It’s all cool…

Give me a caption folks!

Give me a caption folks!

What is this thing and why should I care? Well, if you would like to have better muscle recovery, less fatigue and better performance, you might want to check it out. Some of you participated in John’s little “Rowing Test” and have worn the device on your wrist. For those that haven’t, here is a condensed semi-scientific explanation: MPK is an enzyme needed by muscles to generate chemical energy, and when you get too hot, MPK is reverted to an inactive state, resulting in muscle energy loss. Researchers have found that by cooling certain areas of the body that are known for their temperature management functions, you can control the deactivation of MPK and ultimately, improve athletic performance and recovery. The device is meant to cool your temperature in order to preserve MPK in it’s active state and keep your muscles generating energy. Pretty cool…

If you really don’t care about why it works and just want to know what it can do for you, I can tell you from my personal experience with the device that I am convinced it reduces muscle fatigue, speeds up muscle recovery and improves performance when wearing the device or even simply wearing the device during a recovery period. I have worn it during an actual workout, during an interval rowing workout and during the rowing tests we did with John. I used the device during “Helen”, a workout I have done several times over the years and consider a good measurement standard. “Helen” is a 3 round workout for time of a 400m run, 21 kettlebell swings and 12 pull ups. I did “Helen” about 3 months ago, with a time of 12:07. This time, wearing the device, my time was 11:00. The most I had improved on “Helen” previously had been about 12 seconds. During my interval rowing, I was able to row over 200m farther in the same time period than I had rowed the previous 3 weeks I had been doing that exact same workout, and finally, during the Rowing Tests, I set a PR on the first row of 1:57 and when wearing the device, improved my 500m row by over 6 seconds to 1:51.

I think it works. John thinks it works. Scientists say it works. If you are curious about it, talk to John, or read some more about the science behind it here.

STRENGTH
Week 3 Hatch Squat Program
1 x 8 @ 65%
1 x 8 @ 70%
1 x 6 @ 80%
1 x  6 @ 85%

WOD
For time:
21 – 15 – 9
Box Jumps
Push Press
C2B pull ups

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