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March 03, 2016

Potential Energy Training - Drcool Ice Compression Wraps

Drcool Ice Compression wraps are brilliant and super simple to use.  They provide compressive support and cooling to joints, muscles, tendons and connective tissue.  After a hard workout or during a workout the wraps can be adjusted to tailor the amount of compression you desire.  They are portable,  lightweight and stay cool with the stretchy, “coolcore” fabric that has won plenty of accolades in the sporting and fabric world.

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February 04, 2016

Becca Pizzi and the World Marathon Challenge

If you follow Dr. Cool on any of our social networks then you’ve probably already heard of our new and amazing ambassador Becca Pizzi. If you haven’t heard of her yet, she is a remarkable runner who is taking on the World Marathon Challenge. The world marathon challenge is a cross continent race. 7 marathons – 7 continents – 7 days!

Yes, it is a real race.

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January 27, 2016

Becca Pizzi's - Training Tips for Runners

If you’ve been following Dr. Cool through our blog or on our social media channels lately, you’ve likely heard of Becca Pizzi. Becca is one of our talented Ambassadors, and her story is a testament to dedication and hard work. As she continues on her quest to run a marathon in all 50 states (spoiler alert: she’s already completed 27), she’s preparing to face her biggest challenge ever, the World Marathon Challenge! If you’re not familiar with the World Marathon Challenge, it requires entrants to run seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents. She’ll be the first American female to run in the race, and aims to be the first American female to finish it!

Only the most disciplined, experienced, and devoted runners can complete a challenge like this one, and Becca is no exception to those prerequisites. How does she do it? Becca has been preparing for this moment all her life, running competitively since 6 years old! However, we recently got in touch to ask her about her training tips for runners, and how everyone can take the proper measures to reach their own personal goals.

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January 27, 2016

Becca Pizzi's - Tips for Recovery & Injury Prevention

As we approach the World Marathon Challenge, one of the longest and most physically challenging races in the world, we wonder how some of these participants prepare themselves. In the case of our Ambassador, Becca Pizzi, who is seeking to become the first American female to finish the race, the key lies in proper training, recovery and injury prevention. We already gave you her training tips in our previous blog, but we’re writing this post to provide a fun fact about Becca; she has never suffered a running injury.

Keep in mind, this is the same runner who has completed dozens of marathons and is going to run 7 more in just one week. How does she do it? Turns out, all you have to do is take the proper precautions and an incredible dedication to her training.

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November 17, 2015

Why does running make us happy?

The joy of running. That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A study at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) shows that the "runner's high" phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation.

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August 12, 2015

Unpredictable Weather and Your Workout

Happy Spring everyone! Yes, Spring is here and that means the sun is on its way! Unfortunately that also means we have to get through some ‘not so sun shiny’ days too. Many parts of the India have been experiencing some nasty storms and some unpleasant conditions. Weather is one of the top reasons that get in the way of outdoor workouts. Don’t let the rainy days stop you from getting your workout in! We’ve got a few ideas for you for the perfect indoor workout on the days that you can’t get outside!

Take advantage of your gym membership for a great indoor workout. Gyms offer a variety of options to get a high intensity workout in. Elliptical trainers are one of the most popular fitness machines because they provide a solid workout without the high impact of running on a treadmill or pavement. Another machine that is a great option is the stationary bike. Like the elliptical, it offers a high intensity workout without much impact on your knees and joints. To avoid gym boredom, try incorporating intervals into whatever machine you are using. Start your workout with a 3 minute warm up with a low resistance and then switch between different resistances and inclines every few minutes to keep your muscle working hard and to keep you interested. If you really want to keep things fresh, switch up machines! Do 10 or 15 minutes on the treadmill, elliptical, bike and then stair master. Before you know you, you’ll end up with a 30-60 minute cardio session!

Many gyms also offer different workout classes for their members. Try ZumbaTRX, cardio kickboxing, yoga and more! These classes are a great way to break out of your normal routine, have some fun and get a great workout in all at the same time! If your gym doesn’t offer this, there are still plenty of places that are strictly Zumba or yoga classes and are glad to take drop in participants!

Don’t have a gym membership? Don’t worry! Try a HIIT workout. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It incorporates short interval sections filled with bursts of high energy cardio moves with minimal rest in between. The interval sections can include many different types of moves like burpees, jumping jacks, squats, push up etc. HIIT is full body workout can be done both inside and outside in almost any amount of space. There are even some that are designed to be quiet for people who live in apartment buildings. A website called Fitness Blender offers free full length HIIT videos for free! They also have a video gallery that includes other types of cardio workouts, body weight workouts and yoga/pilates.

Finally, another great way to spend a rainy day is preparing for the next sunny workout day. It’s very important to take days off to help your muscle relax and repair. Use a rainy day to stretch it out and refuel. Next time you are stuck inside because of a rainy day do something and try out one of these fun suggestions. Whether you head to the gym to try something new, create your own high intensity workout at home or take some time to give your muscles some much needed R & R!



July 08, 2015

Cryotherapy: Freeze Away Your Body Pain.

48 hours; that’s the typical post workout recovery period after a bout of intense and high energy exercise. Wouldn’t it be great if you could drastically reduce that time while helping your fatigued muscles recover at a quicker rate? Cryotherapy will do just that. Cryotherapy, a word that’s doing the rounds on buzzfeed, reddit and huffpo. All the celebrity athletes, actors and pop stars are taking to it and preaching its benefits. But the question is,

What Is Cryotherapy?

To put it simply, Cryotherapy speeds up recovery by using extremely cold temperatures to reduce the body’s natural inflammatory response after exercise.

How Does It Work?

Cryotherapy involves standing in a cylindrical chamber for two to three minutes while hyper-cold air is released all around your body. By hyper-cold we mean temperatures within the chamber go as low as -300 degrees Fahrenheit.

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June 24, 2015

5 Behavioural Patterns That Could Damage Your Knees.

Whether you're a serious athlete, a gym freak or totally laid-back about exercise, knowing how to protect your knees from damage can mean the difference between an active lifestyle and long term mobility problems.

The knee, by nature, is a highly complex joint and if you find yourself exhibiting any of the following behavioural patterns, you’d do well to change them immediately for the benefit of your knees.

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June 24, 2015

These 5 Habits Are Holding You Back from a Pain Free Back.

Back pain has been the bane of modern living for a while now. The hectic pace of modern life leaves little room for attention to health. That being said, small alterations in the way we live could do wonders for our backs. What most people don’t realize is that it’s the small things, like your mattress, that could be manifesting itself as back pain. Take a look at some everyday habits you need to alter to change your back situation.


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