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Overspeed Training using the Safety Cord Speed Belt and the Super Bungie Kit

At NZ Manufacturing, we’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to use our resistance cord product line in various athletic and rehabilitation areas.

Recently we’ve heard from some of our customers about how they’re using our TurfCordz® Safety Cord Speed Belt and Super Bungie kit with overspeed training. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to the concept of overspeed training itself and show you how our NZ Manufacturing products are beneficial to these types of exercises.

What is Overspeed Training?

Most athletes and trainers agree that there are two primary ways to reach your optimal skill level. Those are either competing with other athletes of equal or superior skill, or for coaches and trainers to create an environment where even in the absence of competition, performance gains can be achieved.

When it comes to any type of training, the following skills are most important: agility, speed, strength, endurance and flexibility. Of these five qualities, speed and agility are likely the most important. Historically trainers have attempted to match the intensity of game level competition, which can be difficult and not always effective.

Enter overspeed training.

Overspeed training involves moving the body at speeds that are higher than those that would occur in the competitive environment.

Resistance Cords and Overspeed Training

Resistance cords are commonly used in overspeed training because the resistance cords are able to:

  • Comfortably stretch to double their length
  • Our Safety Cord Speed Belt allows trainers the ability to perform agility drills with athletes
  • The elasticity of the resistance cords as well as the different resistance levels allows athletes to gradually increase their overspeed effort

Athletes are seeing significant speed increases by using resistance cords and bungies, but this is not the only improvement. In addition to the improvement of speed, resistance cords coupled with overspeed training allows for athletes to be trained to make quicker changes of direction. This type of training is incredibly beneficial for ball game sports where change of direction and agility is extremely important.

With overspeed training and resistance cords, athletes can expect to improve their ability to change directions at the highest possible speed in the shortest amount of time. This type of training is what separates good athletes from great athletes.

NZ Manufacturing Offers a Wide Array of Products Used for Overspeed Training

Improving agility through overspeed training is one of the best ways to bridge the gaps between all aspects of conditioning including strength, speed, endurance and flexibility. With proper training, someone who may not be the strongest or fastest athlete on the field can compete with those who may have been more gifted in terms of their natural abilities. As is the case with most things in life, those who are willing to put in the hard work often see greater dividends than those who may have more natural abilities but refuse to devote the necessary time to truly taking their skill level up a notch

If you’re interested in learning more about the resistance cord products offered by NZ Manufacturing that can assist with overspeed training, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today by phone at 800-886-6621 or through our online contact form.

Yoga: Check It Out

“Breathe In through your nose, and out through your mouth.” Check. “Focus on your breathing, in through your nose, out through your mouth.” Check. Check….

I am a very task oriented person. I enjoy making to-do lists and planning out each productive element of my day. I enjoy writing everything down into categories and ranking the most important tasks. Heck, I even enjoy picking out which colored pen to use to write my lists. The biggest enjoyment though comes from crossing things off a to-do list item by item, taking satisfaction over the small victory of crossing something off the list entirely. Seeing the pen press ink to paper, creating a nice straight line cross through a task that before was incomplete. Ahhhhh…. Some people might call this obsessive. Or, maybe I’m just being downright weird. And yet others might still call this by another name: Type A. Whatever you call it – that is me….

There are many quizzes online and magazines promoting the latest fads and workout trends. Many of these resources claim certain types of workouts are best for different personality types. As a true type A, I have read and reviewed many of these resources. As you might expect, yoga, which is a slower, more patient and introspective form of exercise, was not high on any of my quiz results. However, I decided to try it on a whim. Spoiler alert: it was a great idea.

Yoga, while originating thousands of years ago, has recently become a hot trend.  At first, I was skeptical to jump on the yoga bandwagon, but after a few months of practice, I would recommend it to anyone. Yoga is a fantastic restorative, low impact practice that can be suitable for all skill levels. Not only does yoga provide the opportunity for physical exercise, it also provides a connection to a more mindful and emotional fitness experience. While I am far from being a yogi expert, I think there is great value in the practice as it creates a greater sense of self love and maybe even a little muscle too.

Whether you are a first timer, or avid yogi, I invite you to roll out a mat and give it a try.

Take a leap, and focus on your breathing. Don’t worry about anything else; NZ Manufacturing has you covered! To stretch out your practice, check out the StrechCordz® Stretch and Mobility Strap

Or, bump up that Warrior Two with a little resistance using StrechCordz® Modular Kit

Switch it up, get creative. Regardless if you’re Type A or Type B, young or old, check it out, and check it off YOUR list.

Namaste.

Ness

Interview with Dr. Jason Jaeger

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jason Jaeger, who is an accomplished entrepreneur, Chiropractic physician and NZ Manufacturing Advisory Board Member.

