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Bio Skin Blog

Bio Skin Blog

Take a look at the people, the stories and the reviews of how Bio Skin is helping others "Be Better."

  • Bull Rider Charlie

    Name: Charlie Scolari Charlie
    State/Country: Idaho
    Product(s) Used: Compression Shorts
    Testimonial: Every one check out Bio Skin they'll keep you held together! Great products!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sponsored Athletes: Marc Miller & Justin Weilacher

    Justin2 Justin nails his putt.

    Athletes: Marc Miller and Justin Weilacher
    Event: Flipper Memorial Disc Golf Tournament
    State: California
    Product: Ten-7
    Personal Blog: http://dbfreediscgolf.wordpress.com/

    What makes you inspirational?
    “At 45, and as an athlete and avid amateur disc golfer for the previous twenty years, my body has experienced its fair share of ailments. I first experienced knee problems at 18, and I underwent three separate knee surgeries before age 20. Later in my 20s and 30s, I struggled with cartilage problems and nearly intractable quadriceps tendonitis in both knees. Through it all I have persevered and have never been kept away from my sport for long.

    It is all too easy to crumble under the weight of multiple, early-onset degenerative conditions such as arthritis and chronic lower back problems. It is tempting to say, "Not anymore. It hurts too much and I just have to take it easy from now on." I have not succumbed to that yet, and I do not plan to put away my discs and stop playing tournaments with my friends anytime soon.” –Marc

    Marc winding up for a long drive. Marc winding up for a long drive.

    "I'm trying to make disc golf and disc golf tournaments more professional in experience and in appearance. I hope to raise the level of respect that disc golf demands in the larger sporting world." -Justin

    Justin1 Justin's straight tee-off.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sponsored Athlete: John Schultz

    All smiles for the 27k desert trail race. All smiles for the 27k desert trail race.

    Athlete: John Schultz
    Event: Aravaipa Adrenaline 27k
    State: Arizona
    Product: Bio Skin Calf Skins
    Personal Blog: http://runningthetrails.blogspot.com/

    What makes you inspirational?
    I love not only sharing my passion for trail running and being active outdoors, but also encouraging others to do the same. Best reward: convincing a casual runner to join in on an epic trail run or race, followed by seeing them get completely hooked on it.

    Also, I'm a former University of Oregon Duck track/cross-country runner who's converted to mostly trail running/ultrarunning. I broke my leg/ankle mountain biking (ankle "hardware" is still installed!) and part of my long recovery was to run on softer surfaces. I've been running the trails ever since. Random fact: to date I've run the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim (~48 miles) six times.

    Reaching the finish line! Reaching the finish line!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sponsored Athlete: Nathan Brown

    Nathan heading toward a 5k PR! Nathan heading toward a 5k PR!

    Athlete: Nathan Brown
    Event: Memorial Day 5K
    State: Florida
    Product: Bio Skin Calf Skins
    Personal Blog: http://beastmoderunning.com/
    Visit www.beastmoderunning.com for a full race recap.

    What makes you inspirational?
    I came to be an adult runner a little differently than most. I didn't start late in life. I actually started very early. I was a good high school runner and a decent collegiate miler. It was after my freshman year at college that I decided to chase a different dream. I wanted to play college football. After making the college football team I drifted away from athletics altogether. I would play on the occasional city league softball team and even played a little semi-pro football. But I no longer took my health seriously and you could tell. After being a two sport college athlete in my early twenties, by 25 I was severely overweight. I drank too often, ate too much, and stayed up too late.

    Nathan's support team. Nathan's support team.

    It wasn’t until my daughter was born in 2009 that I realized I needed to turn my life around. I weighed about 240 pounds and I didn’t feel good. I started hitting the gym and started hitting the streets again. It felt so good. It was hard work. There were times I wanted to quit. I didn’t feel I was losing weight fast enough, or my running times weren’t where I thought they should be. But I kept working and adjusting my diet. By my 30th birthday I was rounding into the best shape of my life.

    Now at 31 I have my eyes set on a new goal, becoming a professional ultra-runner and making the 2018 USA 24-hour team. I have a great support crew, my wife and daughter keep me grounded and motivated. I continue to spread my love for fitness and my passion for running as a coach here locally in South Florida and virtually across the country. I also coach local runners of all skill levels and recently started a website and am working to starting a local running club/racing team.

  • Ultra Dawn's Hot & Humid Review

    20140629-173855-63535628 Inkdgirl along the humid riverfront trails.

