Intelliroll: Changing the Game

Earlier this month, I went to the 2017 IDEA World Fitness conference. It’s a four day conference for health and fitness professionals from around the world to come network, take hands-on workshops, get our butts kicked in workouts, and listen to educational lectures on the topics of our choosing. IT’S AWESOME! This year, I chose to focus my schedule around more corrective mobility work, because this beat up body of mine needs some help.

One of the sessions that stood out to me this year, was called S.M.A.R.T. Solutions for Improved Mobility with Intelliroll. This session was lead by Dr. Sevak Khodabakhshian (or Dr. K, as he prefers to be called). I knew right away that this was going to be good. Dr. K simply radiates passion and excitement for what he does, and it’s hard not to be intrigued and inspired by people like that. This session was the first in the morning on day three of the conference. Now, this year was held in Las Vegas, so you can imagine how exhausted a bunch of 20 something year old trainers were after two full days of straight fitness shenanigans followed by two nights of Vegas adventuring! It wasn’t a problem though, because this session was so engaging, we were all in!

In the session, Dr. K began by instructing us into a cross-legged seated position with our bottoms actually on our Intellirolls and our knees down, bringing our spines into a more neutral position, and relieving pressure. Right from the start, he was already helping us to actively improve ourselves. He provided us with a TON of information on improving our body alignment, mobility, movement functionality, and stability, all with a huge enthusiastic (and contagious) smile across his face. It was a very well thought out and organized presentation, and he was kind enough to put his entire presentation into books for each of us to follow along with and take notes in. I definitely got a lot out of the session, and it reignited my own passion for what I do. From the lecture, to the partner functional movement assessing, to the hands-on use of the Intelliroll itself, I was very impressed by how much we were able to fit into less than two hours. One of the best parts of the session was at the very end, when Dr. K excitedly announced that we each got to keep the Intellirolls that we were working with! Not only was that an incredibly generous and unnecessary gesture, but I was so touched by how excited he was to do it. My friends and I are very thankful.

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Use code Amber at check-out for 10% off.

Let me now introduce you to the Intelliroll, so you can see for yourself what has me so excited. For those of you who are unfamiliar with foam rolling, foam rolling (or myofascial release) is a technique of applying pressure to your muscles in order to break up knots and excessive tightness, promote better mobility and postural alignment, speed recovery from muscle soreness, improve range of motion, ease pain and stiffness, and help prevent injury. I personally have a collection of about ten different foam rollers, which I use for different areas, and I haven’t touched any of them since I came home with my Intelliroll. As you can see from the picture, the Intelliroll has a unique and thoughtful design, which allows you to use it in many different ways, easily targeting many different areas of the body. It is designed in a way that contours more to the natural curves of your body, therefore affecting more muscle as you roll. My absolute FAVORITE feature, however, is the “spine zone” in the center of the roller. The indent keeps your spine safe from the pressure as you roll, while the peaks on either side massage the muscles along your spine. I’M SO IN LOVE, YOU GUYS! I’ve used mine for just a couple minutes every morning when I wake up, after every workout, and every night before bed. It definitely helps to combat the forward posture I, and I’m sure many of you, are guilty of falling into throughout a long day. This is the first foam roller I’ve personally ever come across that can affect my upper back, neck, and shoulders this way. I’m on cloud 9 because that is where I hold a lot of tension and need the most help! I’ve been using my Intelliroll daily for about 10 days now, and have already noticed a drastic improvement in my posture and mobility, as well as a decrease in my chronic shoulder pain. HECK YEAH! This is what it’s about. This is why I’ve chosen to share this product.

The Intelliroll comes in two different density levels. There is the bright blue Flex version, which is aimed more for beginner foam rollers, or foam rollers who simply desire less intensity. Then there is the black Firm version, which gives you a more intense deep tissue experience. Both versions go for $49.99 each, however, since I’m your girl and I’ve got your backs, if you type in Amber in the discount box at checkout, you’ll get 10% off! *Fist bump!* The website is really easy to navigate, and has a lot of helpful material, such as instructional videos on how best to use your Intelliroll, and a FAQ section so you fully understand all of your Intelliroll benefits.

Those who know me, know I’ll only ever write about brands/products that I personally use and believe in. My integrity is my everything, and I am dubbing the Intelliroll a game changer. I just spent the weekend at the Disneyland Resort, and you better believe I brought mine with me! (yeah, I’m that girl, lol) Check em out for yourself, and please feel free to hit me up with any questions about my experience. A huge thank you to Dr. K for his creation, and a thank you to IDEA World Fitness for introducing me to him. That’s all for now, my friends. Take care, and happy foam rolling!

