So – it’s New Year’s resolution time and you’ve decided you’re going to get in shape, but seriously this time. Well, when it comes to making physical progress, what you put in is what you get out, and that doesn’t just count for your own effort, but also for the kind of environment you’re working out in.
For Joburgers that are looking for a place that will help them get strong and fit, Performance Purist is a Northern Suburbs (located in Riverclub) Strength and Conditioning gym that offers one of the best places to achieve just that.
Now, ‘Strength and Conditioning’ might sound like it’s for the pros, and you’d be right, but it’s beneficial for anyone and everyone no matter where they fall on the athletic ladder. If you’re looking to progress from A to B in your own physical development, their team of coaches can help. Whether you’re a professional athlete looking to break records, or someone making the transition from sedentary to fit, their team has the expertise and ability to progress your development.
The coaching staff consists of Joshua Capazorio, Darryn Anthony, and Ilona Wilson, all of whom are dedicated coaches with a wealth of experience in multiple strength and athletics related disciplines between them.
Joshua is the head coach and specialises in sport-specific Strength and Conditioning related to effectively any discipline, and has attained a host of training qualifications. He’s represented South Africa as a sprinter, weightlifter, and powerlifter throughout his career as an athlete and coach. From lifting to arm wrestling – if your aim is to improve your strength, he’ll be able to help you achieve it.
Darryn Anthony is ranked as South Africa’s best male weightlifter according to the Sinclair formula, has 16 national titles at junior and senior level across multiple events (including the African Championships and Commonwealth Championships), and represented South Africa at the Beijing Olympics. He’s gone to great lengths not only to coach athletes to improve at the elite level in Olympic weightlifting, but also strives to grow the sport at the national level.
Many professional athletes have passed through Performance Purist’s doors, including boxers Kevin Lerena and Boyd Allen, MMA fighters Don Madge and Sean Robinson, Olympic shot-putter Orazio Cremona, and several athletes representing South Africa’s colours.
Their programs can be broken down into three time segments:
- Group Training (5:30AM – 6:30AM and 5:30PM-6:30PM)
- Semi-Private Training (Semi-private coaching sessions at pre-arranged times)
- Online Coaching Programs (Customised programs for members not in the vicinity)
Group training is divided into four types:
- Specialised Lifting Classes (weightlifting and powerlifting)
- Performance Conditioning Classes (metabolic conditioning)
- Kettlebell, Primal, and Bodyweight Classes
- Strength-based Classes (auxiliary and compound exercises)
The gym culture caters towards motivated and committed members that are pushing for personal improvement, and don’t lock members into contracts unlike most gyms out there – memberships can be cancelled within a one-month notice period at any point.
So if you’re ready to take the leap and get yourself into better physical condition, and want a gym that has a motivating culture with expert coaches check out Performance Purist – whether you’re a pro aiming for the next title or just want to be stronger next month than you are today.
Performance Purist gym is located on 17 Poplar Avenue, Riverclub, Sandton.
Brace Yourself! More Adults Are Opting for Clear Aligners to Straighten Teeth
Active Aligners are growing in popularity with South African adults.
Dentistry is constantly evolving, with new treatment options being frequently introduced to enhance patient care. But, very few new dental advancements have seen an explosion in popularity quite like clear aligners. The new toast of the town for adults who want straight teeth and the perfect bite, clear aligners mean that patients no longer have to settle for braces as their only solution for teeth realignment. Comfortable, removable, and nearly invisible, it’s easy to see why the market for clear aligners is progressively expanding in South Africa and abroad.
What’s more, one company is making it easier than ever before for South Africans to access treatment with clear aligners. With a lab based in South Africa, Active Aligners offers South Africans seeking orthodontic treatment with clear aligners a more affordable, locally-made option that they can smile about.
What are Active Aligners?