We thought it would be a good idea to interview him to show our customers just how he’s using our MediCordz® rehab gear in his various businesses.  Read on to catch our interview and feel free to reach out to our team if you have any questions about the products that he mentions below.

How long have you been a Chiropractic Doctor?

I have been a Chiropractic doctor for more than 17 years. I’m currently the CEO of Advanced Spine & Posture, 2 facilities which offer Medical Physiatry, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Biophysics. We are one of the nations centers of excellence and are located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What is your specialty within the realm of Chiropractic?

I currently specialize in a chiropractic approach called Clinical Biomechanics of Posture (CBP). This specialty required a 200 hour post graduate fellowship and is currently recognized by the Nevada Chiropractic Physicians’ Board, as a post graduate certification.

In addition, I’m an instructor with the Chiropractic Biophysics Doctor Institute, where I teach Clinical Biomechanics of Posture. This facility is based in Eagle, ID.

I’m currently the Secretary and Treasurer for the Nevada Chiropractic Physicians’ Board and am a former board member of two state associations including the Nevada Chiropractic Association and the Nevada Chiropractic Council.

When were you first introduced to products from NZ Manufacturing?

I was exposed to NZ Manufacturing in 2002 when I was working in an informal post graduate residency focused on CBP. In this program, we used MediCordz® exercise therabands and theraband handles, as well as theraband head harnesses to perform a variety of neuromuscular re-education exercises that are specifically used for posture retraining.

How do you currently use resistance bands?

We currently use NZ Manufacturing resistance cords in two primary ways:

  1. We use MediCordz® gear for strengthening exercises that offer more consistency when compared to simply using gym equipment alone. We’re able to teach symmetric exercises to help build muscle.
  2. Additionally, when I was going through my informal residency I identified that there was a large amount of spinal rehab equipment that was focused only on a  particular body part or range of motion, and there wasn’t a good place to do proper posture retraining exercises and movements,  on or adjacent to these machines. After about 12 months in the program, and in collaboration with the other doctors on the team,  we developed and patented a piece of spinal rehab equipment called a Universal Tractioning Systems (UTS) ( www.utsspine.com)which is still in use today by doctors and rehab facilities around the world. The MediCordz® line is an integral part of UTS and comes standard  with the exercise and postural equipment from NZ Manufacturing.

How can NZ Manufacturing’s products benefit both the patient as well as the doctor?

NZ Manufacturing’s wide array of resistance cords can benefit the patient and doctor in a number of ways, including:

  1. Resistance cords can be used for posture retraining because you can do posture movements and motions opposite of a person’s preferred posture, which is usually stooped. We use MediCordz® resistance cords and the MediCordz® Headset Kit along with the UTS to asymmetrically exercise an individual with the clinical goal of improving posture.
  2. Resistance cords can also be used to strengthen muscles for those individuals who may have been injured in some sort of accident, while playing sports, or have some other type of traumatic injury.

Interested in Learning More About Dr. Jaeger or the NZ Manufacturing Products That He Uses in His Practice?

We hope this interview with Dr. Jaeger gave you a sense of just how versatile our NZ Manufacturing line of MediCordz®Rehab Gear can be for Chiropractors as well as other medical professionals. If you’d like to learn more about any of the products listed in this blog, feel free to reach out to the NZ Manufacturing team today at 800-886-6621.

Upcoming Conferences and Where You Can Find Us

We’ll Be There, Will you?

Conferences are filled with awesome speakers, swag bags and prizes, great connections, food, and social components.  Our resistance gear will be available for demonstrations and sale at the following events in the upcoming months:

  • College Swimming Coaches Association of America (May 8th-9th)
  • The Aquatic Exercise Association (May 15th-20th)
  • ATRI Events (All events)
  • NATA Clinical Symposium (June 26th-29th)
  • NSCA Conference (July 12th-15th)
  • ASCA Conference – Booth #117 (August 29th-September 3rd)

Now you’re probably thinking – you’re sponsoring all of these events over the summer? That’s right and there’s a reason for that. Our products are widely used in major clinics and therapy centers, professional sports teams, and Olympic training centers worldwide. For example, the Cleveland Clinic utilizes our resistance bands for injury prevention, muscle therapy, and increased flexibility. Additionally, major NFL teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Denver, Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and more incorporate our bands into their everyday routine to stay in great condition year-round and especially when the football season is in session.

We are a sponsor at The CSCAA Conference being held right now and will be providing numerous door prizes. Each registered participant will receive free StrechCordz® branded swag. We are an official partner with the College Swimming Coaches Association of America as well! Our dryland and in-water resistance training products will be here to show you how to train like a competitive swimmer, enhance your endurance, and increase your stamina and speed.

