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Cool Weather? “Warm-Up” in the RecoveryBoots

For most of us the weather has turned a bit cooler now, making those early morning workouts just a little harder to simply roll out of bed and go. It’s cold and dark out and let’s face it, sometimes a warm bed just seems more rewarding than those first 15 minutes out in the cold getting warmed up and ready to train.

When the cold comes, a lot of us begin to feel the aches and pains of old injuries and sore joints that remind us of the years we’ve all spent doing what we love. Once you’re outside and moving you probably think to yourself “That’s right, this is why I got out of bed”,  but the first 15 minutes out there can be a pain, waiting for your legs to warm up and feel alive in the cold air.

If you have the RecoveryBoots, try using them before your workout for 15-20 minutes. This will energize the venous system to a level similar to that of a warm-up jog and get the legs ready to work out. It’s a great way to get the blood moving and force the body to start circulating blood like it would with a typical warm-up jog or spin on the bike. When you step outside, your body will thank you with legs ready for action!

Happy winter weather training to all!

Hillary Biscay’s “Space Boots”

You can listen to us tell you about the RecoveryBoots all day long.  We’ll tell you about how pneumatic(air) compression increases tissue pressure, which then increases the absorption rate of all the waste in the muscle (carbon dioxide, calcium, lactic acid, etc.). We would then go on to describe how the RecoveryBoots help your leg muscles to recover faster than the body can do alone simply by increasing circulation, and further note that studies on sequential pneumatic compression in relation to sports performance, have found that using a device like the RecoveryBoots for 1-2 hrs., is equivalent to the amount of muscle recovery one may get in a total state of rest (picture sitting on the couch) in 12-48hrs.  We can go on and on about how this medical grade device helps your muscles to recover but the truth is, sometimes it’s just more interesting to hear it from the Pros.

Hillary Biscay has been using the RecoveryBoots for almost a year now and over that time she’s been inundated with questions about these funny looking “Space Boots”.  To read more about her personal experience with the Boots and find out when she’s using them and how often click here.

Team Type1 Partners with Recovery Pump for Run Across America

We are thrilled to be a part of Team Type 1′s Run Across America!

Ten runners on the team will start on 10/28 in San Diego and run 24 hours per day in a relay format to NYC, arriving on 11/12, a day or so before their appearance on Good Morning America for World Diabetes Day which is November 14th.

Read more about it here or click the image below to visit the Team Type 1 website.

Go team go!! Take turns in the RecoveryBoots and run until the wheels fall off!

4 WAYS TO PUMP UP YOUR DAY!
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The faster you can recover, the better you can train day in and day out! This also applies for those who have back to back day competitions. When you get to a certain point as an athlete everybody is training hard and doing the very most they can to be the best athlete they can. Therefore, every percentage of recovery will matter when you need it most!

As a regular Recovery Pump user I have found 4 ways in which the Recovery Pump unit is most useful for me.

1. Pre-activity: In the morning before training or before competitions I like to sit in my boots for 30 minutes. This helps wake up the muscles by bringing in fresh blood flow and stimulation. Because of the fast 45 second compression cycle, the Recovery Pump boots wake up your legs and prepare them for whatever activity is to come.

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2. During activity: As a track cyclists and a sprinter, I am able to get an extremely large benefit from my recovery pump boots during training as well as competition. During training my efforts last anywhere from 8 to 45 seconds and then I have 20 minutes of rest in between each effort. For the first 10 minutes of my recovery I go directly into my Recovery Pump boots to help flush out any lactic build up as well as loosen any tight muscles. I have seen that this greatly decreases the amount of drop off from my first effort to my last. For example, instead of seeing a half second difference from my first effort to my last, now I see closer to .20-.30 drop off. In a sport where I can win and lose a race by .001 of a second, this is a very big difference!

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3. Post activity: A few hours after I am done training I like to hop in my boots for one more hour. This promotes fresh blood flow to sore and fatigued muscles, which brings in more nutrients to speed up the recovery process. I would compare it to doing a cool-down ride or cool-down run after one's activity. This is also a great way to have some forced sitting down recovery when one might typically be inclined to doing other things around the house.

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4. Travel: Personally, this is where the recovery pump unit really shines! As a traveling athlete the stress and fatigue of travel can be extremely heavy and greatly impair ones competitive performance. I carry my recovery pump unit with me in my carry-on bag (yes it makes it through TSA and yes it is that small!) and use it during my layovers and for 20 minutes directly after a flight. When we fly the cabin pressure is known to cause swelling and muscle fatigue, so the sooner you use it after your flight the better. When you use it for 20 minutes at your final destination, this is also great because instead of waiting down at baggage claim doing nothing, you are helping your legs feel fresh and your bags will be waiting for you as soon as you get down there. The recovery pump unit is also great to travel with because typically there is lots of downtime in your hotel room. This is another time where it will force you to be restful, making sure you are as primed and ready for your competition as possible.

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BONUS!!! It is always fun to have friends and family hop in the boots while they are visiting. It is great for a photo opp and something they will always talk about :)

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