Friday, March 30, 2018

Product Review: Pound Pads

Product Details:
The original "Pound Pad" and the product that let us sleep at night without fear of email, phone and neighborhood harassment due to dropped barbells in our gym. Our noise & vibration killing pads are each sized at 24" x 30" x 5" (sold as pair) and will give you a whole new level of peace and quiet. Sized perfectly to allow for a safe amount of space to drop barbells onto but still easy enough to store, carry and move around the gym. Fire retardant, high impact approved, non-skid bottom, indestructible handles, military approved casing, made in the USA (Chicago). The Pound Pad is sold as a pair and includes a 1 year warranty which makes this the one stop shop to remedy your noise and vibration complaints immediately.

THE LIFETIME OF YOUR TRAINING EQUIPMENT WILL BE INCREASED.

We innovated the Pound Pad after years of dealing with angry neighbors; both residential and commercial. We were dealing with threats of eviction, lawsuits and fines from the alderman, police, local businesses etc... all from the noise we were creating from heavy barbell drops in our CrossFit classes and Weightlifting Club.

It took us over 18 months of testing everything and anything we could find that would help diffuse and/or solve the noise and more importantly the low frequency vibrations that came with dropping heavy weights on a floor that was shared with neighbors and local businesses.

We are a small company, going on our 3rd year of selling Pound Pads. We have been saving businesses from closing their doors, evictions, lawsuits and have allowed small companies like ours to continue to focus on their clients instead of worrying about the next heavy drop and what type of negative attention that comes with making your neighbors unhappy.

Next up is our 2nd product for the Strongman community. A larger, more durable Pad that will withstand the aggressive nature of Strongman equipment like Stones, logs, axels, kegs, etc.. We are trying to launch that product by the end of the 2nd quarter this year.


Review:
This is the end of floor damage and dropped weights sounding like the ceiling is coming down with them. Pound Pads are extremely tough and can take a beating. But they are also extremely pliable. This is extremely helpful for those doing high impact workouts. The feeling is firm and supportive, yet forgiving, resulting in reduced stress on your joints.  This foam is able to take immense amounts of pressure, yet remain rigid. It's actually pretty cool to see because when you pick it up, it feels like a hard block of rubber. This foam is designed to take repeated abuse and keep on suppressing sound.

Key Features
  • Weight 24lbs each, 48lbs total
  • Very easy to take off and on the floor, lightweight and small in design
  • The stitching, zipper and cover were all chosen and designed as such to handle very high volume, heavy load and to resist lots of wear and tear
  • Pound Pads were made for dropping heavy weights on. VS. soft plyo boxes that other companies sell for jumping on but do not have the capacity to last very long and maintain shape and form
  • The foam thickness, density and type were all chosen from a year of testing which resulted in the most effective option to serve a few purposes: absorb the weight and not transfer the vibrations to the surroundings, return back to its shape so the weight can sit on the top of the pad without sinking and to minimize bounce for safety reasons
  • New design: has Logos on both sides to encourage the user to use both sides for dropping to extend the life of the product
  • Multiple uses: Drop blocks, pulling blocks, plyo-box, good for doing gymnastics work on, good for tops of drop blocks to extend the life of your drop blocks, strongman equipment like stones, axels, logs, kegs, etc... 
  • Great for home gyms, commercial gyms, Weightlifting clubs, CrossFit classes, rooftop gyms, etc..
  • 1 Year warranty
The unique design serves to cushion the load, reducing the impact force even further and subsequently reducing noise.  The reduced impact is also spread over a much wider surface area of the ground, further helping to protect the cement base floor beneath.  By massively increasing the impact surface area of the weight plate, greatly reduces stress on the weight plates and bar, increasing their life on the gym floor.

The cover features a non-skid bottom to keep it from shifting when weights are dropped, and it does a pretty good job of meeting its claims. The cover is available in two different colors, black and blue, The Pound Pads are the best option for reducing noise from dropping weights that we've found and although they're a bit pricey, we still highly recommend them.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WOD Wednesday #63 - Sponsored by Protes

3 rounds for time of:
800-meter run
25 toes-to-bars
25 deadlifts
 
Men: 225 lb.
Women: 155 lb.


Scaling
This is a longer workout that places a lot of demand on the midline. Drop the number of reps and the loading so that each round can be completed in less than 10 minutes.

