We’re big advocates of mobility and recovery here at SGPT
, as you well know if you’ve seen our programming. You need to stay limber, and you need days to recover and regroup. On those days, are when products like these come in handy.
Let’s start with the WOD Nation Resistance Bands bands. WOD Nation makes some solid resistance bands. The black band is roughly 30-60lbs of resistance. I find these invaluable for hanging from a rig and stretching out the shoulder capsule, as well as using them for tight hamstrings. In fact, I’m in favor of using them as assistance for advanced gymnastic moves like front levers, cranks, and the like. The bands are stoutly constructed of high quality rubber, and are even all the way around; devoid of any imperfections or thick spots.
One thing many people aren’t using enough of in my opinion is muscle floss. WOD Nation’s Muscle Floss is not looped like resistance bands, and much thinner. The black band is roughly a half inch think, and the red is more robust at .61 inches thick and is strong while being able to stretch a good bit. Flossing can be invaluable to helping prevent or mitigate delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). By wrapping the muscle and doing a light workout, it flushes out lactic acid and other toxins, and helps blood flow overall. By constricting say, your quads, and busting out some air squats, the friction created by your muscle fibers help break up lactic acids, scar tissue, toxin build ups and much more. When you take off the wrap, you flood the area with blood, which also helps clear out any intramuscular issues. Aside from flossing areas you simply can’t get with a roller or lacrosse ball, floss can also be used as a stretching aid to mobilize your shoulders, ankles, hamstrings, or any other pesky muscle group. You can also gauge the compression with the two different levels of floss, using lighter compression in more sensitive areas.
Next we’ll move to the mobility balls. These I really like for a few reasons. Firstly, the WOD Nation Massage Ball Set contain black rubber mobility balls that are squishier than a lacrosse ball, but vastly denser than a tennis ball. While I have some areas I need to dig into with a lacrosse ball (or worse) – like my mid back and rhomboids after a WOD like Angie or Murph – there are others that need a slightly softer trigger mechanism, and that’s when I use these. They’re great for getting into a knot, but not making it much angrier. Then you have the spike ball – this thing is amazing for rolling out lats and shoulders. You really can get in there and move things around, and the bigger size of the ball lends itself to a less acute sensation, meaning it’s more or less comfortable when you’re shredding into tight fascia.
Most of their kits come with a convenient carry case, which stops you from chasing around bands and mobility gear in your gym bag. Overall their mobility solutions are solid, and a great addition to a home gym or for your gym back. Stay active, stay limber.
Pros, what we like: Good prices for a quality product that will make you a better athlete overall. You can mobilize, flush out toxins, mitigate soreness, increase blood flow, and a whole lot more with a few simple tools.
Cons, what we don’t like: Nada. Good to go.
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