    Introducing Dawn aka Inkdgirl. Who is Inkdgirl? She’s an ultra marathoner, blogger, mom, real estate rockstar and an inspiration for those of us wanting to stay fit and live a healthy lifestyle. Inkdgirl once weighed 284lbs, but has transformed her life with healthy eating habits, workout routines and mindset to be a better person.

    Inkdgirl recently received a pair of Bio Skin calf skins and gives us a personal review after trying them out for several miles. You can view her full review at http://shrinkinginkdgirl.com/2014/06/29/bioskin-review/

    "They felt great, there is a lot of compression in these bad boys!

    I went for a short 4.5 mile run the first time. No issues with my calves cramping or any shin pain. A good feeling. When I got home I really didn’t want to take them off, they felt so good.

    Well today I decided I needed them on a long slow run in the heat and humidity.

    inked “They felt great, there is a lot of compression in these bad boys!"

    I wanted to see if there would be any slippage with my sweaty legs and there definitely was not. It was about 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 F) here today and I was a puddle. My poor sleeves ended up with some major salt stains! My run was a beauty through the riverfront trails.

    I got home and literally peeled the sleeves from my legs, they were soaked but my legs felt great. I just threw them in the sink and hand washed them, put them outside to dry because I plan on wearing them tonight for recovery!

    I am very pleased with the quality of these sleeves and will look into the other compression gear they offer! Which is quite a few! I’m a fan!"

     

     

     

     

  • Deadliest Catch's Captain Scott Campbell, Jr.

    Name: Captain Scott Campbell, JrBpZsbW2CEAAQFq6
    State/Country:
    Washington 
    Product(s) Used:
    Baja 627
    Testimonial:
    Thanks Bio Skin. The Baja 627 back brace is awesome relief after a long day of work or play!

     

    Email your Bio Skin photos & testimonial to bebetter@bioskin.com

     

     

     

     

  • Ready to Play Disc Golf?

    When’s the last time you played disc golf?

    snowbowl-09-07-2009-046For Justin Weilacher the answer would probably a few hours ago. Justin is an avid disc golfer who is highly involved in his disc golf community and looking for ways to inform and engage others about the sport. Playing a lot of disc golf can take a toll on the body with constant throwing, pivoting and hiking over uneven surfaces. Justin has had chronic knee issues over the past few years and gives us his take on how the Ten-7 brace has improved his game. You can read his full blog post at http://dbfreediscgolf.wordpress.com/

    “I was initially concerned about a knee brace that did not go on the knee. Disc golf involves lots of planting, pivoting, and driving off of my long injured knee and I didn’t know how the brace could support my knee while strapped to my thigh. I worried that it might slide down my leg; I’m not as thin or toned as their model is.
    Well, I don’t know how my cell phone works either yet I have plenty of confidence that it will work. I read the included pamphlet along with the online information about compression technology and I was ready to put it on.

    Initially, it looked odd with an inverted plastic dish (actuator) positioned on the inner quad. The straps are designed to press this dish into a specific place on the quad.
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    After a couple misfires, I got the brace on correctly and now it goes on and comes off much faster. I find that putting it on while standing works best. While seated, I sometimes don’t center the brace properly.

    My knee has always been a problem. I had surgery in high school to clean up the cartilage. I never really embraced physical therapy. I gradually lost more and more flexibility and strength. I hurt my knee multiple times on the course and went to see an orthopedist.

    The doctor suggested an MRI most likely followed by surgery. After many conversations with my wife and other long time knee-pain-sufferers, I decided to lose some weight and try and rehab the knee like I should have done over 2 decades ago.

    Disc GolfShortly after, I was lucky enough to get the BioSkin Ten-7 Knee Brace. The brace provided immediate relief. My knee felt stronger immediately. Twisting and planting on the leg bothers me less and less. The perpetual swelling has been reduced despite my activity level going up. I have shot under par every round of golf since starting to wear the brace.

    Most importantly is how strong my knee feels when I’m not wearing the brace. My confidence in the knee continues to rise. I have been able to use the elliptical at the gym for 40 minutes a session without needing to ice.

    I am seeing continued improvement in my backhand driving as I get more and more comfortable planting on my right leg again. I couldn’t be happier.

    Sliding towards my knee has not really been a problem. The one or two times it started to happen I just used a damp hand clothe to moisten the skin and, as advertised, the brace stayed put."

