Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WOD Wednesday #56 - Powered by Doorway Fitness Tower

For time:

60 pull-ups
60 push-ups
100 sit-ups
100 squats

Doorway Fitness Tower: Adjustable n Portable Multi Functional Power Tower

The new and innovative equipment expanding the quantity and type of bodyweight exercises to be performed in the Doorway Gym System.

The DFT is Designed to workout almost the entire body:
  • Pull-Up (back, shoulders, biceps, abs) 
  • Horizontal Pull-Up (back, shoulders, biceps, abs) 
  • Push-Up (chest, shoulders, triceps, abs) 
  • Dip (chest, triceps, abs)
  • Core (abs, obliques, lower back)
  • Lower Body: Squats and Lunges (legs)
  • Stretching (legs, back, chest, shoulders, arms)
Doorway Fitness Tower - Workout Solution - Unmatched Functionality: The Unique Telescopic Parallel Bars and Multiple Handgrips give you exercise options. Not only can you do more types of exercises on the DFT, you can also perform several variations of the same exercise to keep things interesting. For example, a simple change of the hand grip on a pull-up can create a brand new challenge.

The Back Support on the DFT Allows You to Protect Your Lower Back and control the balance of your body, preventing you from swinging back and forth to complete an exercise. This ensures your muscles are actually doing the work, so you'll see the results you're looking for. It makes the exercises, particularly abdominal exercises, safer and more effective.
The Back support and the Arms/elbows support are removable in order to perform other bodyweight exercises and for better storage.

The Doorway Fitness Tower is lightweight and small, even when it's set up in your doorway. When it comes time to take it down, it becomes smaller yet, and easily fits in a closet or under the bed until you're ready to use it again.

Monday, January 29, 2018

How to Protect your Forearm When Kettlebell Lifting

This has to be one of the most frequently asked questions we get when we publish or talk to people in casual conversation, "How do I not destroy my wrist and forearm when lifting kettlebells?" Luckily, Kettlebell Kings works with expert and world champions to bring you answers to questions like this.

We will go over the answer to this frequently asked question for us in the blog post below. There are three factors:
  • grip 
  • size of arch 
  • timing 


How you grip the kettlebell is important regardless of the style of kettlebell you use. In this demonstration, Brittany uses her competition kettlebell. Do not give the bell at 'death grip', this has to be one of the most common errors people make by grasping their whole hand around the handle of the bell and thinking they need to hang on for dear life! What you want to use is a 'hook grip'. The kettebell should be between your first knuckle and your fingers (shown 1:11), with your thumb locked over which allows your wrist to be straight, but is loose enough to allow you to transition to different positions easily while still controlling the kettlebell.

When the kettlebell is coming up from between your legs, if your arch is really large then you are not able to control the kettlebell. Also, you generate more force that causes the bell to slam into your arm when you try to bring it to the rack or overhead position (shown 2:00). Brittany demonstrates what it looks like when you have a big arch and a smaller, more controlled arch to bring the bell into position. You can distinctly see how hard it is to control the bell when swinging far from your body. This should be done in sync with the hook grip which allows you to insert your hand more easily into the rack position rather than death gripping the kettlebell and maintaining that same grip.

When moving into the rack position your hand/arm should be fully inserted into the window of the kettlebell (shown 2:50), the bell handle diagonal across your palm. 

As the bell floats up, the momentum should be coming from the hips rather than your arms. You should be bringing the bell up to rack or overhead position with minimal arm force or strength (3:20). If you are using your legs and hips to thrust the bell into position, that should give you time to insert your hand properly so that it does not flop over on your arm at the top. As you go into the clean, open the hand and drive the elbow into place.

Brittany demonstrates the same movement with a powder coat kettlebell at 4:55 and shows the quick pull with the arm and getting the elbow in place to get the bell into place rather than taking a long arch of the kettlebell with the death grip.