If you didn’t have braces as a kid, or you find you want or need adjustments again, then you might be a candidate for clear aligners. Prescribed by your dental professional, Active Aligners are clear aligners that have been developed specifically for repositioning your teeth in a predictable, smooth, clear and comfortable manner. Instead of metal brackets, wires or screws, Active Aligners involve wearing a 3D-printed thermoplastic material to achieve your desired results. It’s pretty much teeth straightening for dummies. The process is so easy, you’d be forgiven for thinking there has to be a catch somewhere along the way.
The nearly invisible aligner trays are customised to fit your teeth snuggly and look like a retainer. They can be worn throughout the day while going unnoticed by the people around you. While clear aligners are indeed revolutionary, the treatment works on basic orthodontic principles to slowly shift the position of your teeth over time, just like traditional metal braces. The aligners work to correct crooked teeth, gaps or rotation in a planned fashion that is relatively pain-free.
Before getting started, patients visit their dentist for a 3D scan of their teeth and, depending on the prescribed treatment course, are then provided with a series of Active Aligner trays to wear 22 hours a day, 1 to 2 weeks at a time (one stage), which move the teeth per stage until their optimal alignment has been reached. The inconspicuous trays can be easily removed for eating and drinking and are relatively low maintenance in terms of day-to-day use.
How does it work?
As mentioned, the first step of the process is a visit to your dental provider for a commitment-free consultation session. In this session, the Active Aligner dental provider will take a 3D scan or impression to achieve a replica of your teeth. Once the imaging is ready, 3D models are manufactured for each stage of the Active Aligner treatment and a smile summary is created. A virtual setup is then prepared to show the dental professional the planned treatment through each stage, as well as the end result. It is this step that truly sets Active Aligner therapy apart from traditional orthodontic treatment, as, using predictive models and reverse-engineering the trays from there, your dentists can see the end result even before you begin treatment.
Once you’ve decided to proceed, the trays are 3D printed and your full set of aligners are presented to you in a neat Smile Club Box. From there, you simply switch out your trays every two weeks (depending on the directive given by your dental provider). But you won’t be going it alone, the treatment process does involve check-up consultations with your dentist along the way to ensure your treatment is tracking correctly and everything is running smoothly.
Once you’ve reached your final trays, your dentist will discuss retainer options with you. At this stage, you can opt for either a fixed retainer bar or a final set of removable retainer trays, similar to your aligner trays, that must be worn every night while sleeping.
How are Active Aligners made?
Active Aligner trays are printed using Structo 3D printers with MSLA technology. After more than three years of R&D, Structo has perfected a truly unique method of accurate 3D printing. Structo’s revolutionary MSLA technology enables their printers to achieve record-breaking printing speeds, which it says are much faster than the existing SLA or DLP printers around.
Once printed, it is on to the thermoforming stage, where 3D printed models meet the thermoplastic material which is used to create Active Aligners. High pressure thermoforming is required to form aligners over 3D printed models. This is an important step because, in order to create clear aligners with predictable tooth movement, accuracy is required across the teeth, gum line definition and gingival textures. Then, before your Active Aligners are delivered to your dental provider, a thorough quality check is done to check all margins, borders, thicknesses, numbering and arch form of your aligners.
How much does it cost?
Of course, we all know that any orthodontic treatment doesn’t come cheap. If you’ve looked into getting clear aligners, then chances are you fell off the dentist’s chair when they gave you the quote. Fortunately, for South Africans, there is hope for your bank account thanks to the locally-manufactured option from Active Aligners. While many clear aligner options available in SA are manufactured in an overseas lab, Active Aligners are made here in the good ole Republic.
Having an Active Aligners laboratory in South Africa allows dental providers to significantly reduce the cost of clear aligner treatment for patients. Without the cost of expensive overseas shipping costs and import duties, Active Aligners makes clear aligner treatment more accessible to the local public who have to pay out of pocket for the treatment. What’s more, with the lab being based in SA, patients can expect quick delivery of their clear aligners and any issues with trays needing to be reprinted can be dealt with quickly and easily with no long waiting periods. Patients usually have their aligners within 10 days of agreeing to treatment and see results within 7 months.
