Bear Blocks

We martial artists all know that one of the key strengths comes from our core. And one of the simplest yet very effective workouts is the Plank, it works your whole. But did you know that doing a conventional plank can actually hurt us? You may wonder in what way exactly. There are 8 small bones and 5 complex ligament structures in the wrist. A traditional plank position compresses the wrist bones and strains the ligaments because of the acute angle the position requires. Doing a 1 minute plank in this position might be okay, but trying to do, for example, a 6 minute body weight routine from this position will lead to wrist pain, fatigue, and possibly injuries.


Of course, the stress on the bones and ligaments is intensified by the weight of the athlete. In addition, the motion of pushing up and down during exercise can actually add to the strain.

​So, what's the solution to this?

Bear Blocks have developed a small yet incredibly effective tool that will aid you in not straining your wrist. By forcing the hand to angle downwards by just 20 degrees allows the wrist to be in a more comfortable position. By gripping the underside of the blocks the palm is guided into a downward angle even if the heal of your hand is on the flat base at the back of the block.

The Bear Block is not only good for a plank, but for many exercises. So why hurt and strain our wrists in the first place? It's not worth the potential outcome. Give Bear Blocks a try and if you don't see a difference, they will get you a refund! Learn more at www.bearblocks.com

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The UFC returned to American network television for the first time in more than two years Saturday on ABC while former featherweight champion Max Holloway returned to his winning ways following two straight losses, earning a unanimous decision over Calvin Kattar in Abu Dhabi. Holloway showed he still has plenty left as a fighter dominating Kattar from the opening bell of the main event with a mix of punches and low kicks.

It appeared as if the former champion might stop his opponent in the fourth round landing a series of vicious body blows followed by hard elbows to the head as a bloodied Kattar sagged against the fence. But Kattar somehow survived managing to keep himself upright through the fifth stanza as well, only to lose a lopsided decision. After dropping his title to Alexander Volkanovski and then losing a controversial rematch, Holloway may have put himself in position for one more crack at the championship following Saturday's impressive performance.

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UFC pioneer Paul Varelans passed away Saturday in Atlanta, Ga at the age of 51 after battling Covid-19 for more than a month. Varelans had been diagnosed with the virus in December and as his condition worsened he had to be placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma.

Known as "The Polar Bear" the 6-foot-8-inch 300-pound Varelans debuted back at UFC 6 in 1995. During his career he fought a host of notables including Dan Severn, Mark Kerr and David "Tank" Abbott. Perhaps his most memorable performance came at UFC 7 where he made the finals of an eight-man tournament only to lose to Marco Ruas in a bout that lasted more than 13 straight minutes, one of the longest tournament battles the promotion had ever seen.

Warning: this article is likely to make you equal parts hungry and insanely inspired to train hard. Seriously. Don't blame me if you start doing sit ups with cake in your hands.

Growing up, I loved to be in the kitchen. In fact, I loved cooking almost as much as I loved eating. One of my favorite past times would be to go to the local library and delve deep into the numerous cookbooks they had. My goal wasn't just to idly waste my time however. Eleven-year old me would voraciously read the books in order to learn new cooking techniques and food combinations.

Essentially, I wanted to be able to kick butt in the kitchen like Bobby Flay! One of my favorite cookbooks covered the techniques and recipes as taught by the famed Parisian cooking school Le Cordon Bleu. Bear in mind however, I wasn't born into this world as a French speaking, Savate-kicking Parisian. I was born and raised in the United States and still ate the occasional McDonald's happy meal.

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