Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Product Review: Black Mountain Products 20lb Slam/Wall Ball

Product Details:
Black Mountain Products Slam/Wall Ball is a great addition to any workout program. Its soft outer shell makes for comfortable and easy throwing and catching. The design of the exercise ball allows it to maintain shape and balance of the weight for a uniform strength training or cardio workout at any intensity. Soft slam balls range in weight from 4lbs to 25lbs to accommodate anyone from the beginner to an expert in fitness. This is the perfect workout tool for abdominal training and building endurance. Product Review:  Draper's Strength Heavy Duty Pull Up Bands
-Synthetic leather shell maintains durability even with regular use
-All medicine balls measure 14” in diameter
-Maintains a uniform shape and weight balance at all intensity workouts
-Slam Balls range in weight from 4lbs, 8lbs, 12lbs, 20lbs, and 25lbs
-Lifetime warranty on all Fitness Slam Balls   >>> MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE! SLAM AWAY!
My Review:
Medicine ball training is one of the easier ways to improve your endurance, explosiveness, and core strength. Use them for anything from wall ball throws to traditional trunk twists, squats, sit-ups, presses, ball slams and more. BMP Medballs have been battle tested and they've really earned their keep in the day-to-day grind from home gyms to commercial gyms with their life time warranty.

Whether you are using our medicine balls for traditional movements such as wallballs and abdominal resistant work, or feel like blowing off some steam with some slams, I trust the BMP Medballs to withstand any workout you put them through.  The interior filling is substantial enough to help the ball keep its shape over repeated use, but forgiving enough for athletes to safely stop or catch the ball at high velocity.

This medicine ball quality is exceptional, I have used and purchased competitors as well and this one is far superior. Medicine ball is balanced well, has great gripping surface and even warrantied for slamming.  Excellent grip, even when the sweat is pouring. Definitely worth the money, especially compared to competitive brands. The difference, compared to other brands, seems to be in the "catch" for wall balls. The BMP Ball seems more balanced.

Exercises You Can Do With a Medicine Ball
There is a lot you can do with a Medicine Ball. Not only can it be used to build strength but it is also great for perfecting squatting technique, also known as squat therapy:

  • Wall Balls
  • Lunge with Twist or Overhead Press
  • Squat Press
  • Rolling Push-Up
  • Shoulder Press
  • Figure 8
  • V-Up
  • Overhead Slam
  • Use to learn how to clean
  • Use to teach squat and get more comfortable with your squat depth.
  • So much more...
My Rating: 9.5
Does not get better than BMP, their superior quality and attention to their customers. I look forward to purchasing more equipment from them in the future.  The rating is based on the quality I have experienced these past 30 days but also I know if I ever have a problem in the future I will be taken care of!

Order your own Black Mountain Products Fitness Slam Ball for Strength and Endurance Training, 20 lb (click the link) on AMAZON for $33.20!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Get Moving at Home! Tips for Achieving a Full-Body Workout During Quarantine

Just because you’re in the confines of your home during this time, it doesn’t mean you can’t still achieve a full-body workout. Yes, it is true that gyms, workout classes, intramural leagues, and the like are closed/postponed for the time being – but it is still important to remain active and get your whole body moving as often as you can.
While, like many of us, you may not have a home gym or the resources that a fully functioning brick-and-mortar gym may have, there is still plenty you can do at home – you just have to know the right exercises! For a full-body workout that will leave you feeling as if you just had your normal session at the gym or your workout class of choice, follow the exercises below.

5 full-body exercises to feel the burn at home:

Dumbbell Wood Chops. Looking for exercises to do with your dumbbell at home? Dumbbell Wood Chops are a great full-body exercise to get you moving. Begin by holding the dumbbell with both hands above one side of your head. Swing the dumbbell in a controlled motion diagonally down across your body, toward your opposite hip. Use the power from your hip rotation to make this swinging motion. By engaging your back, shoulder, legs, and abdominal muscles, you can feel good knowing that you’re getting the full workout you’re looking for!
Running Man. Are you an avid runner or cycler? When quarantined at home, it can seem disheartening when unable to go outdoors and do the activities you enjoy. Exercises like the Running Man can simulate the feeling of those activities by focusing on the same muscles. Begin by lifting your right leg so that it is parallel to the floor. Bend your arms into proper running positions, with right arm bent in front of your torso and your left arm bent behind your torso. In one motion, extend your right leg so that it is behind you and lean forward with your torso, extending your right arm in front of you and your left arm behind you.
Split Stance Side Plank with Arm Raise. Planks are always a good choice for working out at home, since they are easy to do and great at targeting several muscles at once. With these planks, you’ll be taking your home workouts to the next level! For the Split Stance Side Plank with Arm Raise, begin by lying on one side of your body, propping yourself up with your bent arm on that side. Lift your hips so you are in a side plank position, and lift your opposite arm to the sky. Hold this position for 30 seconds or until you begin to feel tired. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.
Dynamic Hamstring Warm Up. It is important to stretch those hamstrings while you’re stuck at home to prevent them from becoming tight! This exercise will help you do just that. Begin standing up straight. Bend your right knee, and extend your left leg out in front of you so the heel of your foot is to the floor and your toes are to the sky. Bend your torso over your outstretched leg in a 90 degree angle, feeling the stretch in your left hamstring. Repeat these steps on the opposite side, making sure to alternate between each of your legs to get a good stretch on both sides.
Dynamic Hip Flexor Warm Up Straight. This exercise is great for getting your body all stretched out either before or after a workout. It is easy to do and targets several muscles in your body! With this one, you will also begin by standing up straight. Place one foot in front of you in a slight lunge position and reach your arms to the sky. Arch your back and look up to feel the stretch in your back, shoulders, and neck. Repeat these steps on the opposite leg. This exercise is also very helpful to do whenever you are feeling tight or achy in your back, neck, or upper extremities!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Product Review: Neck Hammock

