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Marc Pro-active recovery device

Here at we're working tirelessly to build relationships, and have the ability to test products and give you our feedback.  Back in March we partnered with a great company called Marc Pro.  The owners of this company have been making electric stimulation devices for 30+ years.  A few years back they launched their line Marc Pro and Marc Pro Plus.

About the Marc Pro;  When you purchase the device it comes with 6 packages of electrodes, 2 lead wires, 1 recharger, carrying case, and a user manual.  The device itself is 6x4.74x2 inches fairly lightweight, and has a battery life of about 8-12 hours.  There are 2 knobs that power wire A and wire B, you essentially are placing  (4) electrodes on targeted muscle groups.

Since having the device in possession our bodies have been put through the meat grinder, pain, muscle spasms, soreness you name it.  During this time period our muscles were fortunate to have the Marc Pro handy.  Let's say on Tuesday our quadriceps & hamstrings were on fire, sure enough the Marc Pro was being actively used for a good 45 min targeting those muscles.  Or on Wednesday after a rough WOD we targeted our traps and lower back.  Point out the area that is affecting you on that given day, and a good session with this tool and your in good hands.

Did you know that Marc Pro will let you test out the device for 30 days and in that time period if you are not completely satisfied they will completely refund your money?  Did you also know that you can also split up your payments over a 12 month span?  For those of you who decide to make such a key investment be sure to use the promo code of: warriorfit to receive a 5% discount. 


Your training should start in the kitchen

Here we are into the new year.  This is the time of year when some folks continue to pledge there allegiance to training like they have day in/day all year round.   For others this a time to embark on a new journey in life, a fitness journey.  Whether this is routine or new to you the fact of the matter is no how many hours  a day you spend training in a gym, on a road, or up and down a mountain; the battle continues when an athlete gets home and it is time to eat.  Life is all about choices right?  That moment you enter your kitchen before or after a killer workout you have tough choices.  Are you going to reach for that frozen dinner,  how about that box of macaroni and cheese, or better yet how about those bread crumbs to make some chicken parmesan?   Look to be eating lean meats, vegetables, foods with a source of protein.  Some of our favorites here at WW: chicken, fish, ground turkey meat, quinoa, broccoli, kale, avocado, eggs, turkey bacon.  Depending on your situation and if you are limiting yourself to x amount of calories per meal, you may want to invest in a scale to weigh your meals.  Let us be clear it is one thing to indulge in a cheat meal a few times a week but, to consistently be eating fatty, greasy, high sodium, high calorie foods denotes the meaning of why you are training to begin with.  Oh if you are giving thought about becoming gluten free, vegan, paleo, or doing the whole 30 we strongly reccomend speaking with a nutritionist prior to doing so.  Each person is unique in there own way and what works for me may not work for you. 



When should you scale back your training for a comp?

So the time is nearing closely, the weekend is almost upon us.  You have been training months/weeks/hours leading up to your event  Maybe you are a triathlete, CrossFitter, a marathon runner, or Obstacle course racer; and your curious when is a good time to scale back your training?   Chances are you have spoken to your trainer, coach, or workout partner.  So what is the rule of thumb?

Here at WeekendWarrior we recommend keeping your training level at 110% through Tuesday, scale back to a 70-75% mx effort Wednesday and Thursday.  On the last day of the work week Friday, utilize this day for a maximum recovery day.  This may include  yoga, walking, a light hike, mobility, stretching and foam rolling are all a necessity.  

Now depending upon your level of fitness you may want scale back or even increase activity. Remember your competing against yourself not the other athletes go out there play hard, be smart, and kick some butt you WeekendWarrior's. 



What makes an OCR athlete "Elite"?

Over the past 12 months if you have run any major OCR event or are in tuned with social media (primarily facebook), the great debate remains.  What makes an OCR athlete Elite?  Are there any perquisites today that would in fact classify those athletes to be listed as such a status?   Does running in the Elite portion of an OCR event mean that person running is a better athlete than an individual running in the open heats?

If you keep your ear to the ground and talk amongst the folks you are racing with chances are they will be more than happy to give his/her opinion on the matter.  Now, in OCR certain companies do have their athletes listed as "Pro".  Maybe, some of these names may resonate with those of you wondering am I in the same league as the names listed here: Ryan Atkins, Hobie Call, Isaiah Vidal, Hunter McIntyre, Amelia Boone, Rose Wetzel, and KK Stewart-Paul just to mention a few. These men/woman time and time again have stood tall on the podium. 

There is a lot of buzz going around that the sport of OCR is taking shape to become an Olympic sport, stay tuned as I'm sure this time to come to lifeThis point brining us to the question, what makes an OCR athlete "Elite"?  Well today any man/woman looking to race in the elite heat, all they need to do is pay an additional fee and they are entered into the race.  Today that is what separates the athletes competing in the Elite heat to the Open heats. 

To the athletes reading this article think to yourself when I race in the Elite heat, do I finish in the top 50, top 75, or top 100?  Am I able to get over a 10 foot wall without assistance?  Do you have enough grip strength to climb a rope when you are lethargic or get across a wall?  Is your 5K 22 minutes or faster?  Can you row a 5000 meter row in 22 minutes or under?  Are you able to complete 80 burpees in 5 minutes?  

Even though what I mentioned is not required today.  If our beloved sport of OCR does become an Olympic sport or headed in that direction sooner than later.  You can very well count on metrics to determine whether or not you can compete in the Elite races.