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We caught up with Compex triathlete Josh Amberger to talk about his favorite Compex program he uses and how he incorporates it into his weekly workout routine. Here's what Josh had to say:
I love the strength mode on my Compex and I use it twice weekly to compliment my strength sessions on the bike. We can only stress the heart and lungs to a certain point before fatigue, but I find I can use the Compex in strength mode to get a little bit more from the muscles without stressing the heart and lungs beyond the bike ride. Once I get in the door from a key bike ride, I prepare a meal and then sit down to eat whilst dialing the Compex into a strength program. The strength program has different levels of operation, which I can adjust depending on how hard and low I pushed on the bike, what training I have tomorrow, and how far away from a key event I am. It's the perfect mode for going one step further in my training.
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IRONMAN Arizona is one of the most popular triathlon events in the world because the spectator friendly non-ocean swim, atypical flat and fast bike route and its relatively flat running course. Compex athletes Jordan Rapp, Timothy O'Donnell, Amanda Stevens, Mike Zafirovski, and Neily Mathias competed this year under unusually adverse conditions ranging from cold temps to high winds on each leg of the race. Learn more about how Compex athletes Jordan Rapp and Timothy O'Donnell incorporated Compex into their post-race recovery programs after IRONMAN Arizona.
Congratulations to all Compex athletes:
3rd Place: Jordan Rappor
5th Place: Timmothy O'Donnell
5th Place: Amanda Stevens
10th Place: Mike Zafirovski
21st Place: Neels Mathias
Compex triathlete Jordan Rapp, who placed 3rd, talks about his IRONMAN Arizona post-race recovery and how he incorporated Compex into this recovery plan:
"Post race, I typically wait to see how the body sorts out for a few days. In the immediate aftermath, everything hurts. If there's long travel involved (not the case in this race), then I'd use the Recovery Plus or massage settings on a very low current just to keep the muscles moving my legs on the plane ride. I thought of this after racing IMMEL in 2013, and sitting on that 16 hour plane ride after the race and just locking up, I thought, "I have to figure out how to do this differently." And that's when I started experimenting, and the Compex is so easy in that regard. But since I fly to Tempe and it's just an hour flight, there's a lot of walking - too much! - at the airport and such and so I don't worry as much about keeping the muscles moving. This race is also different because as the last race of the season, I'm less worried about bouncing back as quickly as possible. I try to mentally unwind as well and just sort of let things flow. I take this approach with vitamins and stuff as well. I just sort of step back away from being an athlete for a couple weeks at the end of the season.
But I'm very keen to get back into swimming, since I find that is a great way to stay active, recover fast, and continue to work on my biggest weakness. So I'll probably start to getting back into swimming before the end of the week. For swimming, I personally have found the Compex to be great for obliques. All the rib muscles take a beating with the various demands and super long day of an Ironman, but I seem to have particular trouble with some of my obliques. So again, I'd start with using that to get those firing. Some light massage, recovery plus, and then maybe some potentiation before I swim. Mid-season, I'd probably focus more on doing something with my legs, especially in the peroneals and anterior tibialis to get my toes and sub-talar joint control working again. But since I'll take at least a week off of running and cycling, I'll just wait to use the Compex as normal and as needed once I start back up there.
I'm sure that as I unwind from the race, sore spots will crop up - like in my neck from lugging the bike box and suitcase on a beat-up body - and I can just get some relief with massage or recovery plus modes, again with super low current.
And, at least for this time of year, it's also good to use the Compex to get your abdominals working after you stretch your gut out to 5X its normal size at Thanksgiving!"
Compex triathlete Timothy O'Donnell, who placed 5th, talks about how he speeds up his post-race IRONMAN Arizona recovery with the Compex Active Recovery program.
"Recovering from an Ironman is never quick or easy, especially IM Arizona where the concrete run course take a huge toll on your legs. I rely heavily on my Compex post to get me moving and speed up my recovery. The active recovery program is my go to for my calves and to increase blood flow across my IT band and quads I rely on Recovery Plus Program. Thanks Compex!"
