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The Priority Training Principle

The Priority Training Principle

Priority training is a Weider´s training principle, used when a muscle (or muscle group) is not developing at the same rate as the rest of the body. The difference between a good physique and a great physique is proportion, balance and symmetry.

The ideal physique is symmetrical, the upper and lower body are in proportion, and there are no muscles which stand out to the eye as over or under-developed in relation to the others. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t always develop evenly.  After a few months of starting a regular training program, most people have already noticed that some muscles grow faster than others. 

Two main factors cause this unbalanced muscle development:
  1. Genetics: meaning that even if you’re diligent about training every muscle equally with the same amount of intensity and consistency, you’ll probably see some muscles fall behind others. That’s simply your body following its natural genetic pattern.
  2. There’s also a natural (unconscious) behavior. Most people give certain muscles special treatment, while other muscles are neglected. The body parts you don’t focus on, your least favorite body parts, or the exercises you find most difficult or unpleasant often get left to last and trained as an afterthought, or blown off completely. If you recognize errors like these and correct them, you can develop outstanding proportion, balance and symmetry.
Balanced body
The good news is, even the most stubborn muscles can be improved by working hard and using the right training strategies. It’s all about making weaker muscle groups your top priorityAmateurs focus too much on their strengths. Priority training is a principle used to improve muscles that lag behind the others. 
 
Here is where priority training begins: with honest assessment. Your first assessment is right in the mirror and you can do that immediately. Next come photos, videos and the opinions of fellow athletes, trusted friends and expert coaches.
Once you’ve identified body parts to prioritize, you’re ready to start making changes to your workout schedule and using priority training techniques. In some cases, this means training completely the opposite of the way you’re used to. That will take an open mind and willingness to change your training habits.
 
Priority training is not a single tactic, but a group of them, designed with one purpose: to put more attention, energy and effort into training the lagging body parts until they come into balance with the rest of your physique. 
 
Here, you’ll find the best priority training techniques that I’ve used and which I’ve taught to my clients over the years. These are classic techniques, dating back to the Weider era, so they’ve been tested and proven for years. Some people start by choosing the one strategy that seems most logical or appropriate based on their situation. But keep in mind, to get better results, you can attack your weak areas using multiple strategies.

1. Change the order of your exercises (train your weak body parts first)

Whatever you train first in your workout usually gets trained the hardest simply because you have more energy and strength at the start of the workout. Whatever you do last in the workout is usually trained with the least effort.
 
Change the order of the exercises in your workout so that the body part that needs the most work is done first, when you are mentally and physically the freshest. Never train your weak body parts last.

2. Change exercises to emphasize specific parts of a muscle.

A muscle has different sides, angles or facets. Some muscles are more complex than others, with fibers that fan out in multiple angles or which have separate heads with different tendon attachment points.
 
For example, the deltoids are well known for being multi-angular with distinct movement patterns for the front, side and rear portion of the muscle.
 
How much you can isolate individual heads of each muscle is controversial, but we know it’s possible to place some added emphasis on different portions of a muscle by choosing the exercises that best activate those portions. 
If you carefully choose the exercises to work the part of the muscle that needs the most work, that one simple change, combined with persistence, can bring everything into balance and create an impressive muscle from any angle.

3. Use a body part split routine with dedicated days for your high priority muscles

Full body workouts are popular, effective and ideal for beginners, for anyone with strength goals or limited days per week to train. There’s nothing wrong with full body training in those cases.
 
However, body part split training is ideal in the case of priority training to bring up a weak muscle, it’s one of the best strategies. You simply choose or create a custom split routine that gives you an entire day dedicated to your prioritized muscle group.

4. Increase your training intensity for your prioritized body parts

This simply means putting more physical and mental effort into every set and every rep. The whole idea of priority training is that you don’t push harder for every exercise or body part; you conserve your energy and put the extra effort only into your prioritized body parts.

5. Increase the volume (more exercises, more sets)

Usually, when you think of progressive overload, you think of increasing how much weight you lift. But another way to increase overload is simply do more sets (increase the volume). That could be more sets of the same exercise, or additional exercises.
 
For priority training, simply do more sets for the lagging body part. More is not always better, but as long as you have the time to do more sets and to recover from the added volume, this is a simple and effective way to increase growth.

