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Humpday Fashion Winners – (Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria, Zoe Saldana plus more)

Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN LINDENSMITH/ ALL ACCESS PHOTOS

Paris Hilton looks cute in a stripe dress and a red tote bag in Los Angeles.

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Jessica Alba is always a fashionable mom with her daughter in matching warm colors.

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Eva Longoria wore a classic white blazer and matching scarf, which she paired with a bizarre pair of leopard sweatpants and her favorite white fedora hat.

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Jordana Brewster keeps it cool, casual and cute with a baby blue blouse and a white crepe pants.

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Guardians of the Galaxy stars, Dave Batista, Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt are a fashionable team in Los Angeles.

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How can you spot a Crossfitter? Just look at their hands – Tips on treating Calluses on your hands

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CrossFitters often revel in the fact that our workouts have bloodied our hands. “We’re such badasses! We’re SO hardcore!” But let’s call a spade a spade:  IT IS NOT “COOL” TO HAVE CHUNKS OF OUR SKIN RIPPED FROM OUR HANDS.

Flayed skin is not a badge of bad-assery. It does not mean that you are tougher or better at working out. And it most definitely does not mean that CrossFit, lifting and/or gymnastics should be avoided because of the possibility that the skin on your hands might get torn.

All it means is that:

  • You’re a soft-handed newbie who hasn’t yet had the chance to build up thicker skin on your fingers and palms to protect them from tearing, or 
  1. You’re not giving your hands the T.L.C. they need to keep from getting shredded. 

Torn skin is painful and annoying, and may put you out of commission for a spell. And THAT is unequivocally un-hardcore.

My first encounter with shredded hands occurred shortly after starting CrossFit, back when the roughest activity my hands saw was an occasional difficult-to-open jar of spaghetti sauce. And my latest (and greatest) rip was during yesterday’s Mary WOD, after neglecting proper hand care for weeks. Over the past year, I’ve experienced minor tears and major ones. In this post, I’m going to discuss what I could (and should) have done to prevent bloody hand, and what treatment options are available to those of us unfortunate enough to gash open our hands doing high-rep pull-ups, kettlebell snatches and the like.

Hand Grooming 

Those who are new to gymnastics, weightlifting or CrossFit in general often start with soft, callus-free hands. Ideally, to reduce the likelihood of hand tears, beginners should try to gradually build up calluses (through — what else? — handling bars) to the point where the skin on their palms and fingers are tough and thick — but smooth. Once some skin-thickening is achieved, the goal is to keep any calluses filed down. The goal is have a consistent, smooth palm surface, without noticeable ridges or fluctuating thicknesses of skin. A raised, rough callus will eventually blister and tear away from the surrounding skin, ripping open your hands and making a bloody mess. A general rule of thumb: If you can pinch a raised edge of the callus, it needs to be filed down. Constant vigilance and regular hand care is key to preventing tears.

You can use a number of different tools to keep your calluses in check, including:

  • A nail file; 
  • A callus/corn shaver;
  • Cuticle scissors; 
  • A pumice stone; 
  • A dull razor blade; 
  • Sandpaper; 
  • A butter knife; or A Dremel tool(!)

Grip & Technique  

A lot of CrossFitters rip open their hands doing high-rep bar movements: kipping pull-ups, clean-and-jerks, snatches. But there are ways to tweak your technique to reduce the chances of a nasty tear.

First, use the right grip.

When working with a barbell, some folks are inclined to grip the bar across the middle of their palms. This, unfortunately, squishes the fleshy pad below the base of your fingers against the bar, causing discomfort, added friction, blisters, and worse. A better way to go is to grip the barbell across the base of your fingers — where the metacarpals meet the proximal phalanges.

Treatment

I’m using Neosporin, but there are, of course, lots of other remedies that people swear by, including:

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Fashion Winners for July 22nd – Nicole Richie, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian plus more)

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 Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

PHOTO CREDIT: ZODIAC/ SPLASHNEWS

Karrueche Tran looks great in a white top and custom Tom Ford Boots

EXCLUSIVE: Sexy Karrueche Tran had lunch at 'La Piazza' restaurant in West Hollywood, California Karrueche Tran with friends have lunch at the Grove in Hollywood Karrueche Tran with friends have lunch at the Grove in Hollywood

New York Yankee, Alex Rodriguez looks comfortable in his down time this season.

EXCLUSIVE: Alex Rodriguez goes shopping with his family at the Grove in Hollywood EXCLUSIVE: Alex Rodriguez goes shopping with his family at the Grove in Hollywood EXCLUSIVE: Alex Rodriguez goes shopping with his family at the Grove in Hollywood

Nicole Richie looks fit showing off her toned legs in short shorts in Hollywood.