Intermediate Option3 rounds for time of:
800-meter run
15 toes-to-bars
15 deadlifts

Men: 185 lb.
Women: 125 lb.


THE PROTES STORY
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Protes protein chips are a salty snack alternative to the mundane bars and shakes out there. Full of protein and packed with great ingredients, Protes are for everybody and anybody who loves snacking and protein.

We hope you will continue to follow our story as we carry on in our mission to make snacking healthy, tasty, and beneficial to everyone's life. We hope you enjoy our products as much as we do, and continue to munch on Protes Protein Snacks!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Use of Electrodes

Electrodes deliver the current from the E Stim Generator (and other diagnostic tools) to the patient.  Leads connect the electrodes to the stimulator.  Electrodes vary in size, shape, and fleibility.

Electrode surface area is inversely related to total current flow.  So a smaller electrode will deliver a higher current density.  Use size in proportion to target tissue, ie: large electrodes for motor response for quadriceps muscles.  Smaller electrodes for forearm muscles.  Make sure there is good contact with the skin on placement, if the electrode is drying out you can place a little water or gel on the skin first for better conductivity.  Also, make sure leads are firmly connected at both ends, ie: to stimulator and electrodes.

Electrode placement sites are important for specific functions.

  • Motor Points are anatomic locations where motor nerve enters the muscle.  The amount of electrical current needed is less than other areas of the muscle to get a motor response.  These are located in the center of muscle belly and you use these points to get a muscle contraction.
  • Trigger Points:  if palpation of a trigger point elicits referred pain, try to use it as an electrode placement site for estim or TENS to block the signal.
  • Acupuncture Points: these points are electrically active and decrease resistance to electrical flow
Electrical Stimulation for relief of pain involves encasing the painful area with electrodes.  Edema Reduction using motor response patterns lowers edema by causing muscle contraction with ESTIM to "pump out" the edematous area.  Ideal placement for "Muscle Pumping" involves elevating the limb for return blood flow, and use of 4 electrodes; 2 for agonist and 2 for antagonist muscles with reciprocal stimulation.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

RECIPE: Sheppard's Pie


Prep Time: 15 min
Serves: 7

Ingredients
Calories
Fat (g)
Carbs (g)
Protein (g)
2 lbs. ground beef
2304
180
0
156
1 onion
60
0
14
4
1 – 10oz. bag of spinach
60
0
9
6
2 tsp. salt




2 tsp. garlic salt




5 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled
560
0
130
10
1 -16oz bag of frozen mixed veggies
175
0
35
5
Seasonings, to taste




3-4 tbsp. butter
350
38
0
0
Totals
3509
218
188
181
Per Serving
501
31
27
26

Instructions
Brown meat, onion, and spinach in large skillet and season with ½ the salt and ½ the garlic salt. When cooked, set aside.
Pour mixed veggies in the skillet to heat on low heat.
For sweet potatoes: boil about 10 minutes in large pot of water until soft.
Mash sweet potatoes with butter and sea salt until smooth.
Mixed veggies should be cooked by now.
Mix the meat, onions mixed veggies, and the rest of the salt and garlic salt and put in bottom of 9×13 baking dish.
Spread mashed sweet potato mixture over it until smooth.

Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Muscle Imbalance - A Throwers Problem?

Many athletes, including baseball and softball position players and pitchers, quarterbacks, tennis and volleyball players, are becoming over-developed on their dominant/throwing/serving side.  Muscle imbalance can cause serious muscular-skeletal problems and prevents you from performing at your fullest potential.  The stronger you can make your weaker side (the side you rarely use) the more resistance you can create with your body.

Pitching, throwing, serving and hitting all require you to create resistance with your weaker side. Whether you pitch, throw, serve, swing or spike, the stronger you make your weaker side, the better your performance will be

It is believed: “About 65 percent of injuries—both athletic and lifestyle-related—come from overuse, which is repetitive use of joints that are rendered dysfunctional by muscular imbalances,"


How it Happens:
Your opposing muscles and muscle groups are supposed to work together. Those muscles must be balanced in terms of strength, flexibility, and even posture to be efficient and to prevent injuries. Here are some examples of muscle pairs and the movements they enable:
  • Biceps and triceps help bend and straighten the elbows.
  • Deltoids and latissimus dorsi lift and lower the arms.
  • Abdominals and erector spinae bend the spine forward and backward.
  • Quadriceps and hamstrings bend and straighten the knee.
  • Hip abductors and adductors move the legs toward each other or apart.

