Through the years of using EMS to enhance my training and recovery, I’ve come up with a few tips and shortcuts that not everyone is likely to be aware of. One trick in particular has been most helpful in saving time and allowing me to work two muscle groups at once without needing the optional splitter cables. This tip I am about to describe is only recommended for Active Recovery, Massage, and Warm-Up programs, not strength building programs such as Aerobic Endurance, Resistance Strength, Base Training, etc. Continue Reading »
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Author: Jim Bruskewitz
The Globus Sport and Fitness model Electro Muscular Stimulators are powerful training tools currently underutilized in the United States. As athletes become more familiar with what electro muscular stimulation (EMS) is and the benefits it confers, EMS will become as commonplace as heart rate monitors, inertial pace/mile running meters, and power meters for cyclists. EMS doesn’t measure relative or actual amount of work being done like the aforementioned devices, but rather improves the amount of work that one is capable of performing while training or racing. Continue Reading »
It takes approximately 3 hours after a carbohydrate-containing meal for elevated insulin levels to return to pre-meal or waking fasting levels, which is exactly where you want them prior to a workout or race lasting longer than 60 minutes (perhaps as long as 90 minutes). To the degree that insulin levels are elevated at the start of a workout/race, the greater the body spends it muscle glycogen for energy production. The lower the insulin levels at the start of the event, the better your body spares available muscle glycogen stores. Continue Reading »
The 33rd edition of the Badwater Ultramarathon, recognized globally as “the world’s toughest foot race,” will take place on July 12-14. Hammer Nutrition has been a longtime sponsor of this epic event, and we’re honored to be a major sponsor of this year’s edition. You can follow the race online (live updates, time splits, and results) at http://www.badwater.com/2010web/index.php.
A number of Hammer Nutrition athletes are competing in this year’s race, including women’s course record holder, Jamie Donaldson, who is seeking to “three-peat” after winning in 2008 and 2009. Ultrarunner extraordinaire Connie Gardner is attempting her first Badwater and looking forward to having an excellent race. Amy Palmiero-Winters, who recently became the first amputee to finish The Western States Endurance Run (a.k.a. The Western States 100), is looking to repeat that remarkable feat at Badwater. On the men’s side, Ray Sanchez is looking to have a solid Badwater and complete history’s first “BAD 135,” three of the hardest 135-mile foot races on the planet (Brazil, Arrowhead, and Death Valley) in a single calendar year. Jimmy Dean Freeman, an outstanding ultrarunner and highly respected coach, is ready to add Badwater to his lengthy list of accomplishments. Last, but certainly not least, is “Ageless” Arthur Webb (a.k.a. “The Grinder”). At 68 years young, Arthur is looking to complete his 13th consecutive Badwater and has set a goal of a sub-40 hour time.
Author: Giovanni Ciriani
You must have heard that Electrical Muscle Stimulation is used for rehabilitation. But after hearing about it for sport training, most people get a good laugh, as this reminds them of the marketing hype “exercise while doing nothing and watching TV”. There is a reason for this bad reputation, because done incorrectly and with the wrong tools, EMS will not achieve any result for you. Therefore I’d like to explain what EMS can really do for you. Continue Reading »