shower.

Days 11-20: I’m Sold on Cold

Somewhere around 2 weeks into the challenge I didn’t feel like a Navy Seal any longer. I actually started liking the cold shower. It’s not the actual shower itself that I liked, but it was the great feeling I knew that was coming afterward. I can tolerate about 120 seconds of cold to get myself to this feeling of euphoria upon completion.

Even looking at my phase in the mirror before and after the shower I could physically see the benefits. Pre-shower I was looking tired in the eyes, post shower looked like you stabbed me with an adrenaline shot and gave me double espresso.

It was here that I started to realize some of the “cold therapy’ benefits. I felt more equipped to take on obstacles during the day. After all, what could you possibly give me that sucks more than a freezing cold shower. I felt like starting my morning with something so arduous, everything else is gonna be easy.

Days 21-30: Insane is My new Normal

By the wrap up of the 30 days, I no longer needed to use psychological tricks to get myself into the shower. No more reminding myself of the benefits or having to thrust myself in and out of the stream of cold water. I just did it, because I understood that 2 minutes is a small sacrifice for the immediate gratification I get when it’s done.

Off Schedule Showers

Since I had so much luck with the morning showers I tried taking showers at some different times of the day. I found them to be great in the afternoon. It’s like getting a swift kick in the ass when your after lunch fog is just about to take over and make you the most unproductive human being on earth.

In Conclusion

The 30 Day Cold Shower Knockout Challenge is definitely a great consideration if you are a person who can’t get yourself going in the morning. As for me I’ve been steady doing cold showers every day and I don’t anticipate stopping any time soon.

Have you tried the cold shower knockout challenge? You can read more about it here.

If you have done it please share your thoughts and experience in the comments below.

30 Day Cold Shower Knockout Challenge Results
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12 thoughts on “30 Day Cold Shower Knockout Challenge Results

  • May 6, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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    I am doing this. Challenge Accepted.

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    • May 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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      RW,

      Alright lets see what ya got. Feel free to come back and post your journey/results.

      TIm

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  • April 8, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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    Ive made it to day 8 and this is freaking hard. I cant believe you did this for 30 whole days. You are an animal.

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    • April 10, 2017 at 11:06 pm
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      Whoa Dude, nice job getting started. Ya gotta keep it going, you are almost a third of the way there. Check in with me and let me know how its going for you. I am so happy that you are on Day 8!

      FANTASTIC JOB!!

      -Tim

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  • March 25, 2017 at 10:52 pm
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    I saw this challenge and thought “I Got This”…then I read your day to day review. I don’t think I have the balls to make it through. 15 days before I start seeing a difference…no offense – NOT WORTH IT! HAHAH

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    • March 29, 2017 at 11:03 pm
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      Hey Jeff,

      Im telling ya it is totally worth it, its just hard to see that from your vantage point right now. Give it a go, try it for one day. Don’t worry about 15 days just get through Day 1.

      Keep me posted on your results,
      Tim

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  • March 8, 2017 at 10:48 pm
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    This seems like the bravest thing in the world…so hard!

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    • March 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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      Hey Jen,

      Its certainly not easy, but like anything you get used to it. My mornings are infinitely better since doing this.

      Tim

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  • March 6, 2017 at 10:47 pm
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    I’ve been wanting to try this, its so daunting to stand outside the cold shower though. How the hell do I convince myself to jump in?

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    • March 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm
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      Hey Bennidito,

      You just gotta do it. Thats about the best I can tell you. It was sooooo hard for me at first. Don’t try to ease in…its like ripping the bandaide off, you just gotta do it and dont think about it. Once your in, just try and stand still. Good Luck and let me know how it goes.

      Thanks for the comment,
      Tim

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  • February 28, 2017 at 10:53 pm
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    I live in Puerto Rico and often use an outside shower which has no hot water. Cold shower challenge everyday.

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    • February 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm
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      Hey Tiff,

      That sounds kind of crazy and exotic! Im sure its hot enough outside the cold water doesn’t feel so mind numbing.

      -Tim

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