Who's At Risk?
For non-athletes, a simple daily activity such as picking up groceries, working at a computer, sitting in one position for a long time, or lifting a child can cause muscle imbalance over a period of time.

But for athletes, muscle imbalance is likely to be an overuse issue as a result of a particular motion used in their respective sports.  Weight lifters often develop the pectorals (chest muscles), while neglecting the muscles in the upper back (trapezius).

Pitchers in baseball often develop one arm and one side of the side without giving equal attention to the opposite arm/side.

In tennis, there is a condition informally called “gorilla arm,” which happens after years of doing almost every motion with the dominant arm to the detriment of the non-dominant arm.

Many conditions are caused by muscle imbalance. For instance, patellofemoral pain results from a band of muscle tissue that pulls the kneecap outward so that it grinds against the groove in which it lies. Runners’ knee, jumpers’ knee, low back pain, and Achilles tendinitis are other common athletic injuries directly or indirectly caused by muscle imbalance.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WOD Wednesday #61

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
20 medicine-ball cleans
60 double-unders

Men: 20-lb. ball
Women: 14-lb. ball



Scaling this WODAdjust the movements and reps so you can keep moving for the duration of the workout. The volume of squats will be high, so choose a ball that is manageable. The volume of double-unders is also high in this conditioning workout. If you can do them, this is a good opportunity to practice large sets while fatigued; if you struggle with double-unders, reduce the reps so you can keep moving and don't stall on the rope.


Intermediate OptionComplete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
20 medicine-ball cleans
30 double-unders

Men: 14-lb. ball
Women: 10-lb. ball

Monday, March 12, 2018

8 Tips to Help You Master Double Unders

Content in this post is courtesy of ELITESRS Fitness, check out the original post here for more in depth analysis, and video content!

#1. Proper Speed Rope Sizing
Sizing jump ropes is specific to the type of jump rope you are using and the ability level of the jumper. If you are working on double unders, you will want a shorter rope. Beginners typically require a longer length rope. As you become more proficient you will want a shorter rope that will require less effort to spin it around your body, but requires more technique and timing.

It is typical to walk into a CrossFit gym and see people doing double unders with ropes that are 12" to 36 " over their heads, which is much too long! These athletes are sacrificing speed, and are working harder than they need to.

To get the rope length "just right" for double unders, we recommend rope lengths as determined by the clearance of the rope over your head when jumping.
The optimum length for double unders is 6" to 10" over your head.

This can be determined by jumping in front of a mirror, or having someone watch while you jump. Simply size the rope down until it is in that range. Make sure that your hands are in a proper position by your sides, & slightly in front of your hips (as opposed to spread out wide).


#2:  Get 100 single jumps down first

If you are not good at jumping rope to begin with, double unders will be a huge challenge. It's that simple. Start with the basic skill: a single jump. Once you can do 100 single jumps in a row unbroken, you're ready to move on to double unders.
 
#3. It's all in the wrists


I can't stress this enough. Spin the rope with your wrists, not your arms. If you're using your arms, two bad things will happen: (1) you'll wear out too quickly (2) you simply can't spin the rope quickly or efficiently enough. This is the most common mistake I see. Practice making circles with just your wrists (and without using your arms) to get a feel for the proper movement.


#4. Practice your timing without the rope

Timing is critically important with double unders, and it can be hard to get your timing down when you're just learning because you'll make mistakes so often, breaking your rhythm. Spend some time practicing without a rope, slapping your thighs twice for every jump. This will help you learn the rhythm without needing to stop when you miss.
 
#5.  Keep your hands in front of your hips


Keeping your hands in one place while you jump (vs having them move up and down, or forward and backward) helps with consistency, rhythm and timing. The best hand placement is about 8" - 14" in front of your hips, with your hands fairly close to your sides (not flailing way out). This can be a challenge at first, especially if it feels uncomfortable, but with practice you'll find this is the most efficient placement.

Note: This will really be a struggle if your rope is too long. Longer ropes require you to move your arms further out from your body to spin it quickly. Proper size and proper form go hand-in-hand.
 
