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How Resistance Training Helps Athletes Achieve Peak Performance

The Winter Olympics are quickly approaching, and soon billions of people around the world will be watching some of the greatest athletes of our time perform at the highest level of competition. Becoming a world-class athlete requires an incredible amount of dedication, commitment, and talent, that is slowly crafted upon year and years of practice. To achieve something truly remarkable and stand out from the competition, Olympic athletes tackle their training from a broad range of angles to ensure they stay healthy and can push the boundaries of what they ever thought was possible.

Today’s athletes in the Winter Olympics understand the power and the impact that resistance training can have on their long-term goals and results. In this article, we’ll highlight a few of the ways Olympic athletes are implementing resistance training equipment from NZ Manufacturing to stay healthy and gain an edge on the competition.

Speed Skating

To increase power and build lactic acid threshold, the US Speed Skating team has been utilizing TurfCordz® resistance training gear for quite some time. In a sport where the athletes are traveling as fast as 40 miles per hour, a tremendous amount of force is being exerted during competition. Building power through explosive exercises that simulate races is the key to elite results.

Speed skaters focus on replicating movement patterns that work their whole bodies from top to bottom. Box jumps and resistance cord exercises are very common as a way to prepare for the incredible amount of force required to succeed in the sport. Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno has been seen using the TurfCordz® Safety Cord Sprint Belt Kit as a way to prepare for an Olympic event. Following in Ohno’s footsteps, other leading Olympic speed skating teams, including the US Olympic team also use our resistance training equipment as a way to prepare for Olympic events.

A few other products that are used by skaters to increase acceleration, and strength include:

Ice Hockey

Hockey is one the most competitive team sports in the Olympics. Speed, power, stamina, and agility are all important to a team’s success on the ice. Injury prevention is also crucial as ice hockey players typically are playing year-round and the physicality of the sport can take a toll on players. By building ancillary muscles, Olympic ice hockey players can promote stability in their joints under duress and decrease their risk of injury. Full body strength is crucial, in addition to having particularly powerful legs, hips, and core. Several former members of the Colorado Avalanche, who will be competing with the Canadian Olympic hockey team, have trained with our TurfCordz® resistance gear to support agility and speed on the ice and to target their key muscles.  Our Squat Cord S99-TurfCordz® and Jump Belt S130-TurfCordz® have been particularly useful.

Figure Skating

Known for its grace, beauty, balance, and power, figure skating at the Olympics is a captivating spectacle to watch. Balance, coordination, flexibility, power, and endurance are all fundamental to the success of figure skaters giving a spectacular performance. To train figure skaters to reach peak performance, full-body exercises that work functional movement patterns and full ranges of motion are important. This is another area in which resistance cords can excel and support athletes in accomplishing their dream to be on the Olympic podium. Figure skaters most commonly enjoy the benefits received from using:

Why Do So Many Olympians Use Our Resistance Training Equipment?

At NZ Manufacturing, we’ve been a leader in the development of resistance exercise tools since 1985. In this time, scores of professional athletes have used our products as a way to build strength and agility. Our StretchCordz® and TurfCordz® gear allow athletes to add resistance to their workout regimens, which should serve them well when it’s time for the main event. As Olympians, athletes are always looking for that edge that can help them separate themselves from the competition, and we’re confident that our resistance training products can give athletes that boost that can help propel them to gold.

Enhance Your Current Fitness Regime and Training with NZ Manufacturing

Trusted by Olympic and aspiring athletes alike, NZ Manufacturing has been supporting athletes in achieving their dreams by helping them grow stronger, more flexible, and powerful each and every day. Browse our wide array of top-quality resistance products today. If you have any questions at all about any of our high quality products, reach out to us today at 1-800-886-6621 or fill out our online contact form.

Strength training for recovery and prevention of concussions

It is estimated that as many as 3.8 million concussions occur in the United States annually due to sports or recreational injuries. Concussions present a serious health risk to the public. Research continues to show how damage to the brain can cause long-lasting health implications if not properly addressed. Symptoms similar to Parkinson’s, along with memory and attention-deficit issues, are often seen amongst older athletes decades after their careers end. Thankfully, rules in sports are changing and the need for serious recovery measures after a concussion are becoming common knowledge.