Post courtesy of @Kettlebell Kings 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Recipe: Crock Pot Green Salsa Beef Tacos

 Prep Time: 5 min
Serves: 5

Fat (g)
Carbs (g)
Protein (g)
2-3 lbs. chuck roast
1 ranch dressing seasoning packet
16 oz. jar salsa verde
1 head of lettuce
2 bell peppers
1 onion
2 avocadoes
1 c. of salsa
Per serving

Cut up bell peppers and onion and place in bottom of crockpot. Place chuck roast on top of veggies.
Sprinkle ranch seasoning over roast then pour salsa over everything.
Close crockpot lid and let cook on medium or high for 5-6 hours, until beef is very tender and pulls apart easily with a fork.
Remove beef from slow cooker and drain LIQUID, do not discard. Shred beef, removing fat then place back into slow cooker. Pour 1/2-1 cup of liquid back into shredded beef and reduce setting to warm or low. Use beef for tacos and burritos.
Take the contents of your crockpot and wrap in the lettuce leaves for your tacos.
Top with avocado and salsa.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WOD Wednesday: #55

The Other Total:

Clean, 1 rep
Bench press, 1 rep
Overhead squat, 1 rep

Warm up, then you once you declare the start of this workout you only get 3 attempts at each lift to find your max for the day. Add the best attempt of each lift to get your "Other Total". If you fail all 3 lifts, or you think you can do more weight with a 4th lift, do not attempt another lift and move on to the next movement.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Product Review: CrossCore Suspension Trainer

Product Details:
Because your fitness needs continue to evolve, we have taken the steps to proactively evolve our products as well. The new CrossCore® system reaches the next level in our training and yours. CrossCore’s patented pulley system separates us from any other suspended bodyweight product on the market. CrossCore® System is literally the revolution in suspended bodyweight training!
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy
  • Increased main rope diameter
  • Easier locking and unlocking of pulley wheel
  • Color markings and audible clicks verify locking motion in progress and pin engagement
  • Rope Adjuster Device™ (RAD™) allows easy adjustment of handle placement and rope lengths

Unlocking Pin Engagement System allows pulley wheel to rotate freely and enables CrossCore® to act as a pulley machine by attaching a counterweight, such as a kettlebell, dumbbell or sandbag, to one end. Using two counterweighted CrossCore units spaced eight feet apart makes for one of the smoothest cable crossovers on the market.

Handles / foot and arm cradles pad the feet and arms when performing certain exercises like knee raises and hamstring curls. These cradles open and close for a snug fit on the hands and feet so the user won’t slip out while exercising.

Resistance for most exercises can be increased or decreased in \"micro increments\" simply by moving the feet forward or backward.

Optional Ceiling/Wall Anchor allows user to create an anchor point for the strap when one is not already available. (see instructions for mounting info BEFORE installing)

Take it with you! Your CrossCore® system weighs about 4 lbs. (1.8 kg) and can go with you to the park, to the gym, on vacation or wherever for a change of pace, and it all fits into a convenient carry bag.

My Review:
The Crosscore 180 system makes use of a pulley system to create a level of instability to enhance the core training aspect of every exercise. It also provides handles that can be attached to the trainer’s ropes with carabiners.


  • Instability -
    • the unique pulley system which features a rope thread through a movable pulley creates an extra layer of difficulty for every exercise. The effect of this is that the core and other stabilizer muscle groups are far more engaged than on other systems.
  • Rotating Pulley -
    • The design of the pulley allows for a wider range of motion than other suspension systems, providing the ability to perform twisting back and forth pulling type exercises.
  • Pin Lock -
    • By simply inserting a pin, the system reverts to a conventional suspension trainer, allowing you to eliminate the instability.

  • Price -
    • The Crosscore is by far the most expensive unit that we came across. Keep in mind, however, that it offers more than a conventional suspension system.
  • Weight -
    • Even though the system comes with a handy carry bag, it still weighs twice as much as most of the other units Ive used which may decrease portability for some.

There's simply more you can do with the war machine vs other suspension trainers. With the rotating wheel it opens up more doors for creativity. What I also love are the carabine clips that hold the handles. This allows further options in being able to switch attachments.

