Thursday, November 28, 2019

Product Review: Snake Bite Grips – Thick Bar/Dumbbell Grips

Product Details:
Snake Bite Grips – Thick Bar/Dumbbell Grips Muscle Growth Adapter

Double the thickness of your bar to maximize your gains!

Studies show that increasing the diameter of barbells and dumbbells leads to greater muscle activation—and that’s what Snake Bite Grips do. But we’re not like all the other companies that just slap their name on the same old bland design that looks identical to all the other thick grips. No, not us—we refuse to be ordinary.

We took thick grips to a whole new level. Our team spent almost a year developing our unmatchable Snake Bite Grip design. After many stages of strategic testing, we’re able to offer you what we confidently believe are the best thick grips available today!
  • INCREASED ARM SIZE AND GRIT FORCE: By increasing the diameter of the bar, Snake Bite Grips activate the muscle fibers that have been neglected in previous workouts.
  • IMMEDIATE RESULTS. Snake Bite Grips are designed to intensify every workout, and you’ll notice the difference after the very first time you use them.
  • PATENT-PENDING SNAKE SCALE DESIGN: Our design is the most creative and innovative grip pattern available on the market today. Snake Bite Grips offer comfort and prevent slipping and sliding, unlike other brands.
  • TESTED DURABILITY. Our silicone Snake Bite Grips are in it for the long-haul. We know you don’t quit, so they won’t be quitting on you either.
  • EASY TO USE. Our grips feature a large slit, allowing them to be attached to any barbell or dumbbell with ease. But contrary to other brands, our design wraps all the way around, leaving a much smaller gap.
  • CONVENIENT: With your pair of grips, you’ll receive a black premium 100% polyester carrying bag imposed with the Snake Bite logo. No need to tear apart your gym duffle, as they’ll always be stored together.

Product Review:
I have been using these Snake Bite Fitness Grips for a while. If you don’t know what they are, they are like a portable and affordable FATBAR. Coming off of hand surgery I thought these would be a great tool to add in my Training. Their primary purpose is to challenge the hand and forearm muscles more during pulling and curling movements, but they also improve hand comfort during heavy pushing movements and prevent active and passive insufficiency of the wrist and finger flexors during wrist curls and extensions.  Man I didn’t know what I was getting into to.

I had them on all the barbells, curl bars, pulldown, row and even the dip machine. What I found out was they are easy to snap on and easy to remove.  The next day was Deadlifts and some Rows. Time to really see how these will work out. I started off with deadlifts. I snapped them on the bar and started warming up. Slapped 135lbs on and then 185lbs. I quickly had to use chalk to help hold my grip. These really showed me how weak my grip really was and what maybe was the reason for my hand injury! I followed up with one more set with them on. Then I ditched them for my heavy deadlift sets.

They are easy to put on and take off of equipment, and once on they are very secure. Moving the alpha grips between different bars and handles takes only a few seconds, so if you rush between exercises for metabolic effect they won’t slow you down (this is key for a crossfitter when I am just lifting heavy to keep up the intensity) With my smaller hands these grips were challenging enough to grip to produce a considerable burn in my forearms.

My thought’s so far. These SB Grips will humble even the biggest guy in the gym.   BUT they will help you build the strength and grip needed so it does not become the limited factor on your lifts. I have been using these weekly and have made them a staple in my routine. I use them mainly on warm ups leading up to my heavy set.

What makes these different than other Fatbar attachments? The biggest thing for me is the textured surface of the grip itself. It’s more form fitting to provide a more secure grip. I also found it easy on the wrist then a normal Fatbar. All the other grips I have seen have been straight flat surface. Snake Bite Fitness are the only ones I’ve seen like this.

Monday, November 25, 2019

RECIPE - Crock Pot Parmesan Chicken Soup

Prep Time: 15 min

Serves:  6-8

Fat (g)
Carbs (g)
2 lbs. skinless/boneless chicken breasts
2 cans (14.5oz. ea) diced tomatoes, undrained
3 garlic cloves, minced

4 c. chicken broth
1/2 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
3/4 c. Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

Per Serving (based on 6)

Grease Crock Pot with olive oil and place chicken breasts in the bottom.
Add the tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, onion, green pepper, zucchini, cheese, basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with 2 forks then place shredded chicken back into slow cooker.
Serve with additional shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Physical Therapy Aide Resume Sample

Sofia Flores

Hartford CT • (123) 456-7891


Highly motivated physical therapy aide with three years of experience who will be responsible for providing various functional physical activities, treatment procedures and support activities. This includes educating patients by demonstrating proper use of equipment and exercise routines.