Each case is measured and priced individually. The cost of treatment depends on how extensive the case is and how many trays you will need to achieve the desired results. As a gauge, an extensive case with Active Aligners can cost between R35,000 – R40,000. Comparatively, the same treatment with competitor clear aligner brands can cost as much as R100,000. (These estimates were based on comparative consultation quotes from the same patient at two different dental practices). What’s more, Active Aligners also offers patients payment plans to help make their dream of a perfect smile easier to achieve. Click here for more details on finance and payment plans.
Where to get Active Aligners fitted
Interested in Active Aligners? Patients based in Cape Town can book a consultation with Active Aligners expert Dr Marc Sher at Enamel Clinic Cape Town to find out if you’re a candidate for this innovative dental solution.
The holy grail of dentistry, Enamel Clinic, isn’t your average dentist’s office. The unique practice is home to dental experts specialising in dentistry care across the spectrum; from specialist hygienists to general dentists; aesthetic dentists; periodontists and more. At Enamel, knowledge, skill and experience are the credentials that set the team apart from the rest. Not all dentistry is equal – when you visit the Enamel Clinic, your dentistry will be bespoke!
Dr Marc Sher is a General Dentist and a partner at Enamel Clinic. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Science – B.Ch.D (UWC 2007), has achieved accreditation for Myobrace and is a Key Opinion Leader for Active Aligners South Africa. Book a consultation with Dr Sher at Enamel Clinic now!
For patients outside of Cape Town, Active Aligners has qualified providers located across South Africa. Visit the Active Aligners website for a full list of providers in South Africa.
Back To Work Jitters? Find Out How Can Help You Manage Work Stress
Feel the difference.
Feeling nervous and stressed about returning to the office? Is your stomach in a knot thinking about deadlines and back-to-back meetings? Are you losing sleep counting work tasks that lie ahead instead of sheep? Cannabidiol (CBD) may help both physical and mental effects related to work.1
CBD can help to reduce the symptoms associated with stress such as muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue, and concentration problems.1
The holidays have come and gone, our sunhats and swim shorts are now replaced with our briefcases and laptops. It’s the worry and angst about heading back to work that begins to set in.
Time off can be an escape from day-to-day stresses, but once that time off is over, many working South Africans find themselves agonising over work stress triggers taking over their lives.
Work-related stress is defined as ‘a harmful reaction to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work’.2 While work stressors can take different forms depending on the characteristics of the workplace and may be unique to an organisation or an industry2, even those working in calm environments can feel stressed at times.
The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic hasn’t helped ease frazzled nerves either. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase levels of stress.3 These feelings can be difficult to navigate, especially when transitioning back to the workplace and having to build work relationships again.
Some people have truly thrived with the newfound flexibility of working remotely, and the idea of going back into a rigid work environment can be daunting and stressful. For those who remain working remotely, it can be hard balancing work and family life, keeping up motivation and productivity and finding ways to reduce the risk of burnout.
What Role Does Stress Have On Health?
It’s a well-known fact that stress can affect the body and while some of us cope better with work stress than others, elevated levels of stress can affect your health, resulting in digestive issues, headaches, sleeplessness, sadness, anger, or irritability.4
Over time, continued stress may cause more serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as depression.4
How CBD Can Help Manage Back-To-Work Stress
CBD works in synergy with the body’s endocannabinoid system, activating specific brain receptors as a result of their interaction.5 It can be used to assist with the relief of symptoms associated with stress, without causing the slowing of psychomotor activity or altering mood. CBD is not psychoactive and is a potent antioxidant.6
ADCO CBD Stress is free from tetrahydrocannibidiol (THC) and sugar7, and each batch is laboratory tested and quality controlled to ensure that you get quality CBD at a consistent dose every time!
The MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) carrier oil with added vitamin E contained in ADCO CBD Stress7 drops is one of the best carrier oils to use because it is easy to digest and absorb. MCT is also a popular supplement additive because it has a long shelf life and does not need refrigeration.8
Reach Out For Help
Work-related stress doesn’t just disappear when you head home from the office or shut down your home computer for the day. If you are suffering from symptoms associated with stress, talk to your health care provider or a healthcare professional. Effective treatments can help if your stress is affecting your life adversely.