6. Train overdeveloped body parts with less volume, intensity or frequency

Although most of these strategies revolve around working harder on the body parts you want to improve, it is entirely possible that to balance your physique to the proportions and symmetry you want, you may also need to back off training your most well-developed muscle groups.
 
It’s ok to train some muscle groups harder, and at the same time train others lighter, if they are already highly developed.

7. Mentally train yourself to focus on improving your priority body part

Mental training is a vital part of achieving your muscle-building or fat loss goals. In the case of priority training, it’s important because many people develop negative belief systems about their “weak” body parts (often blaming them too much on genetics).
 
The mental training starts with believing it’s possible to grow and change your body. You must visualize it and mentally see yourself training hard and growing into exactly what you want to look like. 
 
Change everything to the positive. What you used to call a weak or lagging body part, you can start calling it a priority body part. Stop thinking about it as weak.
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Discounts on Garmin products

As I announced earliear this month, I can offer you discounts on some cool brands. Now is your chance to get a discount on Garmin products (US shipping only).

The number of Garmin watches continues to grow, making the task of choosing the best one for you really difficult. With watches aimed from beginner runners and swimmers to performance triathletes and ultra-marathon veterans, it’s easy to overspend for features you don’t really need or will probably never use.

Choosing the perfect watch is all about your own personal fitness goals and matching a watch to those needs. If you’re trying to make sense of Garmin’s selection, I´m here to help.

To read the full description and get the discount, just follow the links.

Best Garmin smartwatches

Garmin vívoactive® 3

This is a device that’s aiming to bring more than just fitness smarts to your wrist. With the Vivoactive 3, Garmin is trying to push more into the realms of everyday design, too.

From playing to paying, vívoactive 3 is the smartwatch for your active life. Make contactless payments with ease, right from your watch, and with more than 15 preloaded sports apps — you can choose how you like to get fit. Built-in GPS lets you record the distance, pace, location and more for your outdoor activities.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • Quick Release Bands: yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 mm / Fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm
  • Weight: 43.0 g
  • Water rating: Swim, 5 ATM
  • Touchscreen
    Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.2″ (30.4mm) diameter
    Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: GPS mode: Up to 13 hours / Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $269.99 – $299.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $245.14 – $271.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin vívoactive® HR

Run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more with vívoactive HR. Its GPS-enabled built-in sports apps track your stats while smart notifications allow you to stay connected — all so you can keep your life in balance. vívoactive HR continues to track activity throughout your day by counting steps and floors climbed as well as monitoring sleep and calculating intensity minutes. You won’t have to worry about this watch keeping up with you. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode or up to 13 hours using GPS.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Case material: polymer
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 30.2 x 57.0 x 13.5 mm / Regular: 137-195 mm circumference / X-large: 161-225 mm circumference
  • Weight: Regular: 47.6 g / X-large: 48.2 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Touchscreen
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 0.8″ x 1.13″ (20.7 x 28.6 mm)
  • Display resolution: 205 x 148 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: GPS mode: Up to 13 hours / Smartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $249.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $210.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Forerunner 35 is slim and lightweight — perfect for daily runs, training and racing. It features built-in wrist-based heart rate as well as GPS that tracks your distance, pace, intervals and more. And since all these stats are captured by the watch, your watch is all you need — no phone, no chest strap. Just put on Forerunner 35 and go.  Ideal for new runners on a budget, they’re the cheapest of the lot and they’re also a little more accessible when it comes to your running stats.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 35.5 x 40.7 x 13.3 mm
  • Weight: 37.3 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 0.93″ x 0.93″ (23.5 x 23.4 mm)
  • Display resolution: 128 x 128 pixels
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 9 days / GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
  • Memory/History: 7 activities
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Stopwatch

Regular price: $199.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $182.49 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin vívosmart® 3

Your sense of style is uniquely you. Let vívosmart 3 complement that style without trying to overshadow it. Featuring a slim, inconspicuous band, vívosmart 3 is as hip as anything in your closet. Even better, it’s a master of subtlety. The tracker’s hidden display is only visible when you want it to be. When you’re not using it, it disappears into the device. It’s the perfect companion for the office, the gym, the pool and everywhere in between.

Your activity tracker doesn’t define you, but what you do with it certainly can. That’s why vívosmart 3 features a discreet but attractive profile to help it fit right in with any fashion, and its smart features keep you on your toes. Track activity, monitor your heart rate, get smart notifications, and even access detailed fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max estimate and your fitness age.

