Coach Britt’s Nike+ FuelBand Review
Aug22

Coach Britt’s Nike+ FuelBand Review

So you’re asking ‘what is the Nike+ Fuel Band?’ Well, it’s actually pretty awesome. To be more specific, here’s a short clip from Nike that will give you the gist: The Nike+ FuelBand measures your daily activity and turns it into Nike Fuel. It also tracks each step and calorie burned through activity. As they say, if THAT doesn’t impress you, it’s also a really cool watch. How It Works Nike+ FuelBand tracks your activity through a sport-tested accelerometer. Then translates every move into NikeFuel. Nike+ FuelBand tracks running, walking, dancing, basketball – and dozens of everyday actions. It also syncs up with a motivational web and mobile experience. So put it on and get moving. It starts with a goal How active do you want to be? Set your Daily Goal and Nike+ FuelBand tracks your progress, lighting up from red to green throughout the day. Get to green and you’ve hit your goal.             Make life a sport Turn every day into a game. Challenge yourself to capture records, reach new milestones, and unlock special achievements. Go on a streak by seeing how many days in a row you can hit your daily goal. Track your progress Sync your Nike+ FuelBand every day to visualize your results. See your peaks, your valleys, and your progress.     Go mobile Get the free Nike+ FuelBand mobile app to sync wirelessly, track your progress, and get extra motivation on the go. With the app you can compete with yourself, or share results with your friends to compare, compete and celebrate.         Get the Software If you already have a Nike+ FuelBand, get started by downloading the Nike+ Connect software. This software allows your Nike+ FuelBand and computer to communicate with each other. It also lets you customize your Nike+ FuelBand settings.       Coach’s Review I have to admit that I’m a fan of electronic gizmos that do this and that. I’m what you’d call an “early adopter” LOL. I first spotted one on the wrist of a neighbor checking the time and I thought it was the coolest watch I’d seen in a long time…having NO IDEA what a Nike+ FuelBand actually was. I did a little research with Google and figured it out. I purchased mine about 10 days ago and I have to say it’s been fun setting goals and tracking my activity (“Nike fuel”) each day. What it isn’t: The Nike+ FuelBand isn’t a replacement for a workout heart rate monitor. If you want an accurate measurement of your heart rate and caloric burn during exercise,...

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Beast Up and Build Lean Muscle with Trans-D Tropin
Jul29

Beast Up and Build Lean Muscle with Trans-D Tropin

For anyone that’s ever tried to build muscle at the gym or at home doing workout programs like P90X, Les Mills PUMP, and now Body BEAST, you know it takes a lot of hard work, a systematic approach, including periodization to avoid plateaus, dialed-in nutrition with a calorie surplus, and the right supplementation. When I did my first round of P90X way back in 2010 I definitely got stronger, but I still prescribed to the incorrect belief that as long as I was burning a ton of calories working out, I could eat whatever I wanted. Needless to say my first round P90X results were less than “Success Story” material LOL! When I went on to do a second round, I decided to take my nutrition VERY seriously. I was still in need of cutting a good amount of fat (I was over 15%), but my main goal was to build muscle. (This was long before I learned that you FIRST need to achieve your desired body fat percentage…or at least be within a percentage or two of it…before trying to build mass. Want to look ripped? Lose the body fat covering up the muscles!) I was eating clean and with a calorie surplus, and added a daily chocolate Shakeology shake. Out of curiosity, I’d also read a lot about human growth hormone (HGH) as a way of building muscle and burning fat. Who hasn’t seen that picture of the old guy in the magazine ad for something-genics who looks huge and ripped? But the more I read about HGH, the less I had any interest in taking it. For me it’s about health and not just “getting ripped”, so something like HGH that had to be injected (ouch!), carried high risks, and frankly, was super expensive was definitely OFF my supplement shopping list! I mentioned to my nutritionist at the time that I was trying to build muscle, and he suggested I look in to something called Trans-D Tropin (https://www.transd.com/7370) In my research I learned that, essentially, Trans-D stimulates the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone. Sounded good, right? I wouldn’t have to inject artificial hormones into my body… I could use something that would trigger my own body to produce more of its own growth hormone. Cool! I read that Trans-D had all kinds of crazy benefits, from more restful sleep due to increased REM sleep (good for muscle recovery), to decreased body fat with improved body contour, increases in lean body (muscle) mass, physical strength and performance, decreased recovery time, and improved stamina and endurance. The list went on and on. I was a little...

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Can There REALLY Be An Easy Fix for Tennis Elbow?
Jul30

Can There REALLY Be An Easy Fix for Tennis Elbow?

