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Improve Your Grip Strength – Improve Your Life

Improve Your Grip Strength – Improve Your Life

Maybe the title is a bit of an exaggeration, but almost every sport requires some element of grip strength and/or endurance, and training this specifically can lead to big payoffs in performance. The cool thing about grip strength is that it is as functional as it gets. If you can hoist a 400-pound barbell off the ground with no problem, carrying a bag through the airport or opening a jar of spaghetti sauce gets pretty damn easy. read more…

Challenging Core Strength and Stability with Variation

Challenging Core Strength and Stability with Variation

Let’s face it… planks are boring. But they’re also effective, especially if you mix up how you’re using them. All too often athletes will get into a plank position, hold it for as long as they can, and call it good. That’s not the worst idea in the world, but your trunk or core or whatever you like to call it needs strength and stability in multiple directions of challenge, needs to be able to brace statically as well as dynamically during movement, and in different positions, so mixing up the plank is both fun as well as better training for the central axis of your body. read more…

Meet a RockTape Chiro: Dr. Karen Liu, DC, L.Ac

Meet a RockTape Chiro: Dr. Karen Liu, DC, L.Ac

Why did you get into chiropractic?

I always wanted to be a doctor and help people. I found chiropractic in college and instantly fell in love with its abilities to heal people naturally and effectively. Best part now is I can take my work anywhere in the world with me and I genuinely love what I do! read more…

Meet Team RockTape: Teen CrossFit Superstar Ashleigh Wosny

Meet Team RockTape: Teen CrossFit Superstar Ashleigh Wosny

RockTape:  Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in CrossFit.

Ashleigh:  I started CrossFit about two years ago. My main sport was soccer and I played at a national level. My Dad had me start CrossFit to gain muscle going into the upcoming season. Ever since then I’ve been hooked and never looked back.

RockTape:  What are your goals for the 2016 Season?

Ashleigh:  My goals for the 2016 season is to just become a better athlete. During this year I plan to make my biggest weaknesses my biggest strengths. read more…

RockTape and UHC: Kinesiology tape for cycling recovery and performance

RockTape and UHC: Kinesiology tape for cycling recovery and performance

We reached out to the UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling team to get their thoughts on RockTape Kinesiology Tape. Check them out below!

When did you first begin using kinesiology tape and how were you introduced to it? 

Linda Villumsen: Back in 2007 when racing a world cup in Germany, I had a bad crash resulting in a heap of injuries, including a broken wrist and a badly injured knee. I went through a couple of real hard months debating whether I would ever ride again because I suffered from swelling around the knee. My team doctor advised me to try kinesiology tape and at first I was very skeptical, but I was proved wrong, and I have used kinesiology tape in just about every race ever since then.

Cari Higgins: I was lucky enough to come into contact with RockTape when it was a baby company, maybe months old. Unfortunately, it was because I had a nasty crash on the Velodrome in San Jose, CA.  My hip was majorly swollen and puffy the next day, but I still wanted to race. I ran into the founder of RockTape, because his daughter was racing, and he convinced me to try out the tape in a spiderweb fashion to reduce the swelling. The results were pretty amazing and you could tell exactly where the tape had been applied and where the spots I missed. I was sold. read more…

The “0%” – Kinesiology Tape Doesn’t Make You Stronger

The “0%” – Kinesiology Tape Doesn’t Make You Stronger

0%. Null. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. The September 2015 issue of Men’s Health proclaimed this is the amount of “measurable change in people’s strength when they lifted weights” while wearing kinesiology tape.[1] We’ve been telling people the same thing since the first Fascial Movement Taping course we ever taught, so this is hardly news to RockTape or to the thousands of people who’ve been trained by us. read more…

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. – John F. Kennedy

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Strength Training for Runners

Strength Training for Runners

Most people don’t think of strength training as a necessary part of being a better runner, but it is an important routine to get into for anyone putting miles on their shoes. The stigma against strength training for runners has always been twofold: first, that to be a better runner you just have to run. A lot. And, second, that strength equates to more bulk to have to carry when running. In reality, strength training gives your body a needed break from the repetition of running and it can lead to better performance and fewer injuries.

Most of the injuries associated with running can be offset with greater strength, which means stronger muscles, connective tissues and joints. The problem areas of hips and knees for runners do really well with regular strength training. More strength in those areas means more control and tougher structural integrity to be able to deal with the impact of running. And, more strength means more speed, too, which every runner likes! read more…

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