Compex is the Neuromuscular Electrical Muscle Stimulation (NMES) device of choice for athletes, coaches and trainers around the world. Pioneering electrotherapy techniques through extensive research and innovation spanning the last three decades, Compex’s flagship “Muscle Stim” devices are used to improve physical performance, speed recovery in preparation for the next performance, and for rehabilitating the muscle for peak performance.
Compex enables athletes to safely customize their training, exercise more muscle fibers in less time, and recover faster. The result is a more efficient workout with less risk of injury and virtually no cardiovascular fatigue. Learn more at www.ShopCompex.com
Compex, the leader in electrical muscle stimulation devices, is proud to announce that its sponsored athlete and UFC fighter Chad Mendes will be competing for the World Featherweight Championship in UFC179 against Jose Aldo Jr. in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 25.
The fight will play host to a rematch in which Aldo won by knockout in 2012 during UFC142. At the end of UFC142, a controversial foul came along with Aldo’s victory. Aldo visibly grabbed the fence to stop Mendes from taking him down before launching a knee strike to the head to win the fight. Without a doubt, Mendes will be out for redemption and revenge – not to mention blood – during this week’s fight. Since losing to Aldo in 2012, Mendes has changed and enhanced his fighting style and won four of five fights by knockout or TKO. If Mendes wins the title fight, he will join his teammate T.J. Dillashaw from their Sacramento camp, Team Alpha Male, as champions in their respective weight classes.
In preparation for his fights, Mendes integrates Compex muscle stimulators into his rigorous training regimen. Through electrical stimulation of the muscles, Compex maximizes the benefits of warmup, strength, endurance and recovery programs, ultimately leading to greater performance gains for high level athletes.
“Chad has been training overtime to ready himself for his upcoming bout,” said Compex Coach Jim Bruskewitz. “Now it’s time to polish up his training. Compex puts that last critical piece of his preparation in place by ramping up the rate at which he recovers in the days leading up to the big event.”
Compex Recovery programs are run multiple times daily during an athlete’s taper period. The result is 4.5 times the blood flow to working muscles to flush out the hard work and repair the muscle from all the work they have done. The production of endorphins from these programs will leave them feeling light and quick. The massage portion of the programs will relax their muscles and revive them.
Mendes is serious about using Compex. He has posted multiple photos on his Instagram and Twitter accounts about using Compex for warm-up prior to training and then for recovery in between and after workouts. Here’s what he had to say:
“Just finished a hard morning prac now got my @compexcoach hooked up for a lil shoulder recovery before my next prac at 2:30…”
“Lil sat am recovery and TV in bed. @compexcoach,”
“… This baby's a life saver! @compexcoach”
Mendes, who hails from Hanford, CA and fights out of Sacramento, has a 16-1-0 record and almost 60 percent takedown accuracy, which is about 20 percent higher than the average. He has a long and renowned career in wrestling, extreme cage fighting and is being trained by Coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig. Many are predicting Mendes to win by TKO in Round 3.
Learn more about Mendes’ upcoming fight with this UFC’s Countdown video which takes you behind the scenes before UFC 179:
Compex, the leader in electric muscle stimulation devices, is proud to announce that its sponsored athlete, Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae, 33, has won the 2014 Ironman World Championship title in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. On October 11, more than 2,100 high performance athletes began the grueling course, which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon run. The Ironman World Championship in Kona is known to be the most physically demanding, single day sporting event and the choppy water conditions, extremely windy bike ride, and hot and humid run made for an even more arduous experience.