We are an Affiliate Sponsor for the AEA IAFC Conference  May 15-20 and will be supplying our products for this event. You’ll witness our products being used in various product demonstrations and lectures. NZ gear that will be featured at this years conference will include the MediCordz® Upper Body Core Stabilization Kit (M2016U). As mentioned above, major clinics and therapy centers worldwide request our resistance tools to help their patients prevent future injuries and increase their range of motion.

Have you heard? We are a product supplier at all ATRI Events this year!   At each event, presenters will be including our resistance gear in their product teachings.  The following StrechCordz® and MediCordz® brands that will be presented include:

  • StrechCordz® with Handles (S100)
  • StrechCordz® Drag Belt Tow Tether (S109)
  • StrechCordz® Safety Cord Short Belt (S600)
  • MediCordz® Upper Body Core Stabilization Kit (M2016U)
  • MediCordz® Lower Body Core Stabilization Kit (M2016L)

If you are attending any of the ATRI events this year, the products used in the demonstrations will be sold at a discount! Whether you’re a beginning athlete, professional or an older adult, we offer a wide range of resistance levels that are suitable for any individual!

You’ll also see our resistance gear at the NATA Clinical Symposium June 26-29, demonstrated by Momentum Medium. The TurfCordz® brand will be promoted at Booth #6104.   Including discounts, there will be TurfCordz® branded swag and daily door prizes. Additionally, you can find our product demonstrations at the NSCA Conference on July 12-15. Used by MLB teams such as the Texas Rangers, and numerous collegiate athletic programs nationwide – bring along your TurfCordz® gear anywhere you train to improve your flexibility and speed.

Lastly, we’ll be exhibiting at the ASCA Conference on August 29th through September 3rd at Booth #117. You will find us promoting our StrechCordz® brand of gear and proudly representing our MADE in AMERICA gear.

We’re extremely excited about the upcoming conferences and hope to see you there.

NZ Manufacturing offers a wide selection of resistance bands based on your needs.  With our TurfCordz®, StrechCordz®, and MediCordz® brands we are sure to have the bands that you need based on your workout goals.

Have any questions or comments about the upcoming conferences or about our products? Let us know!  At NZ Manufacturing, we have been manufacturing high-quality resistance exercise tools for physical therapy, rehabilitation, swim training, sports training and overall fitness since 1985. For more information on any of our resistance gear don’t hesitate to contact us at any time by phone at 800-886-6621 or email us at sales@nzmfg.com.

Run Faster. Jump Higher. By Combining Plyometrics and Resistance Cords.

Serious athletes are always looking for the next way to improve their strength, agility and response times.

There are a whole host of different athletic training techniques to help athletes meet their goals of becoming faster, and quicker, but few have been shown to be as effective as plyometrics.

What is Plyometrics?

Plyometrics, which is also referred to as “jump training,“ by some, are exercises meant to exert the maximum amount of force on muscles in a relatively short amount of time. The goal of these exercises is to increase power and in turn speed and strength.

Plyometric exercises are meant to activate the elastic properties and quick response of major muscle groups. The term was coined by a man by the name of Fred Wilt who gave these exercises the name after watching Soviet Olympians training in the 1970s.

Plyometric Training and Resistance Cords

Using resistance cords when performing plyometric training exercises can help to boost performance in a wide array of sports, and also take your power and speed to the next level.

Our Jump Belt or Super Bungie Kit can add additional challenge to your training, which in turn can increase strength throughout that range of motion, so when the resistance is actually removed, you’ll be more powerful and hopefully faster as well. Plyometric exercises are immensely beneficial for athletes looking to make sudden direction changes, vertical jumps and explosive sprints on the court or field.

Additional Benefits of Resistance Cords

While resistance cords offer a whole host of advantages for plyometrics, they also can be used across all types of sports and even for rehabilitation purposes as well. A few of the more notable benefits of resistance cords include:

• Constant Resistance – Unlike other types of machines or free weights, resistance cords offer consistent resistance across the full range of motion. This constant tension helps to improve coordination and balance as you also build strength.
• Immensely Flexible – Resistance bands offer the ultimate workout when it comes to flexibility. With resistance cords you can literally do a workout from anywhere, whether it’s at the gym, or in your hotel room when you only have a few minutes to spare between commitments.
• Safe to Use – Resistance cords are by their nature safe, but NZ Manufacturing takes safety extremely seriously and in turn has engineered their cords in such a way using a strong nylon cord that spans the length of the entire heavy duty latex tube. This additional safety cord design shows just how committed we are to helping our athletes safely use our products.

Interested in Learning More About Plyometrics or TurfCordz® Strength Training Gear?

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of plyometrics, or any of our TurfCordz® products for you or your team, feel free to reach out to us today by phone at 800-886-6621 or through our online contact form. We look forward to helping you boost your athletic training exercises through the safe and proper use of our high-quality resistance cords that are used by a whole host of professional athletes, Olympians, and sports programs around the country.