Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day Hero WOD: MURPH

If you are unfamiliar with the hero workout "Murph", please read below:

‘Murph’ is named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. He was 29-years-old. After graduating from Penn State University in 1998, Murphy rejected offers to attend law school and instead accepted a commission in the United States Navy and became a SEAL in July 2002. For a man whose nickname was ‘The Protector’, the decision made perfect sense. In fact, when Murphy was in the 8th grade, he was suspended from school for fighting with bullies that were trying to shove a special needs child into a locker. And Gary Williams, author of “Seal of Honor,” a biography of Murphy, recounts a story where Murphy protected a homeless man who was collecting cans from a gang of thugs.

In early 2005 Murphy was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE as officer in charge of Alpha Platoon and deployed to Afghanistan. In June of that year, Murphy was leading a four-man reconnaissance team in Kunar province as part of a counter-insurgent mission (the other men in Murphy’s team were Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson and Marcus Luttrell). During the mission the team encountered a group of local goat herders.

A discussion was held among the four SEALs regarding the rules of engagement and what they should do with the herders, who were being held at gunpoint. Eventually the men decided to release them, but not soon after the SEALs were surrounded and ambushed by an overwhelming Taliban force. Murphy, who was trying to reach HQ via satellite phone, willingly exposed himself to enemy fire by stepping into a clearing where he might get a signal to make the call. Murphy was shot in the back, but still managed to calmly complete the call for reinforcements and return to his position to continue the fight with his men. HQ sent an MH-47 Chinook helicopter to rescue the team, but while attempting to set down in rugged terrain, the helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing all 16 men on board.

Murphy, Dietz, and Axelson were all killed in action. Luttrell was the only survivor and was eventually rescued after several days of wandering the mountain and being protected by the people of an Afghan village.

We honor Muphy's memory by performing "Murph" every Memorial Day:

"Murph"
For Time:
1 mile run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Air Squats
1 mile run

 
*Rx weighted vest 20lbs/14lbs

Sunday, May 23, 2021

PHYSICAL THERAPY ISN’T ONLY FOR RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY

 Ranging from a dull ache to excruciating, back pain can keep you from performing simple daily tasks you once enjoyed. There are few conditions that are more uncomfortable than back pain. While nearly 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives, the treatments used to alleviate it are varied.

Some people automatically think surgery is the best option to relieve back pain, but that’s not always true. Carrying high levels of risk and requiring months of recovery, back surgery is no small matter. That’s why it should not be a person’s first resort when they are struggling with back pain.

Physical therapy can offer a variety of benefits when it comes to relieving your back pain, and it can also improve your overall health in the process. To learn more, call our office today to set up an appointment.

EVER HEARD OF “PRE-HAB?”

If you are planning on surgery to help alleviate back pain, you may already have a recovery plan that includes physical therapy. That’s normal, as most extensive surgeries do require physical therapy to begin shortly after the operation is completed. What you may not know is that physical therapy is a great way to prepare for surgery as well.

Physical therapy can improve your cardiovascular function and strengthen the muscles and muscle attachments in areas that will already be weakened by surgery. Even a few sessions with a physical therapist have been shown to reduce postoperative care by more than 25 percent. Since most back surgery procedures require long periods of recovery, the idea of cutting it down by a fourth is appealing.

A physical therapist will evaluate your current condition and pain level. They will consult with your surgeon for more information and any imaging studies that are available. The physical therapist will then create a treatment plan aimed at immediate pain relief and strengthening the body in preparation for surgery.

Physical therapists will help you strengthen your upper extremities as well. If you need better core strength to hold the structures of your spine in place, the physical therapist will work on strengthening your muscles without causing additional damage.

PHYSICAL THERAPY AFTER SURGERY

Many people associate physical therapy with a post-surgical treatment plan. While it does play a vital role in helping patients recover once they have been under the knife, it is also an incredible tool for pain relief. A physical therapist can treat acute pain with manual therapies such as heat, ice, electrical stimulation, and massage.

However, what most people don’t realize is that pain relief often requires strengthening the structures around the injury, not just treating the injury itself. If you are experiencing back pain, you may need to strengthen your core muscles in your abdomen and legs to help your back find relief.