Carfrae, an Australian native known for her exceptional marathon times, blew past Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf four miles before the finish line winning her second straight and third overall world title. During the 2013 Ironman World Championship, Carfrae set the women’s record for the run portion at 2:50:38. This year, she finished the 140 mile race in 9:00:55, with a 2:50:26 marathon time, making her the fourth woman in history to have won the Ironman Hawaii three times or more. She joins Paula Newby-Fraser, Natascha Badmann and Chrissie Wellington in this highly elite group.
Rinny says that crossing the finish line in Kona and defending her 2013 title was a dream. “When I started the run, I knew I had to dig and hope for the best,” she says. “I am so thrilled about the day and how it ultimately unfolded. Now it’s time to celebrate and recover!” In addition to celebrating her victory in Kona, she says she’ll be using her Compex muscle stimulator as she travels home.
Carfrae has competed in the Ironman six times and has received podium positions each time (with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal). She began competing at the age of 19 and has since dominated in marathon and half Ironman competitions.
The world’s hardest endurance test, the Ironman World Championship, starts this month in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. On October 11, more than 2,000 high-performance athletes will test their limits during the 140.6-mile journey under the scorching sun and among the beauty that is Kona. We’re happy to announce that four Compex sponsored athletes will be racing in the Ironman: Mirinda Carfrae, Timothy O’Donnell, TJ Tollakson and Dr. Amanda Stevens.
We had some time to chat with 2006 Ironman World Champion, Michellie Jones, about her racing history and how Compex has helped her along the way to Ironman victory. As a professional athlete for more than 25 years, Michellie has found longevity and strength in career because she’s a firm believer in investing in yourself and spending ample time in rest and recovery.
Taking Rest and Recovery Seriously
Michellie has been a Compex believer and user since 1995 and says the electro muscle stimulation doesn’t take away from training, but rather enhances it. “It’s not all about taking care of yourself in terms of diet and training for an Ironman,” she says. “But you always have to take rest and recovery very seriously.”
Using Compex is simple and easy and you can do it while watching TV or sitting at a desk, “The strength program is brilliant because the machine is producing energy, not your body,” she says. Michellie uses Compex before, during and after training. For instance, she’ll start her mornings with the pre-warm up setting to get her blood circulating before a workout. After an interval training workout, she’ll use Compex again to speed up recovery and flush lactic acid.
Benefits of using Compex as an Endurance Athlete
If you’re using Compex because you’re a professional sports player, endurance athlete, or just the average person, you already know how much Compex has changed the way you perform and recover. Michellie believes endurance athletes can benefit from Compex because it enhances your recovery at all levels.
“After using Compex during recovery, you’ll be able to reach a consistent, high level of training on your next workout,” she says. “The removal of lactic acid speeds up recovery and the increase of blood flow enhances recovery. Compex is an amazing, cool, portable device and it should always be in your training bag.”
Training for a demanding athlete feat can leave you feeling uneasy or anxious and Compex helps to enhance your mood by stimulating your endorphins. Michellie uses the Recovery Plus mode often to flush muscles and feels much better after use. “It’s amazing how good you feel.”
Using Compex during Training
When Michellie was using Compex while training for Ironman, she would start her regimen six weeks before the race. One day she would use the Compex strength program on her abs, or her quads, or any other areas of her body that needed extra stimulation.
“The majority of athletes have used a TENS unit during rehab or a chiropractor appointment for pain relief,” she says. “Compex is so much more complex than a TENS device. Muscles are contracted and depending on the Compex mode, the muscle is held for varying amounts of time depending on the program purpose. The Strength mode feels completely different from the Recovery Plus mode. For the Strength modes you are not restricted by range of motion so your Compex device can activate the entire length of the muscle.”
Michellie also says that one of the hardest parts of training for an Ironman is actually getting to the start line injury-free. Training can be grueling and you want to be in the best possible shape. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or what age group you’re in,” she says. “Recovery is part of your training for an Ironman and is part of the whole picture.” While everyone has a slightly different journey to Ironman, the finish line is everyone’s goal.
