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Taking the plunge: Ajax Fitness introduces new cold plunge, infrared sauna

Ajax Fitness owner David Mills (left) poses with fitness expert Bill Fabrocini during a public introduction to the gym’s latest cold plunge and infrared sauna on Tuesday.
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Forget sitting on a couch for therapy, Ajax Fitness says try a cold bath instead. 

Cold plunge, also known as cold water immersion or cold therapy, is now being offered at Ajax Fitness along with an infrared sauna. To help introduce the new facilities to the public, owner David Mills held an event on Tuesday to discuss recovery techniques along with the truth behind common recovery myths.

With Ajax Fitness having only opened its doors to the public this last spring, he said it’s an addition he’s wanted to offer from the very beginning and is excited to now finally be in a position to see the plan come to fruition.

“It’s really amazing,” he said. “The research is still developing on how beneficial it can be, and to be one of the only places in Aspen that has this facility, it’s just great to be able to offer it to our members and communities and have it available.

Clinical Specialist and Aspen Core Fitness cofounder Bill Fabrocini led an informational talk to explain the various health benefits that come from applying cold and hot temperatures to the body, such as combating the tides of aging, as well as improving athletic performance and reducing the risk of injury.

“Cold plunging has gained popularity due to its numerous benefits, extending beyond muscle recovery.” he said, “Cold plunging builds mental toughness and resilience, improves mood, and even enhances immune response.” 

Ajax Fitness owner David Mills demonstrates the use of the gym’s latest cold plunge facility.
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With regard to the new sauna, Mills explained how infrared light is

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