Product Details:
  • DESIGNED AND TESTED IN THE U.S. - Unlike the knock-offs, The Neck Hammock® won't snap or break upon use! Do not risk purchasing the lower quality knock-offs with a high risk of snapping or injury. We believe in our products. That's why we back them all with a 60-day money back guarantee and a 6-month warranty! 
  • USE IT ANYTIME, ANYWHERE - The Neck Hammock® can wrap around any door, railing, or pole, giving you the flexibility to use it wherever you want! Comes with two medical grade straps for customization. Gently stretches, relaxes and rejuvenates neck and shoulders anyplace. Use after a long flight in the hotel room, or after a stressful day of work in the comfort of your own home. All orders include a FREE Eye Mask and Daily Stretching eBook! 
  • GREAT FOR YOUR ENTIRE BODY - Stretching your neck through cervical traction oxygenates your body, increases circulation, decreases pain, improves mobility, and brightens your mood! Not to mention, many of our customers also report a reduction in low back pain and tension headaches! When you realign the spine, your whole body feels it! 
  • RELIEF IN MINUTES - All it takes is 10 minutes a day to properly stretch your neck and relieve your tension! Perfect for men and women in need of better neck, back and shoulder health. The Neck Hammock® doesn’t need any batteries or charging, so you can count on it wherever you go! Easily stores in your luggage when traveling, or simply place in your sock drawer when done at home. Hand washable, one size fits all! Chronic neck pain relief is more convenient than ever! 
  • PROFESSIONALLY DEVELOPED - The Neck Hammock® was created by Dr. Steve Sudell Jr., a licensed physical therapist, with over a decade of experience in physical rehabilitation! Working closely with two expert industrial designers and using his client’s feedback in the clinic, Dr. Sudell spent the last two years creating a perfect blend of simplicity, comfort, and effectiveness for The Neck Hammock®. 

My Review:
I purchased the neck buddy for my girlfriend that is a registered nurse and comes home complaining of neck/back pain. She often spends time stretching and doing what she can to alleviate her soreness so I thought this product might help. Set up was a breeze and it even comes with 2 different length attachments. She has incorporated the neck buddy into her nightly routine and loves it! She says that the product helps to rid tension in her neck and shoulders unlike anything she's tried so far.

For myself, a recent MRI showed some narrowing of the cervical spine, but was not severe enough for doctors to do anything about it. The muscles in my neck and lower back were extremely tight, stiff, and always painful. Many nights it was difficult just rolling over in bed because the lower back muscles did not want to move. Despite trying almost every natural and over-the-counter pain relief cream, none of them worked.

I tried everything to improve the pain including chiropractic adjustments and completing one of the best intensive physical therapy programs in the country. They only helped to a certain degree which was not anywhere near solving the chronic neck and back pain problems. I also tried acupressure and cupping (a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique of using cups to pull the muscles up which only gave temporary relief). I did not know of anything else that could possibly help with the pain.  One day while doing more research online for chronic pain, I stumbled upon the Neck Hammock.  All the reviews I read were amazing and people with much worse conditions than mine were having miraculous improvements.

It is very important to follow the instructions exactly, and to stop and readjust the Neck Hammock if it does not feel like it is in the correct spot (you will feel pain if it is not positioned correctly; I did that a couple times in the beginning).

After using the Neck Hammock, I feel a warm, soothing, relaxing sensation in my neck, shoulders, and lower back. These awesome feelings are from more blood flowing easier into those areas. When more blood can get into those areas, more oxygen and nutrients can also get into the sore muscles to help them heal. The most surprising part for me was that my lower back muscles also improved greatly along with feeling warm and relaxed from more blood flowing into those areas too.

My neck, lower back, shoulders, and scapulas feel like there is more blood flowing into them, there has been a sudden, drastic decrease in pain, the muscles are looser, and I have tons of hope for living without any chronic pain in the near future. The only remaining pain is much different from the chronic pain because it is not severe pain anymore. 

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