DETAILS

  • Strap materia: silicone
  • Physical size: Width: 18.5 mm / Thickness: 9.8 mm / Length (small/medium): 197 mm / Length (large): 223 mm / Circumference (small/medium): 122-188 mm / Circumference (large): 148-215 mm
  • Weight: Small/medium: 20.4 g / Large: 21.5 g
  • Water rating: Swim
  • Touchscreen
  • Display type: OLED
  • Display size: 0.38″ x 0.76″ (9.6 mm x 19.2 mm)
  • Display resolution: 64 x 128 pixels
  • Battery life: Up to 5 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $139.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $122.29 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Best Garmin watch for triathletes

Garmin Forerunner® 935

Offers advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable watch you can wear all day, and it only weighs 49 grams. Provides elevation changes with a built-in barometer; altimeter and electronic compass help you keep your bearings. Evaluates your training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it and offers additional performance monitoring features. Provides advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, including ground contact time balance, stride length and more.

Forerunner 935 will help you monitor your training and recovery so you can better prepare for a race or training cycle. Training status is a new performance monitoring tool that automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. The new anaerobic training effect metric opens a window of insight to a critical dimension of training, telling you how your training is improving your ability to push the limits. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: yes (22 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 47 x 47 x 13.9 mm
  • Weight: 49 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.2″ (30.4 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks / GPS-HR mode: Up to 24 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times

Regular price: $499.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $450.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Forerunner 735XT lets you change things up with ease thanks to built-in activity profiles for running (indoor/outdoor), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool/open water), cross-country skiing, paddle sports, trail running, hiking and strength training.

For brick workouts and du/triathlon races, the auto multisport feature lets you switch sports with just one button press. 735XT is compatible with advanced workouts for running, cycling — and even pool swimming. Create your own custom workouts and download for free from Garmin Connect. Then review your past efforts on the app or share them with family and friends for added motivation.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 44.5 x 44.5 x 11.9 mm
  • Weight: 40.2 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.23″ (31.1 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 215 x 180 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 11 days / GPS mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 24 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 80 hours of activity data
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times

Regular price: $349.99 – $499.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $316.74 – $450.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Best Garmin for multi-sport

Garmin fēnix® 5S

For serious athletes and adventurers who want to do more, not wear more — fénix 5S is the perfect fit. This is a premium multisport watch that offers full-size performance in a lighter, sleeker, more compact design. So you can beat yesterday with advanced features such as wrist-based heart rate, built-in activity profiles, navigation functions, and performance metrics that measure the effectiveness of your workout. It’s one smart sport watch you can comfortably wear anywhere — office or outback — to keep pace with your active lifestyle.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chamically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: included (20 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 42 x 42 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 67 g
  • Water rating: 10 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.1” (27.94 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 218 x 218 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 9 days / GPS/HR mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 35 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times 

Regular price: $549.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $495.74 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin fēnix® 5S Sapphire Edition

Beyond their running functions, fenix 5 watches also offer special feature sets to help with swim training, skiing, golfing and paddle sports, including stand-up paddle boarding and rowing. For swimmers, the device tracks your distance, pace, stroke count and more. Ski/Board mode puts speed, distance, vertical drop and an automatic run counter (with Auto Pause for the lift line) and more at your fingertips. The feature set for paddle sports includes stroke count, stroke rate and even distance per stroke. Golf mode gives you yardage to the front, back and middle of the green for any single course you’ve downloaded from Garmin Connect— and also adds enhancements such as stat tracking (fairways hit, etc.), Green View, AutoShot detection and auto measure. Sapphire edition features a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and Wi-Fi® connectivity.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: sapphire crystal
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: included (20 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone, suede or steel
  • Physical size: 42 x 42 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 67 g
  • Water rating: 10 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.1” (27.94 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 218 x 218 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 9 days / GPS/HR mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 35 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times 

Regular price: $649.99 – $799.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $585.24 – $719.49 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

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Top 100 Fitness Blogs and Websites on the planet

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TOP 100 FITNESS BLOGS ON THE PLANET

I am so excited by this news that my hands tremble!!! Where do I begin? At the beginning, you are right.

