Rock Tape

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Rock Tape (Kinesiology Tape)

  •  Used to treat injuries and improve sports performance by improving form and increasing blood flow
  • Different than traditional athletic tape. Its made of an elastic fabric that mobilizes superficial fascia (just like rolling out with a foam roller or lacrosse ball, but better). This is what enables increased blood flow and better mobilization
  • Can be used to protect skin against rips (pullups, muscle ups, kbs, etc..)
  • Adheres to the body for up to 5 days and is latex-free
  • Looks cool

If you’ve been to a CrossFit competition, you may be asking yourself “why is that athlete taped up so much?” Well, aside from being a fashion statement, that tape also serves a purpose. Its used by athletes, coaches, and trainers to treat injury, reduce recovery time, and increase blood flow. There’s a ton of science behind it, but in short, the elastic property of the tape pulls the fascia (the connective tissue between your skin and muscles) in the correct areas.

A lot of people constantly throw around the words “myofascial release” around. What does this mean? Essentially, after working and pushing your muscles to the limit, the fascia becomes tough, hardened, or even causes a build up of scar tissue under the skin. This results in restricted muscle movement, blood flow, flexibility, range of motion, and/or soreness and pain. Myofascial release is the process of loosening up the fascia to restore it to its natural, healthy state. The problem is, we don’t spend enough time doing this.

Enter: kinesiology tape. The tape essentially allows for constant myofascial release, without having to be glued to a foam roller or lacrosse ball.

Kinesiology tape can also serve as almost a secondary layer of skin. A lot of people tape their hands before a wod with high volume pullups. The problem is that traditional athletic tape doesn’t expand or contract like your skin. This causes the tape to either rip or get balled up and rendered pretty much useless. The beauty of kinesiology tape is its elasticity. It stretches and contracts just like your skin, which allows it to stay on your skin longer, thus providing you a longer lasting barrier between your real skin and the bar.

Did I mention, it also helps you look cool?

Voila! Stylish, with no rips!

Voila! Stylish, with no rips!

FREE STUFF

Now back to the reason you’re reading this. This saturday’s mobility class will be on the the use and application of kinesiology tape for the wrist and hands. You show up. We’ll provide the tape. We’ll also test drive these badboys and check its effectiveness on helping prevent rips and improving wrist mobility. Tests include pullups, bar muscle ups, and ring muscle ups.

Mobility (in bullet form)

  • Kinesiology tape instruction for the hands and wrists
  • Pullups (kipping and grip)
  • Bar muscle ups and ring muscle ups (progressions)

Workout of the Day 6/6/2013 – Thursday

Strength/Oly.
Front Squat 5 x 2
Snatch 5 x 1

Alternate between Front Squat and Snatch. Rest as needed.

Met-Con.
4 Rounds:
5 Squat Cleans (185#/120#)
10 Handstand Push-Ups
15 Pull-Ups
20 Wall Balls (20#/16#)