Last weekend I had a chance to meet Olympian and champion Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker. He was making an appearance at a local tri shop which also houses a sports chiro office that my buddy works at. They were having a sort of open house, so I went into their open house. I listened to Mr. S’s talk while I tested out some normatec leg sleeves, as the office had a few of them available. I didn’t take a picture, but my friend Ann took one during her session this week, so I stole it (sorry Ann) – Here’s the view:
The sleeves inflate like a blood pressure gauge does on your arm. It inflates at different points and at different intensities. I don’t know no much about science and stuffs, but they say it helps aid recovery from tough workouts by forcing your blood to move around. I didn’t ask too many questions, I just jumped in. Like I said, it felt like a blood pressure thingy, and it kind of felt good. It’s not painful at all, it just gets tight in different areas at different times. After they took em off, I didn’t really notice feeling any different, but I bet if I used these things regularly, I would be able to tell a difference.
Apparently TONS of pro athletes have these at home and zip em up while they chill on the couch. I wish I had one at home…Does anyone have $1700 that I could like…have?
Anyway, while I sat there, Mr. Shoedude did his talk. I want to share a few of the main points that I took away from him.
-He said he eats several small meals all day long so that he’s not hungry and his body has calories to use as fuel. This includes eating right before he goes to bed. I know that goes against everything you’ve ever been told, and I’m paraphrasing here, but he said he wants his body to spend his sleeping hours using energy to digest that food instead of his muscles and stuff. Now remember, he’s a world class athlete and probably burns a ton butt more calories during his workouts then the average Joey. His metabolism is probably off the charts.
-He also credits chiropractic care and massages for helping keeping him healthy. I’m glad to hear this as I visit a chiro regularly and feel it helps me tremendously. Massage is another story. I so badly want to go and go regularly (to get a massage that is), but honestly, it’s been about 5 years since I had one, besides the self massages my foam roller and golf ball give me. I should really change that.
-Finally, he also said that when he got into racing, he started as a runner. Problem was he kept getting hurt – IT Band, etc. Then he realized that his whole life he had played multiple sports (soccer, baseball, etc.). So he gravitated to triathlons. That way he could still be doing different sports within one sport. The lesson I take away from this is that everyone should train like a triathlete, even if you aren’t one. You need to do more than just run, or you risk injury. That’s why I run, yoga, soccer, lift, bike, etc. Cross training so that I can stay healthy enough to run injury free!
Anyways, that’s all I got. Have any of you ever used those sleeves? What do you think of em? What else do you do to recover?