As you know, the fitness industry is hard and publicizing an internet business is possibly even harder. For these reasons, I am always looking for ways to promote my business. Last weekend, I found the list of the best 100 blogs and websites to follow, provided by Feedspot.

What´s Feedspot? It´s a RSS Reader. If you’re trying to keep up with news and content on multiple webs, Feedspot allows you to put all of your reading in one place.

There is an impressive amount of fitness blogs out there and this list includes the best on the planet like Men´s Fitness, Reebok Fitness Blog, MyFitnessPal Blog, ACE (American Council on Exercise), or Anytime Fitness Blog, just to name a few blogs among the top 10.

Call me foolish, but I decided to submit my blog, with little or no hope of accessing the list. I would be happy to enter the Feedspot fitness blog directory and get some more readers. That´s what I expected. What I got, so you can guess by the title of this post, was to enter the list. I am not in the position #100, or #99, not even #90 or #80. Dear friends, my blog is on the list at number 73, which is not bad if you realize that I do not have a team working on this blog. Just me!

I am so happy and proud right now… that I´m going  to take  the rest of the day off!! I think you will agree with me… From time to time a break is necessary to savor the achievements and victories. This news is both an achievement and a sweet victory after a long time blogging. 

Don´t worry, I will return with new content and much more energy before you realize that I have taken a day off, I promise.

I’m looking forward to climbing some positions. I know I will never make #1 but, top 50? I´m going to try it.

From a small Spanish coastal town to the top 100 fitness blogs on the planet, today is a day to remember and celebrate!

Thank you all, lot of love and, as always, big hugs!!

David.

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Discounts on top brands

Discounts on Top brands

Discounts on top brands

Here at chape.fitness we care about giving the best service and partnering with the best brands in the fitness industry. that´s why I am excited and pleased to announce that from now on I will be able to offer discounts on top brands items to residents in the US. Take your time to read the list of brands, because it’s a long list: Garmin, Nokia, Tomtom, Optimun Nutrition, BSN, AST, Golden boy, Rumble Roller, etc.

If you practice sports, you will find what you need: nutritional supplements, sportswear, footwear, foam rollers, training tools and equipment, all kinds of fitness and yoga products that will make your sports practice easier and more stylish. If you are a regular customer of these brands or you are thinking about buying some of their products for the first time, do not miss the opportunity to get your discount!

Garmin

Garmin

Garmin make products that are engineered on the inside for life on the outside. Garmin do this, so their customers can make the most of the time they spend pursuing their passions.

Nokia health - Withings

Nokia health - Withings

We lead the connected health revolution. Making the most of innovation, technology and design, Withings invents smart products and apps that fit into any lifestyle that lets you track what matters so you can improve you everyday well-being and aim for better long term health.

Polar

Polar

Polar is a manufacturer of sports training computers, particularly known for developing the world's first wireless heart rate monitor. Polar manufactures a range of heart rate monitoring devices and accessories for athletic training and fitness and also measure heart rate variability.

Tomtom

Tomtom

TomTom empowers movement. We design and develop innovative products that make it easy for people to keep moving towards their goals. Global leader in navigation and mapping products, TomTom also creates GPS sports watches, as well as state-of-the-art fleet management solutions and industry-leading location-based products.

ON - Optimun Nutrition

ON - Optimun Nutrition

Optimum Nutrition, Inc. (ON) is part of Glanbia, a leading international cheese and nutritional ingredients group. ON owns and operates two premium sports nutrition brands, Optimum Nutrition and American Body Building (A.B.B.). Together, these brands provide active adults around the world with a comprehensive line of powdered, bar, tablet, capsule and ready to drink products.

KT Tape

KT Tape

KT Health is a privately held company based in Utah that designs, develops, and distributes sports medicine products. These products keep athletes healthy, empowering all to play with confidence and reach their peak performance.

Natural Fitness

Natural Fitness

A pioneer in the rapidly growing eco-friendly wellness products marketplace, Natural Fitness is a favorite of both the professional and amateur yogis thanks to our thoughtfully designed tools lauded for their unparalleled performance and minimal environmental impact.

Pro-Tec Athletics

Pro-Tec Athletics

Foam rollers and deep tissue massage balls. Keeping people healthy, active and performing at their best.

