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      ActiveLife Activist: Olga Henry

      ActiveLife Activist: Olga Henry

      Olga Henry, Slackliner, smiling at camera next to line.

      Olga Henry
      Slackliner, Guinness World Record Holder X2, and ActiveLife Activist

      1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and your fitness background.

      I am a slackliner and I’ve been doing this sport for about 5 years. I don’t have any additional background in fitness or gymnastics. 

      Olga Henry slacklining on her back, in the air.

      2) What has been your biggest client success story? Why do you think it was a success?

      I am my own coach and a client.

      For me personally the battle is to keep me healthy and pain free since tricklining (the kind of slacklining I do) is a high impact sport.

      Doing massages and exercises besides actual training is a must. 

      3) Talk about the biggest failure you've had. What did you learn from it?

      In my training I get an immediate feedback whether I do a trick correctly or not. I land it or I fall and get slapped by a line.

      So the biggest failure would be to get scared, not to throw a trick correctly and then deal with the circumstances.

      Also, a failure would be not to throw a trick you want to learn. It actually feels like a bigger failure to me. 

      Olga Henry slacklining, in the air, upside down.

      4) What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

      I would be 7 years old. Yeah, in our sport kids progress like crazy.

      But since I can’t change that I wouldn’t change anything. I think I’m doing as much as I can. 

      5) Which people or books have had the most influence on in your life and why?

      I really like discovering “Flow”. If you are not familiar you should get it.

      Steven Kotler wrote a book about it. It really helps to understand how not to have fear.

      For me it’s the biggest barrier I have to go through while training. 

      Olga Henry standing on slack line.

      6) What weekend hobbies do you enjoy? 

      I pretty much don’t do anything besides slacklining.

      Even if I do photo shoots or record funny videos they are all about slacklining.

      Sometimes if I’m injured and I can’t train I go running if I can. I like running uphill. I

      also like taking long walks or watch my boyfriend play disk golf. He is a slackliner as well but it’s one of his hobbies. 

      Olga Henry balancing on a tire.

      7) Whats your favorite movie?

      I really like comedies or just good movies.

      You know that feeling when you just watched a good movie? I watch movies on planes, it’s the only way for me to get through long flights. 

      8) Whats your favorite food?

       I really like fish and sea food in general. I can eat it all day long!

      9) What would people be surprised to know about you?

      That I started slacklining when I was 32 years old.

      People normally don’t start a new sport from ground zero at that age. I did and I’m really happy about it.

      It’s never too late to find your passion and start training. That’s why I want to inspire others to do the same. I have two Guinness Records now in slacklining and I really enjoy training and progressing. 

      Olga Henry holding her 2x Guinness World Record awards for slacklining.
      10) What's your favorite part about being an ActiveLife Activist? 

      I like to get to test different creative one of a kind things!

      I love supporting my body to stay healthy and I experiment with new techniques and exercises.

      So for me, getting a package from ActiveLife is like getting a new toy for a kid. 

      Check out Olgas website and info, here: www.bounceandflip.com

      Olga Henry using the BLACKROLL BOOSTER foam roller on her thigh.

      I Remember The Very First Time I Booked A 60 Minute Massage

      I Remember The Very First Time I Booked A 60 Minute Massage

      Written by Caren White

      I remember the very first time I booked a 60 minute massage. I had started my new job a few weeks earlier, and every morning and evening I was commuting well over an hour to and from the office. I knew how long 60 minutes felt like in the car and I was more than ready to spend the same amount of time in the capable hands of a licensed massage therapist! The daily commute and eight hours in front of my computer everyday was really taking a toll on the muscles in my neck, shoulders, lower back and even my hips! Every day, I felt like I woke up with more kinks in my body than when I went to sleep. This is going to be fantastic, I thought to myself after hanging up the phone with the massage clinic.

      Person getting a back massage by massage therapist

      And it was! I felt so great after my 60 minute massage that I told myself it was well worth the $100 spent. I left the massage clinic feeling like I was floating to the car. I sang along to the radio the whole car ride home (which I never do during my daily commute, being way too cranky) and woke up the next morning still feeling like a hundred bucks.

      But here’s where things got complicated. The next week, I was fully ready to release those bodily kinks again. I laid down another $100 and laid right back down on that massage table. And the next week…and the next. By the next month when I examined my budget and expenses, it hit me: I had spent over $500 in massages (and tips) that month.

      I couldn’t help it. I was addicted to feeling those bodily aches and pains release through my weekly massage. The daily commute, too much time at my computer, and not sleeping well left my body feeling sore, tired and weakened. But there was no way I could afford to get weekly massages anymore! There has to be a better way, I told myself.

      So I began to do my research about why the particular type of massage I was getting felt so good! And why the effects from my massage didn’t stop when I got off the table. I felt great for days after getting a massage. And that’s how I first learned about fascia and foam rolling.

