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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fabulous Fitness Finds

I have to start off my post today by saying what a loss it is that Robin Williams passed away yesterday.  I have loved him since I was a kid and have always thought he was one of the funniest, most brilliant minds.

As promised, here is a run down of some of the cool stuff I saw at CAN FIT PRO this year.

First off is this Nexersys, an awesome computerized boxing machine. 

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As a new devotee to MMA style training, my fantasy is to have one of these one day.  Its basically like having personalized DVD workouts, but with pads that give you something to punch and kick for a super-powered workout.  Love it!!

I also discovered Medistik Dual Hot + Cold for sore muscle relief.

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I find that cooling gel crap you get at any pharmacy as pretty useless, but this stuff really works.  I am super impressed!

And RockTape, which I actually discovered at last year's conference. 
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Not sure why this stuff works, but I find it does help prevent injury and post-exercise soreness.  I picked up 2 rolls this time.  They have tons of colours and patterns, but I'm boring and just bought black.

I also discovered this new type of exercise called Essentrics.  I'd describe it as a hybrid of Pilates and Tai Chi.


My friends, I am smitten!  I will be writing a whole post about this at some point soon.

And what else...

CrossFit is still hot.  Frankly I have too many concerns about the safety of it, but heck, I gotta tell you those CrossFit folks certainly do rock the best bodies.  That tells you something about HIIT training and heavy lifting, if fat loss is your goal!

Barre classes are hot too.  I think they are fun, but not something I would invest my time in.

I kept laughing at myself as I realized that while I used to go to the conference looking for new choreography, exercise ideas and music, I now go to get new training ideas for myself and my clients, but with more of a focus on injury prevention, healing and recovery.  Guess that shows my age!  But I am not the only one apparently as there are an increasing number of companies showcasing these types of products and services.

So there you have it, some of the gems I discovered.  I'll get up a more detailed post about Essentrics at some point soon.