PER4M

PER4M

PER4M products are accessible, cutting-edge performance athletic training tools created to help you gain a competitive edge in your training. Our products were expertly designed to aid in the development, progression, and improvement of 4 key areas to athletic performance success: Speed + Quickness + Agility + Power.

Lifeline

Lifeline

For over 40 years, Lifeline’s product development team has designed our products with a focus on user functionality while maintaining commercial grade quality. All our product testing protocols (internal testing & external testing) are in place to ensure the product we develop is not only functional to use, but also results in premium, commercial grade quality product.

Aeromat

Aeromat

AGM Group specializes in supplying high quality fitness products and accessories to the fitness, sporting goods, schools, and rehabilitation markets, offering both product innovation and brand name recognition.

Kor Water Inc.

Kor Water Inc.

Hydration is the foundation of our human health. At our core, we are our higher selves. Everything we need is already inside of us. We are unique, yet part of everything. We are the yin and the yang. We seek balance between ourselves and the world, between our body and mind, between who we are now — and who we have yet to become.

TITLE Boxing

TITLE Boxing

In 1998, TITLE Boxing set out to establish itself as an authority in the boxing industry through equipment design, integrity in business and our overall involvement in the sport. Boxing gives hope to some, changes the lives of others and creates champions out of those select few who are willing to test their limits. Whatever your goals may be, we want to help you achieve them.

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Inspired by Gold Medalist and 10-time world champion in six different weight classes, Oscar De La Hoya brings gear designed by boxers, for boxers to the forefront of the game. Each and every piece from the exclusive “Golden Boy” line conjures-up memories of Oscar’s legendary fights, highlighting Oscar’s illustrious career that spanned over sixteen years.

Skins

Skins

WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR SPORT, WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS AND WE'RE NOT AFRAID TO SAY WE'RE THE BEST. In 2010, we launched this advertising campaign featuring a number of elite athletes, titled Cheat Legal, which plays to the fact that SKINS give you a naturally unfair advantage. SKINS believe that athletes should handle themselves with honesty and integrity at all times.

EBOOST

EBOOST

In 2007 Josh Taekman and John McDonald set out to find a cleaner way to fuel their busy days, and today EBOOST is changing the way people energize, replenish, and feed their well-being. EBOOST is for people who live to do more every day—who thrive on the go and always have a new goal on the horizon.

Gnarly Nutrition

Gnarly Nutrition

After spending 10 years blending outdoor recreation with counseling to help people better themselves, Eli wanted to create a brand that builds people. Gnarly is just that; A company that inspires individuals to reach their true potential. Building sports nutrition that is natural, clean, and great-tasting is only one portion of how we help our people reach their potential.

Rumble Roller

Rumble Roller

RumbleRoller's patented massage tools incorporate the perfect mix of shape, firmness, and resiliency. Their effectiveness is legendary, as is their durability and our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. If you're serious about feeling and performing better, you owe it to yourself to try RumbleRoller.

Pakems

Pakems

Pakems are the lightweight packable shoe designed to take with you while you PLAY HARD. The perfect solution to slip on so you can sit back and RELAX HAPPY. Life is an adventure, take us with you!

Halfmoon Yoga

Halfmoon Yoga

We are inventors, makers and curators of the best yoga and meditation products available. We hand make yoga bolsters, meditation cushions, and other beautiful props in Vancouver, Canada where we fill them with natural materials and send them out the door to you.

Armpocket

Armpocket

The Ultimate Armband. Through intense research and development, plus testing of materials and design, the Armpocket was created as a durable, high-quality product that will outlast its competitors. We now serve customers all over the world and are thrilled to be a part of the premium wing of the sporting goods and electronic device accessories industry.

Honey stinger

Honey stinger

Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Honey Stinger makes nutritious and great tasting honey-based foods including energy bars, protein bars, energy gels, organic waffles, organic chews, kids specific snacks and our very own Organic Wildflower Honey.

Doctor Hoy´s Pain Relief

Doctor Hoy´s Pain Relief

Founded upon safe and natural pain relieving options, our goal is to make your life healthier. Since 2001, we have been changing lives! Let DOCTOR HOY’S™ Natural Pain Relief be your go-to pain relief solution you can rely on over and over again!

AST

AST

AST Sports Science incorporates the latest research in muscle-building protein science, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and herbs to develop the most effective sports supplements in the world that are used by professional and world-class athletes around the globe. Dedicated to the highest standards in production and cutting edge research, your success is our success.