      Image of back skeletal fascia tissue in red

      Fascia is the biological fabric that holds our bodies together. It’s an interconnected web of thin, strong, elastic connective tissue existing between the layers of muscle fibres, between muscles, around organs. It’s vast—covering every nerve ending, muscle and organ of the body-and it’s a MAJOR player in the way our bodies move, react and recover. I had assumed that the deep tissue massages I had gotten so addicted to were just really intense muscle rubs. But I was so wrong. Every time I got a deep tissue massage, I was actually experiencing something called Myofascial Release. This technique involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the connective fascia. This in turn releases restricted areas of the fascia (remember those ‘kinks’ I woke up with everyday?) and increases mobility and rang of motion.

      There’s a lot more to the science of fascia and Myofascial Release. But basically, I learned two things. One, my massage therapist is an incredibly gifted, talented and wonderful person and I owe her a fruit basket and a Thank You card. Two, I don’t actually need to pay $100 an hour for myofascial release. I can do it at home (every single day!) with a $40 foam roller that can be used over and over again. In fact, there are affordable foam rollers for every part of your body! And they can be used at home, in the gym—even in my office on my break.

      Woman using the BLACKROLL Standard Foam Roller in black to foam roll thighs

      And foam rolling is simple. It couldn’t be more inexpensive, more easy to learn or more low-tech. Let’s just talk about my lower back for a minute. My lower back hurt daily when I finished my daily commute. I just couldn’t understand why. I’m not happy to admit it, but I spend 11 to 12 of my waking hours every day just sitting down. Sitting in the car, sitting at my computer, and then usually sitting on the couch for an hour or two in the evening after hitting the gym and the grocery store. You would think that all that sitting would keep my back relaxed. But I couldn’t be more wrong. The human body isn’t made to sit all day! Our bodies are designed to live like cave men. Hunting, gathering, running and climbing for survival. When we spend the whole day sitting down, the fascia in our bodies tighten up. And as I already explained, the fascia covers everything- including your lower back. Hence, my lower back felt like a small army was walking across it daily, planting land mines of tiny, tight little fascial knots. Land mines that seemed to explode when I rolled out of bed the next morning.

      Now, I’m happy to admit that not only am I not rolling out of bed in the morning, I’m springing out of it! Ok, maybe not everyday because Monday mornings are still tough. But I can tell you that after a week of using a foam roller for myofascial release, I was definitely a much more chipper morning person. The foam roller I use for my lower back in the BLACKROLL STANDARD ROLL. It’s cheaper than a massage therapist, I use it for 20 minutes a day, and my lower back has never felt better.

      Woman using BLACKROLL Mini Foam Roller in black to roll her forearm at the gym

      I’ve even been foam rolling in my office. I keep a BLACKROLL MINI and MICRO ROLL in my desk drawers and when I’m talking on the phone, I keep it on speaker and use them on my neck, face and shoulders. I’ve even started using them on my wrists because foam rolling may reduce your chances of getting painful cramps prolonged typing (again, it’s all about that myofascial release to keep your body limber). At first I was getting a lot of strange looks from my coworkers (I see you Debbie from Accounting) but I’m happy to report that the foam rolling trend is spreading and I’m not the only one picking up the habit!

      So, if you’re like me and you spend too much time in the car, too much time at the computer, too much time sitting down—or if you’re just addicted to getting massages and spending waaaay too much money—now is the time to try foam rolling. You don’t have to spend $100 an hour anymore. You can spend $40 on one foam roller and lifetime of happiness.

      ActiveLife Activist: Justin Nucum

      ActiveLife Activist: Justin Nucum

      Justin Nucum
      Obstacle Course Race Enthusiast, Coach and ActiveLife Activist

      1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and your fitness background.

      I was born and raised in Guam so I love tropical weather and being outdoors.

      Growing up, I was into playing basketball and volleyball. 

      After high school, I started venturing off into different sports: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Crossfit and Olympic Weight Lifting. 

      During college, I was so intrigued by Ninja Warrior, which was originally from Japan, and I wanted to try these obstacles for myself.

      However, at that time, I could not find a gym or a place where I would be able to train for such events.

      The options that I found were to either: build my own obstacles or become a member of multiple gyms that had different types of equipment.

      As my college senior project, I used this idea of putting all of these workouts and sports into one place creating a hybrid type of training for hybrid athletes.

      Today, it is now known as Hardkour Performance.

      2) What has been your biggest client success story? Why do you think it was a success?

      My biggest client success story would have to be Annaliese A., who is originally from Colorado.

      She dropped into one of my intro classes at a rock climbing gym and was determined to do an obstacle course race.

      Her dedication, hard work and ability to absorb and just learn everything from scratch is amazing.

      With 4 months of training and trusting the process, she competed on her first ever Spartan Race and ranked in the top 10 at one of the hardest venues nationally.

