FREE ebook: Essential Components of a Hockey Strength & Conditioning Program. Sign-up for our newsletter

Archive for the ‘Products’ Category

The Omegawave Athlete Monitoring System

July 28th, 2015

Are you optimizing your workouts? The level and amount of training elite athletes put their bodies through can often lead to athletic burnout, referred to as overreaching or overtraining. Athletic overreaching refers to a temporary performance detriment caused by physiological and psychological stressors. These stressors can be in the form of training stimuli, or from non-athletic stress from everyday life. A combination of the two is the most common culprit of both overreaching and overtraining. Generally overreaching can be relieved in a matter of days or potentially several weeks. Overtraining refers to a more long term detriment to performance caused by physiological and psychological stressors that often require weeks to months of rest to restore performance.

A lot of factors go into ensuring the body is ready for different aspects of training. An athlete’s readiness describes the current functional state of the athlete. The current functional state that an athlete is in determines their ability to reach their full performance potential. The type of training that we do at Premier Strength elicits many different facets of performance such as: speed, strength, agility, coordination and cardiovascular endurance, all of which put a different form of stress on the body. Every athlete can react differently to specific training stimuli and each individual recovers at different rates. The Omegawave monitoring system works to individualize each day’s training program based on the preparedness level of an athlete’s body for each individual facet of training. By measuring specific physiological markers, the Omegawave system can rate your body’s state of readiness for specific training stimuli. The Omegawave measures the readiness of 5 specific physiological systems as well as the overall readiness level of your entire body as a whole including:

-readiness of the Central Nervous System

-readiness of the cardiac and autonomic nervous systems

-readiness of energy supply systems

-readiness of the neuromuscular system

-readiness of the sensorimotor system

The Omegawave is able to measure your body’s overall readiness through seven scientific methods to perform a functional assessment of your overall capacity to meet the demands of specific forms of training. So how does this technology work? The athlete attaches a monitor to their chest, which measures the readiness of the metabolic and cardiac systems, along with an electrode attached to their forehead and palm, which measures the state of the central nervous system. Resting quietly, the electrodes measure the body’s readiness in only 5 minutes. From there, the data collected is immediately analyzed resulting in values stating your body’s readiness for endurance, speed and power, coordination and skill, and strength training. The data also provides you with functional state levels for your Central Nervous System, Cardiac and Metabolic systems.

So what does all this information tell us? Based on your results from a five minute Omegawave scan, Barry can determine what type of training your body is recovered enough to handle. By having a better idea of how each system in your body is reacting to particular training stimuli, he can monitor and tailor your training to help you perform at your athletic best. Talk to Barry today about Omegawave to see how else you can be optimizing your training.

Branched Chain Amino Acids: Your Body’s Muscle Saver!

July 16th, 2015

BCAAS, or Branched-chain amino acids refer to a combination of three essential amino acids; Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, which are the building blocks for protein synthesis and ultimately muscle tissue. But first of all, what actually is an amino acid? Amino acids are the organic compounds that combine to create different forms of proteins in the body. There are two types of amino acids; essential and non-essential. The major difference between the two being that essential amino acids can not be synthesized by the body and therefore must be provided to the body through the food that we eat. Non-essential amino acids can be synthesized within the body and therefore additional supplementation is not always needed. Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are all essential amino acids and therefore their supplementation from external sources is paramount, especially for athletes, who break down muscle tissue with each workout. The combination of these three essential amino acids help to repair damaged tissue, promote normal cell growth and protein synthesis. The goal of BCAA supplementation is to provide the body with enough free amino acids, so that muscle cells do not have to be broken down to support the body’s demand during training.

Research studies have also found that BCAA’s help diminish the effect of DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, from muscle cell breakdown caused from hard training.

Average recommended dosages of Branched Chain Amino Acids range from 20-30g per day and should be included in your pre and during workout shakes. By keeping a consistent baseline dosage of free BCAA’s in your bloodstream, you help prevent your body from needing to breakdown muscle cells to access stored amino acids.

Allmax’s Aminocore is an informed choice product and comes in several great tasting flavours. For getting the most out of the summer’s toughest workouts, BCAAs are a shaker bottle essential!

ZMA: Boosting Testosterone the Natural Way!

July 9th, 2015

ZMA is a dietary supplement that contains a blend of Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6, all crucial minerals in daily bodily functions. For athletes, ZMA has been found to help replenish vital nutrients drained from the body by training. Research has found that ZMA supplementation before bed, can help with more restful sleep, aiding in faster recovery. Magnesium and zinc deficiencies have been found to have an adverse effect on muscle growth, and training stress has been found to lead to mineral and vitamin loss. Adding ZMA into your nutrition program can help aid in your sleep recovery and has also been found to have a positive influence on testosterone production in the body. ZMA acts as a natural free testosterone booster in the body, making it a safe supplement for high level, elite athletes. Although, you are better off not drinking alcohol in the first place, if you absolutely must drink, ZMA supplementation is crucial. Alcohol depletes your body’s stores of Vitamin B as well as destroys your liver enzymes. ZMA can help recover some of the nutrients lost to help save your next week of training. While ZMA can’t erase the harmful effects of drinking, it can help your body recover.