Carve Nutrition

Carve Nutrition

A REAL GUILT FREE COOKIE! How we Carve...We are blessed to live, work, and play by the shores of Venice, California. The ocean inspires us every day with its raw energy. Whether you prefer the waves, the powder, the gym, meditation or walking; whatever your personal adventure, join us in our journey to 'CARVE'

Moji

Moji

Founded in 2007 with the goal of keeping people active and pain-free. Eager to help others pursue their passions in life, Victor Viner, a lifelong competitive athlete and proven entrepreneur, established the company with a vision of creating best-in-class recovery and pain-relief products.

Punch´d Energy

Punch´d Energy

100% ALL NATURAL premium green coffee bean caffeine in a superfruit gummie with vitamin c. GRAB N GO energy that is low cal, low carb and low glycemic. FASTEST BOOST on the planet because you chew your energy! Change up your daily personal caffeine routine, naturally.

BodyCraft

BodyCraft

BodyCraft® was founded in 1994 with the simple mission of helping as many people as possible achieve their wellness goals. Our passion lies in creating the ultimate in safety, variety, design, affordability and motivation. Every BODYCRAFT product is built to fulfill each of the purposes. When you buy direct from Bodycraft, you’ll never have to worry about quality - it’s built for a lifetime.

Body-Solid

Body-Solid

Body-Solid offers the widest arrays of products in the industry including multi-station gyms, free weight machines, a complete line of cardiovascular products, weight plates, kettlebells, dumbbells, and fitness accessories.

Run Gum

Run Gum

Run Gum provides you with a fast convenient energy boost through the simple process of chewing gum. Infused with caffeine, taurine, and b-vitamins, Run Gum is similiar to other energy products on the market, only you get the boost you want faster.

ON + BSN + Isopure

ON + BSN + Isopure

Optimum Nutrition | BSN | Isopure - Nature's Best Supplements

ZeroPoint

ZeroPoint

ZeroPoint is a world leader in using the most sustainable materials in apparel. The fabrics are made using 85% repurposed nylon waste collected from landfills and oceans. A highly sophisticated polymer process is used to turn this material into Econyl fabrics. ZeroPoint realizes sustainability isn’t a goal but a way of thinking and being.

Boost Oxygen

Boost Oxygen

Boost Oxygen, LLC is based in MIlford, Connecticut, and is the leading manufacturer of portable, lightweight, 95% pure oxygen canisters. It is used by people visiting high altitude locations, professional and amateur athletes, senior citizens, and famous celebrities alike.

Recoup Fitness

Recoup Fitness

ICE + MASSAGE. Our goal is to become the leading name in muscle recovery and injury treatment and prevention. Current products on the market lack innovation and can be out of reach financially for many consumers. We believe that everyone is an athlete. Through our game-changing innovation we can finally make the highest quality tools accessible to everyone at an affordable price.

DOD Fitness

DOD Fitness

We make exercise easy! People often complain about pain while exercising. The most prevalent areas of complaint are wrists, knees and neck. The pain is caused by either improper biomechanics, too much range of motion, too many repetitions or a combination.

Cobian Footwear

Cobian Footwear

In the walk of life, we at Cobian believe that “Every Step Matters”. For over 20 years our customers have enjoyed Cobian’s signature comfort and value, but our main mission is to serve as a platform to support others who seek to: care for the needy, steward our planet, overcome personal challenges, provide hope and inspiration to others and much more.

Fighting Sports

Fighting Sports

The pride and joy of Japan for decades is now available to you in Fighting

InBody

InBody

InBody has grown from a small biotech startup in South Korea to a multinational corporation with branches and distributors in more than 40 countries. Our clients trust us to provide precise, useful, and accurate body composition data to their users because they know that InBody is the only company in the world that can combine convenience, accuracy, and reproducibility into one easy-to-use device.

Flex Disc

Flex Disc

Flex Disc's low impact, rolling platform establishes its Ground Movement Training™ system as highly effective for increasing: Mobility, Stability, Balance, Core-Strength. Used in physical therapy, Pilates, gymnastics, dance, the NHL, MBL, NBA, and US military. Whether you are just starting your fitness journey, an elite athlete the Flex Disc® can help you to achieve your training goals

TIMBUK2

TIMBUK2

Founded by SF bike messenger Rob Honeycutt, TIMBUK2 created the iconic messenger bag in 1989. Since then, we've been making bags built to last a lifetime right here in the Mission District.

