Results tagged “recovery”

Looking At : Week Ending Mar 16, 2014


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Dec 22, 2013


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Dec 15, 2013


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Dec 8, 2013


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Nov 24, 2013


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Video for Gymchat 213 (Roundtable) - How to get BIGGER and STRONGER

Thanks again to everyone who watched and took part in the discussion Gymchat 213 (Roundtable) - How to get BIGGER and STRONGER - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.



Video for Gymchat 211 - Training Approaches (Roundtable)

Thanks again to everyone who watched and took part in the discussion Gymchat 211 - Training Approaches (Roundtable) [with Josh Hewett] - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.



Looking At : Sep 1, 2013


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Aug 25, 2013


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Recover Better and Faster with Elite Recoup

Recover like a boss!

Elite Recoup contains Branch Chain Amino Acids and complex of B vitamins. While formulated to reduce muscle soreness and shorten recovery time between workouts, I found this easy-to-use powder equally effective as a pre-workout stimulant thanks to the addition of Citrulline Malate. My favorite pre-workout cocktail includes 5g of high-quality creatine mixed with 2 scoops of Elite Recoup. We give it: ★★★★☆.

Read the full review here.



The Future of Workout Clothing

Under Armour E39 Compression Shirt
Under Armour E39 Compression Shirt. Image via Wired Magazine.
Over the past couple of years we've seen a number of unusual ideas in the 'workout clothing' space; some of them a little more promising than others. To give you an idea, here are just a few of the things we've seen :

Under Armour E39 Compression Shirt

First up, an Under Armour shirt with several sensors built in (pictured above). Measuring things like heart rate, temperature and speed.

The MotivePro Suit

A suit that vibrates when a particular position is attained. Could be a great way of instantly checking your form.




The Squid


As with the Under Armour one, this is another sensor-enhanced workout shirt. In addition to recording things like heart rate and ambient temperature, The Squid measures how much effort one side of the body is putting in relative to the other. Nice one.



Stanford's 'Cooling Glove'

On the recovery side of the equation, Stanford University's 'Cooling Glove' is a fascinating idea. Always On recently had a great video showing this device in action.


Radiate Athletics

Recently we looked at the Radiate Athletics shirt on Kickstarter, which promises to change colour according to body temperature. Interesting idea.



Of course, added to the above are the various strength-assisting, compression and moisture wicking items that are seen in any number of gyms and competitions.



Looking At : Jan 6, 2013

Binoculars at Echo Point
Echo Point, Blue Mountains.

During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Dec 30, 2012

Binoculars at Echo Point
Echo Point, Blue Mountains.

During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Straight to the Bar 2012 : Strength-Training Resources

We've noted a number of superb resources - books, DVDs, equipment, workshops and sites - in the Strength & Fitness Newsletter this year. Here are a few personal favourites.

Precision Nutrition Fat Loss Crash Course
Precision Nutrition Fat Loss Crash Course.

If one of your goals is to shed a bit of excess fat, but you're not quite sure what to do/where to start, have a look at the Precision Nutrition Fat Loss Crash Course. Absolutely free.

Iron Nation (Kindle Edition)
Iron Nation.

A compilation of training strategies from some of the heaviest players in the Iron Game. This is training the old-fashioned way - heavy weights, good food and plenty of recovery. Beautiful.

101 Fitness Myths
101 Fitness Myths.

Maik's take on the strength-training world is not exactly mainstream; but it's certainly well-supported and highly effective. Good stuff.

Lock it down.
Get Strength Lock-Jaw Collars.

Well made, nice and tough, fast, and they can certainly handle heavy loads. Perfect.

Raising the Bar : The Definitive Guide to Bar Calisthenics
Raising the Bar : The Definitive Guide to Bar Calisthenics.

Advanced bar moves, handstand push-ups and a whole lot more.

The Blank Slate
The Blank Slate.

Love a spot of Rock Climbing? Check this out.

Fixing Elbow Pain
Fixing Elbow Pain.

If you've ever been told you have a condition like Tennis Elbow or Golfer's Elbow, you need this. Brilliant.

DVDs from the Super Human Workshop #2
DVDs from the Super Human Workshop #2.

The second Super Human Workshop was truly incredible, and a look at the many people involved will show you exactly why. To say there was some fantastic information shared is an understatement. Loved it.

StrongerGrip Modular Grip System
The StrongerGrip Modular Grip System.

If you've ever tried any of the StrongerGrip gear (and if you're a grip fan, you absolutely need to give it a run - superb equipment), you'll certainly appreciate this. After being in the works for years, the StrongerGrip Modular Grip System is finally ready for prime time.

To the Last Breath - A Memoir of Going to Extremes
To the Last Breath - A Memoir of Going to Extremes.

As goals go, this one was certainly ambitious :

Physicist Francis Slakey committed himself to climbing the highest peak on every continent and surfing every ocean.

This is a glimpse at that incredible goal, and the various challenges he encountered along the way.

How to Make Atlas Stones
How to Make Atlas Stones.

Suffice to say that if you enjoy a bit of stone work from time-to-time, this DVD should definitely be in your collection.

Supersize Your Strength
Supersize Your Strength.