Green Valley State
Aug '10 - Dec '14
Anatomy and Physiology/Basic Life Support


River Tech Physical Therapy Center, Physical Therapy Aide
Feb '15 - Current
  • Responsible for patient preparation including modalities, exercise equipment, and monitoring
  • Handles patient appointment and scheduling, and billing and insurance information to maintain current and accurate information
  • Maintains cleanliness of therapeutic equipment as outlined in equipment cleaning logs
  • Refills containers and stock treatment carts with therapeutic supplies
Cloud Clearwater Physical Therapy Offices, Physical Therapy Aide
Current - Current
  • Performed general clerical functions including filing, copying, and transcription of evaluations, physician letters, and progress notes
  • Reported changes in patients' conditions, reactions, and response to treatment to the therapist
  • Assisted in documenting patient progress toward identified objectives


  • Organizational Skills
  • Microsoft Office

Monday, November 18, 2019

Product Review: Micro Gainz Fractional Plate Set

Product Details:
Micro Gainz Micro Plates Are The Definition of High Quality!
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  • Made from sintered metal
  • Plates accurate to specified weight by +/- 5 grams
  • Plates meet International Power Lifting Federation Guidelines for weight accuracy
  • Will fit 2" Olympic weight lifting bars, tested on Rogue Bar 2.0 Olympic Weight Lifting Bar
  • High quality black E-Coated finish

Product Review:
Once you get past the newbie gains stage and it gets a bit harder to consistently get stronger, one of the best ways to keep progress going is through microloading. At most gyms, the lightest Olympic plates they have weigh 2.5lbs, meaning you must add 5lbs to the bar each time you want to go up in weight. While that's feasible for awhile, eventually it gets impossible to add that much weight each session and still get your reps in. These plates allow you to load an additional 2.5lbs onto the barbell (1.25lbs per side) or even less weight at a time (down to .5lbs), allowing you to keep progressing each week.

Consistently bumping my barbell bench press up by 2.5lbs allowed me to add almost 40lbs to my closing barbell bench press sets (preceded by heavy 5x5 dumbbell work) over the course of about 3.5 months, which is something I couldn't have achieved bumping the weight by 5lbs each session. These weights are compact and easy to stash in your gym bag, and allow you to consistently ramp up weight over time without limiting your volume.

For instance, if you could bench press 185lbs for 10 reps one week that's 1,850lbs of overall volume (185 x 10), but if you had to bump up by 5lbs to 190 maybe you could only get in 7 reps before failure (190 x 7 = 1,330lbs) whereas if you only bumped up by 2.5lbs to 187.5 you could probably get in 9 reps (187.5 x 9 = 1688) or even hit all 10 (187.5 x 10 = 1,875lbs). So rather than dropping from 1,850lbs of volume to 1,330 you can adapt to heavier weights with similar volume or even more volume the very next session.

Great qualitly plates. I’ve used other fractional plates that were not very well made. The paint chipped off within a week, they didn’t weigh what they were suppose to weigh and they felt like they would shatter if I dropped them. The Micro Gainz are far superior to what I had before. They are quality constructed, they weigh what they say they are suppose to weigh and the paint job is A+. Throwing the carry bag in is a nice touch too!

I weighed each plate on a food scale and every one of the plates I received was within 2 grams of what they were labeled as. Packing was also nice and the little bag it comes with is convenient.

Getting stronger and building muscle is all about increasing volume over time, and these plates help you do exactly that. Check these out to keep the gains coming for a long, long time.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

PT Pathologies: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Sprain - Grade III

In the United states, ACL sprains seem to be one of the most discussed diagnoses.  A grade 3 sprain is considered to be a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament.  This major source of stability is located where the end of the femur meets the top of the tibia.  This ligament is in the middle of the knee and prevents the tibia from sliding in front of the femur.  There are many diverse ways to sprain an ACL, such as getting hit from the side as one would in football, overextending the knee joint and quickly stop moving or changing direction while running.

        At the time of the injury, one might hear a popping sound.  Within the next 6 hours the knee will begin to swell and pain, especially with bearing weight, will commonly occur.  To diagnose an ACL sprain, during the physical exam the doctor will check the patient's knee for swelling and tenderness.  Also, the injured knee will be moved in a variety of positions to test the patient's range of motion and function of the joint.  A physical exam can diagnose an ACL tear alone, but X-Rays, MRI's and Ultrasound may be used to determine the severity.  Three contributing factors to an ACL sprain are biomechanics, the way one's body moves, muscular imbalances, which includes females who have stronger quads than hamstrings, and finally overtraining.  Combining all three creates a very high chance that the individual could potentially be lead to an ACL injury.