Trust In Adcock Ingram’s CBD Products
Adcock Ingram’s trusted CBD product range comprises of ADCO CBD STRESS, available in drops, and capsules. The ADCO CBD DAILY are available in drops and capsules, and the ADCO CBD PAIN products are available in drops, capsules and a topical gel.
Trusted, reliable, reputable ADCO CBD products are available from the ADCO CBD online store – https://www.adcocbd.co.za/shop as well as independent pharmacies and selected Clicks and Dis-Chem stores. For more information, visit: www.adcocbd.co.za and join the conversations on Facebook and Instagram. #ADCOCBD #backtowork #onlineshopping #healthandwellness #lifestyle #wellness
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- Health and Safety Executive Work Related Stress, Anxiety and Depression Statistics in Great Britain 2015. Access date: 30 November 2021 | Available at : https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress.pdf
- National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. Access date: July 22, 2021 | Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/stress-coping/cope-with-stress/index.html
- National Institute of Mental Health – 5 things you should know about stress. Publication No. 19-MH-8109. [cited 2020 Feb 10]. Access date: 27 August 2021 | Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress
- Blessing EM, Steenkamp MM, Manzanares J. Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Neurotherapeutics 2015;12:825–836. Access date: 30 November, 2021 | Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/
- Devinsky O, Cilio MR, Cross H, et al. Cannabidiol: Pharmacology and potential therapeutic role in epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Epilepsia 2014;55(6):791–802. Access date: 30 November 2021 | Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4707667/
- ADCO CBD Stress. Professional information leaflet. 25 November 2019.
- Using MCT as a Carrier Oil for CBD. Ingredi.com [cited 2019 Jul 10]. Access date: 30 November 2021 | Available at: https://ingredi.com/blog/using-mct-as-a-carrier-oil-for-cbd/
5 Products to Help Boost Sports Recovery & Healing
Get your sports performance and workouts back on track with a solid recovery routine.
Whether you’re old or young, breaking into the professional game or a casual player, sports recovery is important. Not only can a solid recovery routine help prevent injury, but it can improve your longevity, make you feel better, and allow you to perform to your best ability on game day or in the gym.
Botthms’ Lite Massage Gun v1: A personal sports massage in your home
Botthms’ Lite Massage Gun v1 is a solid everyday-use version among their massage gun range. It features 4 different massage heads for varying levels of muscle treatment, and a 2600mAh battery, along with a 3,200 RPM capacity. It also comes bundled with a carry case, which is always a nice bonus.
While it can take a bit of getting used to (remember, working out those knots and tight muscles is not always going to be painless), having a go-to massage gun is ideal when relaxing on the couch and focusing on recovery after a tough gym session or sports match. It does come with a cost, but factoring in the amount of physio and massage sessions people spend money on, it’s well worth the price-tag.
Red Lab Flex Pad – Red Light Therapy
Red Lab, one of the company’s highlighting the benefits of red light therapy in South Africa, has launched a range of at-home red light solutions to help people with muscle pains and fatigue, amongst other ailments. fungal infections, eczema, sleep disorders, psoriasis and emotional well-being, amongst other ailments.
One of Red Lab’s products is the Red Lab Flex Pad (R6,999), which is a portable, rechargeable neoprene pad, embedded with 60 NIR and Red Light LEDs. The handy Velcro straps allow you to strap the fully charged device to any part of the body requiring treatment, allowing a recommended time of 20 minutes per treatment area. Unlike a heating pad, NIR and Red Light Therapy works below the skin’s surface, reaching deep into tissues, stimulating and healing cells and increasing circulation to target pain at the source.
The heat generated from the red light is beneficial itself, and using it over the course of a few weeks on niggly areas can produce improved healing. The fact you can also just strap the Flex Pad to the part of your body needing attention, and continue with your day, is a huge bonus. There’s no doubt that the product is rather expensive, but if you have the budget, it’s a great addition to your post-workout plan.