#6.  Avoid the dreaded "donkey kick"


Kicking your feet back, or "donkey kicking," is a pretty common mistake. It's a function of trying to jump high enough to get the rope through twice. It also forces people to use longer ropes. Improving your form and efficiency by following steps 1 through 6 will help you avoid donkey kicking.

#7.  Avoid "piking"

Athletes that pike (legs come out straight in front) tend to hold their arms out straight, resulting in the need for a longer rope to accommodate the longer, straighter arms.


#8.  Get feedback from a friend

It's not always easy to "be aware" of our form when we're trying to whip through some doubles. Grab a friend and have them watch you jump, looking at your hand position, tempo and form. Are you moving one arm out as you go along? Is your jump height inconsistent? Are you moving all over the place when you jump? Good feedback can help shore up lots of little mistakes.

Friday, March 9, 2018

GERIATRICS: PHYSICAL THERAPY IN THE AGING

The United States population is rapidly aging. By 2030, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will more than double to 71 million older Americans, comprising roughly 20 percent of the U.S. population. In some states, fully a quarter of the population will be aged 65 and older. An enhanced focus on promoting and preserving the health of older adults is essential if we are to effectively address the health and economic challenges of an aging society. The cost of providing health care for an older American is three to five times greater than the cost for someone younger than 65. By 2030, the nation’s health care spending is projected to increase by 25% due to demographic shifts unless improving and preserving the health of older adults is more actively addressed.

Resources:  Administration on Aging and American Psychological Association

1.            According to the Administration on Aging:” In 1985, according to the National Nursing Home Survey, at ages 65 and over, the percent of the population in nursing homes was only 5 percent, but for ages 85 and over, the figure was 22 percent A wide gap of this magnitude is likely to continue for the indefinite future. The very high concentration of women in nursing homes, with increasing proportions of women in older age groups as age increases, is also likely to continue, if only because of the continuation of the difference in mortality between the sexes.”

2.      All senses dull with age.  Starting at age 30, especially taste and smell

3.       About 11% (3.7 million) of older Medicare enrollees received personal care from a paid or unpaid source in 1999.
4.       Vital capacity and forced vital capacity decline starting at age 30

5.       According to  the American Psychological Association, overall prevalence of mental disorders in older adults is less than in any other age group, and general life satisfaction among older Americans is as good as, if not better, than any other age group.

6.       Muscle strength declines, studies vary, from 15 to 46%

7.            Only 28.2% of females 75 and older live with their spouses.
8.            Old drivers have fewer accidents per person, probably because they drive fewer miles.

9.            In most jobs, elders are as fast as  younger, except when reaction time is important.  Even then, accuracy makes up for loss of speed.  Also, there is less absenteeism, fewer accidents, less job turnover. Strength, reaction time, etc are much better in active elders than in sedentary ones.

10.          Limitations on activities because of chronic conditions increase with age. In 1996, over one-third (36.3%) of older persons reported they were limited by chronic conditions. Among all elderly, (10.5%) were unable to carry on a major activity. In contrast, only 10.3% of the population under 65 years old were limited in their activities, and only 3.5% were unable to carry on a major activity.

11.          Attitudes and adjustments change along with the rest of society, but at a slower rate than younger persons.

12.          Older persons take longer to learn something new, e.g. longer to learn a new job.

13.          Although slower, elders can learn the same new things as younger persons.

14.          Reaction times slow with age, especially if inactive.

15.          There is no difference in variability in things like amount of happiness, intelligence, illness, etc.

16.          Only 17% of elders are bored, and 66% say they were never bored during the past week.

17.          Most are not socially isolated or lonely.  Two-thirds are never or hardly ever lonely.  Churches, organizations, friends occupy time.  Women long outlive men, creating a disparity (see below).

18.          Elders have fewer accidents than younger persons.  In factories, they have about one-half as many as those under 30.

19.          In 1975, 10 % were over 65.  This is increasing dramatically because of lower birth rates, longer lifetimes.

20.          Most health care practitioners believe negative stereotypes about aged, would prefer to work with younger persons.

21.               10.5 % of aged are under poverty level.  Most are comfortably well off.
The median net worth (assets minus liabilities) of older households ($86,300), including those 75+ years ($77,700), was well above the U.S. average ($37,600) in 1993. Net worth was below $10,000 for 16% of older households but was above $250,000 for 17%.
The 1998 poverty rate for persons 65+ was 10.5%, no change from 1997, and the same as the rate for persons 18-64. Another 2.1 million or 6.3% of the elderly were classified as "near-poor" (income between the poverty level and 125% of this level). In total, one of every six (17.0%) older persons was poor or near-poor in 1998.

