Category Archives: Compression

5 Best Ways to Relieve Arch Pain


Monday, July 11th, 2016

Many of us experience Plantar Facsiitis, heel and arch pain; especially during exercise. Here are some quick tips to help alleviate your pain and achieve your goals!

About the arch: The arch of your foot is comprised of the metatarsal and tarsal bones along with supporting tendon and ligaments.  The posterior tibialis is responsible for maintaining a healthy, supportive arch during all activities & exercise .The posterior tibialis tendon is a muscle that originates behind your shinbone, runs inside your ankle, and attaches to many of the tarsal bones inside your arch. Your arch has to support the entire weight of your body hence it can affect other areas of the foot and even your legs and back.  (Source) 

  1. Orthotics

Orthotics will ease the stress on your posterior tibialis tendon by supporting your arch and stabilizing the heel. These can be purchased over the counter as suggested by Runner’s World or customized by a certified podiatrist.

  1. Cold Therapy

Cold temperatures will alleviate arch discomfort by reducing the blood flow to that spot. Less blood flow corresponds to reduced inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain. A great trick for your arch is to freeze a water bottle and roll it on your arch.

  1. Zensah Arch Support Sleeves

    Zensah Arch Support Sleeves

    Zensah Arch Support Sleeves

The Zensah Arch Support is designed to help support weak and flat arches. It does so with targeted compression that helps to soothe heel, arch, and foot pain. The compression arch sleeve helps support and lift the arch by anchoring it to the dorsal (upper) area of the foot.

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5 Great Foods to Enhance Recovery

After a workout your muscles are taxed and hungry for muscle building nutrients. Putting the right foods in your body is vital for repairing damaged muscle and restocking your glycogen stores so you can be ready to work out the next day. Here are some clean and healthy foods we suggest eating after a workout to ensure a speedy recovery. Your muscles will thank you!

 

1. Eggs – 

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Eggs are one of the best complete protein sources out there and will help you repair damaged muscle after a workout. They also provide an excellent mix of B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12, and B6. Hard-boiled eggs make a convenient and portable snack. Continue reading

VERT® Announces New Partnership with Zensah® and Introduces First Intensity Measurement Device


Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Originally from: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vert-announces-new-partnership-with-zensah-and-introduces-first-intensity-measurement-device-300199249.html

Wearable athletic tech company debuts VERT2 in conjunction with smart compression apparel partnership at CES 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — VERT, a leader in wearable athletic technology, today announces its second product, VERT2. This next generation wearable jump monitoring device provides intensity, exertion and stress analytics in addition to VERT’s original jump height and count measurements. This announcement is released in conjunction with a new partnership with Zensah®, a premium compression apparel brand, to ensure athletes are training and playing safer. Both VERT2 and Zensah® apparel, integrated with VERT technology, will debut at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Zensah and VERT at CES 2016

VERT2 is a non-invasive and discrete inertial measurement unit (IMU) worn on an individual’s body to report numerous athletic measurements, including total Gs, high/low intensity count, surges per minute, surge count, high acceleration (Gs) and average peak acceleration (Gs). These measurements are sent to the VERT software architecture in real-time, which can then be monitored by coaches and athletes during or after use.

“Zensah® aligns with VERT’s constant commitment to create better experiences for athletes, and we believe integrating discrete technology into Zensah® compression apparel is a giant leap in that direction,” said Martin Matak, founder and president of VERT. “We have already seen real-time jump measurements contribute to athletic safety with jump count data, but with the addition of intensity measurements in smart apparel, VERT2 will help prevent injuries to athletes and inform users of important information for recovery as well.”

With VERT technology integrated into Zensah® apparel, this partnership gives athletes the ability to use the jump monitoring device with the cutting edge, seamless technology and ergonomic fit that Zensah® is known for. Zensah® is committed to using the best fabrics and technology in all of its compression apparel, and this new tech will be made to fit products including the compression leg sleeves, socks, knee sleeve, tops, sports bras and more. Each product incorporates graduated compression for faster recovery, 3D ribbing for targeted muscle support, and a fabric that features silver ions and moisture wicking control.

“We are constantly researching and developing the most innovative designs and fabrics for athletic use, and we are excited to have a partnership with VERT that is leading the way in athletic wearables,” said Ze’ev Feig, founder and CEO of Zensah.

The VERT technology is currently used by the USA Volleyball National teams along with multiple NCAA volleyball and basketball programs throughout the US, which recently made history as the first wearable tech used in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship games. Through VERTcast, a sports telemetry system used with VERT technology, viewers were given the opportunity to experience student athleticism in real-time through live-screen and television newscast inclusion in the semi-final and championship games.

In addition to Unveiled on Jan. 4, Vert2 and the integrated tech with Zensah® will be available for preview at booth #74325 located in the Fitness & Technology area at CES starting Jan. 6th. The commercial product is set to be available for purchase May 2016, and consumers can find out more at www.myvert.com

About VERT: Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., VERT is a leader in wearable athletic technology focused on creating a better experience for athletes and coaches alike. The VERT jump rate monitor is used in a variety of jump sports, including basketball, volleyball, BMX and many other health and fitness activities. VERT is currently used by the USA Volleyball National teams, NCAA volleyball and basketball programs throughout the US. For more information or to purchase VERT, visit www.myvert.com.

About Zensah: Zensah® is a Miami-based company, specializing in sports compression apparel. Zensah® products are worn by Olympians, professional athletes, and fitness enthusiasts. Zensah® offers compression products for performance and recovery. For details, visit www.zensah.com.