This process is not a fast one, but a physical therapist can show you exercises that are aimed at relieving your pain.

WHY CHOOSE PHYSICAL THERAPY?

It is important to remember that a physical therapist is an expert in the way the body moves. We have a natural tendency to rest when we are in pain, rather than move. In reality, many people who experience back pain need to learn how to move better. Physical therapists are skilled specialists who can provide you with the necessary education regarding the prevention of future injuries as well.

Physical therapy can help you regain lost movement in your back and legs while decreasing your pain levels. A physical therapist can also show you how to prevent further injury in your daily life by teaching you how to bend, lift, stretch, sit, stand, or walk in ways that relieve your back pain.

Choosing physical therapy before and after invasive surgical procedures can be one of the best choices you can make for your overall health. You don’t want to end up dependent on prescription medication for pain relief, do you? Of course not! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start setting yourself up for success.

Friday, May 14, 2021

How Long Will It Take To Recoup Your Home Gym Investment?

An idea of a home gym may sound too expensive for you; however, in reality, it’s a great investment. The best part is that you don’t have to wait too long for your return on investment. You can get it as soon as 7 months! Let us break it down, because everyone likes numbers when it comes to savings, right?

If you’re going to a big box gym like Gold’s or similar, the monthly price is around $50 on average! You might get perks like a sauna and swimming pool with that, but how many times you have used the swimming pool? You’re there for a squat rack, weights, and maybe leg press - all of which you often have to wait on. In the meantime, there is an overwhelming amount of people and machines, while you just want to stick to your simple routine. Things that bothered you at your local gym won’t be a problem with a home gym anymore!

On the other hand, if you choose to go to a CrossFit® gym on an unlimited plan, you will spend AT LEAST $150 per month. That is $1800 every year! With your home gym investment of $1,000, you'd make your investment back in less than 7 months. Think about it, you will have everything you need in your garage gym for the price of your membership. You don’t have to be constricted by the class hours, you can have your CrossFit® or cross-training workouts whenever it works best for you. If you were missing motivation, nothing can motivate you more than the convenience of your gym and your new gym toys! Some people like the social aspect of a group training gym, being a part of the team that pushes you, but you can still invite people to your home gym. Moreover, you can now workout with your family.

So, to sum it up, if you spend $1,000 to start your home gym you would make your investment back in less than 7 months if you were going to a CrossFit® gym or 20 months for a big box gym. However, the beauty of a home gym, besides saving a ton of money, is that you get to have your schedule. Whether you are curious about lifting or have been in this game for quite a while, a home gym can be ideal for you! If you are worried about not knowing what exercises to do? Street Parking is an online workout programmer with a focus on lifting and metabolic conditioning. Only $180 for a year!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Thought Science

 Disclaimer: I’m not anti vaccine or pro vaccine. Just sharing a story that happened today and it got me thinking.


While at Chipotle. Multiple people
Walk-In Without Masks. The first question instead of bowl or burrito.
“You’re not wearing a mask because you’re vaccinated corrrect?”

As long as you say Yes, whether that’s the truth or a lie, they will serve you. If you say no you aren’t, they will not serve you until you come back with a mask.

Obviously, I got served.

It had nothing to do with my health. Had nothing to do with the safety of those around me. As long as I answered the question correctly. Yes or No.

Now I am cool with this sort of discrimination as long as we make people stand on a scale before served at McDonalds.
And if we are going to carry around a card to let people like restaurants know our health report, Let’s make sure to carry around a card with the full report. Not sure most would be willing to do that, but we care about our health?

Over 2/3 of the American Adult population are either overweight or Obese. Do we want to talk about people’s health? Are we ready to have that conversation? Are we ready to talk about SCIENCE?

We are willing to tell people to put on a mask while you order food but make sure to take it off before you chow down on a Big Mac. You can smoke a cigarette outside the essential gas station but have to put on a mask to go in and buy them. If you are a vaccinated smoker, you don’t have to wear a mask to in and buy cigarettes. You can buy alcohol without a mask as long as you are vaccinated?

Is this what we are considering science? This is logical? Is this truly trying to make the world a healthier place?

Just like the chipotle cashier asked “yes” or “no”? No explanation needed.