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Me and my friends from the Moorpark College Fitness Specialist Program, proudly sporting our new Intellirolls with Dr. K. My beautiful Fitfam ❤

CryoActive

I’ve been wanting to try cryotherapy for a while now. I’ve been intrigued since I first heard about it almost a year ago, but didn’t really have a local option for it. Fortunately for me, one of the perks of being a coach at a studio, is that we constantly have guest businesses coming in to sample different goods and services. Last week, we were visited by a new business in town: CryoActive; a recovery and healing focused therapy studio. They were letting our staff and clients try out their compression therapy boots (which I’ll talk about more a little further into this blog) and also invited each of us to their therapy studio for a complimentary cryotherapy session. OBVIOUSLY I was stoked!

So what is cryotheraoy? Basically, you expose your body to sub-zero temperatures (for around 1 – 3 minutes) which triggers a response to wake up your immune and nervous systems. Benefits include faster recovery time after workouts, pain and inflammation relief, improved skin, improved sleep, increased energy, a kick to your metabolism, and more! Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me! So I made my appointment, and tried it for myself. (Finally!)

Welcome

When I got there, I was impressed by how beautiful and clean the studio was! It’s decorated with a frosty theme of pure white and icy blues. The atmosphere alone makes you feel refreshed right from the start. I worked with Breanna, and she was incredibly helpful, friendly, and made me feel very comfortable. She showed me around, explained all the different services they offer, and got me set up for my cryo session. First, you go in a dressing room, strip down to your undies, and put on a super soft and cozy robe. They give you a towel and tell you to make sure your skin is perfectly dry (to avoid skin irritation while in the cold). You’re also given a pair of thick tall socks and gloves to wear while in the chamber. The chamber itself is tall and cylindrical, and adjusts to your height with an open top so your head is out and free (for those of you concerned with claustrophobia). Once you’re inside, you can take off the robe and hand it over the top to FullSizeRender (3)your guide. It’s important to avoid touching the insides of the chamber (again, to avoid skin irritation). My session got to -208 degrees, and lasted 90 seconds. WOW it was cold! Haha, I probably entertained Breanna with my “cold dance,” and with the icy fog billowing around me, I had to fight the urge to break out into my own saucy rendition of Let It Go. It certainly wakes you up! As cold as it was, though, it didn’t feel that bad! Throughout your time in the chamber, your guide cues you to make quarter turns here and there so that one side of your body isn’t overly exposed to the cold by the vent. They really walk you safely and thoroughly through every step.

After my cryo session, I got dressed, and decided to do some compression therapy. They

Compression Therapy

This is where you relax in your compression sleeves. You can see the leg sleeves hanging on the wall.

have compression therapy sleeves for your legs, hips, and arms. Since I’d previously tried the leg sleeves at my work, I chose to do hips and arms. Breanna helped me into the sleeves, and hooked them up to a machine which fills them with air that strategically compresses and releases in patterns to promote better circulation, nutrient transportation through the blood, decrease soreness, and helps your body to rid itself of toxins and lactic acid (etc.) You can choose different levels of intensity, so I chose to go all in at LEVEL 10! BRING IT! It felt amazing, and I could have sat in those sleeves all day. I’ll be honest though, I had a bit of a laughing attack because I could hardly move and felt like a giant inflated gingerbread man. As my hip sleeves filled with air, I started to slide down in my chair and couldn’t get myself back up all the way. Wiggling around trying to push myself back up must have looked hilarious! I probably spent about 15 – 20 minutes in the compression sleeves, and then I was all done.

On the drive home after my session, I felt amazing! I had this euphoric tingling sensation at the back of my head for over an hour afterwards, and felt more awake and lighter on my feet. My whole body and mind just felt GOOD! I definitely want to go back, and highly recommend anyone try it. I’m looking forward to trying the other services they offer as well, which include local cryotherapy (where the cold is targeted at specific areas on the body for relief) the whole body detox (which, aside from numerous health benefits, is also said to improve cellulite! Can I get an AMEN?!?) vitamin injections for B12, L-Carnatine, and Glutathione, and assisted stretching/myofascial release to promote better flexibility, mobility, and help prevent injuries. This studio seems to have it all!

If you’re around the Westlake CA area, check out CryoActive at 3747 E Thousand Oaks Blvd. Westlake Village, CA 91362. If you’re not around here, search cryotherapy in your area, cause it’s definitely worth trying, whether you’re an athlete or not. We all have different ailments that could use some TLC.