22.               Many do volunteering, etc. About 3.7 million older Americans (12%) were in the labor force (working or actively seeking work) in 1998, including 2.2 million men (16%) and 1.6 million women (8%)

23.          Older persons don't become more religious.  They were more religious even when younger than the present-day younger generation.

24.               50% are seldom or never angry at 65.  This rises to two- thirds of those over 80.

25.               Gaps between health and socioeconomic status of older persons compared to younger persons are closing. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WOD Wednesday #61

7 rounds for time of:14 dumbbell deadlifts
14 alternating dumbbell shoulder presses

Men: 50-lb. dumbbells
Women: 35-lb. dumbbells



Scaling
This couplet contains a large volume of two light weightlifting movements. Reduce the rounds and/or reps to an amount that is manageable. When choosing a load, remember the legs do not assist the arms in the press, and dumbbell deadlifts require greater range of motion than barbell deadlifts.


Intermediate Option7 rounds for time of:
14 dumbbell deadlifts
14 alternating dumbbell shoulder presses

Men: 35-lb. dumbbells
Women: 20-lb. dumbbells


Beginner Option5 rounds for time of:
10 dumbbell deadlifts
10 alternating dumbbell shoulder presses

Men: 20-lb. dumbbells
Women: 10-lb. dumbbells

Friday, March 2, 2018

Product Review: W.O.D. Welder Hand Care Kit

Product Details:
BEST NATURAL SKINCARE FOR ATHLETES 
Welcome to w.o.d.welder, the home of hand-repairing skincare for athletes.

We're passionate about helping your calluses so that you can get the best workout possible. Speaking from personal experience, we know that sore hands and torn skin can be a real hindrance to progress; our aim is to eliminate this problem with specialized hand care for athletes.

Torn Hands - that's how we got started.

We started w.o.d.welder as a result of being fed up with our own torn hands. Every time after an intense few days of workouts, our hands were torn to pieces, which made us frustrated and prevented us from completing our workouts. In an effort to try and fix our ripped hands, we sampled a traditional salve from a local company. Once we realized that our skin was mending overnight, we asked them to work on a custom version specifically for athletes.

Thank you so much for taking the time to browse our products – we really hope they can help you push on with your workouts no matter how hard you work. Hand injuries can start to become a thing of the past as we begin to make your fitness routines more enjoyable and safe.

We are athletes through and through; heart and mind. We work hard every day to make our hand repair cream and skin products better and stronger (like we do our muscles too!) and filter this philosophy into our company and hand repair products.

- The w.o.d.welder Crew
WORLD-CLASS HAND CARE 
SKIN CARE
We’re all about athlete skincare here and each one of our products reflects our dedication to helping your skin heal. Browse through w.o.d.welder’s innovative and unique hand repair products to find your savior. Our aim is to bring your skin back to health every time, no matter how hard you work out or for how long. Shop now!
  • Hand Care Kits 
  • Solid Salve Stick 
  • Hands as Rx Cream 
  • Pumice Stone 
  • Callus Shaver Member Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild 
  • Gluten Free 
  • Not Animal Tested

Product Review:
One of the key pieces of our famous 3-step hand care kit is our Solid Salve. In fact, you are looking at Step 1. We realized in order to maintain healthy skin, FIRST we would need to heal it. The unique blend of natural ingredients in our salve are specifically formulated to do just that. Whether you have a ripped callus from CrossFit, deadlift shins from Powerlifting, cracks everywhere from Gymnastics, or a hangnail; use this product to help reduce inflammation and mend your skin back together. We promise that your healing time will be cut in half, we've seen it happen over 50,000 times.

