A Quick Note on CT Science & Tweaking: I’m going -300 F

Tomorrow by this time, I’ll have gone into the chamber of cold death.

Just talked to the guy at Viking CryoTherapy in Los Gatos, CA. He has a facility within about 5 minutes from me. A commenter hooked me up. We talked a while about my background with things, and he agreed to hook me up with the max.

-300 degrees fahrenheit, somewhere between 2.5 and 3 minutes in the gauntlet. Liquid nitrogen fueled. I’m taking a camera and hope to report back.

…Later, if I survive.

Remember: No woo. No asteroids; just rational science, individual experimentation and results. Even if an asteroid did hit thousands of years ago and shaped human evolution, you’re still the fuck on you’re own right now…today! Get over it, get fucking used to it, and most particularly, quit listening to fucking gurus.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. James on May 23, 2012 at 17:52
  2. Chris on May 24, 2012 at 03:23

    Richard isn’t exactly the first person to do this, people.

    I’ve also heard of a similar therapy used to reduce bodyfat, and its apparently quite successful. But much like the cholesterol con, as long as there’s a possible threat, a possible inkling that someone might be right, a possible way to make money or feed one’s ego, then none of the science actually matters.

    • Txomin on May 24, 2012 at 04:37

      Yes, the science is far from new. It has been used, for example, to quickly heal bone fractures in sports medicine.

      His dick won’t fall off.

  3. Chris on May 23, 2012 at 18:09

    I couldn’t resist.

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  4. Jeanie on May 23, 2012 at 18:22

    Holy cow, Richard, I hope your life insurance is paid up!

  5. Laurie D. on May 23, 2012 at 18:46

    Wow, just watch out for the guy with the hammer. Those liquid nitrogen experiments are always fun to watch.

  6. Tyler on May 23, 2012 at 19:15

    Camera = video camera, right? This madness must be recorded!

  7. VW on May 23, 2012 at 19:42

    What if your eyeballs freeze into ice cubes?

    • Richard Nikoley on May 23, 2012 at 23:04

      Your head is outside the chamber.

      • LeonRover on May 24, 2012 at 00:53

        Unlike most peoples’ – which is up their chamber!!

  8. Luke on May 23, 2012 at 19:52

    Free the Popsicle.

    • Geoff on May 24, 2012 at 13:47

      Freeze the Animal!

  9. Steven on May 23, 2012 at 19:57

    You’re insane–in a good way. That’s why I keep reading this blog.

  10. Monte on May 23, 2012 at 20:59

    I can listen to whoever in the fuck I want to.

    • Richard Nikoley on May 23, 2012 at 23:06

      Knock yourself out, Monte

    • LeonRover on May 24, 2012 at 00:55

      I never have time to listen when “in the fuck”.

      (Ya left that one open)

  11. rob on May 24, 2012 at 00:07

    Wouldn’t 3 minutes in liquid nitrogen be game over? Nikoley smashed into a billion little frozen pieces. You’re a stubborn bastad though so I’d imagine you’d be like terminator two, slowly melt into a pool of Nikoley and reform into your original self.

  12. rob on May 24, 2012 at 03:14

    Kruse increased his bench press by 150 pounds by sitting in ice, so if you survive this experience you should be capable of benching 500 pounds.

  13. Elenor on May 24, 2012 at 06:15

    Unless he hits it with a hammer?

  14. gourmetcooking on May 24, 2012 at 06:18

    remember to cover yourself in flesh eating bacteria before you go in the chamber. the experiment will prove nothing otherwise.

    • Mike on May 24, 2012 at 06:36


  15. Richard Nikoley on May 24, 2012 at 07:49

    I didn’t, charles. More than 2 links and it goes in the moderation queue to make sure it’s not spam. I just put it on through, and thanks for the info.

  16. jofjltncb6 on May 24, 2012 at 08:04

    From the headline, I thought you were kidding…

    …and after reading more, I thought you were crazy.

    After reading even more about it, well, I still think you’re crazy, but this sounds awesome.

    • Richard Nikoley on May 24, 2012 at 08:17

      My main purpose is to see if a mere 2.5 minutes can accomplish the same thing as 30 minutes in the tub. That’s a huge savings in time & boredom (and torture, who can’t take 2.5 minutes of something?).

      • Sean on May 24, 2012 at 09:20

        My wife!

      • mark on May 24, 2012 at 10:30

        And how will you know you accomplished anything?

      • gourmetcooking on May 24, 2012 at 10:49

        My accomplishments with my wife take far less than 2.5 minutes. Paleo folklore says that you have to be quick to finish your accomplishments or you’ll risk being attacked by a mountain lion.

