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Always On: Is Stanford's cooling glove the future of exercise?
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Always On: Is Stanford's cooling glove the future of exercise?

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Scientists at Stanford have developed a cooling device that they believe can boost athletic performance better than steroids. Molly Wood goes through an intense workout while wearing the glove and tests to see if it actually works!

-Remember when I ran that 13-mile half marathon last summer? I could have actually doubled my performance capacity all with the help of this funny-looking glove. I recently visited Stanford where researchers are developing tech that can make exercise way more efficient, no steroids necessary. -We have freshman women doing over 900 push ups in 45 minutes. What we've shown is we can get equivalent increases in training response and performance responses without using steroids. And the nice thing about it is it leaves no residue. -Or extra nipples or whatever else on. It works by letting cold water flow into a vacuum around the palm of your hand. Then it helps drive that cold blood back into the rest of your body, the result-- a faster recovery and better performance. Okay, So what I'm feeling is almost like a blood pressure cuff, like a little bit of constriction. -Right. So you pull your hand out and you can see your hand is still warm. -Right. It's so fascinating how this part is warm and this part is cool. -Yeah. -Warm, cool, warm, cool-- -What we've found is that the buildup of heat is a major contributor to fatigue on and so if we can keep the temperature from rising so fast, people can exercise for a longer. -Wait-- what in God's name-- so of course in the name of science, I had to put this cooling glove to the test. This is-- I don't even know I was gonna start off completely horrific. What do I have to do here? -The worst kinda stick the stomach up a probe 2 ft. up your nose. -This is the most terrified I've ever been and then I lean my head back a little? -You can lean back. -Oh, dear God. -You find a little [unk]. -Yeah. -There you go. Now, it's going into your mouth. -Uh-hmm. -And swallow. Just keep flowing, like the taste of it? -Yeah, wonderful. This is the best thing I've ever done. -Wow. -Well, that was awful. Okay. It's all up hill from here, right? -Better than just about any [unk] I've seen doing this. -Really? -You did it on your first pass just right through. -Okay, well, thank you. That's good to know. Super attractive too, I bet. Then it was time to get me into the ultra hot exercise chamber. So I have a temperature probe way deep down in my nose in the esophagus. I'm in a room that's about 101 degrees Fahrenheit and I'm gonna walk up at 10% slow per 20 or 30 minutes and just get all heated up and sweating and snotty. -There you go. -Okay. -So you've come up about-- how much do you gain out? So your temperature is find and pretty quick now. -All right. I feel it. -What [unk] temperature up to about 38 and then put the cooling device on one hand and see if we can changes trajectory of the core temperature of it. Okay. It's time to cool you down now. So let's see what happens here. So, are you feeling anything? -My hand feels cooler. After about 10 more minutes, I was spent-- -Now let's see. -All right. I can't believe how hard that was, like I ran 13 miles two months ago and I thought that might kill me. -So we're doing is just watching your temperature drop here. -And the gloves seemed to have worked. My core temperature went down and more importantly my good mood came back. The glove has proven so effective that Stanford is even using it to train their own athletes and sometimes on the field too. -All right. Set! -What we'll do is when we're training especially in the summer in the heat, we'll have it right away available and if somebody is struggling, they need a little bit of recovery. Somebody might be cramping, a hydration issue-- anything will put them on the unit. -As it kinda-- at the meantime until it goes mainstream. Is it kind of a little unpaired [unk] that you guys-- -It sounds like a little secret. We presented to the pack 12 and there's a lot of interests within other teams but again there's still skeptical about it. So we like to keep it a little secret I guess until it really goes mainstream. -I can't believe faint I feel actually. I'm not ready for the football team but my results were impressive. -And then at this point, we put on the cooling device and you can see we have changed the trajectory of your core temperature rise. -Right. Without the glove I would have run out of steam at 15 minutes. With the glove I would have conked out at more like 30 minutes, a doubling of my performance. And is that pretty consistent across everybody who tries it? I mean, do you find that-- -Yeah, we always seen improvement and performance. A lot of it has to deal with what the fitness levels of the individuals are. -The Stanford team says their research into temperature control has all kinds of medical potential from helping patients with multiple sceloris to be more active, to getting obese people off the couch for longer periods. -Individuals with multiple sceloris, you can actually give them a degree of freedom able to go out and walk twice as far as I normally be able to. That for me is very dramatic. -Yeah. -You know, if you're talking about exercise performance having guys doing 600 pull ups and 1000 push ups pretty dramatic too, so-- -Right. For my part, I'm probably not gonna get a 600 pull ups but I am ready to give this glove thing and try in the real world as long as I never have to do that nose tube thing again. Lots of them walking to it.
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