We certainly could have stopped there; creating an easy to use, EFFECTIVE skin care salve that can handle pretty much everything you throw at it..but we didn't. We saw that salves in the marketplace were all made in round tins. Tins that you needed to use TWO hands to apply. You already know the answer to this, but we didn't settle for a messy round tin. Our push-up container allows the user to apply the product directly to the intended area without ever even touching the salve itself
  1. W.O.D. Welder Solid Salve - A stick of this stuff, applied frequently, helps keep the hands moisturized better than water based lotions while also working as an anti-bacterial and repairing existing rips and tears. The salve’s all natural ingredients include Lanolin, beeswax, aloe butter, shea butter, peppermint and eucalyptus.
  2. Natural Pumice Stone - The best way to prevent shredded hands in the gym is to maintain smooth, uniform palms outside of it. W.O.D. Welder’s wild volcanic pumice stones are harvested in California and more abrasive than the ones you tend to find in a drug store—making them ideal for smoothing out calluses and dry skin in your spare time.
  3. Hands as Rx Cream - Finally, the daily use of this unique skin cream will ensure your hands maintain their hydration and elasticity without breaking down the controlled calluses you need to get your work in.
The W.O.D Welder Hand Care Kit is the ideal product for hands damaged from working out. It helps maintain good calluses, aids against tearing, takes the sting out of rips and speeds up recovery. Nearly every gym and fitness enthusiast has had calluses and torn skin. Calluses forming on your hands or feet is an inevitable part of training. Unfortunately, calluses can sometimes tear causing terrible pain. It makes working out much more difficult and in some cases the time in the gym has to be postponed until your hands have a chance to heal.

Calluses generally are nothing more than thicker areas of skin. They form from the repetitive friction and pressure on the skin. A callus typically appears on the hands from lifting or feet from cardio. It’s a protective barrier that is more resistant to the force and friction. But if your hands and feet aren’t cared for correctly, then calluses can become a nuisance, and worst, rip right off. A callus tear takes time to heal and throws your training schedule completely off.

If you get hand rips from exercise, then W.O.D Welder is the remedy for you. It takes the sting out of a rip instantly, so you can quickly get back to training. Simply apply to affected area soon after a rip occurs and every night before bed until healed. Keeping the affected area moisturized with the RX Cream will get you back on your exercise routine in no time.

Product Testimonial:
Lets just start by saying ripping your calluses open is super painful. I am a full time nurse so washing my hands with antibacterial soap is a constant and painful dilemma, during my twelve-hour shift. It is also hazardous for myself with all the germs I am exposed to during this time. Finding a solution to this problem was a must.

WOD Welder is a multi step system that repairs, smoothens, and maintains the skin. The best thing for ripped hands is the solid salve balm. This is hyper hydration and the thickness allows it to stay on the skin to create the best environment for the skin to heal.

If you are just dealing with callus build up and prevention of tears, using the black stone and lotion regularly is your best bet. The stone is used to keep your hands even and smooth. Having large callous creates a direct pressure point on the bar that receives all the friction causing them to rip. When worked down to a flat state your hands are still tough and strong but a lot less likely to rip. Using the lotion daily aids in keeping your hands hydrated. When skin gets dry it tends to crack and tear easier.

Overall I have used this product for 4 weeks and found it to have a great improvement on the health and integrity of my hands. I no longer have sharp jagged mountain callous that bleed and tear. This is definitely a good product for people who struggle with their hands tearing.


Partner Spot Light: HercuLean Meal Prep

The Story:
HercuLean Meal Prep began as a project between two brothers. When Ben decided to get in shape, he enlisted the help of his older brother, Nathan. An accomplished home chef, Ben took Nathan’s old bodybuilding contest diet and added herbs, spices and creative ingredient substitutions to create a
sustainable, highly efficient diet that really worked. Ben lost 65 lbs, Nathan lost 40, and soon friends were asking how they could get on the diet. It dawned on us that there was demand for what we had created.

On June 1st HercuLean celebrated 1 year in business. We have gone from cooking in Nathan’s kitchen, to getting our license and renting a commercial kitchen and meeting clients by appointment, 7 days a week, to putting the final touches on our retail space on busy 82nd st on the North side of Indianapolis.

Conveniently located between the Fashion Mall at Keystone and Castleton Square Mall, HercuLean Meal Prep’s first retail location offers our meals for pickup or shipped to your house, as well as carefully curated fitness oriented food products. You can think of us as a true “health food” grocery, where anything you find here to eat will help you get in shape.
Today our fundamental focus remains true to our original values of cooking wonderful food and helping people discover the best version of themselves.


Why We Are Different:
What sets us apart? A lot.
Not just the macros: We pay attention to the micronutrients, too.
You won’t find another meal prep company with lower sodium levels, period. This means on the HercuLean Diet you can expect a ‘dry’, athletic look that you won’t get anywhere else.