First off I wanted to thank Tristar Products who reached out to me with their line of Copper Wear Products so I could collaborate with them on this video.
What is Copper Wear?
Essentially Copper Wear Compression Products are a line of Compression Wear with Copper Strands imbedded into the spandex fabric, Copper has shown to have some healing attributes, this combined with the benefit that Compression Wear has to aid in muscle and joint recovery in theory will give you quicker results than just Compression Wear on its own.
Copper Wear can be worn while training and/or after training, you can even wear Copper Wear while you sleep.
Some Copper Wear Specifications:
- 88% copper embedded nylon / 12 Spandex.
- Lightweight 36-gauge fabric.
- High performance compression sportswear.
- Fast wicking power.
- Odor Resistant.
Copper Wear versus other Brands:
Lab testing shows original Copper Wear has over 30% more copper than leading competitors' products. It is the only copper embedded nylon Compression Wear scientifically engineered with 88% copper nylon performance fabric that allows for deeper copper penetration and starts working the moment you put it on. Other "so-called" copper garments chemically treat their fabrics with small amounts of copper that wash out over time. Copper Wear's 88% copper content is embedded right into the fabric!
To sum up my experience testing out Tristar Copper Wear Compression Products, I found their products to be beneficial in my recovery time. I have knee issues mainly and when I wore Copper Wear Compression Knee Sleeves after Weight Training and Martial Arts, I was good to go by the next day! Often after harsh workouts my knees are sore for 3-4 days which makes follow up leg training difficult.
I noticed a cooling effect when I wore the Tristar Copper Wear Compression Products, perhaps from the high percentage of copper in them? Keeping inflamed areas cool combined with the pressure of compression wear will reduce swelling and speed up healing time for sure so I can see how the Tristar Copper Wear Compression Products work.
One slight drawback I found was that my Copper Wear Knee Sleeves would slip down towards my knees over time especially when I was moving around a lot. I do have very narrow knees and wider quads from weight training so the tapper effect will naturally want to migrate the Copper Wear Knee Sleeves to the narrowest area. There is not too much that can be done for this, even with the rubber band on the top of the Copper Wear Knee Sleeves it is not enough to hold them in place indefinitely.
I also tested out other products from Copper Wear: Their Elbow Sleeves, Open Finger Gloves, and Short Sleeve Shirt and was very satisfied with all of them. I did receive a pair of Copper Wear Shorts but have not yet tested them, they should be useful for any hip or glut pain I may encounter!
First off, make sure to refer to my “Age is Just a Number” video because one person’s 40 is not the same as another person's 40!
What is Overtraing?
Overtraining in my opinion is when you are training to the point that the high level of physical stress on your body is negatively effecting your overall health. Not only can this effect you physically health but also your mental state of mind as in mental burnout or your workouts becoming an obsession!
How do you know when you are Overtraining?
When most people are talking about overtraining they are generally referring to overtraining a muscle to the point that the added workouts are not benefiting muscle growth but to do this you have to be a training machine and in the case of the over 40 crowd I don't think many people even get remotely close to overtraining their muscles in this way. The limiting factor for most people over 40 will be areas like the joints, ligaments, shoulders, hips and back since as we age we often exhibit signs of arthritis and even the beginning stages of arthritis can cause big problems when hitting that area repeatedly with the same motion. So look for signs of joint and back pain that do not go away even after some rest. In the case of mental overtraining, make sure that you still have a positive attitude towards your workouts and that your workouts are bringing your mood up and not down.
How can Overtraining effect people over 40?
Overtraining will show itself in most people over 40 by often creeping up slowly, rather than simply being a bit sore after a workout, that pain may seem to never entirely go away. The pain can be in the muscle but most often it will be in the joint itself or the connecting ligaments and/or tendons. Being in constant pain will wear on your mental health since training while in pain is not fun at all. Don't confuse the soreness you feel in the related areas after a workout for 1-3 days as overtraning, this is normal and as long as it goes away at least until the next time you hit that area again then you should be good to go!
What can you do to prevent the effects of Overtraining?
There are several things you can do to prevent Overtraining Over 40. First off make sure to always use good form and technique, don't be afraid to push yourself but know your limitations. Mix up your training exercises to limit repetition, hitting your muscles and joint a little bit differently each time you workout will help to equalize the strain on deferent parts of your joints and body. The same goes with range of motion and grip, playing around with grip width, hand positioning and even rep range will lesson the strain on one area of your body or joint. If an area of your body is soar then work a different area, don't use soreness as an excuse to take time off from training since there are so many areas you can train and ways to train each area. Proper eating and nutrition and making sure to get enough sleep go without saying as your body needs both of these to rebuild itself after a workout.
Watch my YouTube Video on Overtraining Over 40!
Here is the other Personal Best (PR) video I mentioned was on the way, I am still working on my 405 pound squat but I crushed my 315 pound Bench Press goal and even got a little bit more weight on the bar for this PR :)
So two Personal Best goals down (Bench and Deadlift) and one more to go (squat of 405 pounds). Yesterday I did kind of feel out how things where going with my squat and lifted a pretty solid 360 pounds but this is still a bit far off from my goal of 405, mind you I was not feeling it yesterday and may be coming off a bit of a bug since I have not felt 100% the last few days...
Still I am supper happy with hitting two of my long time PR goals and now I can focus on the hitting my Squat to get all three PR's.
There are three lifts that I have set Personal Best (PR) goals for, they are the Deadlift, the Squat and the Bench Press. I don't generally like to go for single rep maxes as the risk of injury can be high and if I where to rip or tear something it would set me back and could effect my training progress and potentially an upcoming physique competition result.
That said I have set some goals in my mind that I really wanted to achieve and they are: A 5 plate or 500 pound Deadlift, a 4 plate or 405 pound Squat and a 3 plate or 315 pound Bench Press. Last week I hit two of these goals and today I will share with you my Personal Best for Deadlift of 503 pounds at a body weight of 198 pounds and at 46 years old.
I knew that I had a 500 pound deadlift in me but it was more of a matter of hitting it on the right day since much of it was mental over my physical ability to hit this target.
I know there are tons of guys doing way more weight than this but keep in mind I am not a power lifter, I train for aesthetics but also like to be strong and my goal is not just strength alone. If is having balance between how I look and how strong I am.
I hope you enjoy my YouTube video of this milestone record. I will be uploading my other Personal Best shortly...