It's a little extra in price than the TRX, but definitely worth it in it's versatility and durability. You can tell from the handles, clips, and construction that it's much stronger than the trx. Another major selling point of me personally is that it's made in the USA. I always try to seek out US made exercise products as they do tend to be better quality.  The rotational wheel keeps your body honest. Your body will be force fed balance and symmetry.

If you are designing a home gym, you can get by with just having this one piece of equipment as I have seen people saying you can do upwards of close to a thousand exercise variations and difficulty levels. And you should know this, rotational movements are the best for performing core exercises and this pully system allows for that.

If cost is not an issue for you then the Crosscore 180 system has a lot going for it. It offers a greater level of intensity that will translate to quicker results. We really liked that it quickly converts back to a normal suspension trainer with the simple insertion of a pin.

Friday, January 19, 2018


Physical Therapy by formal definition is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. While that definition is true, I look at physical therapy as the development of movement patterns throughout life.  Developing sound movement patterns is the foundation of prevention as well as athletic development and improving ones quality of life.  I see myself fitting in the profession as a bridge between the DPT and the strength and conditioning coach or personal trainer.  With my background in exercise science and nutrition/training certifications, I will look to layer this acquired skill set in the clinic with my clients.
            My goals between now and graduation include experience different clinical settings at each rotation to figure out my target career choice as well as combining my mobility techniques I have acquired over my years of being a strength and conditioning coach with the methodologies we will be learning about.  While I still need to experience other clinical settings, my current short term goal after graduation is to work with athletes in a out patient orthopedics clinic.  During this time of beginning my career, I also plan on furthering my education through my fitness continuing education units (CEUs) and through seminars in basic running technique, olympic lifting and gymnastics.  Long term I hope to either on my own or funded through my employer get my masters in nutrition or sports science rehabilitation. I believe this added education would benefit any clinic since in order for proper movement patterns to develop one must provide their body with the proper nutrition to fuel the functional movements.
            Passion is defined as a strong feeling of enthusiasm for something or about doing something. This is the best word I could use to describe my commitment to family, friends, physical health, and the profession of physical therapy. I firmly believe that you must wake up every day with the enthusiasm to work towards your goals in life, and that only through this passion can you improve yourself. The most important things to me in life are my family and friends. I have learned over the years that in any relationship you must put in effort to show others how you truly feel about them; therefore, I wake up every day with the goal of improving my relationships with my loved ones. Although I may not live with my family, I make a conscious effort to stay involved in their lives and show interest in their achievements.

            Bringing this sense of passion to the field of physical therapy is an essential step for me to succeed as a student and a practitioner. I devote a lot of time and focus to improving my physical health on a daily basis. In the past few years I have worked at gyms, became a certified personal trainer, and received my CrossFit certification. All of this focus on physical fitness ties directly into my goal of working in the field of physical therapy, as I will be able to help others improve themselves. Physical therapy is an important asset to so many individuals seeking rehabilitation from injury. If I can go in to work knowing that I have the capability to help someone feel better, then I will be making a difference in the lives of others. That selfless feeling of helping others is what makes me passionate about this field. I work every day to improve myself physically and I want nothing more than to share that passion by helping others do the same.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Product Review: WODies by JerkFit

My Review:
WODies are BY FAR the best piece of fitness equipment I've ever bought in all my years. After having hand surgery for a torn ligament I have tried every type of hand protection on the market due to discomfort on my scars. The grip is perfect because it glides with my movements. I find that leather always sticks to the bar and bunches and pinches. WODies lay flat on my hands and are so flexible, I can do every movement without having to take them off like leather. They just stay on the whole time. The wrist support is fantastic and I'm so glad they combine it with the hand protection so I don't have to double up. There IS a break in to them, and they can be slippery during that period, but after a few workouts with chalking them up and sweat building up, they get so nice on the bar. I find the more I use them the better they get. Wodies are the best option, nothing else even comes close and I've tried them all.

