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Exercise/Training, Fred Robinson

3 Types of Cardio for Your Weekly Workouts

Posted on July 02, 2019 by Fred Robinson

I’m often asked what I do for training off the court. I wanted to share the following with you in hopes that you’ll consider working these into your weekly regime for fully optimized fitness. [...]

Exercise/Training, Product Recommendations, Fred Robinson

Fred's Favorite Tools for Muscle Fatigue

Posted on June 08, 2019 by Fred Robinson

Training equals getting beat up and extreme training means getting pounded all the time!  I have always been a believer in taking care of myself.  Even with this said, though, I have still experience with a wide array of injuries and strains as I am sure you can relate. Below are a few of the tools that I use to treat muscle fatigue.  They are easy to take with you when traveling and have helped me on numerous occasions.  [...]

Nutrition, Exercise/Training

Crossfit Coach/Nutrition Expert Breaks Down What You Need to Eat for Optimal Performance

Posted on May 27, 2018 by Body Helix

Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with one of Charlotte’s premier Crossfit coaches and nutrition experts, Jessica Pinkerton. Pinkerton has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and biology and a master’s degree in health promotion and health education. She is Precision Nutrition Certified and works one-on-one with athletes and nutrition clients. She is co-owner and coach at one of Charlotte’s largest Crossfit gyms, Crossfit Vitality. Pinkerton discusses the benefits of a whole foods diet for athletes of all types. She discusses, in detail, how food choices not only affect how our bodies look, but more importantly, how our bodies feel and perform. [...]

Exercise/Training

6 Ways to Ease Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Erin Boynton, M.D.

If you’ve ever hit the gym really hard, you’ve probably suffered through this particularly nasty workout hangover. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS if you want to impress your meathead friends, is the muscular pain, stiffness, and soreness you feel 24-48 hours after you worked them, and can last up to ten days. Eccentric muscular contractions, in which the muscle is lengthened, make you especially susceptible to DOMS. Now, while DOMS can be extremely painful, it isn’t pathological — it’s just a bunch of muscular micro injuries which, given time, will repair themselves and make you stronger. That being said, I don't recommend regularly pushing yourself to such extremes where you become so sore the next day that walking up stairs feels like ascending Everest. However, if you do happen to suffer from DOMS, here are some things you can do: 1. HYDRATE Hydrating before your workout can help prevent DOMS, and hydrating when you’re hurting can help treat it. You see, stiff muscles aren’t just overworked—they’re thirsty. Dehydrated tissue is hard and dry, but when you down your water bottle or sports drink, some of that water makes its way to the dry tissue, and it regains some of that lost suppleness.      2. ALTERNATE BETWEEN HOT AND COLD TREATMENTS  Personally, I like to begin with an ice bath, but I’m somewhat of a glutton for punishment and I know not everyone can take the chill. Still, it is good to start with something cold, and then alternate between cold and hot, like moving between an ice pack and heating pad every five minutes. This increases blood supply to the affected muscles which, in turn, accelerates the healing process.  3. WEAR COMPRESSION GEAR Compression gear, like Body Helix compression sleeves, give your body a tight little hug, increasing the blood supply to all-those nutrition-hungry muscles. When used for injury management, there isn’t a better compression product available. Many of you are familiar with the RICE (Rest, Ice, COMPRESSION, Elevation) method of treatment. This method has been around for decades, proving its value when it comes to treating an injury. Compression treatment of the supporting muscles and tendons eases the burden on the injured tissue. In addition, increased blood flow and reduced fatigue have been scientifically proven with use of compression products. 4. TAKE AN IBUPROFEN Will an ibuprofen help repair all those muscular micro injuries? No, but it will help reduce the pain, which will make it easier for you to move, and that will help you heal.  5. MOVE AROUND If you’re hurting from DOMS, it can be very tempting to spend the day in bed or splayed out on the couch, but it’s important to move around so you can flush out the muscles.  At the very least, you need to get up and walk a bit, but I’d also recommend some light cardio if you can manage it. Personally, I like to hop on my spin bike and dial the resistance down to zero, and just go nice and easy for 20 minutes. 6. STRETCH  Finally, you need to stretch your muscles and work through that stiffness. If it’s your arms that are sore, start by gently moving them in every which way, slowly working towards regaining your full range of motion. Once you start moving and stretching, you’ll start to feel better pretty quickly, but as soon as you stop that stiffness will set right back in. So move as much as you can, but try not to overdo it — it may be active recovery, but it’s still recovery.     [...]

Exercise/Training

Why You Should Switch Up Your Exercise Routine

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Erin Boynton, M.D.

If we do the same motion over and over again, two things happen: 1. Imbalances develop from overuse. 2. The musculoskeletal system adapts, and your strength, flexibility, and endurance plateau. Thankfully, there's a pretty easy solution -- switch things up! Now, this could be something as simple as trying something new. Instead of biking, go for a swim. Instead of running, go for a bike ride. However, you can also just change the kinds of motion you're doing during your activity. For example, if you're a weightlifter who likes to go hard and heavy, maybe try a session of low weights and high repetitions. If you usually play goalie in your pickup hockey games, why not give another position a try for a week. When we stimulate our musculoskeletal system in new ways, the body is forced to adapt. So whatever you do,  just keep your body guessing!     [...]

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