Bender Ball - I can't work out my legs or run, but I can make sure my core and arms stay strong. I have had this Bender Ball since my very first ACL surgery over 7 years ago! Even when I am not injured I use this ball to get the most intense ab workout ever! Since this ball helps you hyper extend further than a regular crunch, you really hit all your core muscle groups.
Dumbbells - I use 8 lbs weight to mix in some bicep curls as well as back flies.
Have you even gotten a massage but it was either too soft, too string, or just not hitting the right spots?
Well, Theragun is the solution!!
It took a whole 5 minutes for me to fall in love with this device. Even my entire family and co-workers couldn't get enough when I let them try it out. This ThereGun hits the exact right spots on your sore muscles and works them out beautifully!
If you are looking for a massaging device , I would highly recommend making this investment!
Ice Packs - These are my two FAVORITE ice packs.
The Vive knee pack (top) is awesome because it ices the front of the knee as well as the back.
The Pro Tec knee pack (bottom) is my other favorite pack. This one does not ice the back of the knee as well but it gets cold!
I actually used both of these ice packs while training in addition to while recovering from surgery.
Gaiam Foam Roller - The hardest thing to recover after ACL surgery is knee extension. When you walk, your knee actually bends backwards which allows you to walk smoothly. Without this extension, you gait may look more like a zombie than anything else. I love this foam roller because it is soft enough to place my achilles heel on it for extended periods of time, but firm enough to give my ankle the support it needs while pushing my knee into extension.
Since my surgery I have not been able to run, but I have been able to try out some new recovery products!
Whether you are recovering from a major surgery or a long training run, these are the products I would recommend!
When you run, your apparel is your equipment. Minor changes, and especially major changes, in what you wear and what products you use can significantly effect performance. Ideally, we hope new changes lead to positive changes, such as a fast race time or a new PR, but you can never really know until you try it. Personally, I have always been faithful to the brands that have always worked for me, but I have made it my mission to branch out and test out for myself the 'latest' items on the market.
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