I don’t know about you but I have been glued to the Olympics, hence my lack of posts in the last week or so. It’s been great to see Great Britain doing so well. Have been somewhat homesick, but I’ll get over it. The blue Brisbane sky reminds me why I moved here :-)My favourite event so far had to be the mens 100 metres watching Bolt – literally bolt! Amazing runner. Also it’s good to see the Aussies getting a few more golds.
If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know I have had a few injuries, and so when I was asked to review a product around injury avoidance I jumped at the chance.
In case you aren’t aware, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the knee and a lot of runners and athletes get ACL injuries each year when the ACL is over stretched. Bench Busters have created a whole portal dedicated to ACL injury prevention which consists of videos, articles and a brochure all about how to prevent tearing your ACL.
I hadn’t heard of Bench Busters before so a bit of background. The company was created ‘to provide safe training techniques that emphasize muscular balance and proper biomechanics in order to prevent injury’. And through years of research and hands on work with athletes, they say that they have come to see the undeniable truth; 90% of injury is a result of bad form and improper body mechanics!
They also say on their site that prevention programs focused on biomechanics have proven to reduce the rate of injury by up to 89%. Their key messaging states that the 30 minutes spent 3 times a week can help avoid the huge cost of surgery, physical therapy, and time spent recovering.
So what are they selling?
Basically for a once off fee of $29.99 you get unlimited access to 34 minutes of instructional video demonstrating ACL prevention exercises and how to do them right, and a 43 page instructional manual to view online or download showing the exercises too. There are also a whole host of blog posts and news articles around the topic.
The site seems very informative and certainly has plenty of exercises on and information around ACL, and for $29.99 it is very good value. If you have suffered this injury it could be a great way to build your knee up to prevent it from happening again.
The downloadable manual is excellent and gives really indepth information about the knee and also shows you some great core exercises such as the pelvic tilt, supine leg circles and double leg lifts in order to strengthen the body. It tells you what areas of the body you are working as well as giving hints and tips, and is meant to be used alongside the video.
I certainly wouldn’t however be using this without having seen my physio or chiropractor and wouldn’t really replace them with this service. It is handy to have this information available but I figured that the knee is tricky and with injuries I have learned to have someone examine me and then tell me what exercises to do.
Some of the exercises you can just do as part of your daily training but like I say I wouldn’t replace advice of a physio or doctor with this, it is purely meant as a preventative.
So I guess to summarise it’s a really cost effective product to buy if you are wanting to build up your core as well as prevent injury.
Please note that I am not a doctor or trained professional in fitness so please do not take any of this article as advice, it is purely my opinion based on experience. Please consult your doctor, physio before embarking on any new exercise or fitness regimes.