The fitness industry is booming, and with that we are seeing all kinds of new products come to market. It’s hard to stay up to date on what is out there. Luckily, I have a really great contact at 411 Video Info to keep me in the loop! Today I am going to be reviewing a fairly new product line from DOD Fitness. The goal of these products is to make exercise easy and comfortable for everyone. Currently there are three product types that help eliminate pain many people experience in everyday exercises.
First I want to talk about the wrist wedges. These are designed for people who experience wrist pain while performing body weight exercises on the hands. I have seen this issue first hand in yoga class. Not everyone has the wrist strength to remain in poses that require the wrist to bed back 90 degrees, and holding a pose past your threshold could result in a strain. I personally have no use for this product, but I know that there is a large demographic who does. I would say about 50% of my peers in yoga class could benefit from this product while flowing through a standard sun salutation (poses like Downward Facing Dog, Upward Facing dog, Chaturanga, and Plank Pose). This product has the potential to increase the effectiveness of a beginner’s yoga practice by reducing the wrist strain during basic flow or long holds.
The knee donuts are what I found to be the most useful product for me. I had Osgood-Schlatter in my knees as an adolescent and still have a knobby area of bone growth that can be painful when combining pressure with hard surfaces. It is not shooting, just unpleasant. I used the knee donuts while performing Modified Kettlebell Pushups on one knee (an Amy Dixon move). The knee donuts allowed me to perform a max amount of reps in one minute because it eliminated my normal pain by cushioning my knees. I am also currently getting over an injury to my meniscus and the donuts not only eliminated any pain, but also the anxiety that I may tweak the same injury again. The knee donuts are great for any exercises that require you to be in a tabletop position as well, which could benefit anyone who practices Pilates with knee pain. I could even see myself using the donuts while cleaning my bathrooms or gardening, since I tend to be kneeling for long periods of time.
Last we have the neck circle. This product I personally found little use for. The intention is good, the circle keeps your head in a neutral position while performing exercises on your back, thus reducing tension. I feel the demographics for this product would be physical therapists, senior citizens and individuals with a muscular imbalance that causes neck strain. I do believe I will come across a client who will need this product, but not nearly as often as the wrist wedges and knee donuts. I am constantly hearing gripes of knee pain and wrist strain getting in the way of exercises, but neck pain is often linked to a postural issue or muscular imbalance I would look to correct as a personal trainer.
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