Have you ever seen a football player or a mixed martial arts fighter soak in a giant ice bath at the end of an intense training session? It might seem a little crazy to most of us but an ice bath actually helps break the pain/ischemia/spasm cycle by increasing circulation and interfering with pain signals. Ice is also an excellent anti-inflammatory agent and will greatly speed up healing so you can get back in the gym and beat your body up all over again!
Now if you're not quite ready to start filling your tub with as much ice as your freezer can hold but would still like to get some of the same benefits that an ice bath can offer then you might want to try out Under Armour's new Recharge Compression clothing line!
Here are a few of the promises that Under Armour makes if you wear their magical new compression suit for only 24 hours.
Significant reduction in muscle damage quantified by levels of blood creatine kinase in the blood
A reduction in subjective fatigue level by 50%
A reduction in muscle soreness by 50%
A reduction in muscle swelling based on ultrasound muscle thickness
An increase in power based on bench press throw
Under Armour also claims that if you put it on within hours after you train the Recharge's compression system prevents water from rushing into the muscles which can lead to post workout swelling and claims that the "dynamic casting" of the compression suit supports the muscles and therefore facilitates healing.
Now don't get me wrong.. I'm a big fan of Under Armour and I love my UA training shorts (I've gone through about four pairs) but I'm a bit skeptical about wearing a monkey suit 24 hours a day in hopes that it will help speed up my recovery time! I mean how are you supposed to wear that suit in the summer? And who could or would want to sleep in that thing? I don't know about you but I think it would almost make more sense to just soak in an ice bath for a few minutes at the end of every training session!
General Fitness article by Ben on Thursday, April 22, 2010 12:57:04 AM EST
Marlaena and I were lucky enough to travel to Costa Rica a couple of weeks ago and while we were there we filmed some awesome new footage for the website! We were able to film over 20 new body weight exercises and did it first thing in the morning just as the sun was coming up over the horizon with the ocean and beach as our back drop. It was absolutely stunning and the all of the videos look spectacular!
We will be launching the new exercises over the next couple of months and I will be designing and launching several new body weight workouts to go along with them! In the meantime, I've put together a little teaser "full body circuit" video and posted it up on the TWMO YouTube page until the new exercises and full length workout routines are ready!
I hope you enjoy!
General Fitness article by Ben on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 8:30:43 PM EST
Last week Train With Me Online got its first little taste of television exposure when we were featured on a morning show in Salt Lake City, Utah called Studio 5. The morning show featured a short segment with the health and fitness editor of toptenreviews.com on the top three online training sites and TWMO came in a very close second! The editor chose her top 3 favorites based on the content and reliability of the information offered on the sites, the quality of the exercise videos, the variety of workout routines, the online support offered and the diet and nutrition information available to its members.
Even though we weren’t able to score the highest in all of the above categories, we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with out any corporate influences or higher monthly subscription fees. We’ve also listened to all of the editors observations and suggestions and have started working on the necessary improvements needed to help us become the undisputed, #1 training site online!
Thanks again for your continued support!
General Fitness article by Ben on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 8:57:23 PM EST