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Former UFC Champ, GSP - Georges St-Pierre looks better after his surgery but still rocking a knee brace but looks fit.

EXCLUSIVE: George St-Pierre heads to lunch at Farmers Market EXCLUSIVE: George St-Pierre heads to lunch at Farmers Market EXCLUSIVE: George St-Pierre heads to lunch at Farmers Market

Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian are two fashionable siblings making sure they are color coordinated while arriving at LAX.

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Train, Eat, Rest, Repeat – Pre-Workout Meal

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Do you feel that you must eat carbs in your pre-workout meal?!

The optimal pre-workout meal should be to fuel your brain for best gym performance, not feeding your muscles “for performance”. Carbs are therefore secondary to protein, for optimal nitrogen balance whilst training, and fats, and if carbs calm you down, as they do many people, do you really think they should be in your pre-workout meal?!

Check out this video from Ultimate Performance on their thoughts about Pre-Workout Meals

Is there something in my teeth? – Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth

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Brushing your teeth: It’s something you (should) do twice a day, every day. But it’s not as a simple as just scrubbing and rinsing.Timothy Chase, D.M.D., a New York City-based cosmetic dentist, says these are the flubs most people make:

 1. Using the wrong toothbrush


All toothbrush bristles have a rating — hard, medium, soft, and extra soft. Just ignore the medium and hard bristles altogether, says Chase. “I see a tremendous amount of [gum and tooth] damage from brushes that are not soft enough. Imagine you have a broom and you’re trying to get dust out of a corner. If you had a really stiff broom, you’d wind up scuffing up the wall. A soft broom would take the shape of a corner and remove the dust easily,” he says. The same goes for your toothbrush.



2. Using an old brush 



You should buy a new toothbrush or, if you use an electric toothbrush, replace the head every three months. If you forget, pay attention to the bristles. When they begin to feel soft and lose their original shape, it’s time to pitch it (or at least retire it to the cleaning cabinet).



3. Not going in circles



Every dentist will say it: The correct way to brush your teeth is in small circular movements. Remember that the only thing you should be removing is leftover food debris — not brushing so hard that you ruin your enamel. “Most people use a sawing motion back and forth, which can cause damage to the gums and tooth abrasion. This can lead to root exposure and sensitivity,” Chase says.



4. Using whitening toothpaste



“You don’t get a great result from whitening toothpaste,” warns Chase. “Instead, use a cavity-fighting toothpaste, and then use trays or white strips independent of brushing.” Another tip: Only squeeze out a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. “A good rule of thumb is half the brushing surface,” he says.

5. Forgetting your tongue


There is a lot of bacteria on your tongue, which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. As you’re brushing your teeth, remember to scrape the surface of your tongue in a forward motion. This will pull all of that bacteria forward before you finish.



6. Not flossing


“Flossing is 40% of the job,” says Chase. You need to floss daily. The American Dental Association says that flossing before or after brushing is fine, but if you floss before, the fluoride from your toothpaste has a better chance of reaching in between teeth.



7. Using the wrong mouthwash




You only need to use a mouthwash if you like it, and if you’re going to use it, stick with an alcohol-free variety. (Chase likes Listerine Zero.) Your mouth needs saliva in order to clean itself, and alcohol can dry out your mouth. And before making your kids rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, check with your pediatric dentist. “Don’t just automatically assume your kids should use one,” says Chase.



8. Not brushing for long enough



Chase recommends that his patients spend a full two minutes brushing. There are some electronic toothbrushes that will automatically stop after two minutes, or simply use a timer until you get the timing down.



9. Not considering an electric toothbrush


It’s worth it to invest in a quality electric toothbrush, says Chase. It does all of the work for you and doesn’t overpower your teeth. But don’t be persuaded by the disposable electric toothbrush. “Some of the disposal electric toothbrushes cheap out on the most important part, which is the bristle,” he says. “Generally the bristles are so hard that you cause a lot of damage.”


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Train, Eat, Rest, Repeat – Does Kinesiology Tape really work?

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If you watched the recent Crossfit Games, there is a good chance you noticed some athletes donning multi-colored tape strips and patches on various body parts. It was quite noticeable on those more scantily-clad, such as beach volleyball and track and field athletes. In fact, one volleyball gal looked like she had the Michigan football “winged” helmet decal emblazoned across her abs.

This stuff is called Kinesiology or Kinesio tape. A bit of history: 

Kinesio tape has actually been around for quite a while. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor and acupuncturist, designed the tape and taping method back in 1979. Kase believed a flexible tape would stimulate better circulation to an injured muscle due to its tug on the skin. Traditional tape and taping methods were thought to be too restrictive and even exacerbate injuries as a result of the inhibited flow of inflammatory fluids under the skin.