      Now, she will be competing at North American Championships in West Virginia in August (which is only her second race!) 

      3) Talk about the biggest failure you've had. What did you learn from it?

      Biggest failure would have to be losing friends in the process of growing the business.

      Everyday I learn something new and it is a rollercoaster of emotions day in and day out. 

      My biggest take away from this is that you start to learn who really supports you and who doesn't.

      There always have been people wanting to simply benefit from either me or the business. 

      4) What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

      If I were starting in my industry now, I would start smaller than I did.

      I would do as much as I can on my own and then expand out.

      But even knowing what I know now, I would probably do the same process and learn from it.

      5) Which people or books have had the most influence on in your life and why?

      My mentors and listening to podcasts' of Gary Vaynerchuk and Andy Frisella have been very influential in my entrepreneurial life.

      Like I mentioned in the earlier questions, it is a rollercoaster of emotions each day. You never know what will happen.

      You can have 2 new clients one day and 5 clients cancel their memberships the next. 

      Gary and Andy keep it raw with the realities of having your own business and I am able to relate.

      Being able to apply their experiences with mine has been so valuable and it has taught me more than I have learned from anyone else or schooling. 

      6) What weekend hobbies do you enjoy? 

      My newest found hobby is trail running with my clients. 

      Waking up before the sun comes up (instead of sleeping in) and then climbing up to highest point of the trail with the amazing views. 

      AND then being able to eat a filling breakfast with some coffee.

      A weekend well spent!

      7) Whats your favorite movie?

      Ah! Can't name just one but I love fighting/action movies: Jet Li, Jackie Chan, James Bond.

      8) Whats your favorite food?

      Sushi!

      9) What would people be surprised to know about you?

      I am a HUGE foodie! Created my own food blog before I started Hardkour Performance.

      My Camera Eats First #FEEDYOURCAMERA 

       
      10) What's your favorite part about being an ActiveLife Activist? 

      Functional and high quality product that I can get behind and promote to my clients as well as use for myself.

      I have tried and used plenty of products similar to what ActiveLife offers but none come close!

      11) Tell us your favorite AL product and why you enjoy it so much.

      I have so many but my ABSOLUTE favorite is the HIGHBALLER.

      SO unique and functional. I use it all the time and recommend it to my clients.

      I even bring it to class and trainings so clients can use mine.

      It gets all these hard to reach places that a regular foam roller just cannot reach or dig in.

      Honey Chamomile Tea Latte

      Honey Chamomile Tea Latte

      Honey Chamomile Tea Latte 🍵🍯 

      Chamomile tea has been used as a natural remedy to reduce inflammation, decrease anxiety and help you to sleep better at night. It contains antioxidants that may promote tiredness, and drinking it nightly has been shown to improve overall sleep quality.
      We love to enjoy a cup of chamomile tea with our NORDIQ Nutrition Night Complex. The two combined creates a peaceful, rested nights sleep. Most of the timeour minds aren't ready for sleep when it's actually time to go to bed. Night Complex includes amino acid chelated Magnesium along with nutrient dense traditional botanicals and L-theanine. These are known to soothe and calm anxiety and reduce muscle spasm, thus helping facilitate relaxation and an optimal sleep state.

      INGREDIENTS:
      -8 oz water
      -1 chamomile tea bag (we love Traditional Medicinals Chamomile Tea Bags)
      -1/4 cup oat milk (or preferred milk of choice)
      -2 tsp honey
      -Cinnamon for serving
      -NORDIQ Night Complex

      INSTRUCTIONS:
      1) Boil a pot of water 
      2) Let the chamomile tea bag seep in boiled water for 5 minutes
      3) While it's steeping, whisk together your preferred milk and honey to create froth
      4) When tea is done seeping, pour in the milk and honey and top with cinnamon
      5) Take 1 capsule of NORDIQ Nutrition Night Complex with your chamomile tea to enjoy a wonderful nights sleep

      Healthy Strawberry Lemonade

      Healthy Strawberry Lemonade

      Healthy Strawberry Lemonade 🍓🍋 

      Ah, summer! Warm weather, fresh fruits and vegetables, more daylight to get outside and get active. It's also the perfect time to hydrate in a fun and delicious way. 


      Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. It is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. The intake of magnesium is also crucial for body recovery and tissue repair. We love to add it into any food, smoothies or water for that added boost of health benefits.

      INGREDIENTS:
      1 glass of filtered water
      1 handful of ice
      1 Lemon
      4 Strawberries
      1 tbs NORDIQ Magnesium Powder

      INSTRUCTIONS:
      1) Muddle the strawberries on the bottom of your glass or mason jar
      2) Squeeze half of the lemon in the glass
      3) Add the ice, water and NORDIQ Magnesium Powder and stir with a spoon or straw