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Donations for Our Troops Overseas.

Donations for Our Troops Overseas.

Ice Shaker has teamed up with Adaptive Training Foundation and Starbucks Coffee to deliver over 1000 care packages to active duty military members overseas.  We are extremely humbled and proud to be a part of this great initiative.

ATF Group Picture

We had the pleasure of taking part in a packing party at the Adaptive Training Foundation's headquarters in Carrollton, TX. Here is a look at the Adaptive Training Foundation story taken from their website at www.adaptivetrainingfoundation.org:

"In January of 2014, David Vobora, a 5-year veteran of the NFL, met US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, a quadruple amputee. David opened up his personal gym to Travis, offering his training expertise. The pair started working out together, customizing and adapting to the unique challenges posed by Travis’ injuries. Through working with Travis and engaging the veteran community, David developed a passion for helping those with life-altering injuries find life-fulfilling adaptive performance training.

David realized that, while there are many excellent rehabilitation programs as well as adaptive/Paralympic sports organizations, none existed to bridge the gap from basic functional rehabilitation to adapted sport. Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF) was conceived to fill this void.

He continued helping adaptive athletes create sustainable lifestyle changes over the next six months, and by September of 2014, Adaptive Training Foundation had received its 501(c)3 status to allow outside support for these ambitious athletes. To this day, ATF is committed to keeping its services to adaptive athletes 100% free of charge, and relies on the generosity of people like yourself to not only restore lives, but empower them through movement."

One minute in their facility and it is not difficult to see the impact that they have on so many peoples lives.  The athletes that train there are incredible people full of grit, determination, and positivity. 

This July 4th season, we are promoting the hashtag #seasonofindependence on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to recognize the brave men and women that give and have given so much to defend and protect our freedoms. 

 

Please go to: https://adaptivetrainingfoundation.org/seasonofindependence/ to learn more about Adaptive Training Foundation and our initiative.  

Happy 4th of July!

Workout Wednesday: Full Chest Building Workout

Workout Wednesday:  Full Chest Building Workout
Today, we are launching our Ice Shaker Workout Wednesday series!  Every Wednesday we will be posting a new, full workout targeting a specific muscle group or groups.  We will be posting here on our blog as well as on Instagram(@iceshakerbottle) so if you haven't started following us, now is the time! 
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Today's featured workout is all about building that chest.  Using a variety of equipment, we will be targeting every part of the chest through variations in angles and planes in which we are moving the weights.  This workout can be done by anyone from beginners to advanced lifters.  You will see on the workout sheet that we do not use specific amounts of weight but rather use light, moderate, heavy. etc.  We do this because the weight is relative to the individual performing the exercises.  Light to one person may be heavy to another.  Only you know where you are at physically so it is up to you to decide which weights to use.
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This is a high volume workout so we will be emphasizing more sets and higher repetitions while keeping weight fairly moderate.  Really focus on getting a full extension and contraction with each rep.  This workout will give you an incredible chest "pump" and by the end, your muscles will feel tight and full.
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One more thing before we get into it.  Be sure to use a spotter when necessary, due to the high volume of this workout some weights will seem light at the beginning of a set but muscle fatigue may set in and make it very difficult to lift towards the end of the set. Safety is top priority.  After all, you can't reach your fitness goals with your arm in a sling!
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Lets get started!
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Exercise 1 - Incline Barbell Bench Press
The incline bench is a standard piece of equipment at virtually any fitness center.  If you have never done Incline bench press, start out by just pressing the bar for a few reps to get comfortable with the movement.  
Pro Tip: Before you begin the exercise, get your hands into position(slightly wider than shoulder width) and squeeze your shoulder blades together.  This primes your chest for maximum extension and contraction.  Note** if the bar is too heavy, you may do this exercise with dumbbells.
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Exercise 2 - Flat Dumbbell Single Arm Bench Press
This variation of the standard dumbbell bench press forces your body to recruit more stabilizer muscles in your shoulders as well as abs and obliques.  
Pro Tip: Focus on contracting the inner part of your pectorals(chest muscles) at the top of the movement.  Watch Chris perform the exercise below.
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Exercises 3 and 4 - Superset Incline Bench Cable Fly+ Incline Dumbbell Pullover
This next one is a superset, this means that the two exercises are to be performed back to back to complete one set.  Again, focus on a fully extension and contraction.  The cable fly is more of a pulling exercise than a press.  Squeeze your pectorals together at the top of the movement.  When performing the incline dumbbell pullover, hold the dumbbell by one of the weighted sides.  Form a diamond with your hands to where the bar is between the first knuckles on yours hands.  Begin with the weight extended above your chest
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Exercises 5 and 6 - Superset Low Cable Chest Fly and Push Ups
This superset checks all the boxes when it comes to targeting the whole chest.  Be sure to squeeze the "shelf"  at the top of the movement.  This is one of the best exercises for targeting the upper chest because of the direction in which the muscle fibers run.  As you can see in the illustration below, the fibers of the upper chest run at around a 45 degree angle from the top of the sternum.  
Superset these with push ups to failure and you will definitely be feeling the burn.  If you are unable to perform regular push ups, either perform them on an incline(bench, bar, etc.) or put your knees on the ground to alleviate some of your weight. See Chris perform both of these exercises below.
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And there you have it! Our Workout Wednesday workout.  Try it out for yourself on your next chest day and let us know what you think by commenting on our #workoutwednedsay post on Instagram @iceshakerbottle!

The results are in: Ice Shaker crushes the competition

The results are in: Ice Shaker crushes the competition
we randomly received an email from a customer that said

"tested and Ice Shaker won"

 

We had no idea what it meant so we clicked into an email that we were extremely happy to open. The customer - Shannon - purchased our bottle and two of our top competitors (Yeti and Blender Bottle) to test and see who's bottle had the best insulation.

She filled all three up with the same exact volume of ice, which is key for true test results. She put them all next to each other in the direct sunlight for 10 hours and tested. The results were amazing and showed that the Ice Shaker had far Superior insulation than the Yeti and Blender Bottle.

In fact, the Yeti had no ice left at all after the 10 hours. Check out the full results that Shannon shared with us on our blog post below.

 

Each cup was filled with the exact same volume of it.

 

The cups then sat in the direct sunlight for 10 hours.

 

 

And in the end the Ice Shaker crushed the competition proving to be the best insulated bottle.

 

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