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Rock Tape Review by Jason

Finally! I got a new order of RockTape in the mail a few weeks ago and prior to this order, I just used the black RockTape. So now I finally get to make a fashion statement with some cool looking tape.

Moving on, if you would've brought the subject up regarding muscle tape or “Kinesiotape” a few years ago, I would've laughed. Since that time, I’ve started Crossfitting and quickly discovered the benefits of having it readily available. About two years ago, in the middle of a workout, I got sloppy with my deadlifts. Immediately I knew I pulled it bad (I had started pulling with my back and not driving with my legs and ended up straining my lower back). At the time, my trainer advised me that I should give RockTape a shot, so that it wouldn’t slow me down in my training. This wasn't the first time that I had gotten this kind of injury. At the time, I was pretty discouraged because this specific time it took me a long time to recover.

So I strapped on some RockTape and, within the next week, I was able to recover and push through my workouts. I strongly attribute a big part of the reason that I recovered for that is being that on every workout I strapped up with my RockTape.

Recently, I have begun to have issues with my I.T. band (the tendon going down the left side of my leg and around my knee); it began to tighten down and cause my knee to shift out. This created an enormous amount of pain and putting any kind of pressure on it hurt even more. A combination of rolling it out, as well as using RockTape on it, made the pain subside within a week and a half and I had virtually no slowdown in my workout.

Moving on, as you may know, I'm a police officer for a local agency and serve as a SWAT operator on our team. I now keep a roll of RockTape in my tactical vest as a result of the benefits that I have received from the tape. Also, I have used RockTape multiple times while Crossfitting as well as for protecting certain muscles during tactical situations.

 When I tell you that I keep a roll of RockTape on me and have it available all the time, that’s no exaggeration. And now that they have digital camo, I'm pretty pumped because that is some sweet action looking stuff.

 I have taken it in to my local box a few times and helped out workout partners that are struggling with injuries, and when they're done with their work out, they’re blown away as the results have proven himself to them as well.

In the past this form of tape was used for major injury/recoveries during physical therapy. I primarily like to use it so that I'm able to continue with the same range of motion and maintain the same intensity  that I would have prior to a strain, or muscle pull, or swelling. On top of this, I find that my recovery time improves drastically, and I am able to continue to train with close to the same intensity that I would have prior to an injury.

There are other cheaper or generic versions of RockTape, but they do not stick to the skin as firm and as long. It is so much more worth spending a few extra dollars for a much better product. RockTape runs between $18 - $20 a roll.

Neal Maddox sporting RockTape  

 Furthermore, Tactical officers that Crossfit do not fail to understand the benefits of using this stuff. This is one of those pieces of equipment that should cross over not only into the Crossfit community, but into the tactical community as well.

RockTape has other products that they sell, but the tape is their bread and butter. Oops, sorry for that analogy, fellow Paleo eaters. I also swam in the tape and it held in place just as well as it did during long WODs, meaning very well. Finally, Heidi and I look forward to reviewing their other products in the future.

As for the official product description, here it is:

ROCKTAPE's Active-Recovery (AR) series of tapes are designed to enhance performance and recovery.  Unlike regular compression garments and tapes, ROCKTAPE's AR series can be used both to apply compression to promote recovery, or decompression to relieve pain and swelling. Rocktape is engineered to meet the demands of endurance athletes like runners, swimmers and cyclists.

The ROCKTAPE AR series features:

- Stickier, hypoallergenic adhesive that won't fall off during competition

- 180% stretch, the same elasticity as skin, to promote full range of motion

- 97% cotton, 3% Nylon 6/12, low moisture absorption

- Tighter weave, which enables muscle to more easily snap back to neutral

- Water resistant

- Variety of designs and colors

- Wearable for up to 5 days

- -Each roll is 2"x16.4' (5cmx5m)

RockTape is a great product and will be in both my gym bag and my tactical vest for many years to come. I give this fine product 9 DB snatches out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Great Blogging Styles.. In the last Australian Open tennis Tournament it has been seen that Serena William was wearing a Tape in her left leg to get rid off from pain and injury. As I am therapist, I know well what it was. Some of my fellow asked what it was? I am going to explain... Rocktape a special medical tape that is mostly used by the athletes and injured people. It contains special medicine that can reduce severe pain and injury within a few seconds. Now RockTape is also used by the general by following instruction with it.