Talk to Barry to see if ZMA is right for you!

Optimize Your Workouts with Neur-ON!

June 25th, 2015

Neur-ON by Optimum EFX is a balanced neural drive product used to maximize motor unit recruitment and enhance focus under conditions of fatigue. Neur-ON enhances neural drive, increases endurance, heightens focus and concentration all while diminishing the perception of fatigue. The balanced combination of ingredients helps to optimize your power output, and delay nervous system fatigue.

Through training experimentation, supplement creator Ian Danney has documented increases as much as 12% in weight load during training, up to 22cm increases in standing long jump scores and a 20% reduction in rest time that allows for athletes to maintain the same load in training for more sets. A major difference between Neur-ON v1.2 and common pre workout supplements is the lack of caffeine. Caffeine can stimulate the CNS directly, leading to increased neural drive. However, it can affect all athletes differently. Some athletes using caffiene may have the tendency to become scattered and over-stimulated. This is where Neur-ON differs. Using a combination of nutrients and co-factors, Neur-ON is able to maximize motor unit recruitment all without jitters or a caffeine crash. A unique quality of Neur-ON’s formula is the ability to mobilize stored fat as an energy source. For athletes looking for the nervous system edge to sprint faster and maximize explosive force, focus and concentration, talk to Barry about adding Neur-ON into your supplementation program.


For more information on Neur-ON V1.2 check out: http://prosportssupplements.com/neuron-v1-1.html

Fit3D Body Scan

June 23rd, 2015

Last week, we were fortunate enough to have Liz Thompson from Fit3D come in to perform follow up body scans on phase 3 athletes and conduct initial assessments on athletes who missed the initial screenings at April fitness testing. We had the chance to sit down with Liz to find out more about the technology and what exactly it measures.

What is it?

The Fit 3D Pro Scanner is a test that lasts less than one minute, and takes body measurements through photo imaging technology. The client stands on a moving platform that rotates 360 degrees while scanning your exact measurements. The end result is a computerized 3D avatar that holds multiple benefits.

What it’s measuring?

Using 500 data points, the Fit 3D Pro Scanner measures and displays the measurements of various points of the body.

Who should do this?

This is a great tool that can be utilized by anyone tracking his or her weight and muscle growth. While there are numerous benefits in tracking weight in the average population, athletes can benefit from tracking changes in their muscle development over a training period.

Benefits?

There are numerous benefits to using the Fit 3D Pro Scanner, starting with preventing variation due to human error in taking measurements with a measuring tape. It is also a simple method that allows a client to compare their exact body avatars from scan to scan. Not only can a client see the numbers of their measurements, but also can visibly see the definition of their own body, and how that definition has changed.

Athletes can maintain strength and conditioning throughout the season. Many hockey players tend to lose the progress they’ve gained as the season starts, but by being aware of their test scores, and knowing what training their body needs to maintain, these players can become stronger athletes by maintaining their strength and conditioning all season long.

What can it tell us?

The Fit 3D Pro Scanner can tell us many things, including a postural analysis, training and conditioning growth, and bilateral imbalance which can be used in injury prevention by addressing imbalances in the body.


For more information: https://www.prescribingprevention.com

The Creatine Advantage

June 23rd, 2015

Creatine is synthesized in the body and utilized by muscle for short bursts of high intensity exercise. The muscle generates energy through a number of chemical reactions with ATP, the major energy source for all bodily functions. The body can only store enough creatine for about 4-5 seconds of work, that is why creatine supplementation is suggested, with the goal of increasing muscle phosphocreatine, making more ATP available to fuel the working muscles in short burst, high intensity exercise. This allows the athlete to perform more repeated high intensity bouts before becoming fatigued. For hockey players, creatine supplementation can help with being more explosive on short shifts and being able to recover quicker between each shift. Creatine supplementation can increase free muscle creatine which helps to replenish the ATP that your body uses to perform explosive bursts of high energy exercise.

Research has also found that creatine supplementation has a positive correlation on working memory and intelligence tasks that require fast cognitive processing. Long term creatine use has been found to increase protein synthesis and has shown to increase maximal strength and endurance as much as 15%. Power output in short burst/ interval activities has also shown as much as a 30% increase. For supplementation, we suggest adding 5g of Allmax Creatine into your post workout shake. Are you getting the creatine advantage?

« Older Entries