Hey y’all! I want to introduce the new GymJam and Tip of the Week initiative. What’s a GymJam? It’s a hype song or a song that gets you pumpin’ at the gym, kinda like your own personal cadence for that next lift, set, or on your way to the gym. Every week we will be picking a new song that we feel furthers the pump and raises the intensity of the workout or even power you through everyday life! Whether it be driving on your way to way to work, on your way to the gym, or your about to smash that next interview, use the GymJam as a tool to power you up and rejuvenate your mind for intensity and greatness.
In addition, I will be disclosing any sort of quick tips for the gym or daily life that have helped me with training and also made sense of this crazy world we live in.
GymJam of the Week
This weeks GymJam is a song called “Don’t Get In My Way” by Zack Hemsey. His music is a little cinematic with a touch of hip hop and electronic. If you know me, I love all music including powerful cinematic soundscapes, so be on the lookout for that. Take a listen and please let me know what you think of the song!
Song: Don’t Get In My Way
Artist: Zack Hemsey
Song Duration: 6:48
Tip of the week: Occlusion Training
What is occlusion training? Occlusion training is the concept of wrapping or constricting a specific muscle group to trap blood flow in a specific area. OK cool, what does that mean? Basically you wrap the muscle tight, increasing compression and therefore making your pump greater in that muscle. Typically you would wrap areas like your biceps, quads, and calves. This type of training can significantly help with muscularity and growing size. I use them mainly to grow my quads and biceps. There are specific occlusion bands one can buy on amazon for cheap (around $15-$30 per set). There are also different sizes and lengths for the different muscle groups, i.e. longer straps for legs and smaller ones for arms. Below is an Amazon link to the bands I use for both biceps and quads. I just wrap them around the biceps a few times since they are longer.
Here are some steps to doing your own occlusion training:
- Wrap the strap around the top of the muscle you’re working (quad, bicep, etc.)
- Make sure it’s wrapped tightly (this may feel a little uncomfortable at first)
- Using a light load begin your set as a test of comfort level. Try not to loosen the straps between sets unless absolutely necessary. This will keep the blood trapped in that particular muscle.
- Listen to your body and squeeze/flex the muscle at the peak of contractions for every rep.
- Always stretch the focused muscle group before and after lifting to increase and regulate the blood flow again.
DISCLAIMER: This will feel uncomfortable and almost as if your muscles are about to burst, but again its to increase the pump and size of your muscles while stressing them. Always consult your physician or healthcare professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk.
Thanks for hanging out!