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Old 11-27-2008, 07:25 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever heard of this? Is it legit or some gimmick. Check out there website at http://www.zhealth.net/. The CrossFit affiliate I go to is always talking about the benefits of Z-Health.
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:40 PM   #2
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No it is the real deal. There are a number of people on this board who use it in their routines.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:43 PM   #3
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Conditioning research had some good stuff about joint mobility recently. I think that Z-Health rocks, but that there's enough free stuff out there too that it's not, by any means, the end-all-be-all. http://conditioningresearch.blogspot.com/

Z-Health is legit though.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:55 AM   #4
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I love it. I do some before nearly every workout.

Disclaimer--I am R-Phase and I-Phase certified. I do know the difference in benefits that I perceive I would have gained between just using the DVDs and the actual seminars is huge (as in, there are many nuances that one gets in a 5-day training like R-Phase that can never come through in a book + DVD).

Long-term, this will always be a part of my routine--as opposed to OL and KBs.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:30 AM   #5
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Conditioning research had some good stuff about joint mobility recently. I think that Z-Health rocks, but that there's enough free stuff out there too that it's not, by any means, the end-all-be-all. http://conditioningresearch.blogspot.com/

Z-Health is legit though.
I watched the video on that link. Looks like the same general warmup I do. I also do some walking lunges with twists. So what's the difference with Z-health?
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:53 AM   #6
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Any joint mobility program, even the worst one, is better than none.

Most joint mobility programs out there are pretty "sloppy", as in, one might be using other joints/movements unknowingly so that the body can avoid using joint movements that are inhibited/uncomfortable. As in, using lumbar motion to compensate for a lack of hip mobility, or using knee motion to compensate for a lack of ankle mobility.

Z-Health particularly focuses on isolating joint movements to assess each joint. This is where it is very different. It also focuses on the CNS involvement in everything one does, their joint mobility training is simply one of the fastest and biggest-bang-for-the-buck ways of quickly addressing the CNS.

It's definitely one of those things that people often underestimate until they've really experienced and learned it.

One last thing--the proof is in the pudding. If you've been doing a joint mobility routine and your coach(-es) feel that Z-Health has something more to contribute to your progress than what you've been getting out of your current program, it would behoove you to pay attention to that. That's what we have coaches for (myself included).
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:15 PM   #7
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Garret do you do I phase or R phase, and what is the difference between the two, and if one was going to buy either the i phase or r phase book and dvd which would be a better investment without going to any seminar?

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Garret do you do I phase or R phase, and what is the difference between the two, and if one was going to buy either the i phase or r phase book and dvd which would be a better investment without going to any seminar?

sorry for all the questions
Good Questions. I was thinking of the neural warmup DVD which is supposedly a condensed version of R phase. I have no desire to learn about all the science behind it. I just need some joint mobility routines I can work into my existing program.
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In terms of the seminars, one has to go to the R-Phase first, then the I-Phase.

If you just want a JM warm-up, then do the Neural Warmup DVD.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:25 AM   #10
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Is there another generally accepted joint mobility and/or warmup resource which is perhaps available via amazon.com and less expensive?

My favorite on this subject is a book called "Core Performance" by Mark Verstegan and he also has a website coreperformance.com. He uses the terms "Prehab" and "Movement prep" for his joint mobility and warmup exercises. I usually incorporate 10 minutes or so of Verstegan's movement prep and prehab exercises into my warmup routines.
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