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Balance yourself! 

26 Jun

2016-11-06 09.52.23Balance is important for our agility, it develops our coordination, sharpens our reactions.
It also helps to recover and strengthens ankles and knees.
I use it to develop my coordination while skating, build my core and have fun while in conference calls … it will also help when sliding on a wet leaf, avoiding falls, … your body will remember how to keep its balance.

 

There are lots of choices when it comes to balance boards

Or, you do like me, and make your very own balance board for $1,99!

  • Take a board. If you have on skateboard lost in the garage, take off the trucks (leave the risers), and we are already halfway to your very own balance board.
  • Buy a 2 liters at Publix ($1,99), empty it and fill it back with water.
  • Duck tape the bottle (insist on the cap).
  • Put the board on the bottle and hop cautiously on it!

That’s it!

My first bottle lasted about 7 months before leaking … and I practice almost daily.

Now, go get your balance back!

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This doctor is cold!

18 Aug
made of Coolcore

made of Coolcore

Now that your are familiar with the compression wrap made by DrCool and you can wrap like the best nurse in a 25 miles radius, let’s talk about the icy property of the DrCool!

DrCool wraps are different than the others, they are made with Coolcore‘s chemical-free cooling material.

Why is ice important when you just hurt yourself? Because the cold stops the inflammation and prevents or reduce the bruise.

So now, let’s wrap icy cold around the injury. What you need is water, a deep freezer and wait a bit for the freeze to start.
1. unwrap the strap
2. soak the wrap under the water
3. roll it back or lay is folded
4. put it in the freezer to freeze
5. take the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pot out and make some room for the wrap
6. wait 20 minutes if the wrap is rolled or 40 minutes if it’s folded

soak it

soak it

freeze it flat

freeze it folded

freeze it rolled

freeze it rolled

When you done eating, the wrap should be ready to sooth you. Wrap it around the injury and let it rest or keep going because you are done wearing ice pack on your sore muscles!

More infos
. Official DrCool website
. Like DrCool Facebook page
. Follow @drCoolwraps
. Instagram drcoolswraps
. Buy DrCool Virtual Soccer

PS:
. Warmth is used to drain and to bring oxygen/nutriment to reconstruct the injured tissue.
. the wraps are washable, UPF45

Thanks for your help: Jim, @chuckV, @jibfabre and @mrikichou

This doctor is cool!

4 Aug

Photo 16-07-2014 10 19 38 pmYour knee is hurting since your weekly run?
You twisted your ankle during a soccer match?
Pain in the elbow after a tennis match against your former BFF? …

Basically you are in pain and you need help!

You already stole the pack of green peas in the fridge or a steak and tried to strap it to the wounded you.
It’s a little relief but it doesn’t look cool, isn’t efficient and also you taking the food outside the mouth of your kids!

Leave the fridge alone and now check out what the doctor, DrCool has to propose you!

DrCool invented the 1st wrap that combines cold and compression.
Let’s talk about the wraps and how to use it for compression and in the next article we will discover the cold …

You have 3 wraps: small ($24,99), medium ($29,99) and large ($34,99).
. The small works for the wrist, ankle, elbow
. The medium is perfect for knee, head, elbow
. The large will relieve you back, leg, …

I never been good at wrapping a wound but with this wrap it’s easy, anyone can wrap as a pro even if you are not a first-aid worker …
I did some exercises home to show you how to wrap.
The small wrap works for

Small wrap for the wrist

the wrist

Small wraps for the ankle

the ankle

Small wraps works for the elbow

the elbow

The medium wrap works for

DrCool Recovery

the knee

The large wrap works for

the leg

the leg

the thighs

the thigh

the back

the back

The great thing about those wraps is that you can wear them at home after you hurt yourself for immediate relieve of the pain but you can also wear them while practicing your sport for extra support!
Next time, we will explore the icy part of the DrCool wraps, stay tuned and give back the pack of green peas!

More infos
. Official DrCool website
. Like DrCool Facebook page
. Follow @drCoolwraps
. Instagram drcoolswraps
. Buy DrCool Virtual Soccer

Thanks for your help: Jim, @chuckV, @jibfabre and @mrikichou

Skin me!