        When dealing with patients who are trying to overcome an ACL sprain, it is quite common that they will be very motivated.  Typical patients are usually athletes and will work harder than other age groups to return to their sport.  If an individual grade 1 (partially stretched) sprains their ACL it is possible that the injury will progress to a Grade 3 (complete tear) with continued stress and vigorous exercise.   Treatment without surgery to repair an ACL sprain would include a specific program, use of an electrical stimulation machine to fire the quadriceps muscle, and strength.  Treatment after surgery will include icing and compression, exercises to increase patient's ability to move and strength.

        Approximately 200,000 ACL injuries occur a year and half of those patients require surgery.  Directly after surgery, Physical Therapists typically give the patient a list of home exercises.  While at the rehabilitation center, patients will be guided through weight bearing exercises and gradually will be able to walk without crutches and return to normal gait.  After this is achieved the therapist will incorporate exercises to improve balance, running and jumping.  The main goal  with this type of patient is to help them return to their sport as soon as possible but regarding all limitations.  After pain and swelling is completely gone and feelings of instability have diminished, therapists usually release their patient to return to sports and regular activity.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Natural Way to Treat Arthritis Pain – Without Medication

There are numerous different types of arthritis that people experience – in fact, the term “arthritis” is used to describe over 100 different types of joint pain and joint disease that millions of people suffer from. Arthritis is known to affect the elderly since it becomes more apparent with age; however, it is also possible for people to experience arthritis in their early middle age.

A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine states that elite male athletes are at a higher risk of developing arthritis than the rest of the general public. According to the study, approximately 30% of elite male athletes who engage in contact sports will eventually develop arthritis in the knees and hips. This is because advanced athletes who participate in contact sports experience a quicker “wear and tear” on the joints, due to continuous overexertion. 

Common types of arthritis:
  • Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. This condition develops through a reduction in joint cartilage. This typically occurs gradually, through the natural “wear and tear” of age, but it can also occur from other factors, such as continuous repetitive motions. When cartilage wears down, the bones begin to rub together, causing friction, swelling, and pain.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, also referred to as inflammatory arthritis, is the second most common type of arthritis. This condition develops as a response from your body’s immune system. When the joints are seen as a “threat,” the immune system will attack the tissues surrounding them, causing intense inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is thought to be linked to genetics, so you may be at a higher risk of developing it if you have a family member with the same condition.
  • Metabolic arthritis. Gout is the most common type of metabolic arthritis, typically developed as a result of reduced kidney function. Gout causes a buildup of uric crystals in the joints of the extremities, and it is most common in the feet.

How is arthritis treated?
Many physicians prescribe medication to manage pain caused by arthritis. Your physician may prescribe NSAID pain relievers, antibiotics, corticosteroids, or antirheumatic drugs for your arthritis treatment. However, medication is not always entirely helpful.

It’s no secret that medication is easy – all you have to do is pop a pill in your mouth, chase it with water, and wait for your pain to subside. But it’s also no secret that medication can cause some nasty side effects – and, in some cases, they can become habit-forming. For example, with NSAIDs, you run the risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. With corticosteroids, you run the risk of cataracts, high blood sugar levels, and bone loss. Fortunately, physical therapy is a healthier, safer, and natural way to treat arthritic aches and pains.

If you have been suffering from arthritis and you’re looking for a natural relief, call our office today. We’ll set up a treatment plan for you that’ll kick those harmful drugs to the curb!
Getting help through physical therapy:

When treating arthritic symptoms, the main goals of a physical therapist are to reduce pain, increase strength, and preserve range of motion. Just a few of the many benefits of working with a physical therapist include:
  • Stretching/exercise. Stretches and light exercises will help increase your range of motion in the affected area(s).
  • Proper posture. Maintaining a proper posture will help to reduce stress on your joints.
  • Rest. Your therapist will also recommend a schedule for rest and sleep to complement your exercises. This helps the body to heal and will hopefully reduce your amount of arthritic inflammation and pain.
  • Weight control. Your physical therapist will work with you to control your weight through exercise and diet. Controlling your weight helps to prevent added stress on weight-bearing joints.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

WOD Wednesday #113

Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:
400-m run
15 body-weight deadlifts

This is a high pace medium effort. We want you to scale so that you can run at a high pace, and the deadlifts are unbroken. Visualize this for today: you never stop. You might slow down a tad when approaching the bar, but there is no stop. If you manage to do this the number of rounds you get will be fine whatever it is. If you need a target, try to get as far as you can into that 7th round. No matter what, today's mantra is: always moving, always pushing. Keep in mind this: today in both movements you are just moving your body-weight. If you were to run the same distance that you deadlift, the run would be SO easy even though is the exact same weight. The difference in the perceived difficulty is not on the bio-mechanics themselves. It is simpler. In the run gravity is working in your favor, in the deadlifts it is completely against you. ... Duh! I know. This is all but a reminder that running is a technical thing, and if you learn to fall better, it becomes so much easier. Today is a good opportunity for that. Practice your technique and use the feedback of the soreness in your hammies to make sure you are pulling the leg with the right muscles.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Product Review: GymNext Flex Timer Gym Edition

Product Details
This is the timer your coaches and members have been asking for!

