Infrared sauna?

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    Aug 16, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    My gym just installed a infrared sauna and being the geek I researched into it. There are reports in science journals and of course the websites stating it can help with cardio, weightloss, and injuries.

    I was just wondering if anybody has any personal experiences or comments they can add from infrared saunas?
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    Aug 16, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    I have one, and I love it. What I like is that it lets me sweat profusely for an extended period of time at a comfortable temperature. Conventional saunas, at 160-170 degrees, are just too hot for my comfort. The way I adjust the vent in mine keeps the temp at around 120.

    One thing I've noticed about many home FIR saunas is that the heat sources are not evenly distributed. Mine has four 163 watt ceramic heaters on the back wall that I sit only a couple inches away from, yet there are only two heaters on the front wall, with the same wattage, and they're about 20 inches away from my stomach. Combined with the glass door, the effect is that my back would heat up and my front would feel chilled ice cold.

    The first thing I did was tape some of that aluminized bubble wrap radiant insulation to the inside of the door to better keep in the heat. That helped a little bit, but what really fixed the problem was adding more heaters. As it happens, the bathroom with the sauna has electrical outlets on two different circuit breakers. So, I added two 350 watt ceramic heaters in front, powered by the other circuit. The radiant heat is now much more even, and it warms up more quickly.
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    Aug 16, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    rywboy saidMy gym just installed a infrared sauna and being the geek I researched into it. There are reports in science journals and of course the websites stating it can help with cardio, weightloss, and injuries.

    I was just wondering if anybody has any personal experiences or comments they can add from infrared saunas?


    What gym is this, I'm totally jealous.

    I do infrared sauna once a month. It's a more comfortable heat so you can sweat longer. That said, it heats you from the inside, so (supposedly) you sweat more efficiently.

    After an infrared sauna session (two hours) my heart is beating like I just went on a run. Awesome.
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    Aug 16, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    I've never heard of one, but since I already live in a sauna (Florida) I suppose it doesn't matter. I can just sit outside to sweat free of charge! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 16, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    Infrared sauna?
    As a sauna-nut, I have not heard of this. But since this is something new in the USA, no doubt it will eventually catch on here in the UK.

    Paradox mentions temperatures of 160-170 degrees. I assume he means Fahrenheit. I bathe in temperatures between 100-110 degrees Celsius. That is pretty hot enough for me!
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    Aug 16, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    NotThatOld saidParadox mentions temperatures of 160-170 degrees. I assume he means Fahrenheit.


    My apologies to the metrically enlightened. I am, alas, hopelessly American when it comes to units of measurement.