Wodies are the spirit of crossfit. They are multidimensional tools to be more functional in the gym! The wrist wrap gives nice support while you're doing hand stand push ups, olympic movements, or any overhead motion where there's a lot of pressure on your wrist. The material holds a good chalking for a lot longer than using chalk on your hands would. The material is very durable and covers your palm well so ripping is an issue of the past. Your grip will fail long before your skin ever notices your on the bar or rings.I think these guys are great and priced right.

To ensure a custom, secure fit, the finger holes on all WODies are cut only as small slits, allowing the user to individually cut the holes to match his or her finger size. Just be sure to consult the sizing chart below before making your order. The more accurate the glove size, the better the results. WODies are machine washable, so you can clean and re-use them repeatedly without concern of built-up bacteria or odor. Wash with like colors and tumble dry low.

- The wrist strap is the full style strap that gives you the support for front racks and doing cleans
- The palm pad is a nice soft material that fits your palm perfectly without a bulky leather pad there
- You can customize it to your liking for finger width
- Even like the green, cool color
- Clean up easily

- They do get a bit sweaty, need to wash them (just run them under water)

In summary, these grips have a combination of wrist support and palm protection to help tear through a WOD, rather than your skin. Available in four sizes, WODies are manufactured in the USA using a latex-free, hypo-allergenic elastic. The material offers enough padding to help prevent common cuts and skin irritation on the hands, but it’s also breathable and able to absorb both sweat and chalk, improving your grip.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WOD Wednesday #54 - Powered by KettleGuard

5 Rounds for time:

- 6 Turkish Get Ups (total, alternating sides)
- 6 Kettlebell Overhead Press (each side)
- 10 Kettlebell Snatches (each side)

About KettleGuard:

Image result for kettle guardKettleGuard is the only adjustable wrist protection device available for kettlebell lifting. Add or remove inserts to accommodate your level of comfort! Add or remove inserts as you progress in your training!

KettleGuard’s slim and flexible design allows you to train properly while keeping the kettlebell as close to your arm/wrist as possible. As experienced lifters, we know that hand insertion is key to Snatch and Clean technique. KettleGuard allows the user to achieve the closest possible distance between the hand/wrist and the kettlebell. With Kettleguard, you benefit from tactile feedback so that technique enhancements can be made as your lifting advances!

KettleGuard is the only patented protective wrist band product on the market to address the technical and comfort issues associated with kettlebell lifting and training. KettleGuard is the choice of World Champions and beginners alike! KettleGuard has protected athletes on the platform at IUKL World & European Championships, WKC World Championships, as well as countless other prestigious International Kettlebell Competitions!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Product Review: Body Blade

The Bodyblade Method
Power to Strengthen Your Body & Mind

The Bodyblade Method consists of the Bodyblade exercise techniques and products developed by Physical Therapist Bruce Hymanson to activate the core and extremities to provide a platform for rehabilitation, sport performance training, fitness enhancement and personal training. The result is improved function, posture, balanced movement, and muscle definition for any user. No other training device can offer the same quality core stability exercises, shoulder and pelvic stabilization, and overall training benefits as the Bodyblade.
  • Used by everyone from rehabilitation patients to world-class athletes
  • A fun, efficient, and highly effective zero-impact training method
  • Stimulates your mind and body for increased strength, balance, and coordination
  • Automatically adjusts to the precise needs and ability of every user

The harder you push and pull on the blade, the greater the arc or flex in the blade, which requires greater force output from you to neutralize the speed and movement of the blade
You have to start, stop and change directions of your own body while controlling your mass 270 times per minute