How To Set Goals – Tips from Team Zensah Athletes


Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we can’t help thinking about all the new and exciting things we want to accomplish in the New Year. But many times setting goals can be overwhelming and intimidating. So we asked our Team Zensah athletes to share their tips in setting personal and fitness related goals. If you have any suggestions we would love to hear from you too!

Laura Anderson
Don’t just set race time goals, think smaller like the day to day training things. Maybe it means having a goal to run 6 days a week, or to incorporate post workout strides more regularly. What about making a point to stretch and foam roll a few times a week. Building a strong foundation, finding consistency, and fine tuning day to day training will help those time goals come even faster.​ Goals don’t need to be just time related for races, creating healthy training habits will keep you going long after those personal best times have past.

Lincoln Murdoch
While we’re all familiar with goals needing to be attainable and actually do-able, I’d encourage athletes to think outside that box just a little. Somehow, I’ve been able to attain goals that I never, ever would have dreamed possible. So, my tip would be have “C” level, “B” level and “A” level goals. “C” goals would be reasonably attainable. “B” goals would be realized only with a perfect season of training with no setbacks. “A” goals would be way out there! Like…WAY out there. If you reach them, it’s amazing. If you don’t, there’s always next season…or the next…or, even the next. I never, ever dreamed I could win a national championship in triathlon. But, it happened…somehow. #sograteful

Jane Vongvorachoti
I listen to my heart. I listen to what dreams I have. I use the knowledge and experience I have to judge my talents and opportunities to create my goal and then I put together a plan to execute my goal.

Mary Winchester
Once you set a goal, break it down into bite size steps and check off each step as you move toward your goal. For example,  maybe your goal is to run a half marathon in 2016.  If you have never run a 5k or 10k make that a step toward your goal of running a half marathon.

Let someone else know your goals!  You will be more likely to reach your goals if you enlist someone to be accountable to.

Don’t forget to make process goals that will help you reach your PR dreams!  For example, commit to cross train twice a week or commit to getting 8 hours of sleep a night. Commit to eating better or drinking more water during the day. All these little goals contribute to you reaching your bigger goal- your race PR.

Christopher Malenab
 goal is defined as “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.”

I like goals over resolutions because I want to do more than do something, I want to achieve something specific. When people make resolutions, I think it is great to jump start something new and exciting or even maybe start something that includes healthier living and decision making. However, that becomes just too generic for me. I see those “I am going to workout” or “I am going to eat healthier” … starting January 1, 2016. How can those things be measured? Does one salad in 2016 or one push up in 2016 count as eating healthier or doing a workout? For some maybe.

Set a goal or goals, but keep in mind  … make them measurable … make it challenging … make it where at some point you wonder, CAN I DO IT? Create more than 1 goal … Put an “A” goal, a “B” goal, and “C” goal in there or even however many goals you want in there that you think your life allows you to set.

Heidi Greenwood
For me it is super important to know “WHY” I want to do something.  I “WHY” factor is what is going to be the complete driving force into your everyday motivation.  Once this part has been established I like to establish a plan on what I need to do to set myself up to reach the goal.  Examples of this could be developing a detailed training plan, connecting with a coach, signing up for “C” and “B” races to help develop fitness for an “A” race, or reaching out to possible training partners.  Having things written down on paper is just a game changer for me.  It also may be helpful to share your goal(s) with others.  This can help with accountability and also for others to understand your commitment (why you are spending countless hours in the gym or on trails and not at every happy hour).

The Comparison Card


Thursday, September 17th, 2015

We wanted to share an article on positive body image for athletes written by Zensah Athlete, Megan Marshall.

The Comparison Card

We all do it, don’t we?  Men and women alike.  We compare.  Unfortunately, I think our society and Hollywood have something to do with it, but can we help ourselves?

I would say that self-confidence is something that I learned early by playing sports and working hard.  But even when I was confident on the playing field I was lacking confidence in school, especially by being tall, thin and having big feet.  Boys didn’t like my build and I purposely slouched to not seem as tall.  Even after positive reassurance from my family, I still couldn’t shake the bullying that I went through in middle school.  Even when I was a stand-out athlete in high school, I had issues getting teased, even when hanging out with the “popular” girls. I would say that sports were my outlet to seeing myself noteworthy, but even then I would be comparing myself to other “better” runners and how much faster they were.  This cycle continued on through college, which is where body image issues came out.  I developed a different way of thinking that didn’t promote a positive body image.  You had to be “thinner” and “toned” to be good.  There is this unspoken culture in running that many of us are aware of with body image.  It’s called the “thin ideal”.  Elite runner & blogger, Lauren Fleshman went against the grain when writing her blog called, Keeping it Real.  This blog pointed out that magazines and photos alike are unrealistic.  Her confidence and character show how real, even elite athletes can beand that self-confidence is important.

On another angle, I’d like to think that a confident heart is the core of self-confidence & positive body image.  For me, a confident heart means a strong faith and building upon my strengths.  I think that is why I tattooed Serenity on my shoulder.  It is important for me to be able to accept the things I cannot change, and have the right perspective in a world that tends to focus on outward appearance.

It is easy to get sucked into the comparison card, and to pick out what others have and what you don’t.  I think about how boring the world would be if everyone looked the same and had all the same gifts.  Embrace your differences, even through adversity that you may face.  Instead of, “I want to be her, I want to have what she has,” why not be the best YOU possible?

Being confident and intelligent is way more “sexy” than anything you can find on the outward appearance.  Ashton Kutcher, during his Teen Choice Awards acceptance speech, reinforces this idea and reminds us that outward appearance is not what gets you places in life.