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Better Than Steroids

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CoreControl Glove

CoreControl Glove

About a year ago I read an article that came from Stanford lauding a new product they made. In the press released, one of the inventors, Dr. Heller, spoke of how his product could help in a gym setting. When testing a subject on pull-ups, in “six weeks he went from doing 180 pull-ups total to over 620”.

620! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! Crazy.crazy

How is this possible?

“Our major heat exchange surfaces are our palms of our hands, the soles of our feet, and our face” says Dr. Heller.

The body works best in a specific temperature range. When the body gets overheated, for example when working out really hard or being in a hot environment, your system shuts down certain functions to keep you safe. sweating

In the case of pull ups, after a certain amount the enzyme that regulates muscle function will shut off the ability to do more pull ups because your body got overheated. With this new product, the CoreControl Glove, that specific muscle enzyme will keep the muscle working safely.

Have you heard of athletes going into ice baths after practice? Well, this is a more focused and controlled version of that, with the science finally backing up the process.

How does it work?

The glove wraps around one hand and wrist, creates a suction which brings your blood to the surface of the skin, and flows cool water through tubes in the glove to cool down your body temperature.

In the year that I’ve been following this story the CoreControl Glove has gone from over $3,000 to $995. The price is still a bit high, especially for commercial use, but if you want to increase performance without the use of steroids, than this is the way to go.

By the way, the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders, and Manchester United Soccer club have all started incorporating this device into their programs.

I’ll keep you posted on any updates for this product.

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before 

Calorie Break Down

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Calorie-Facts

I’m going to break down what a calorie is, how its used, and some other fun facts!

 

So just to be clear, calories aren’t bad for you, they’re needed to survive.

Plain and simple, a calorie is a unit of energy that the body uses to function.

And there are 3 main sources of calories: Proteins (1g = 4 calories), Carbohydrates (1g = 4 calories), and Fats (1g = 9 calories). We need all 3 sources to survive so trying to cut out any one of these is not a good idea.

Lets put this information to use.

We’re gonna take a look at an oatmeal label, and see how the calories, Proteins, Carbohydrates “Carbs”, and Fats play out.

On the label, our oatmeal has 2 grams of Fat, 4 grams of Protein and 32 grams of Carbs, producing a total of 162 calories.

Of these 162 calories,

18 come from Fat (9 cal x 2g),

16 come from Protein (4 cal x 4g) and

128 come from carbohydrates (4 cal x 32g).

 Your body can only do 2 things with this energy: burn it (daily living & exercise) or store it. And the #1 pathway is to store this energy as fat!!!

 

Do you have goals of losing weight? Gaining weight? Maintaining weight? nutritional eating

Ultimately, your body weight is dependent only on the difference between the amount of calories that you consume versus the amount of calories that you burn (aka caloric balance).

  • If you eat more calories than you burn you will gain weight
  • If you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight
  • If you eat the same amount of calories that you burn your weight will not change

Also, there is no such thing as good and bad calories. Molecules don’t come with labels indicating where they came from, whether that’s processed, organic, free range, etc. (that doesn’t mean I don’t care where they came from for other reasons such as added hormones).

Be sure to check back for my follow up post on the dreaded “Empty Calorie” and what it means for you.

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before