THE ICE BATH REPLACEMENT

The Aquilo system mimics the ice bath by delivering ice water straight to your legs. Using full-leg cooling pads with a tight outer compression garment, the Aquilo system squeezes circulating ice water against your aching muscles all while keeping you perfectly dry.

Within the first few minutes of wearing the pants, your skin temperature will drop to the perfect recovery range of 10-12ºC.

WE PUT AQUILO TO THE TEST

Our team of doctors and engineers developed a study with Dr. William Kraemer and his team of researchers at the Ohio State University Neuroscience Lab. With years of published research on athletic performance, compression, cooling, and recovery, Dr. Kraemer was the perfect expert to pinpoint the benefits of Aquilo. Two groups of athletes were put through an exhausting lower body workout and then were asked to rest.

 ONE GROUP USED THE AQUILO SYSTEM TO RECOVER / THE OTHER GROUP SIMPLY RESTED 

For the next 48 hours, the athletes in each study group were closely monitored. Each was asked to participated in a number of tests to determine how effective the treatment was. These results were combined with a full blood-work analysis of each athlete to look at the biological and psychological effects of cooling and compression.

REDUCE MUSCLE DAMAGE

When you work out your muscles break down and release enzymes into your blood. The blood work on the athletes showed that there was a large presence of Creatine Kinase (CK) in the blood following the workout. This is a bio-marker for muscle breakdown and is a good way to tell how quickly your body is recovering.

The athletes who used the Aquilo system experienced a 40% decrease in CK levels over the 48 hours following the cooling treatment.

REDUCE PAIN

It’s tough to begin a workout when you are still sore from the day before. If you follow every workout with an Aquilo cooling session, you can stop the pain before it gets a chance to settle in.

The athletes that used Aquilo after their workout reported a significant decrease in overall pain for 48 hours following the cooling treatment.

Keep in mind that these athletes only used the Aquilo system once, yet continued to see pain reduction 2 days after the treatment. Imagine the additional pain reduction if a second or third treatment was added!

IMPROVE SLEEP QUALITY

Sleep is by far the most important part of your daily training routine. These precious hours of sleep are often the only time your muscles have a chance to rebuild. Many athletes report that they have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep due to excessive soreness. We asked the athletes in the study to closely monitor their sleeping patterns and report on their quality of sleep.

The results showed that those who were given the Aquilo cooling treatment slept more comfortably for the next 48 hours.

GENERATE MORE POWER

Whether it’s for the first step of the race, or the last push to the finish line, every movement matters. In a separate section of the study, we asked the athletes to perform a specific type of countermovement jump at the end of the specified workout. During this jump we measured their total power output. This jump was then performed two more times in the 48 hours after the workout.

The group that recovered with the Aquilo system were able to generate more power for 48 hours after the workout.

MORE STUDIES ON COOLING

A customised cold-water immersion protocol favours...

“The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether a customised cold-water immersion protocol (CWIc) was more effective in enhancing acute performance recovery than a one-size-fits-all CWI (CWIs)- or active recovery (AR) protocol.”


European Journal of Sport Science · October 2017

Combining clod water immersion, compression and sleep recovery...

“ The current study investigated the effects of combining cold water immersion (CWI), full- body compression garments (CG) and sleep hygiene recommendations on physical, physiological and perceptual recovery following two a day, on-court training and match-play sessions.”

International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2014

Effects of Water Immersion on Posttraining Recovery in Australian Footballers

“Purpose: The authors investigated the efficacy of a single exposure to 14 min of cold-water immersion (COLD) and contrast water therapy (CWT) on posttraining recovery in Australian football (AF).”

International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2012

A customised cold-water immersion protocol favours...

The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether a customised cold-water immersion (CWIc) protocol was more effective in enhancing acute performance recovery than a one-size-fits-all CWI (CWIs) or active recovery (AR) protocol.

European Journal of Sport Science - Feb 2018