The Best Form of Protection is Prevention

While athletic gear has come a long way within the last few decades to help reduce the risk of head trauma, there is still more that we can do to help improve the odds. One of the very best things one can do is focus on strengthening neck muscles and the trapezius muscle, which runs along the spine and back shoulder area. In fact, studies have shown that individuals with the strongest necks are the least likely to sustain a concussion in high school sports.

Target Muscles in a Variety of Planes of Motion

The neck can move in a variety of unique patterns rotationally and laterally, so it’s critical to target these muscles through multiple different angles and movement patterns. Resistance cords provide individuals with one great solution to achieve this effectively, in addition to providing a variety of other benefits such as increased flexibility, range of motion, and cell growth.

Two simple pieces of equipment from NZ Manufacturing can help with both prevention and recovery from concussions:

The HEADSET KIT M357-MEDICORDZ® gives individuals the ability to target neck muscles to increase strength and mobility through forward and lateral flexion, extension and rotation neck exercises; while, the HEAD STRAP KIT M351KT-MEDICORDZ® stretches both the upper back and neck muscles.

Recover Optimally

After taking the necessary time to rest initially after a concussion, strength training and rehabbing the muscles surrounding and supporting the head is essential to proper recovery. Research has shown that athletes who have had one concussion are 4 to 6 times more likely to sustain a second. With careful guidance from sports medicine doctors or physical therapists, the use of resistance cords can help increase blood flow to recovering areas to support a strong, healthy comeback from a concussion and reduce the likelihood of a second occurrence

NZ Manufacturing, which has been in business for over 30 years, creates some of the highest quality resistance exercise tools used by professional sports teams, hospitals, and national organizations to help individuals stay healthy and recover more optimally. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have or provide you with any additional information you may need. Reach us by phone at 1-800-886-6621 or fill out our online contact form today!

The Benefits of Resistance Cords for Elder Care

As the human body ages, your ability to gain strength and recover quickly becomes increasingly difficult. At the same time, your strength and ability to recover becomes even more essential to living a healthy, independent lifestyle in the later decades of your life.

The body’s strength begins to decline around the age of 40, and by age 70, muscular strength can decline by an average of 30% according to research. Sarcopenia, or the reduction in muscular strength as we age, can be greatly reduced, if not fended off, through a smart exercise regime.

Resistance cords offer one great solution for combating this issue – in addition to numerous other obstacles the human body faces as it ages. Physical therapists commonly introduce resistance cords into their training regimens when working with seniors for a number of reasons.

Benefits of Resistance Cords for the Elderly

  1. Providing a comprehensive, full-body workout to target almost all your body’s major muscle groups
  2. Boosting stamina
  3. Increasing flexibility
  4. Enhancing your range of motion
  5. Improving strength
  6. Increasing bone density and reducing the risk of osteoporosis
  7. Increasing cellular growth and proliferation
  8. Bettering brain health, which can help avoid age-related dementia
  9. Improving balance
  10. Bettering body composition and muscle mass
  11. Bettering biomarkers such as blood lipids, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels
  12. Easing the symptoms of arthritis pain
  13. Improving cognitive performance
  14. Improving connective tissues in joints
  15. Enhancing coordination and agility
  16. Helping mitigate back pain

Resistance Cords Beneficial For All Age Groups

Whether you are just looking to grow your strength or rehab an injury, resistance cords are a smart solution for gyms, physical therapists, aquatic centers, chiropractors, and sports medicine doctors to offer to their clients. They don’t place too much pressure on the body’s joints and allow someone to achieve a full body workout across various levels of ability. Resistance cords are customizable to one’s strength needs and can offer increasing levels of intensity as one continues to improve and grow stronger. They allow elderly individuals to target multiple angles and train in the very same range of motion essential to moving about in their everyday lives.

NZ Manufacturing, which has been in business since 1985, offers a wide array of resistance cords suitable to the needs of seniors. Some of our best products such as the Turfcordz® with Handles and Safety Cord and the Pool Aqua Band S300-Strechcordz® may be a great way to start if you haven’t tried resistance cords yet.

If you are interested in learning anything more about the resistance cord products NZ Manufacturing offers, you can reach out to us via phone at 1-800-886-6621 or fill out our online contact form today. We’ve been helping athletes, trainers, physical therapists and individuals of all ages use resistance cords to boost their agility and bounce back more quickly from injuries.

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.

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.