Poliquin. Interesting guy. Very knowledgable. And certainly not affraid to share his ideas. But some of the stuff he says and recommends just baffles me. I remember last summer I was doing an upper arm specialization program I had written. @ the end of each trainin session I would take contrast showers for about 20 mins. and do some stretches on the upper arms. An hour later I would place ice on my bis’ & tris’ for about 20 mins. several times a day. I did this for about 4 weeks. Did it help? I don’t know for sure.
How were my gains? Very impressive. No I didn’t take measurements and I have no before and after photos. I measured my gains from DOMS, visible gains , strength gains & decreased time off between training sessions. Now I can’t tell you this is all because of the ice?
My nutrition was solid, general stress was low , got lots of solid quality sleep etc… Give it a shot. Make your own decision based on your results. Like Poliquin said in his article. Do what works for you. Not what others are doing necessarily. Remember the story about the lemmings?.. think about it