Using Compex Daily
Like most endurance athletes, Michellie works out frequently at about six to seven times a week. She recommends using the device as often as every day to keep blood flowing and circulating.
“I’m getting on a long flight tonight and plan on using Compex on the plane to keep my blood circulating,” she says. “There are so many things you can do with it and it’s not just for use with an injury. It will benefit you even if you don’t work out.”
Good luck to our Compex Ironman athletes and to all of the Ironman Kona participants!
World Champion Triathlete Timothy O’Donnell credits Compex muscle stimulation for recovery during training
Training for a triathlon is no easy feat and there are many elements that come into play when you’re working to become the best athlete possible. World champ triathlete, Timothy O’Donnell recently spoke to Outside Magazine about how he prepares for these strenuous races and credits Compex’s portable electrical stimulation machines during training.
“I have a lot of calf issues,” O’Donnell says in the magazine article. “When they get tight, I hook up the machine and it sends electrical pulses into the muscles.”
Triathlons require stamina and endurance leading up to and during the race so it’s important to maintain strength and health. The Electro Muscle Stimulation maximizes your muscle recovery so you can realize all of your fitness goals. It also flushes lactic acid by increasing blood flow to fight against the sensation of heavy legs, keeping you on top of your game. Compex recovery products also help to stimulate your endorphins to deliver pain relief, further relax muscles and even reduce anxiety.
O’Donnell will be competing in the Ironman Kona October 11on a 140.6 mile journey and we wish him all the luck. For the full article, click here.
At Compex, we know we’re not your only electronic fitness device. Nowadays, you can get customized workouts, track your diet, map your morning run and more right from your phone. According to Business Insider, health and fitness apps grew 62% in usage between December 2013 and June 2014, compared to apps overall which grew just 33%. More and more people are using their technology to live healthier. With so many different fitness apps on the market, we’ve put together some of our favorites.
Fitstar is the perfect app if you’re looking for a training program. The app designs personalized workouts for you and tracks your progress. Adjustments to the workouts can be made in order to accurately track your input and results. Share those results with friends and family for encouragement or to have them help you stick to your goals. Fitstar also ties into wearable devices like the Jawbone Up or the FitBit.
Available for free on iOS
If you’re an avid runner, you probably already know about RunKeeper. One of the most popular running apps, RunKeeper features everything a runner needs. It tracks your distance, monitors your speed, maps your location via GPS and keeps tabs on your caloric output. If you’re into other outdoor activities like swimming, cycling or hiking, you can track those activities with RunKeeper as well.
Staying fit is more than just going to the gym a couple times a week; it’s a lifestyle choice. Your everyday activities can contribute to your overall fitness. Track them all with Moves. Not only can you track your workouts but also how many steps you take and calories you burn doing things like running errands.
There are many benefits to practicing yoga from building strength and increasing flexibility to relaxation. If you find you’re not making it to your classes as much as you’d like to, try Yoga Studio. The top-rated Yoga Studio app is designed for all levels and has over 16 hours of classes ranging from 15 minutes to an hour. Each class has modifications if you need them. This is the perfect way to work on your practice wherever you are.
Available for $3.99 on iOS
Sleep is arguably one of the most important parts of being healthy. Sleep is not only when we recharge, but also when our muscles rebuild after workouts and our brains store all the information we absorb during the day. Sleep Cycle is a bio-alarm clock designed to help you understand how much sleep you’re actually getting and wakes your at the best time. It analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase. Waking up during the lightest phase of your sleep cycle helps you feel refreshed and relaxed, ready to take on the day.
7 Minute Workout Challenge
Currently one of the top fitness apps in the iTunes Store, 7 Minute Workout Challenge gives you no excuse to skip your daily workout. Pioneered by Chris Jordan, the idea is to work out smarter not harder through high intensity interval training. The app comes loaded with 36 exercises and 12 additional workouts that you can customize and modify to create your own program.
