Tag: Injury recovery

The History of Kaatsu Training

“Wrap a band around your bicep until it begins to go numb, then pump out 30 reps with a light weight… Trust me, the pump is worth it.”

These are not the words of an enlightened man but rather my first experience of Kaatsu or Blood Restriction Training. Brought to my attention by a training partner whose grasp of science is not always the strongest, Kaatsu training has grown in popularity over the last decade. While my friend’s description may seem appropriate at first glance, there is quite a lot more to this training system than first meets the eye.

With this in mind today’s post seeks to answer three simple questions: what is Kaatsu training? How was it created? And, perhaps most importantly, should you try it?

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Hemp/CBD Oil: Its History and Benefits

37424782764_bc72ef8f5c_bCBD or cannabidiol is one of the hottest topics that has been doing rounds among people for quite some time now. People argue about the benefits that CBD oil brings with it, while some argueabout the potential risks that it may have. While there are limited studies about CBD oil and its benefits, people have reaped its benefits for quite some time now. So much that out of the 50, 29 states of the US have already legalized the use of CBD for medicinal and recreational purposes.

What is CBD oil?

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the many compounds found in hemp and cannabis plant. The oil that is extractedout of the compoundis known as CBD oil. People often confuse CBD oil with marijuana, but in reality, they are different in many ways. Unlike marijuana, CBD oil does not have THC – the compound that is responsible for the intoxicating effect that marijuana is dreadedfor. CBD oil does not have THC, which makes it very safe for human use. Also, the lack of THC means that the compound doesn’t have any psychoactive effects on the body as well.

Forgotten Exercises: Monkey Rows

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Monkey or Armpit Rows… Admittedly it’s not the most enticing of names. Regardless of its poor labelling the following exercise is one of my favourite forgotten exercises of recent times. A godsend for individuals with shoulder pain, Monkey Rows offer a great alternative to commonplace exercises for trap and deltoid development like the upright row. So in today’s brief post we’ll be discussing the correct way to perform the Monkey Row and try dig into its history a little bit deeper.

The History of the Bosu Ball

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Part of the functional training fetish exhibited by members of the strength and conditioning community in the opening decade of the twenty-first century, the Bosu Ball was not too long ago, a ubiquitous piece of gym equipment. Nowadays found in the corner of the gym floor, if at all, the Bosu Ball, along with the Swiss Ball covered previously, represented a shift in training from strength and hypertrophy and balance and functional strength (whatever that means).

Having rediscovered the Bosu Ball recently, and by that I mean having tripped over one in the gym, I thought the timing seemed right to finally uncover its history.

Guest Post: Here’s A Brief Look At The History of Physical Therapy

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Physical therapy, which is a unique treatment approach for healing musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions has a rich history that dates back to 460 BC. Used nowadays for treating conditions like hip fracture, backaches, neck pain, shoulder injuries, foot and ankle pain, and headaches etc., physical therapy is not a new treatment method as most people think. Yes, physical therapy had been used by people belonging to different civilizations for managing pain and healing injuries for ages.

Whether you talk about ancient Greeks, Parisians, Egyptians or Chinese they all had been using physical therapy to treat the pain caused by injuries and prolonged illnesses for centuries. With the passage of time physical therapy continued to evolve and today it’s a very renowned form of treating a wide range of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

Product Review: Heroic Sport’s Pahlavandle Clubs

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Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my fondness for Indian clubs. I’ve posted on them at several points, published a few academic articles on them and even spent a year in Cambridge doing a thesis on them. Alongside and indeed fuelling this interest, has been my daily use of the Indian clubs.

Every morning without fail, I swing the clubs for 10 to 15 minutes. This has been my morning routine for the past three years and in that time my mornings have become more pleasant, I’ve perked up and perhaps most importantly of all, my previous shoulder problems have become a thing of the past. Like many other lifters, my first forays into the gym resulted in far too much time bench pressing like my life depended on it. The result were very…very beat up shoulders.

Swinging lightweight Indian clubs in a variety of ways has slowly, over time, helped stabilise, solidify and save my creaking joints. I am therefore…. a fan.

You can imagine the childlike giddiness created when Heroic Sport contacted me about reviewing their Pahlavandle Indian clubs. Based in Denmark, this rather clever device allows you to bring your Indian clubs with you wherever you travel. Having trialed the Pahlavandle out for a week, I thought it’d be beneficial to discuss my initial reaction.

Guest Post: Most Frequent Sports Injuries

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All of us who enjoy sports, either as professionals or amateurs, have at one point experienced an injury, since it is an unavoidable part of practicing any sport. Apart from the pain that we feel, such injuries often make us take a break from doing any physical activity for a few days, weeks or even months.

One of the problems is that injuries often occur through no fault of your own. You can easily find yourself at the receiving end of a punch or kick and suffer the consequences. That means that all you can do is do your best when it comes to warming up properly and wearing protective clothing and gear. In order to prepare yourself well and know what to look out for, you should know what the most common sports injuries are.

Guest Post: Benefits of taking cold baths and showers after a workout

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Chronic low back pain is one of the physical ailments plaguing athletes and fitness enthusiasts today. It comes from the strenuous exercises that they endure each day. To deal with these and other pains, many athletes turn to drugs. However, pain relievers are just a temporary relief and are often quite expensive. There are other things you can use to relieve your body from chronic pain apart from taking addictive drugs. One such option is taking cold showers or baths for pain management.

Back to the Best: How Pro Athletes Recover From Injuries Faster

Nobody likes to be injured. Our exercise is a part of who we are, and if we’re left sitting on the couch all day, then we’re slowly losing a part of ourselves. Luckily, we have some trail blazers out there who have figured out how we can recover from injuries much quicker than compared to the olden days.  Professional athletes have more at stake than passionate amateurs do, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take a look at some of their ideas and get ourselves back out there performing faster than usual. Below, we take a look at how they do it.

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Guest Post: The Benefits of Physical Therapy Go Beyond Your Imagination

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Maintaining a good physical health is extremely important for you because it’s closely related to your mental health. However, even after knowing that a healthy body is really crucial, people often fail to take necessary steps towards improving their fitness levels.

In today’s world wherein you have to struggle with cut-throat competition 24/7, it becomes even more important for you to lead a healthy lifestyle. If you work in a corporate firm, then it’s natural for you to spend long hours in front of your PC, which plays a huge role in diminishing your health.