Is Novak Djokovic Getting Training Tips from Lady Gaga?

28 Aug

Novak Djokovic recently revealed that he has been entering a futuristic egg-like chamber reminiscent of the one from Lady Gaga’s famous hatching from The Grammy Awards. Unlike Gaga’s, Nole’s egg is not just a prop and is supposed to simulate high altitude conditions to saturate the blood with oxygen and promote healing. It’s called a CVAC pod and while not banned currently by the ATP, you have to imagine there will be discussions of such now that Novak has revealed his use publicly. Other athletes have used devices like this before, but the drastic improvement in Novak’s results this year may make others cvac podquestion whether or not this training method is in the spirit of fair competition.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, “(CVAC) claims that spending up to 20 minutes in the pod three times a week can boost athletic performance by improving circulation, boosting oxygen-rich red-blood cells, removing lactic acid and possibly even stimulating mitochondrial biogenesis and stem-cell production.”

Djokovic also changed his diet to become gluten-free, and many have attributed his improvement in performance to this diet change. While many others have since gone gluten-free, you may want to invest in CVAC in case this starts a new trend – and a much more expensive trend than a loaf of gluten-free bread. Novak explained, “I think it really helps, not with muscle but more with recovery after an exhausting set. It’s like a spaceship. It’s very interesting technology.”

While the use of this CVAC pod cannot be the only reason for Novak’s unprecedented 57-2 record this year and new-found dominance over Rafael Nadal in particular, but it certainly makes me curious how much of a factor this contraption has really been. We certainly have not seen Nole gasping for air during matches like he had been in previous seasons.

In other Nole news, let’s take a look at what else he revealed about himself when he dressed up as one of today’s biggest female icons…and no, we are not talking about Lady Gaga again.

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