  • Sabra

    Name: Sabraxsabra300x300.jpg.pagespeed.ic.IkWBrZbEbd
    State/Country: Oregon
    Product(s) Used: DP2 Wrist Brace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sally's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu LCL Injury

    SallySally Arsenault is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Titans MMA in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the founder of Titans’ Women’s BJJ program with hopes of introducing other women to the sport she loves. While performing a hip bump sweep, Sally sprained her LCL (lateral collateral ligament) causing her much pain and a disruption in her training. She discusses injury, training and recovery in her recent Breaking Muscle review:

    “When we worry about knee injuries from the hip bump sweep, usually it’s the person being swept who has to be careful. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I got injured as I did the sweep.

    I could feel my LCL pull the wrong way, but it wasn’t bad enough to keep me off the mats. A week later while I was trying to pass guard, I was lifted off of my feet and landed on that same leg awkwardly, which sealed the deal. I had to sit out for the rest of the class. A visit to the physiotherapist confirmed that I had sprained my LCL.

    Although I couldn’t roll, I went to class to practice technique and teach the women’s class at Titans Fitness Academy. My knee was so sore I couldn’t even sit in guard, so depending on the technique being taught, I was sometimes very limited as to what I could do. I started wearing a Bauerfeind brace for support, but since it’s not meant for LCL injuries, it wasn't effective in allowing me to resume training at full speed.

    Sally from Canada

    Fortunately, I receive my Hinged Knee Skin order from Bio Skin. Because I’m already a patient at Arthritis and Injury Care, I had a relationship with the bracing specialist there who helped me to choose the correct brace for my injury.

    Many of my teammates are much larger than I am and sometimes just moving their bodies around caused ligament strain. I was unable to work any type of de la Riva guard or use spider guard with the leg lasso. The Hinged Knee Skin gave me enough support to work these positions in comfort. My ligaments were fully supported and after about a month, I no longer had to wear the brace at all.”

    You can read Sally’s full review at Breaking Muscle.

  • Half Marathon Training with P.O.T.S.

    image1Meet Caroline, blogger, mental health counselor and all-around fitness enthusiast. She’s a runner, triathlete and Sweat Pink Ambassador who is diagnosed with P.O.T.S., but determined to live a healthy, happy and active lifestyle.

    Caroline shares her thoughts on POTS, compression and half marathon training:

    “Back in April of 2012 I went to see a sports medicine doctor because I had shin splints. Beyond some PT exercises, he also gave me 2 Bio Skin compression sleeves. I decided to give them a try, and they soon become one of my most important running items ever.

    Above are some pictures to prove to you that I really love these sleeves: Monumental Half Marathon 2013, Indy Mini 2013, Monumental Half Marathon 2012. I LOVE running in these compression sleeves, and I can tell a huge different when I don’t have them on during a run. I do run occasionally without them, but I don’t like the feeling at all. These sleeves are great quality and have held up perfectly for almost 2 years now!

    You can read all about the benefits of compression here. In a nutshell, compression can help with muscle damage (less DOMS later on!), muscle fatigue, helps blood flow from the legs, and can lead to a better and faster recovery.

    To me, these compression sleeves are so much more than running though. With POTS, blood can easily pool in the legs (much more than the average person). Between that and overall blood flow issues due to the POTS, I not only can get really dizzy when I exercise, but I get really sore and have a higher likelihood of injury. These compression sleeves are true lifesavers for me. If I know I have to be on my feet for long periods of time (even when not exercising), I wear them to keep proper blood flow. I also wear them often on long car trips and flights, again for healthy blood flow (and to avoid DVT!).

    img_6250 Caroline showcasing her Carmel Half Marathon Medal

    These sleeves come with me on almost every trip and to almost ever race… at least over the last 22 months. If you’re looking for high quality compression sleeves that won’t stretch out or lose their shape, then these are your sleeves. They are definitely worth the investment. I’ll be wearing these sleeves as I train for my 5th half marathon this spring as well!

    I love this product so much that I started communicating with Bio Skin via twitter in the summer of 2013, and ended up sharing a bit of my story with them. You can check it out here (and share your story with them as well!). I want to mention here that I was in no way asked to write this post, but thought I would share with each of you this product that I truly value (obviously since I’ve been wearing them for 2 years now)!  Bio Skin has many other products beyond compression sleeves (like foot & ankle braces, knee braces, thigh supports, back braces, and wrist braces).

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