Does Kinesio tape actually expedite recovery from muscle injury, or is it also used to enhance performance? If solely used for injuries, there must have been dozens of wounded Olympians competing. My guess is the tape is used for performance benefits as well. If so, does it work or is it yet another gimmick one must use to “keep up with the Joneses?”

A study conducted in Italy attempted to determine the immediate effects of kinesio taping on maximal muscle strength of the dominant quadriceps of 36 healthy subjects. Subjects were tested across three different sessions, randomly receiving three experimental kinesiotaping conditions:

Tape applied with the goal of enhancing muscle strength.

Tape applied with the goal of inhibiting muscle strength.

Tape applied incorrectly with the goal to deceive.

Quadriceps muscle strength was measured by means of an isokinetic maximal test performed at 60 and 180 degrees per second. Two secondary outcome measures were also performed: a one-leg triple jump for distance to measure leg performance and the Global Rating of Change Scale to calculate the correlation between the Kinesio taping technique and the subjective perception of strength.

Here is what they found: 

None of the three taping conditions showed a significant change in muscle strength and performance. The effect size was very low under all conditions. Only a few subjects showed an individual change greater than the minimal detectable change. Global Rating of Change Scale scores demonstrated low to moderate correlation with the type of taping applied, but some placebo effects were detected independent of the condition.

This study concluded no significant effect in maximal quadriceps strength immediately after the application of enhancing, inhibiting, or deceptive Kinesio taping. Therefore, the test results do not support the use of Kinesio taping as a means of altering maximal muscle strength in healthy people.

That stated, there are also those skeptical about the Kinesio taping’s effect. According to Dr. Nicholas Fletcher, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Emory University, there are few large scientific studies regarding its effectiveness. Dr. Fletcher stated, “I think, if anything, there is a placebo effect involved, and there probably is a little bit of a peer pressure effect. When people see athletes who are doing so well, they think, ‘Maybe this could work for me.’”

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What Makes kinesiology tape Special? – Elasticity

In most cases, kinesiology tape is comprised of flexible nylon and cotton fibers; this allows the tape to provide a “snap-back” effect, producing a neuromuscular response underneath the skin where the tape is applied. Through recent fascial research, it has been shown that pulling on the skin can create widespread effects within the body.

Myofascia is a very important piece in the taping game (this is what you are effecting when you roll out and mobilize). Obviously, the health of your myofascia is pivotal to promoting proper movement patterns. When kinesiology tape is applied to the skin, it creates a neurological response, providing a change in the way that my0fascia functions, thus changing the way that movement patterns are performed. We can essentially allow for better muscle activation and promote better movement patterns with the support of kinesiology tape.

This elasticity also creates a lifting effect on the skin to allow for better lymphatic drainage and blood flow. These are two pivotal components in allowing for swelling drainage and tissue nutrient restoration during the healing process.

Adhesive

Kinesiology tapes use a superior adhesive (it varies depending on the tape brand) that allows for superior support over long periods of time and under extreme conditions. This adhesiveness allows for the tape to withstand water, sweat, mud, etc. without coming off or losing support. The brands above promote the fact that you can, in fact, go swimming wearing kinesiology tape.

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Pain Reduction

How is this possible? Kinesiology tape provides a stimulus in the skin that externally supports damaged tissue and allows for better circulation for faster healing. This is why wearing tape after intense workouts or acute injuries provides faster recovery.

Lymphatic Drainage/Swelling Reduction 

Kinesiology tape is unique in its ability to create a lifting effect on the skin to allow for better lymphatic drainage in areas of swelling. This can have a dramatic effect on recovery time after a workout and healing of damaged tissue after injury.

Muscle Activation

One of the most important aspects of rehabilitation is movement. This is pivotal because it provides blood flow and drainage in the areas of injury to allow for faster healing. It also reduces the amount of muscle atrophy or withering away that can occur after and injury. White athletic tape restricts range of motion and deactivates muscles; whereas, kinesiology tape promotes muscle activation, while maintaining support. This allows for proper movement patterns even with injury and allows for a much faster healing process.

Things come and go in the fitness industry – ankle weights, salt tablets, compression garments, toning shoes, sauna suits, ad nauseam. Some even come back. Kinesio taping may be the classical case of revisiting the past.

Does Kinesio taping facilitate recovery for injured muscles? I do not know. Does it enhance athletic performance? We need more research to determine that. What’s your experience? Let us know in the comments below.

Credit: Breaking Muscle Tabata Times

No Woman (Or Man), No Cry (Relationship Philosophy) – A Couple that Trains together, stays together.

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