How Bodyblade Works

Rapid Contraction Combining Vibration Technology and the Power of Inertia

The key to Bodyblade is the Rapid Contraction Technology (RCT) which automatically contracts your muscles up to 270 times per minute. With over 600 muscles in your body, Bodyblade automatically contracts the right muscles at the right time every moment you’re exercising for a fast, effective, and precise workout. The harder you drive the Bodyblade back and forth (Flex Intensity), the greater the flex in the blade and the more resistance you receive resulting in a strong, reactive and stable body. The Flex Intensity in 100% controlled by the user.
  • Your body becomes the machine and the Bodyblade becomes your exercise partner
  • This wonderful equalizer automatically adjusts to each one of us; the same blade in the hands of two different people will produce a workout perfectly matched to the individual’s size, strength, and muscle endurance
  • Bodyblade trains movement through multiple muscle groups and patterns rather than isolating one muscle in one single plane
  • Bodyblade strengthens muscle groups throughout the body by varying the positions of the blade relative to the body or changing body position while driving the blade
My Review:
I found the Classic to be a very good size for conditioning since it's shorter and more versatile indoors. It does take a little practice to get the rhythm correct for proper use but it really provides a good alternative method to condition with. The DVD and exercise chart are a great addition to the set. I am very happy with my new "Tuna Fin" workout Blade, it adds variety and toning making it unique and different from ordinary weights. It is an ideal tool for those looking for a lightweight resistance tool to help tone up the arms and shoulders and help stabilize the joints. A Bodyblade would compliment a fitness and/or weight loss training programme really well, especially prehabbing shoulders for Crossfit. I find using it in a tabata fashion for a warm up or at the end of the WOD has been a major help for all of my pulling and pushing movements.

Bodyblade automatically adjusts to your precise needs and contracts muscles 4.5 times per second.
Flex Intensity
Greater Flex = Greater Resistance

This has been an awesome piece of equipment to add to my personal gym as it helps me really work those arm muscles with people especially near the end of their upper body workout. I am very pleased with it. I also see it's potential to help others with therapeutic needs especially after surgeries or with the older population.

Friday, January 12, 2018

What Do You Mean: "Rest Day"?

This is a perfect time to talk a little bit about the CrossFit Rx (prescription) of exercise, how it came to be, the crazy stuff you will read about what other people do, and what it is that you, should think about doing.

We try to follow a schedule of 3 WOD’s (Workout of the Day) followed by a Rest Day. This 3 on/1 off schedule, known as a cycle.   As it turns out, for regular athletes (like you and me), optimal fitness results from this volume of Constantly Varied Functional Movements Performed at Relatively High Intensity. That is, CrossFit.

This is not necessarily the most convenient workout schedule, seeing as it doesn’t respect the calendar in general or the workweek in particular. A 5 on/2 off routine seems more typical, doesn’t it? It sure fits your life better, but after just a couple of WOD’s you will very quickly realize that the intensity of redlining the majority of your workouts is an entirely different thing from what you may have been doing at 24 Hour Fitness. Indeed, think about paying close attention to scaling suggestions (load, volume, intensity) coming your way on a daily basis

How about you? All new and shiny.  Most of you will discover that 3 consecutive WOD’s is too much. My most effective schedule (best outcomes/best recovery) has always gone something like 3 on/1 off/2 on/1 off. If you have a very deep history of athletics and fitness you could give the 3 on/1 off schedule a go, but if you are very new to fitness (or coming off a decades-long layoff) my bid is that you consider 2 on/1 off, working a bit behind the schedule but doing all of the WOD’s in the first 7 or 8 cycles. This will ensure that you get the “varied” part of the Rx taken care of.

After years of watching Newbies get overwhelmed or injured from doing too much work I’m more than OK if you look back and say you could have done a little more; you can’t unring a bell, but you can decide to ring it more in the future, ya know?

Which brings up the whole subject of competitive CrossFit and the kinds of volume and loads these professional and semi-professional athletes have in their programming. Let me be brutally frank: you are not them. CrossFit for you, and me, and roughly 99% of the people who do CrossFit is for the sole purpose of being healthy. Here in your CF infancy that will be more than enough. In time if you wish to engage in the recreational competition in Fitness as Sport (like USTA tennis or USGA golf or rec league basketball or…) all well and good. That’s all a blast, for sure. But it says here that even then anything more than 3 on/1 off is gonna be more than enough for, oh, 98% of us.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WOD Wednesday #53

Every Minute on the Minute for 20 min:

-7 Kettlebell swings
-7 Goblet squats

Courtesy of Kettlebell Kings:
We get asked frequently when one should consider increasing the weight of the kettlebell they use, the answer is it depends! Below are a few guidelines to consider before moving to a heavier weight.

