The sauna can be a true phase-changer for the mind – a useful tool for tackling difficult problems, juicing creative flow, or providing a new perspective.
It’s also a relaxing and effective way to recover from hard workouts or strenuous activities.
It’s no wonder the sauna has become routine for many top performing athletes, businesspeople, academics, celebrities, and top performers.
We compiled a surprising list of CEOs, athletes, top performers, academics, and serial entrepreneurs, and other celebrities that sauna as part of their daily routine.
Tim Ferriss, Rick Rubin, and Laird Hamilton Barrel Sauna For Peak Performance and Recovery
These top performers are all top performers in their fields. They are also friends who share workouts, life lessons, and sauna sessions together.
Tim Ferriss is a best selling author and a Guinea Pig for testing health routines, diets, and other performance hacks. Traditional barrel saunas are a common topic on his podcast, where he learned about them from his friends.
Tims friend Rick Rubin is a legendary music producer responsible for some of the most influential records of all time, including Beastie Boys, Metallica, AC/DC, Shakira, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Adele, and fellow sauna-user Lady Gaga.
Rick Rubin has an electric barrel sauna at his Malibu home made by Almost Heaven. Inside the 200 F. Degree sauna, he recorded a podcast with Tim Ferris that became one of the most downloaded and interesting Tim Ferris podcasts ever. The podcast is recorded in the hot room in 15-20 minute sessions broken up by ice baths cool-downs.
The third amigo, Laird Hamilton is a world-class surfer and athlete with an intense underwater weight training program.
Laird and his wife Gabrielle Reese (also a pro athlete) are regular barrel sauna users to aid recovery and supercharge workouts.
Lady Gaga Uses Sauna For Chronic Pain
An estimated 20 percent of adults in the US suffer from chronic pain, a staggering number that includes the one and only Lady Gaga. While we know about her struggles with chronic pain from her music, we know about her answer to it on instagram and interviews.
Gaga claims the infrared sauna and ice baths helps her perform her job, and things she loves when she doesn’t feel like getting out of bed. In addition to her home sauna, she uses saunas on tour between rehearsals and makeup.
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I was so overwhelmed by the empathy, confessions & personal stories of chronic pain in response to my previous post I thought what the hell. Maybe I should just share some of my personal remedies I've acquired over the past five years. Everyone's body and condition is different U should consult w ure Dr. but what the heck here we go! When my body goes into a spasm one thing I find really helps is infrared sauna. I've invested in one. They come in a large box form as well as a low coffin-like form and even some like electric blankets! You can also look around your community for a infrared sauna parlor or homeopathic center that has one. I combine this treatment with marley silver emergency blankets (seen in the photo) that trap in the heat and are very cheap, reusable and effective for detox as well as weight loss! In order to not overheat my system and cause more inflammation i follow this with either a VERY cold bath, ice bath (if u can stand it, it's worth it) or the most environmentally savvy way is to keep many reusable cold packs in the freezer ( or frozen peas' n carrots'!) and pack them around the body in all areas of pain. Hope this helps some of you, it helps me to keep doing my passion, job and the things I love even on days when I feel like I can't get out of bed. Love you and thank you for all your positive messages.
Lady Gaga has an infrared sauna in her house which she uses when her body “goes into spasm.” Gaga supercharges the sauna with a Mylar (not Marley, as she typo’d on Instagram) silver emergency blanket which traps the body heat. You can buy them super cheap here.
Since infrared saunas top out around 130 degrees F (as apposed to 200+ for traditional saunas), this seems like a good solution! Plus, if you have chronic pain, you know an emergency is exactly what this is.
Several doctors and pain clinics use infrared and traditional sauna exposure to manage chronic pain, especially when caused by fibromyalgia.
Like many top performers, Gaga follows sauna sessions with an ice bath. However, she later wrote on twitter that the cold doesn’t help her with fibromyalgia.
“Thought ice helped #Fibromyalgia. I was wrong & making it worse. Warm/Heat is better. Electric Heated Blanket, Infrared Sauna, Epsom Baths.”
Safe to say Gaga is a true believer of the benefits infrared saunas. She seems to be diving into her health challenges and sensitive issues out of hope that her experience might help some of her fans manage similar symptoms.
Lady Gaga is extremely open about this, and it’s likely there are many more celebrities who sauna frequently without sharing.
Meghan Markle’s Weekly Infrared Sauna Sessions
Meghan Markle, the American-born actress and duchess of Sussex uses an infrared sauna once a week. When asked about her personal health tips that keep her on top of her game, she made sure to include her sauna sessions. She claims the sauna is the number one thing she does for her health, primarily to remove toxins.
There is very little else known about Meghan Markle’s sauna use, but rumor has it she got hooked using a Laatu infrared sauna.
Although she used infrared saunas in America, we wonder if being English royalty lends itself to more traditional sauna opportunities.
Wim Hof: The Ice Man Has Another Side
Wim Hof, also known as The Ice Man is a Dutch extreme athlete known for his ability to withstand extreme cold and hold his breath underwater. He’s set records for the longest under ice swim, barefoot on-ice marathon, and longest full-body contact with ice. He also climbed Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts.
Less known, and likely very relevant to his ability to withstand cold, is his ability to handle extreme heat in his home sauna he uses daily.
The bodies ability to thermal regulate extreme temperatures is something that can be trained for, and is an ability our ancestors almost certainly had dialed in.
Others Who Sauna (coming soon):
Cindy Crawford, Founder of Surly Brewery, Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter, Square), Kardashians, Dr. Oz, Chelsea Handler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Donald Rumsfeld, Scott Olson (entrepreneur and inventor of Roller Blades, Dr. Rhonda Patrick
Tony Robins Uses Sauna and Cold Plunge After Daily Workouts
Motivational speaker and guru Tony Robins often speaks for 16 hours in a single seminar. His training is designed to maximize the benefits in the shortest amount of time possible. To achieve this, he includes a cold plunge and sauna at each of his 7 houses. He follows an intense, 15 minute workout with 5-10 minutes in the sauna and a plunge. See recommended sauna duration here.
Do Celebrities Who Sauna Get More Done?
The celebrities who sauna that we know about are ultra high-performers. Sauna has many health benefits that would be especially beneficial in high stress situations and dealing with stress.
Celebrities who sauna tend to share their routines, making it likely they will continue to help grow the adoption of saunas.