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Reduce Inflammation for a Healthier Gut

May 8, 2019 4:20:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Recovery, Cryotherapy, Photobiomodulation

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Two Words...GUT FLORA...an increasingly popular topic in emerging research.

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Light Up Your Life: A Conservative Approach to Dealing with Depression

Apr 10, 2019 4:27:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Photobiomodulation

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We all know someone suffering from depression. Many of us have experienced it ourselves and understand how greatly it impacts every aspect of life. According to the most recent statistics presented by the CDC, antidepressants are the third most commonly prescribed drug in the United States. But what if we can be taking a more conservative approach?

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A New Kind of Pre-Workout

Mar 8, 2019 5:08:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Recovery, Photobiomodulation

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Who doesn’t want to get stronger? From high-level athletes to weekend warriors, we’re all motivated to get the most out of our training routines. Many people use supplements and pre-workout drinks in the attempt to get a little more out of each workout, break through a strength plateau, or just get a couple of extra reps in. But what if there was a natural way to get more out of your workouts without having to take loads of caffeine and without health risks or side effects? Welcome to the world of photobiomodulation, or as we call it, PBM.

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You’re not crazy, Men do lose weight faster than Women

Feb 19, 2019 9:11:05 PM / by Tracy Creal posted in Healthy Lifestyle

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You’re not crazy, Men do lose weight faster than Women.

Men, thanks to their body composition, have more muscle and a higher metabolic rate than women. This means that if a man and woman are just sitting together on the couch, the man is burning more calories just while resting. 

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How a Weight Belt Could be Making Back Pain Worse

Feb 11, 2019 1:16:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Practical Tips for Working Out, Upper Body

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A weightlifting belt is extremely beneficial for providing spinal support during heavy lifting. The belt warms the tissues, supports, and decreases injury of the back during heavy loads. In theory, it may seem that everyone should wear a belt all the time. However, if used too often, a weightlifting belt can weaken the core muscles and can sometimes lead to back pain. There is a muscle in the body called the transverse abdominis (TVA). This muscle acts as a natural weight belt, which supports and stabilizes the spine. Wearing a belt shuts off and decreases recruitment of this core muscle. Worn for prolonged periods of time, over usage, or dependency can lead to weakening of the lower back and pain can develop. The body needs to be strong without the reliance of a weight belt and this will prevent strain and injury.

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Active Recovery Days for Mind and Body

Feb 8, 2019 11:24:00 AM / by Neal Maddox posted in Prehab and Rehab, Healthy Lifestyle

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Purpose and Rationale:

Active recovery days are intended to be a recovery day for the mind and body. On these days the intensity should be low and time spent in the gym should be less than usual. This helps aid in recovery while improving performance over time. Active recovery days are usually 20 to 60 minutes in duration. The recovery session can consist of light cardio, stretching, recovery techniques, and corrective/pre-hab exercises. It will provide a mental boost to maximize full training days. This will decrease the “burn out” effect in which you become tired, weak, and lose the desire to train. It’s impossible to train everyday for a long period of time without running into complications. The body needs to recharge and heal itself from the demands of training, life, and other stresses. Recovery days can flush out toxins from the body and restore tissues in the body.  

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66 Days to Form a New Habit

Feb 7, 2019 11:01:00 AM / by Tracy Creal posted in Practical Tips for Working Out, Healthy Lifestyle

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There’s a saying you might have heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. 

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Front Rack Position for Press/Jerk

Feb 6, 2019 2:00:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Workout Prep

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The front rack position of a lift is an important aspect and could determine how successful you are with your lifts. Depending on what lift you are doing, the front rack position may vary. The front rack position for a press or jerk is different than that of a front squat or clean.

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Whole Body Cryotherapy: A Natural Way to Give You a Hormonal Edge?

Feb 5, 2019 4:30:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Recovery, Cryotherapy

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Hormones, we all have them. Early on in our pubescent years, it is probably safe to say we just wanted them to go away. As we grow older, that wish is slowly but surely granted. Weight gain, sleep issues, metabolic conditions, poor performance in the gym and in the sack leaves us wishing they would return to previous levels. Enter modern medicine and technology; hormonal therapy, supplementation and a rapidly growing and expanding Anti-aging movement driven by demographics largely thanks to all the amazing baby boomers. Why not try cryotherapy?

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Brain Freeze: Whole Body Cryotherapy and Anxiety/Depression

Feb 5, 2019 3:50:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Recovery, Cryotherapy

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The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people are affected by depression. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 18% of the US adult population is affected by an anxiety disorder of some kind. That is an enormous number, one that does not even begin to bring light to how difficult it can be to try and live life when dealing with anyone of these conditions. The stigma, the treatment resistance, the “wise words” of people who tell you, “you just have to want to be happy” or to “chill out.”

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