General Fitness Use :Depending on your lifting goals, if you can perform these amount of reps with your kettlebell you should consider getting a heavier kettlebell

Strengthening specific muscles: 1-3 reps, EX: 1-3 reps of any movement like squats
Strengthening and building push power: 4-6 reps
Increasing explosiveness: 7-9 reps
Building endurance: 10-20 endurance.
Building mental toughness and conditioning 21- 100 reps

CONGRATS to Shawn Pohl for winning the JerkFit WODies in our giveaway this past week! Make sure you get subscribed to the email list at the bottom of the page to qualify for future giveaways!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Product Review: SR Fit Bands

Product Details:
The Fit Band has all the benefits of a traditional resistance band but with the added functionality of the attachment loop. The nylon strap is permanently attached to the band and has a carabiner on one side and a D ring on the other.

Why does that matter?
The carabiner makes it possible to attach handles, ankle wraps, lat pull down bar or any other attachment to your band. This gives you many of the same benefits as a large cable weight machine but in a much smaller, cheaper package. You can also use the carabiner and D-ring as a quick connect for connecting the nylon loop to weights, kettlebell hands or fixed objects.

Band Details
  • Professional grade bands made of continuous layers of latex
  • 41” loop resistance bands
  • Each unit is one band
  • Strength Levels 
    • Red | 15-35 lbs
    • Black | 25-65 lbs
    • Purple | 35-85 lbs 
    • Green | 50-125 lbs

Exercise Ideas (There are so many options but here are a few)
Pull Up
Chest press
Back rows
Shoulder press
Tricep push downs

MOST VERSATILE BAND AVAILABLE – This resistance band is more versatile than any other band; the attachment loop will give you extra workout options that you won’t have with a normal band. Use the attachment loop to connect to a handle, ankle cuff, any attachment or just use it to quickly connect to the pull up bar.

STILL FUNCTIONS LIKE TRADITIONAL BAND – Ignore the attachment loop when you don’t need it and you still have all the exercise options of a traditional resistance band. The attachment loop is great but some exercises don’t need it so just slide the loop out of the way and do your exercise.

TRUSTED BY ATHLETES – Whether you are the Athlete, Coach or Trainer; the SR Fit Band will help unlock your potential and get the most out of your training.

One of the best bands I've used so far. I can tell is much better quality than some of the other bands I've tried. It's very sturdy and I love the fact is has the hook so you can attach to anything including ankle straps! I use at home and even bring it to the gym since it's better than the ones they have there.

I have only used this product for a few weeks now and can already see the versatility they will add to my program. The carbeaner clip has added numerous aspects to workouts. I can focus on strength, flexibility, range of motion and many other areas that will help develop my athletes overall as well as specific to an event. Durability wise they feel sturdy and strong and up for frequent use in my program.

I travel frequently for work and often times the hotel gyms have very little to offer. These resistance bands allow me to use whatever equipment is available and increase the weight capacity so I can engage in a much better workout and pump. I also use these at work just prior to me leaving for the gym to warm up and stretch my muscles. This gives me more time to actually work out when I enter the gym.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Product Review: Zuka Soft Tissue Tools (IASTM)

About Us
ZUKA TOOLS were created in Oregon in 2012 with the mission of providing the professional industry worldwide with high-quality and reasonable priced instruments for treatment of soft tissue injuries.

Our instruments are used by thousands of clinicians around the world. They can be used with different techniques such as IASTM, Myofascial Release, or Medical/Orthopedic Massage to breakdown fascial restrictions, enhance athletic performance or remove unwanted scar tissue on patients.