I love reading books from people who have 'walked the walk', and Andy Bolton's certainly done that. Supersize Your Strength is simply a 16 week training program helping you to replicate that tremendous strength in your own training.

RunTarget
RunTarget.

RunTarget is an application for your smartphone that keeps track of where you are, and how fast you are running at any point in time. Well worth checking out.

Techniques for Light Indian Club Swinging (DVD).

Club swinging is fantastic, but where do you start? Right here.

HardStyle Abs.

Want to lift more weight, and get seriously strong abs in the process? Grab this.



Looking At : Dec 9, 2012

Binoculars at Echo Point
Echo Point, Blue Mountains.

During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Gymchat 177 - Recovery Work for the Hands

UPDATE : Unfortunately we've had to reschedule our discussion on Arm Training, apologies for that. I'll announce the new details in a week or so.

This week we'll be talking about an issue that I'm particularly keen to dive into personally, and if you're a fan of grip work then you're undoubtedly in the same boat. We'll be discussing Recovery Work for the Hands.






I love a dose of grip work.

As a standalone grip session, or a part of other exercises. Good fun.

When it comes to recovery work though, I'm always in two minds as to what to do. Should the hands be treated separately, and if so, how? What sorts of techniques are available?

Helping us get a handle on things is Strongman, Mash Monster and Personal Trainer Matt Hunt. Fantastic.



Gymchat 170 - Intermittent Fasting

Quick reminder : we've noted a number of nutritional tweaks over the years - everything from minor adjustments to major lifestyle changes.
In this week's Gymchat we'll be taking a close look at just one of these changes - the idea of Intermittent Fasting. What it is, and why it may be something to consider. And naturally, if you've got any questions on IF or your own experiences, we'll be more than happy to go through as many as possible.

Join us for Gymchat 170 - Intermittent Fasting.




When it comes to nutrition, there's always 'one more thing'. For me, that's Intermittent Fasting.

This week we're taking a look at this fascinating approach. Where do you start, and why would you want to? What are the benefits, and is it for everyone, or only those trying to shed some excess bodyfat?

It's safe to say that there's a lot to consider.

Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than The Rotater's Chris Melton. If you've got any questions on Intermittent Fasting (IF), get them ready. Should be a great discussion.



Gymchat 169 - Recovery Foods

Quick reminder : we've noted a number of forms of recovery over the years - everything from sleep to the various forms of 'active recovery'.

In this week's Gymchat we'll be taking a look at the nutritional side of things; the various foods and drinks to consume (and when) which help keep your post-workout soreness to a minimum. And naturally, if you've got any questions on your own nutritional needs, we'll be more than happy to go through as many as possible.

Join us for Gymchat 169 - Recovery Foods.




When you've pushed your body to the limit, how do you recover?


This week we're taking a look at another piece of the recovery puzzle, food. The things that cause the varying levels of soreness surrounding your workouts/competitions/races, and how to minimise them through targeted nutrition. What to consume, when and in which forms.

Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than ultrarunner, airline captain and insanely competitive triathlete, Chas Melichar. Fantastic.



Looking At : Week Ending Mar 11, 2012

During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.
  • Sleep devices like the WakeMate : in the discussion on 'Sleep as a Recovery Method', we noted several interesting devices and applications to improve your slumber. Of these, a standout is the WakeMate. Very interesting idea.
  • The idea that exercise alters your DNA : although it's obvious that a little exercise has numerous physical benefits, it's great to hear that 'altering your DNA' is one of them. Fascinating study.
  • Wolfram | Alpha Pro : I've been talking to several people recently about the best ways to analyse all of the health & fitness data being produced by devices like the FitBit, the Withings products and so on. A service that looks ideal for doing just that is Wolfram | Alpha Pro. Anyone here used it?
  • How you'll be watching the 2012 Olympics : the 2012 Olympics really isn't all that far away, and I'm trying to decide on the best ways to watch it. Ideally it would include some form of 24hr streaming video that would cover all events at once (I can only watch one at a time, but I'd love to be able to choose which one that is). How's everyone else here planning to watch it? Any streaming services that look promising?
  • Various medical discoveries, such as a way to block the body's response to cold : finally, we noted various medical discoveries throughout the week. This one - a way to block the body's response to cold - has massive potential.


NB : to see all of these as they appear (and to share your own thoughts on things), the simplest way is to follow me on Google+. You'll see these, and a whole lot more.



Gymchat 159 - Recovery Methods : Sleep II

Quick reminder : in this week's Gymchat we'll be discussing the incredible ability of sleep to aid your workout recovery, and the many ways to improve the sleep you're already getting.

No matter what your sleep is like at the moment - and how you'd like to fine-tune things - we'd love to hear about it. See you there.



Sleep is a topic that's long fascinated me, and it was one of the first ones we tackled in the original Twitterchats (now Gymchats); nearly 3 years ago.

This week I'd like to return to it with the simple questions :

'How do you sleep?' and 'How does it influence your recovery?'

Look forward to hearing your answers, no matter what they are. Biphasic sleep, ZMA, late evening meals; whatever works for you.

See you there.


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See you there.

Incidentally, cheers for all the feedback on the Maik Wiedenbach interview we mentioned last week. For those that haven't seen it yet, head over here.

Nice one.



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