Compex Athlete Josh Amberger’s Favorite Program

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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.

Connect with Josh and follow him on Facebook.com/Josh.Amberger and Twitter.com/JoshAmberger

To learn more about the different Compex units and which electric muscle simulator device is right for you, check out our product comparison page. There we talk about the differences and benefits to using the Comepx Edge, Performance US and our Sport Elite unit. ShopCompex.com/Muscle-Stimulators

 

Score Big this Football Season with Compex

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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.

Building Strength

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

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.

Check out our recommended training program:

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Reach Your CrossFit Goals with Compex

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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.

Reducing Impact

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.

Balance

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.

Recovery

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.

How Compex Aids in Soccer Goals

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Soccer is arguably the biggest sport in the world. It’s been called a religion; it’s paused wars. Right now soccer’s biggest tournament, The World Cup, is taking place in Brazil. Over the last few weeks, the top 32 mens teams in the world have been competing for ultimate glory. With such a tough competition compounded with the eyes of the world watching, players push themselves to the limits.

Our readers know that Compex can help athletes recover faster and increase their performance. But how can Compex potentially help soccer players? There are three things Compex can help with:

1. Shortening recovery time

During a major soccer tournament, there is not a whole lot time between matches. Compex can help shorten recovery time. How? By increasing blood flow. When an athlete uses the Compex electric muscle stimulator, blood flow rates in the muscles can increase by 600%. This helps to flush out waste products that build up from intense physical activity like lactic acid or debris from muscle fibers. The increased blood flow moves these waste products out of the capillary area in the muscle, leaving space for fresh blood to help you recover.

2. Generating endorphins

It’s no secret that many of the locations in Brazil are not the ideal climate for running around outside; they are equal parts hot and humid. With high temperatures and high humidity, physical activity can be exhausting. Fatigue can set in and even the most determined player can hit a wall. Compex can help to overcome that by generating endorphins to keep you going.

3. Relaxation

After a tough match, relaxation is important. While Compex can be used for building strength, it can also be used for relaxation. Using the massage programs helps you and your muscles relax and heal.

Prior to entering a tournament or the start of the soccer season, Compex can also be used to help build muscle strength during your training program; this increases performance but also, helps reduce the chance of injury. Check out our recommended training program for soccer players:

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