Earnest Eats

Earnest Eats

We put Good In our superfood oatmeal because we believe that foods should be fully transparent, unadulterated and whole. Our native flavors sing their own greatness and because we know our bodies need real deal nourishment from powerful whole food ingredients, we’ve consciously made our foods with ingredients like supergrain blends, nutrient rich coffee fruit & detox support herbs, just for you.

Telic Footwear

Telic Footwear

The true heritage and inspiration of Telic footwear dates back over a century ago to (CEO Rocco Azzarito’s grandfather) Francisco Azzarito.

NDX

NDX

NDX was created by a group of individuals deeply interested in health and nutrition. Using advanced scientific discoveries, global botanical wisdom and innovative ingredients, we offer superior products to support your quest for a vibrant and active life. Our vision is to empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Platysens

Platysens

Platysens is a company focused on sports sensors and analysis. Founded by sport enthusiasts in 2014, our accurate sports sensors are designed to help athletes understand their performance. Our insightful analysis helps athletes reach a sense of achievement and further their enjoyment of sports. Our Mission “To equip athletes with better tools to understand their performance”

Powbab

Powbab

Powbab® is a superfood company with natural products for better health, immunity, and body, inside and out. How powbab® was started is a story of recovery and passion. Life comes with trials. However, sometimes these trials bring us to new beginnings and discoveries.

Halo

Halo

Halo Sport is the first-ever headset that stimulates the part of your brain responsible for muscle movement. This accelerates training improvements in: STRENGTH, ENDURANCE, SKILL. OUR STORY Before Halo, our founding team spent more than a decade developing the world’s first closed loop neurostimulation device for epilepsy patients. After achieving unanimous FDA approval and changing the lives of thousands of epilepsy patients, they began their next challenge and founded Halo Neuroscience in 2013. We're a San Francisco based team of doctors, neuroscientists, athletes, engineers, and designers. What we all share is a passion for improving lives through neuroscience and technology.

Natti Bar

Natti Bar

A couple of long time friends working in the action sports industry went bananas traveling the globe in search of sales growth and so they decided to get back to a simpler and healthier life.

BrainGear

BrainGear

BrainGear is the brain performance drink backed by top neurologists that provides focus, clarity and concentration shortly after consumption, while supporting cognitive function and brain health over time.

Nanohydr8

Nanohydr8

Nanotechnology creates particles that are so pulverized, they fit right into your blood, bone and muscle cells. So when you drink a single serving of NanoHydr8, you don't have to wait for your body to digest anything in the small intestines. The nutrition goes right where it's needed most. Giving you power, endurance and recovery, faster and more effectively than any supplement in the world.

Qardio

Qardio

Qardio is the award-winning healthcare company that combines innovative technologies, elegant design and exceptional user experience to create the next generation of connected health. Our clinically-validated, wearable and connected devices seamlessly integrate with a smartphone or tablet using the Qardio App - instantly turning them into a powerful doctor in your pocket.

Kool ´n Fit

Kool ´n Fit

In 1985, Kool Fit America, Inc. developed a sports specific spray. KOOL 'N FIT Sport® provides a better warm up before sports and a faster recovery after sports. KOOL 'N FIT Pain provides temporary relief from minor aches and pains in muscles and joints. KOOL 'N FIT Foot provides relief for tired feet. KOOL 'N FIT Massage Oil makes an ideal emollient to nourish and protect skin.

Cemco Strength Equipment

Cemco Strength Equipment

Urethane Pro Style and Solid Steel Urethane Dumbbells go beyond a low end adjustable dumbbell set. When you see or purchase our dumbbells and dumbbell racks you will see what quality really means in your gym setting.

Finis

Finis

John Mix and Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Pablo Morales founded FINIS in 1993 with a mission to simplify swimming for athletes, coaches, beginners and lifelong swimmers around the world. Today, FINIS fulfills that mission through technical innovation, high quality products and a commitment to education.

