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What to Know About Cryotherapy

What to Know About Cryotherapy?

Junkyard Training is not just a gym. We are a team of professional trainers and therapists who are ready to assist you in reaching your goals. One of the best ways to help your body perform at its highest capacity is to treat it with a variety of therapies in between your regular training.

Navigating the world of tried and true therapies against new and trendy ones can be a difficult task. But our team believes in providing accurate, science-based information to our community to better assist you. In this way you will be able to take that information and decide on what will work best for your unique set of needs. Today we are eager to shed light on one popular type of therapy: cryotherapy.

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy put simply, is cold therapy. Using different methods, areas of the body are exposed to extremely cold temperatures for varying lengths of time. Cryotherapy can be administered to specific areas of the body or you can opt for a full body immersion.

In a full body immersion, you will step into a specifically designed chamber that will enclose your entire body, omitting the head. The chamber will then expose the body tissue to extremely low temperatures ranging from -200-300 degrees Fahrenheit. A session will last only a few minutes.

Specific areas can be targeted with cryotherapy as well. Some common ways you will encounter this is using ice packs, coolant sprays, ice massages, and ice baths.

Benefits of Cryotherapy

Some common afflictions that people use cryotherapy to treat include, migraines, joint pain, and mood disorders. For pain related ailments, cryotherapy is excellent at numbing the pain by numbing the irritated nerve causing said pain.

Exposing your body to extremely cold temperatures also elicits a hormonal response. Endorphins and adrenaline are rushed through your system in response to the cold. This in turn, can aid in treating depression among other mood-oriented afflictions by giving you a boost of happy hormones.

Risks of Cryotherapy

Common side effects revolving cryotherapy are numbing, tingling, redness, or skin irritation. These side effects almost always resolve shortly after sessions. However, if they do not subside, it would be wise to contact your physician.

To be safe when considering a new form of therapy, always do your research, consult with your doctor, and follow all recommended procedures.

At Junkyard Training, we are aware of the benefits of cryotherapy for all sorts of individuals. If you are curious about implementing cryotherapy into your routine, why not give us a call? We would love to answer any questions you might have and get you on the road to feeling like your best self.

Posted By Junkyard Training on 9-17-2020

Strength Training Vs Conditioning

Strength Training Vs Conditioning

There are plenty of different ways and styles of training. Do you focus more on strength training or conditioning? Knowing the differences between these two types of training can help you to make sure that your efforts are not in vain. At Junkyard Training, we are all about training smarter. That is why today we want to clear up a few things when it comes to strength training and body conditioning.

What is Conditioning?

Put simply, conditioning is training with the goal of improving your cardiovascular performance. Oftentimes, conditioning will look a lot like strength training. It is no wonder then that the two are often confused. The difference, however, is that when doing conditioning exercises, you are using less weight and doing far more reps for each exercise. Another difference is the fact that while conditioning, your muscles do not remain under constant tension for long periods of time as with strength training. Conditioning will have you jumping back and forth between a few exercises, allowing for each muscle group to get a break.

Body conditioning is an excellent tool in aiding heart health. The back and forth between exercises combined with high rep counts give your heart a good pump. And we all know that exercising your heart has many long-term benefits, including, lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, risk of heart attack and stroke. This type of training is versatile and can be performed virtually anywhere.

What is Strength Training?

Strength training, on the other hand, is training with the goal of increasing your physical strength. When completing strength training exercises, you are causing stress to your muscles by maxing out the amount of weight you can feasibly handle when performing a movement. This is essentially tearing apart your muscles and encouraging your body to build more to carry said weight. And you repeat the process with increasingly more weight each session. Progressive overload is the name of the game. In addition to increased weights, your rep count when performing movements is significantly lower than with conditioning. Generally, each exercise is completed in sets of 2-5 with 1-6 reps. If you are pushing yourself, this is pretty much all you will be able to accomplish with proper form.

Strength training is amazing at lowering body fat percentage, increasing muscle mass and bone density, as well as lowering cholesterol. Plus, the feeling of being strong is just unmatched.

Both types of training are wonderful and difficult in their own ways. But do you know what is better? When you combine the two. By using both types of training to your advantage you are surely going to reach your goals and see improvements in your mental and physical health. If you are looking for a place where you can reach your fullest potential, look no further than Junkyard Training. Not only do we have a full gym to use at your convenience, but we enlist expert trainers and coaches, as well as recovery aids to help you reach your goals.

Posted By Junkyard Training on 9-17-2020