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
Losing weight or maintaining your weight can be a challenge for some. MyFitnessPal makes it a little easier. Track your calories and see where you need to make changes in your diet. The app has over 3,000,000 foods loaded into it so finding what you had for lunch should be a snap.
Any apps we missed? Is there a fitness app you’ve been using that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments.
Whether you’re a football player or a football fan, the season is just about to start. Excitement is already building as the first pre-season games take place and Fantasy leagues are readying to pick their teams. American football is arguably one the most intense, full contact sports out there. Because of the aggressive nature of the game, being in peak physical condition is not only a benefit but also a necessity. If you’re not on the top of your game, someone else will be.
Training and conditioning are not only key for performance but also injury prevention. A full contact sport like football wracks up a number of injuries. According to the San Francisco Spine Institute, up to 1.5 million men participate in football each year. In addition, there are an estimated 1.2 million football-related injuries per year. Injuries range from minor like sprains to severe like concussions, spinal injuries and broken bones.
So how do you keep your edge while extending your career? By building strength and allowing yourself proper recovery. Compex muscle stimulators can help you do both...and more. Adding Compex to your training program can help you up your game significantly.
Football requires a tremendous amount of strength, regardless of position. For example, if you’re a linebacker, you need to be ready to inflict and withstand hard hits. If you’re a quarterback or a receiver, you need to be able to handle being tackled or break through clusters of players to make a play. Most players look to lifting as a way to build muscle strength. However, when you lift, no matter the weight, there is only so much muscle you can recruit, usually around 30%. By using Compex, you can not only recruit more muscle, but target underutilized muscles as well. Compex mimics the signals your brain sends to your muscles to make them contract, but this allows you target exactly which muscles you want to strengthen. Compex can be used in addition to lifting, instead of lifting or even while you lift to build strength while reducing impact. Since Compex allows you to recruit more muscle to lift, you do not have to lift more weight, reducing the strain on joints and connective tissue.
Increased Muscle Contraction Speed
If you need jump to catch a pass or take off down the field, you need to be able to go in a split second. The faster your muscles contract, the faster your legs are propelled in the direction you want to go. Compex can help increase the speed of muscle contraction, making quick movements even faster. It does this by training your muscles to fire a certain way; the more your muscles do it, the faster they will do it. If you’re a running back or a receiver, this can make a difference in your ability to sprint down the sidelines, maneuver around the defense or catch a pass in the air while under pressure.
Recovery is a critical part of a training program. After beating your muscles down, they need time to rebuild. Compex helps you recover by increasing blood flow to your muscles. Increasing blood flow removes waste products that build up from intense physical activity like lactic acid or debris from muscle fibers. With those obstructions removed, fresh blood is moved in to help your muscles heal. Compex can increase that blood flow up to 600% helping speed your recovery time and getting you back on the field faster. In addition, using Compex releases endorphins, making you feel good while your body recovers.
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If you're competing to attending the Ironman® Boulder this weekend, now's your chance to check out Compex muscle stimulators. Our mobile muscle stim trailer will be at the event to help you supercharge your workout and speed your recovery- two things every triathlete needs.
Watch President of DJO Global Consumer Business Toby Bost as he gives you a preview of the Compex mobile muscle stim trailer and what electric muscle stimulation is all about. Want to check out Compex for yourself? Follow us on Twitter at @CompexCoach to see where our trailer will be next.
Whether you’re a die-hard or more of an enthusiast, CrossFit is not for the faint of heart. Intensity is the name of the game and the goal is to push your body as far as it can go; you’d be surprised at what you’re capable of!
With any intense workout program, proper form, training and conditioning is crucial to achieving results and preventing injury. First and foremost, make sure your CrossFit program, gym, and coach are the right fit for you.
Once you’ve solidified a good workout / rest routine and dialed in your diet it might be time to consider taking your training to the next level with Compex electric muscle stimulator. Compex is not only designed to help you recover, but also to build strength; strength you can use to lift more, to jump higher and to exceed your fitness goals.