Further Fuel

Further Fuel

We are a Colorado based company whose mission is to help others push further in whatever physical, mental or spiritual endeavor they choose. FURTHER FUEL® products are safe, clean and will always propel you with clinically proven ingredients. Our products are manufactured in the U.S.A. under strict GMP. There is a reason why all our formulas are anchored by Certified Organic KSM-66® Ashwagandha

Naboso Barefoot Technology

Naboso Barefoot Technology

Naboso (meaning "barefoot" in Czech) is the first-ever small nerve proprioceptive material commercially available in the health and fitness industry. The skin on the bottom of the foot contains thousands of (small nerve) proprioceptors, which are sensitive to different stimuli including texture, vibration, skin stretch, deep pressure and light touch.

Coromega

Coromega

Our unique, highly digestible form of fish oil provides a clinically proven 300% better absorption rate vs. regular softgels.

Ayla globes

Ayla globes

Long fingerless bamboo gloves made with love from Vancouver, BC CANADA

PepPod

PepPod

PepPod was brought to life in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The desire to ensure that PepPod was made in America led us to a prehistoric plant deposit in Utah, an incredible, bountiful mineral source where we derive the 75 trace minerals integral to what gives our energy supplement a critical advantage, both over its competitors and in improving the lives of its consumers.

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How Getting Active and Healthy Keeps You Strong in Addiction Recovery by Constance Ray

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a regular fitness routine does more than create visible results. Physical fitness transforms your body, inside and out, which means it’s also one of the best things you can do to facilitate addiction recovery. When you’re in recovery, creating a new life without substances involves caring for your body, mind, and soul. All of these parts of you are affected by addiction, so caring for your whole self is necessary to stay clean and sober.

How Does Being Active Help You Succeed in Recovery?

On a physical level, doing an aerobic activity that increases your heart rate changes your brain chemistry by releasing the natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Sometimes called a “runner’s high,” this physiological effect of exercise is an incredible mood boost. When someone is addicted, they depend on substances to get that feel-good effect, but in recovery, exercise gives your brain that same reward in a much healthier way. This may be one reason why developing a regular exercise routine helps many people in recovery manage cravings because the activity replaces the desire to use to a substance.

In addition to giving you a mood boost, physical fitness also reduces stress, making it a great coping skill for managing stressors and triggers when you’re in recovery. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise decreases tension, helps you sleep better, and builds self-esteem. Dealing with stress can zap your energy, but exercise gives you back the energy your body needs to make managing stress easier. Physical fitness also makes you feel good about yourself. Whether you’re just starting your first workout or you see yourself achieving your fitness goals, getting stronger is a huge accomplishment. Gaining this self-confidence builds your belief that you are capable of staying clean and sober by showing you that you have the ability to overcome challenges.

What Is the Best Type of Exercise for Recovery?

Any exercise will make you healthier, and the best exercise is something you enjoy and can commit to doing regularly. However, some types of exercise maximize the positive impacts that benefit recovery. Aerobic exercise like running gets your heart rate up to release those endorphins, and the repetitive nature of running is also meditative, which helps decrease stress and refocus your mind in a positive way. Swimming is another exercise that has the same meditative quality, and moving through water is also very relaxing. According to the Huffington Post, many people in recovery find that yoga helps them practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that builds awareness and self-reflection so you gain a better understanding of your habits and your choices.

How Do You Maintain a Healthy Routine for the Long Term?

The key to making both physical fitness and recovery stick long term is integrating an overall healthy lifestyle into your regular routine. You won’t get the same benefit from hitting the gym only once in a while. But when you schedule and commit to workouts as part of your daily life, it can help structure your day so that you aren’t as tempted to use drugs or alcohol. If you struggle with how to make this commitment, try different types of exercise to find something that is fulfilling for you and works with your schedule. Making good nutrition and self-care part of your wellness lifestyle will also support your fitness goals and make it easier to keep them. The great thing about starting these habits is that when you take better care of your body, you feel better about yourself, which motivates you to keep going.

The hardest part is getting started. Once you do, maintaining a healthy lifestyle gets easier as this positive cycle becomes a way of life. Creating this new way of life makes you stronger—physically, mentally, and even spiritually—for staying on the right track in recovery.

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Constance Ray

Constance Ray

Constance Ray started Recoverywell.org with the goal of creating a safe place for people to share how addiction has affected them, whether they are combating it themselves or watching someone they care about work to overcome it. The goal is to share stories of hope from survivors who know that the fight against addiction is one worth having, because no matter how it affects you, life can get better.

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