August 25, 2009, 11:54 pm Phys Ed: An Easy Fix for Tennis Elbow? By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS In a medical advance inspired by recessionary thinking, researchers from the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City announced last month that they’ve developed an effective and supremely cheap treatment for chronic tennis elbow. Huddling a while back to brainstorm about inexpensive methods for combating the injury, the scientists glanced around their offices and noticed a homely, low-tech rubber bar, about 8 inches long, which, at the time, was being used for general physical therapy programs. The researchers wondered whether the ribbed, pliable bars, available for less than $20, might be re-purposed to treat tennis elbow. The answer, it soon become clear, was a resounding yes. To arrive at that conclusion, the researchers recruited 21 people with chronic, debilitating elbow pain. Ten of them were assigned to standard physical therapy treatment for tennis elbow; this was the control group. The other 11 also received physical therapy, but in addition were taught a choreographed exercise using the rubber bar that they practiced at home. After less than two months of treatment, the researchers terminated the experiment. The early results had been too unfair. The control group had showed little or no improvement. But the rubber-bar-using group effectively had been cured. Those patients reported an 81 percent improvement in their elbow pain and a 72 percent improvement in strength. “We couldn’t believe” how fast and well the therapy worked, says Timothy Tyler, PT, ATC, a clinical research associate at the Nicholas Institute and one of the authors of the study. “We were seeing improvements in five weeks, even three. It was crazy.” Tennis elbow, characterized by pain, weakness and inflammation or degeneration of the wrist-extensor tendon that connects to the elbow, is one of those intractable overuse injures that, until recently, yielded very reluctantly to treatment. By most estimates, about half of all competitive tennis players will be afflicted, a statistic that must resonate, painfully, with the pros gathering for next week’s US Open. Tennis isn’t the only predisposing activity, either. Golfers get tennis elbow, as do plumbers, painters, gardeners and accountants. (Heavy briefcases can strain the tendon.) Treatments range from acupuncture to corticosteroids to surgery, usually with limited — if any — long-term success. But in the past two or three years, doctors and researchers have begun focusing on a particular kind of exercise that has shown promise against other achy tendons, especially the Achilles. The program involves eccentric exercises, which aren’t oddball moves but those in which the muscle lengthens as it tenses. Think...

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Product Review: Suunto t6d Professional Wristop Training Computer
Mar28

Product Review: Suunto t6d Professional Wristop Training Computer

A lot of folks ask me which Heart Rate Monitor I use to track my workouts. This simple answer is: the Suunto t6d Professional Wristop Training Computer. Bufore Suunto I’d owned various Polar models, and while they worked fine, at the time they didn’t have all the features I came to realize that I wanted, and they also tended to last me only a year before needing to be replaced. I also wasn’t a big fan of the standard chest straps that came with them… They tended to slide down my torso during plyo, cardio and running routines unless I made them uncomfortably tight. When I purchased mine back in 2010, I was looking for some pretty specific feaures. These included: An interval timer A countdown timer Programability (most HRMs us pre-coded heart rate “Zones” based that are really not accurate for people that are “fit”) Availability of Pods I could attach to a bike or a pair of sneakers to track additional workout metrics when I headed outside for supplemental, non-P90X training. A downloadable or online tool that would allow me to track heart rate (max, min, avg.), heart rate zones, calorie burn, etc. throughout my workouts A little about my particular Suunto from the manufacturer: Suunto t6d – Stay in tune with your body Reaching your goals can be tough. It takes the right tools, knowledge, and guidance to be able to improve with each training session. Use your t6d and Suunto Dual Comfort Belt with the tools provided through Movescount.com to get a detailed analysis of seven physiological parameters, with accuracy previously available only in sports laboratories. This detailed analysis breaks down nearly every aspect of your training so you can make adjustments of how to train more efficiently in the future. Easily check your real-time Training Effect for an accurate measure of how hard your body’s working, and quickly adjust your workout as needed. The Suunto t6d also gives you a read-out of your EPOC – your excess post-exercise oxygen consumption level – which lets you measure and adjust your training loads to ensure that your body is safely getting the most from each workout. Use the altimeter to monitor your climbing or hill performance to know how your body will react when training at various altitudes. Securely pair your t6d and Dual Comfort Belt – through interference-free digital ANT transmission – to monitor your real-time heart rate and calorie consumption, or pair it with an optional POD to measure your real-time speed, distance, or cadence. Reaching your goals can be easier – analyze your workouts with pinpoint accuracy and develop an optimal training regimen with...

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