      • Joseph Fetz on May 24, 2012 at 15:28

        Yeah, but that’s a lot of capital for a chill. I’d imagine that if this turned out to be effective that it would cost quite a bit of money to do it regularly, especially if you want your own equip.

  17. A.B. Dada on May 24, 2012 at 08:36

    I expect MAJOR shrinkage.

    Please kindly refrain from posting pics of that, though.

    • Ben on May 24, 2012 at 10:29

      Please DO post pictures. For science!

      • gourmetcooking on May 24, 2012 at 10:50

        Remember to include before and after pics for statistical significance.

  18. rob on May 24, 2012 at 09:52

    Icing my joints seems to work really well for me. Professional athletes depend on joint health for their livelihood, so if they are doing it imo it probably works.

    I’ve got a creaky knee a creaky hip and a creaky shoulder so I’ll stick with it so long as it works.

    All the studies make my head spin.

    Though I don’t buy the CT as a cure to obesity argument because in my experience to burn several hundred calories I have to bust my ass, so I am skeptical of any method that does not involve ass busting.

    • Chris Tamme on May 24, 2012 at 10:01

      Go tell my friend that has been doing crossfit on top of running and exercises 7 days a week that she isn’t busting her ass enough since she isn’t losing any weight. I guarantee the response will be a knuckle sandwich. Isn’t this the bullshit that got us to where we are today.

      • mark on May 24, 2012 at 10:29

        Just tell her to stop eating as much. She will lose weight

      • rob on May 24, 2012 at 10:51

        Sorry but no way am I going to risk getting punched by a fat chick who exercises.

  19. Chris Tamme on May 24, 2012 at 09:55

    I had a chem professor that stuck his finger in some liquid nitrogen. He said the secret was not to try to move it or the skin would crack. He apparently did this every semester during this experiment. He still had all his fingers too.

    • Shelley on May 24, 2012 at 10:09

      My dermatologist loves to use liquid nitrogen on all my pesky little basal cells (the downside of growing up in FL). I wonder if a full-body dunk in the cryo tank will take care of all them pronto. All I know is I am a total wuss and can hardly stand it sprayed in isolated parts – like my shins where it really hurts!

      good luck.

  20. Otzi on May 24, 2012 at 10:49

    Awesome! I’ve known about cryotherapy for quite some time but there isn’t anywhere to do it near me. I still say the colder the better–screw Kruse and Kronise.

    As to being fucked and on your own–you may be misguided. The study of epigenetics, involving DNA methylisation, (which is highly diet/environmentally induced) shows our ability to preserve or change our DNA. These changes can effect your own health and offspring. It isn’t all about genetics as this study shows:

    “New research finds that increased life-span can be inherited in a non-genetic manner. The study [1] by US researchers Anne Brunet and colleagues at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, and Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, adds to the growing evidence of epigenetic inheritance that increasingly undermines the conventional idea that genes determine traits.”

    Epigenetics – read and blog! you’ll learn a lot, but it’s some heady crap!

  21. jon w on May 24, 2012 at 10:51

    I had to check my calendar, to be sure it’s not april first.

    What’s next, absolute zero acupuncture?

    • gourmetcooking on May 24, 2012 at 12:28

      Yeah, I thought this was an April 1st thing too. Either that or ANGRY DICK’S BLOG WAS HACKED!

  22. Mike on May 24, 2012 at 14:26


    Read your story and sure enough there was a cryo facility just 2 blocks from my house. I went right over and subjected myself to 3 minutes of Outer space cold. Legs were shaking at the end. Apparently that is normal. I’ll take the CT over a bathtub full of ice ( ran a marathon, bucket list stuff) for 20 minutes. Going back for more sessions. Will report on my progress.

    As the gas initially surrounds you I wondered if this is what Walt Disney felt like.

    • Richard Nikoley on May 24, 2012 at 15:27


      Just got back. Drugs are overrated.

      Got some video, drafting now.

  23. annie on May 24, 2012 at 15:13

    Oh. The cryochamber.
    Yeah, this was on Doctor Oz (LOL). Months ago.

    Didn’t seem too strenuous. The girl lived. 😀

  24. Kate Ground on May 25, 2012 at 09:09

    Now I know you are just plain nuts!!

  25. golooraam on June 13, 2012 at 22:28

    I’ve done about 17 sessions and am loving it – body comp slowly improving and sleeping better

    your junk doesn’t fall off, and it’s quite refreshing

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