My latest purchase: A car polisher

Wait a minute… this ain’t no car blog. Hear me out. After reading the All Things Gym article about using a car polisher as a self-myofasical release device I had to get one to try.

I’ve tried pretty much every myofascial release tool known to man. Foam rollers, lacrosse balls, the stick; I think they all have a place but they have there problems too. For me, foam rollers and lacrosse balls can be very effective at working out the nots but there’s really no way to vary the intensity. It’s all pain all the time. The stick does a better job at this but still requires the use of two hands. Enter the car polisher…

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Black & Decker WP900 6-Inch Random Orbit Waxer/Polisher

I can understand if you’re incredulous but think of it as simply a high powered massage tool. The car polisher excels as a myofascial release tool in that it allows the user to vary the intensity. You can start out light by using it flat on your muscles as you would a car and then increase the pain by turning it on its side (the spinning section parallel to the muscle) and really grind the knots out by applying downwards pressure.

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The Black and Decker polisher comes with the polisher and three pads.

The polisher also allows you to hit more spots with one hand that were difficult with other tools. It’s fairly easy to massage the pecs, biceps, and anterior shoulders even without a partner. You’ll still need help to hit your back and posterior shoulders (I’ve enlisted my beautiful girlfriend to help with those spots).

If you lift weights a car polisher should be in your toolkit, as crazy as that sounds.

UPDATE: For how-to videos check out the All Things Gym article

5 ways to optimize your sleep for training

1. UV/Blue Light Blocking Goggles

Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear, Black Frame, SCT-Orange UV Extreme Anti-Fog Lens

These goggles block blue light and UV light which destroys melatonin (the sleep hormone) stores. I put them on about an hour or two before I go to sleep. They don’t seem to help me fall asleep faster but I’ve noticed that my quality of sleep tends to be higher when I wear them. Yes, you’ll look like a tool when you wear them but if you’ve done a good job picking your significant other they’ll still sex you all the same.

2. F.lux

F.lux is a free application for your Mac, Windows, or Linux PC (an iPhone/iPad via jailbreak) which changes the color profile of your computer screen at night to match that of your lighting. It makes your computer screen a lot easier on the eyes and prevents you from being blinded by your screen if you check something late at night. Be prepared to get a lot of questions from others when they see your screen change colors.

3. Blackout Curtains

Solid Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain 84″L- 1 Set-BLACK

Getting the room in which you sleep as dark as possible will make a big difference in your sleep quality. I’ve been using these blackout curtains for at least 6 months now.

4. Sleep Mask

Revolutionary, Patented SLEEP MASTER Sleep Mask

A sleep mask helps to keep out any extra light from hitting the eyes.

5. ZMA

Optimum Nutrition ZMA, 180 Capsules 180 Capsules

ZMA is touted as a “night-time recovery support”. It contains Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6. It’s purported to help with sleep but I can’t say I truly notice a difference. It can’t hurt as a lot of people are Magnesium deficient.

Let me know what’s worked for you!