A Day in a Box with Steph “The Hammer” Hammerman

A Day in a Box with Steph “The Hammer” Hammerman

Steph “the Hammer” Hammerman recently visited us up at RockTape HQ, so naturally we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to watch her train with Neal Maddox and Chris Hinshaw at CrossFit X-treme Athletics. For those of you who haven’t heard of Steph’s story, check out this CNN interview. We weren’t sure what would happen—filming without a script, a plan, or expectations—when we joined her at CrossFit X-treme Athletics with Coach and CrossFit Games Competitor Neal Maddox and famed endurance coach Chris Hinshaw. We arrived a bit late so we thought we missed the magic. A TrueFormâ„¢ Treadmill was already set up under a pull-up rig with a Ring Thing® hoisted above. Just as we were about to pack it up and cut our losses, Steph casually walks over to the rig and Neal helped her in—using the rings to anchor the harness. We were skeptical about this entire setup. It looked fragile, awkward… we definitely weren’t prepared for this.   With a huge smile on her face, she started running.   Typically, Steph uses her crutches to support herself while running. It’s inspiring, but you can see the struggle. This puts a lot of pressure on her arms and less on her legs. In this moment, she is still supporting herself with the railings, but the power output from her legs is obviously increasing—Chris gives updates on her speed and confirms her mile time has improved. Interestingly, one of the most inspiring moments was watching Steph ask Neal for a little more assistance. With just that bit of extra support from Neal, she was able to let go of the railings and experience something entirely new. She walked...
The Emily Sarsfield Ski Cross Camp

The Emily Sarsfield Ski Cross Camp

A brand new Ski Cross camp open for you to try the new exciting discipline of ski cross. ROCKSTAR Emily will be hosting her 1st exclusive ski cross training camp in Les Deux Alps this summer to see if you have what it takes. Emily Sarsfield is Britain’s No.1 Ski Cross athlete 7 x British Champion and competing on the World Cup tour. Previously an alpine ski racer, Emily switched to ski cross in 2006 and never looked back. With a sports science degree, qualified ski instructor and coach Emily is more than an athlete she loves working out the details of what it takes to be the best, and wants to share this with you. Ski Cross is the ultimate downhill ski race with 4 skiers, racing head to head over jumps, rollers and banked turns. This camp will give you an insight into ski cross, introduce you to the skills needed and  improve your skiing technique. Alongside the skiing the camp offers World class ski fitness (including ROCKTAPE applications!!) and nutritional advice from Emily’s World Cup fitness coach and nutritionalist. Giving you an intro to ski cross with a world class background. The camp will be set in one of European best glaciers in Les Duex Alps, France. World class coaching will be given daily on ski technique, starts, jumping, rollers and all things ski cross, looking at tactics along with technique to get you out in front. The afternoons will be packed with fitness and fun activities in the amazing mountains and video analysis. Accommodation is provided with full board athlete nutrition. Who’s it for? …...
Sam Briggs 5 Top Training Tips for Crossfit

Sam Briggs 5 Top Training Tips for Crossfit

5 Top Training Tips from 2013 World Crossfit Champion Samantha Briggs Looking for some tips to increase your performance during the WOD? 1. Train Smart – do not let your ego get in the way. Only lift weights that you know you’re capable of lifting. Do not push yourself too hard. Know your limitations. 2. Tape Up – I don’t train without tape. My right knee is injured so I tend to overcompensate with my left side. During regionals last year I got tendonitis in my left knee. This is where I first discovered Rocktape. I couldn’t have competed without it. It certainly helped for those 100 pistols and walking lunges! 3.Listen – Your coach is your coach for a reason. If they tell you you’re not meant to be doing something, or that you should be doing something in a different way, they’re telling you this for a reason. They know best! 4. Knee Caps – These are key, particularly if like me, you struggle with your knees. Their sealed seams help to keep the knees warm whilst giving them extra support. Really helpful when your exercise involves loads of reps. My favourites are from Rocktape.   5. Enjoy It – Us Crossfitters spend a LOT of time in the gym so if you’re not enjoying it… what’s the point?! Relax, focus, and enjoy yourself, you’ll get much more out of it that way....
Briggs on board!

Briggs on board!

ROCKTAPE are proud to have the World’s fittest woman, Samantha Briggs, as the newest member of our team of Rockstars. Sam earned the title of ‘Fittest Female on Earth 2013’ when winning the CrossFit Games in San Diego this summer, beating athletes from around the world. Head coach and partner at Train Manchester, Sam has a background in duathlon and was also a UK indoor rowing champion. We look forward to supporting her to further success in the near future. Watch this space for the chance to win a 1hr personal training session with Sam at Train Manchester (if you think you’re up to...
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