If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. Here is how Compex can help you with CrossFit.
Recruiting More Muscle
Compex can help you to build strength by recruiting more muscle but how? What does that mean exactly?
Say you are looking to increase the amount of weight you can lift. To be able to lift more weight, you need to train your body to recruit more muscle to the task. By lifting progressively more weight in the same motion, you more develop pathways from your brain to recruit more muscle, which is essentially what building strength is. This takes time and even at your fittest, you’re probably only recruiting around 30% of the muscle.
With Compex, you can recruit more muscle because the stimulation is direct and does not involve weight increases. The device works as the signals telling your muscles to fire instead of your brain. Targeting of these muscles is also easier because you are placing the pads over the muscles you want to contract. This is also helpful for underutilized muscle groups like gluteals that are important for strength but not as easy to build.
You can either use Compex to build strength instead of weight training, in addition to your weight training program or while you lift.
Lifting with Compex muscle stim can help you build more strength by firing more muscle while you’re lifting, thus allowing you to lift more weight. If you’re working on your deadlifts or clean and jerks, this can help you reach new weight goals.
Typically, in order to build strength, you need to lift more weight. However, this can lead to soreness and recovery time, pressure on joints and connective tissue, and possible injury. Compex muscle stim can help you work passed some of those hang ups and still increase your strength.
Using Compex muscle stim while you are training helps you have more muscle contraction without adding more weight. This reduces the impact on joints without sacrificing performance. Because of the impact reduction, this can also lead to a shorter recovery time. Get the most from simple bodyweight exercises or make your lifting sessions count more.
We all have a stronger side. When you are doing CrossFit, even if you are aware of which side is weaker, you body will still automatically compensate as soon as you lift, land or run. If you’re not balanced, there is risk of injury. If you have a weaker side, you’re not truly maximizing your strength.
Compex muscle stim has 4 different channels; that means you can hook the device up to both sides of the body at the same time. Use Compex to either strengthen a weaker side or to keep both sides of the body balanced while building strength.
Speed of Contraction
How fast your muscles contract is not crucial, but it is important for quick movements like clean pulls or jumping. Training your muscle to fire a certain way every time is the best way to increase the speed of contraction. Practice makes perfect and the same is true for your muscles; the more times they fire a certain way, the faster they’ll do it.
For example, when you jump, your leg muscles need to fire right away in order to send your body upwards. Jumping repeatedly to increase your jump or using weights can have a negative impact on your knees, feet or ankles before you reach your goals. However, training with Compex muscle stim allows you to train those muscles to fire how you want and as fast as you want.
Early this year, we told you about how volleyball player Brandon Talbot used Compex to increase his vertical leap and potentially break three world records. Talbot didn’t want to use weights so he chose electric muscle stimulation to increase his explosive strength. By doing so, he increased his jump using just Compex and ultimately was able to leap onto a 61’’ platform from the ground.
As important as training is to reaching your fitness goals, so is giving your body time to recover. When you’re in the zone, it might be hard to a take a day or two off to rest your muscles but Compex can aid in recovery and help you get back on the floor faster.
Using an electric muscle stimulator like Compex helps increase blood flow up to 600%. This means you’re moving out waste products that build up from intense physical activity like lactic acid or debris from muscle fibers. This leaves more room for fresh blood to help your muscles heal.
Foam rolling is a great way to break up adhesions that can cause muscle pain and soreness. However, foam rolling is a very mechanical process where you physically roll out your muscles like you would with a rolling pin and dough. While this is very effective, it can be painful. Using the Active Recovery program helps break up some of the adhesions, but it only targets the muscle, not any connective tissue, making it less painful. At the same time, it helps to release endorphins, making you feel better and want to get back out there.
Got questions or want to tell us about how Compex has upped your CrossFit game? Talk to us on @CompexCoach on Twitter.