16 Jun

skins_logo_whiteAre you doing sport ? Whatever sport, running, tennis, gym, biking, … ?
But, after your sessions, you feel achy, achy in the butts, achy in the legs, achy in the arms, … basically in pain and wondering if sport is that good for you?

Stop aching and stiff, start compressing!

Let me walk you through compression clothes.

I’m not talking about contention (the socks granny is wearing that don’t look too cool), I’m taking about the line of accessories and clothes designed for athletes or regular you and me that will help feel and perform better in the practice of our sport.

What is compression and what does it bring new to the plate ?
Compression is a knitting technique that aims to stimulate blood circulation in the limbs and also keep the muscles in their natural position to optimize their activity. The muscles will perform better thanks to a better oxygenation and force oxygenation production thanks to the compression.

This will reduce fatigue  build-up during your work session and  help you  to recover faster when you keep it on after practice.

In short: you will train harder for longer and recover faster as well as look sporty.

Which model for what ? I tried the whole range
. the compression socks,
. the compression calf sleeves,
. the crop,
. the tights,
. and also the short
Either you wear them instead of you regular track suits and shorts or you hide them under your sport or casual clothes.
During the practice of your sport you will feel better because all the muscles stay in their spot.
The material used is
. long lasting,
. breathable, moisture management wicking,
. enhanced body temperature optimisation,
. UPF protected,
. easy to wash
. and will dry fast

While standing for hours and walking around for hours during my day job, I love to wear the short and the sleeves under my casual clothes (nobody sees anything) and when I come back home: no pain, all the gain …

What are the brands on the market: Skins, 2XU, Under Armour, …
The pioneer in this market is the Australian brand Skins and it’s my favorite brand.

When I do my workout session at the gym (running, biking, lifting and core), I love wearing my short and my Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX or my A400 crop. I also love wearing my SKINS A400 Compression socks under my jeans.

My SKINS A400 Compression Run socks, really comfortable to wear daily under the jeans for us (the urban athletes) but it works perfectly with my shorts while running.
. They are made with high-quality yarns (ensuring a controlled compression and advanced durability)
. The feet are dry thanks to the anti moisture management
. Soft cushioning to absorb shock and enhance comfort
. Super smooth and flat toe seams so no blisters guaranteed
. Anatomical left and right socks to increase your confirm and mine too

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My Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX, I like to combine those with thin socks (depending on which shoes I’m wearing).
I don’t run without those!
. It’s great to support my calf muscles sloshing from the impacts while running on a rock-solid base
. The compression reduces risk of injury by supporting my calf muscles and brings more oxygen and improves the muscular pump (it  also helps cleaning the metabolites wastes due to the physical activity) to run faster and longer without being tired
. Right and left legs to insure the perfect fit
Now, I can focus on the road!

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My A400 crop pants, it’s great to run and exercise. I love the paneling that support my tights, buttocks and abs. The textile is thin and light and the control of temperature is great. Unlike my all wet cotton t-shirt, my crop was dry thanks to its temperature management and breath-ability.

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How to chose the right size ?
Check Skins.net and pick the product you like and they will explain you how to find out your size.
I did it and it works! The products compress but you shouldn’t feel any discomfort (each brand manufacturer explains how to find your sizes).
PS: have a look at my Travel Recovery Pants by Skins (perfect when you have to travel more than 3 hours stuck in a seat on a plane, train or car) that will help you fight jet lag and feel better during your journey.

To sum it up, I love my compression products.
I use them for workouts and I feel great
. during the sessions (no more calves pain, cramps, …)
. and after because ache and stiffness disappeared.
I’m also using them under my work clothes while standing up or working outside and walking from 10km/6,2mi to 18km/11,2mi a day).

More infos on
. Official Skins website
. Follow @skins_USA
. Like Skins Facebook page

PS: What is contention?

It’s new technique of conception with a new knitting that follows the muscular fibbers in order to supposedly increase the muscular power. The name contention will be more appropriate for this kind of stuff because it is supposed to have a positive effect on movement.
Special thanks to Dani, @ChuckV and @JBFabre for their help writing this review
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