The GymNext Flex Timer combines a large, crystal-clear LED display with an easy to use interval timer app creating the best, most powerful gym timer ever made.

The 4.0" LED digits (same as the Rogue Echo or MDUSA No Limits timer) in blue/red are visible from hundreds of feet away and the 95db buzzer is extremely loud. With bluetooth range of over 100 feet, you aren't tethered to the clock. Move throughout the facility and easily control and setup the timer from our convenient and FREE mobile app.

You can save an unlimited number of custom workouts spanning 6 different timer modes: Standard, Round, Interval, Tabata, EMOM and Laps. Configurable prelude times, round warnings, and a 3-second segue between rounds are just the beginning of the options available to create the most customized experience ever.

The audio sync feature allows you to use a wired or bluetooth speaker to augment or replace the timer's built in buzzer. Play your music from your phone and now you can listen to your music as loud as you want. The app will automatically fade the music in and out at the end of each round so that you never miss an indicator again.

Large gyms will love the ability to link multiple timers together and have them display the same workout or run the timers separately to easily manage different workouts or heats. And the included wall brackets make mounting your clock a breeze.

For the utmost convenience, go hands-free with a Pebble timepiece or Apple Watch. You'll enjoy the natural feeling you get from initiating the timer from your wrist just like a stopwatch.

For the data lovers and elite athletes, integrate heart rate monitoring into your workouts and have your heart rate periodically or permanently display on the clock so you know how hard you're working and can set a proper pace.

When not in use for timing purposes, the Flex Timer reverts back to a 12h or 24h clock.

But there's even more...

The Flex Timer app is updated all the time unlocking new features and functionality so that your timer actually gets even better with age.

My Review:
I avoided purchasing a clock for my gym too long. Didn't think it was necessary. I was constantly using my phone timer, an app, a stop watch, or even a stop watch website on my computer.  But after using my GymNext clock I can't imagine a workout without it. It is easy to use, not a distraction, and infinite programming possibilities for any type of workout.

I like that you can set up a custom welcome message and that the timer automatically takes local time from your phone. Be aware that the timer will only connect with one phone at a time. This means that if someone was using the timer and you go to connect with your phone, you won't be able to connect. In a big gym setting this would mean you have to reboot the timer or hunt down the person who retains control.

I researched a number of cheaper alternatives but what makes this worth the price is the app. The timer easily connects to your phone and then you can create whatever type of timer you need. Plus the built in timers make it easy to quickly get started, or you can edit them if need be.
The app works flawlessly with the GymNext Flex Timer application. Connection to the timer is so simple a monkey could do it. Everytime I open the app, it connects immediately with zero lag. It's programmable to every interval training mode known to man and has loud audible beeping that can also be programmed to discretion. It does not interfere with music and once the timer is going, you can still use your phone normally as long as the app is running in the background. It connects to a heart rate monitor and can display your heart rate periodically to your discretion. This is extremely helpful especially when you're trying to maintain a certain heart rate zone.

Bottom line, this timer is outstanding in value, usability, build quality and customer service. I've contacted their friendly customer service to tell them how impressed I am with their product and you can tell they are a Just as excited as you will be once you get your hands on it.

- Very bright numbers (I actually use the reduced brightness setting)
- LOUD (I put tape over the buzzer and it is still highly audible)
- App supports any imagineable interval combination
- Kid-safe as there is no remote to play with, damage, or hide
- Robust construction with top and bottom aluminum profiles / extrusions
- Wide-range input power supply for worldwide use

No more fumbling with an awkward remote control. Competitive price superior functionality = unbelievable value. If you're on the fence about this one, do yourself a favor and pull the trigger on the purchase, you won't be disappointed.

I must say it's even more impressive than I thought! Easy to use, 110-220V global electricity support, fast connection to iPhone, ample phone-to-LED display connection range even without the need for line of sight, straightforward LED display design, clear/visible display and audible alarm for large gym. The best timer in my opinion all around. My only critiques are not being able to sync multiple phones and not being able to adjust the beep volume.

It was pretty cool to see the time update instantly once I connected my phone to the clock and when I open the app, the response is quick, accurate and makes everything so hands free. The app user interface is easy to use and quick to learn. Additionally, if I have music playing from my phone, the app automatically quiets the music for the 3-2-1 countdown and then cranks back up for the WOD. What I love about this clock is that it doesn't take time away from my workout time. I don't know it's there until I use it, and when I'm done, it's done. Goes right back to clock time until I need it again.

Order your GymNext Flex Timer!