As a clinician you can resolve pain and tightness in the body. This approach to fascia work reduces friction which allows preciseness, sensitivity and depth that cannot be accomplished with the hands, knuckles, or elbows.

Zuka Tools make it easier to detect and treat fascia dysfunction. They magnify the abnormalities (scars, restrictions and adhesions) in the fascia and make it easier to locate the area to treat. This allows a more efficient treatment. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response. This will stimulate the production of new collagen and proper, more functional, less painful healing.

Clinician Benefits when Using Zuka Tools

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Prevents hand/wrist injuries while performing soft tissue treatment
  • Fast ROI (return of investment)
  • Get more referrals and increase revenue
  • No certification required
  • No licensing/rental fees
  • No contracts

Patient Benefits

  • Allows faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication or surgery
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Patients can continue to engage in everyday activities

Common Issues Treated

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Finger
  • Shin Splints

Great tools! I have been using them for a few months now. Very similar to GT tools without the outlandish pricing. The smaller instruments combine the utility of the extra GT instruments and make for less treatment interruption swapping tools as well as less "dishes" to clean.  I compared these with ones that are slightly cheaper, read reviews and so on and settled on these due to many reasons...the price wasn't too much more but the edge/beveling is not too sharp. The weight is on the heavy side but it does work fine and helps in a way. They clean up really easily too and slide right under our coffee table so we can easily pull them out to have my husband work my shoulder muscles while we watch tv/movies. I am able to use the smaller tools on my forearms and calves pretty easily.

The Zuka tools are made of a mirror finished stainless steel that I prefer when compared to the brushed finish on my portable all-in-one IASTM tool. I do find that the bar is a bit heavy and some may find that it provides a little less of the "vibration" feeback that the other three instruments in this set, and which the G** tools provide, but for me, this is not an issue because I prefer to feel for tissue drag, which the zuka bar allows for detection of as good as any instrument I've ever used. The reason the bar is heavier is because the handles are much wider, which I love for ergonomics and all-day use.

Bruising can happen, known as petechiae and that's ok and normal BUT go easy when first starting. You really can "feel" the knotted tissues and gritty muscles in areas that need work so use that as a guide besides just pain.  My only complaint about the larger tool is that the length pf the handles limit the surface area that can be covered. For example, you can work the top of the legs, but run into the table trying to work medially or laterally at all.

In short, these are great instruments, especially when considering the price and the fact that no class is needed to receive the low pricing. There is nothing I can't do with these instruments that I was able to do with other, more expensive tools and at the end of the day my hands are definitely less fatigued!

Order your own ZUKA TOOLS HERE

Friday, January 5, 2018

RECIPE: Crock Pot Easy Chicken Tacos + JerkFit WODies Giveaway

Prep Time: 5 min
Serves: 4
Fat (g)
Carbs (g)
Protein (g)
• 2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 32oz. V8 Spicy Hot Juice
• 1 tbsp. seasoning salt

• 1 tbsp. lemon pepper

• 1 tbsp. garlic, finely chopped garlic

• 1 can fire-roasted stewed tomatoes
• Cumin, to taste

• Paprika, to taste

• Chili powder, to taste

• Oregano, to taste

• 2 avocados, sliced into strips
• 2 heads Romaine lettuce
Per Serving

• Pour V8 juice into the crockpot then add chicken breasts, Tony’s, lemon pepper, and garlic. Cook on low for 6 hrs.
• After your chicken is done, shred the meat with two forks and throw it and some of the leftover broth (really just a small amount to help everything cook evenly) into a skillet with the fire roasted tomatoes and add paprika, cumin, chili powder and oregano to your preference level. Cook until the liquid is boiling, about 2-3 min stirring constantly.
• Have a taste! If all the flavors you added are there, pull off heat and serve. We had ours wrapped in Romaine lettuce and covered in avocado slices.

Next week we will be GIVING AWAY a brand new pair of WODies sponsored by JerkFit!  The winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday from our email subscriber list, so all you have to do is follow the blog and subscribe to the email list!  GOOD LUCK!