Archive for January, 2019
As spring turns to summer and the weather warms up, you can be sure that Americans are going to get out and grill. That’s especially true on the Fourth of July, when 87 percent of people planning outdoor cooking events for the holiday.
According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA), 75 percent of U.S. households own a smoker or grill. The HBPA also reports that 60 percent of grillers cook outdoors all year-round. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 79.1 million Americans reported grilling in 2016.
With grilling and smoking being such popular summer activities, it’s important to know what you’re doing. Whether you’re using a vault smoker, a stand up smoker, a BBQ pit or carbon steel drum smoker, knowing how to cook your meat perfectly can ensure that your next family cookout is a success.
When it comes to smokers, there are many types and each has their own benefits. Different types of smokers include:
- Offset Smokers: These are tw
- Knee sleeves: The main purpose of knee sleeves is to protect the knees for future injuries. Essentially, they provide compression which increases blood flow and reduces swelling in the joint during and after a workout. As a result, you’re able to recover quicker and perform better on a day-to-day basis.
- Powerlifting wrist wraps: The very nature of powerlifting, as described by its name, involved the maneuvering of exceptionally heavy weights. Wrist wraps provide support to your wrist joints during such movements (like presses or overhead lifts). Since injury is quite easy with such a heavy load, wrist wraps make sure your joint isn’t pulled into excessive extension under it.
- Weight lifting belt: It’s important to remember that powerlifting or doing deadlifts forces your body to experience a lot more strain that it’s used to, so keeping proper form is essential to your continued bodily safety. Weightlifting belts can help you keep that form by reminding you to keep your spine in the correct position, while also helping you maintain abdominal pressure (which stabilizes the spine during heavy lifts).
- Knee wraps: These are absolutely different from knee sleeves in that they act more like wrist wraps — by supporting the joint through reducing stress and pulling forces on the quadricep tendon, you are able to lift heavier weights (and perform faster) during squats.