Melissa Wood-Tepperberg’s Cold Plunge Therapy Reaction Is Totally Relatable

The 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie and MWH founder is clearly not into this wellness trend.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

Wellness leader Melissa Wood-Tepperberg is getting real about the cold plunge trend. While we’ve seen many fitness influencers hop into a tub of icy water without so much as a single shiver, the 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie provided a realistic video of her process on social media.

On June 24, Wood-Tepperberg shared an Instagram clip of herself prepping to get into the tub. She slowly submerged herself up to her neck and began trying to breathe through the discomfort. 

“I can’t do it... I hate that thing,” the certified yoga and Pilates instructor declared as she hopped out of the tub.

Plenty of Wood-Tepperberg’s one million IG followers were impressed with her honesty, which she further illustrated in her caption: “I may crush a few things when it comes to wellness…but a cold plunge ain’t one of them. 😭 Looks like I have some work to do coach @jasonstrauss.”

“You did great on the second try . 👏,” Strauss responded in the comments.

“Finally someone real 😂😂😂,” Dikla Goren Dekel applauded.

“FINALLLLLY SOMEONE who’s honest lol. Cuz this cold life isn’t for all of us lol,” Candice Cuoco added.

“The realest. The cold plunge life just isn’t for me,” someone else agreed.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.