Beurer MG 10 Electric Massage Ball
While massage guns are incredible additions to any athlete’s arsenal, there are certain places that you just can’t reach with them — most notably, the shoulder-blade area, which is a huge problem-zone for many people. The Beurer MG 10 massage ball features a rubberised exterior with little nubs and takes 3 AAA batteries, giving it a vibration function. Lying on this ball and manoeuvring it into those tight and knotted areas, while tender, can be incredibly therapeutic.
Thankfully, it’s also super compact and can easily be thrown into any gym bag or pocket to take on-the-go.
Wintergreen Magnesium Bath Soak
While many of us jump into a quick shower after a game of football, rugby, or a tough session at the gym, it may be worth looking at rather having a bath post-workout. The reason being is that it gives you the chance to use some good recovery products, such as Wintergreen’s Magnesium Soak.
Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and rejuvenator and Magnesium Soak aims to release physical tension in the body and calm an anxious mind. A warm 20 minute bath in a sachet made with pure magnesium sulphate (AKA Epsom salts and magnesium chloride), will open the pores in the skin allowing for the best possible absorption, improving circulation, helping to ease stiffness and pain in the muscles while reducing inflammation in aching joints, and helping to detox the body from the effects of lactic acid build-up after an intense workout.
Many people believe muscle soreness following a workout is a good thing — an indicator you’ve had a good workout. However, muscle soreness is caused by a swelling of the muscles, which in turn causes pain. To relieve the pain, you’ll need to relieve the swelling. Enter compression socks.
A good pair of compression socks help reduce swelling in your muscles, thereby helping them recover faster. Swelling is caused by poor circulation in your legs and feet caused by overworking your heart and gravity during your workout. The snugness of compression socks promotes better circulation to help relieve pain. Compression socks can also assist with heel pain and shin splints from running on pavement or concrete.
We tried Botthms’ compression socks, and to great effect, a) helping keep our meat pins warm, and b) adding a bit of a squeeze to help produce blood flow and keep the calves from bouncing around and taking too much impact.
At-Home Near-Infrared & Red Light Products Launch in SA, Help Treat Tired & Sore Muscles
Could Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy be the answer to muscle fatigue and pain relief?
Red Lab, one of the company’s highlighting the benefits of red light therapy in South Africa, has launched a range of at-home red light solutions to help people with muscle pains, fungal infections, eczema, sleep disorders, psoriasis and emotional well-being, amongst other ailments.
The range of Red Lab products offer families and athletes the chance to own and apply these therapies from the comfort of their homes, on their own terms.
Amongst the range is three home-based devices: the Big Bank, Flex Pad, and the Handheld Unit. The Big Bank (R14,999) is a 0.91m tall light bar and thus covers half the size of the average human. For this reason, full-body benefits can be achieved in a very short amount of time.
The Flex Pad (R6,999) is a portable, rechargeable neoprene pad, embedded with 60 NIR and Red Light LEDs. The handy Velcro straps allow you to strap the fully charged device to any part of the body requiring treatment, allowing a recommended time of 20 minutes per treatment area. Unlike a heating pad, NIR and Red Light Therapy works below the skin’s surface, reaching deep into tissues, stimulating and healing cells and increasing circulation to target pain at the source.
Finally, the Handheld Unit (R2,999) is a portable, rechargeable device consisting of 30 LEDS with 3 settings: Red Light, NIR & Blue Light (great for acne); Red Light & Blue Light and Red Light & NIR. Once fully charged, the device can be targeted (held 5cm away) at any area of the body requiring treatment. Several treatment areas can be covered, to a maximum of 60 minutes per 24 hour period. This is the ideal entry-level device for those looking for a cost-effective solution with broad-spectrum results including anti-aging, acne treatment, pain relief, scar and wound healing, and the treatment of muscle spasms or injury.
Red Lab also has the Red Lab Studio in Claremont, Cape Town, which can be visited for on-site treatments, as well as retailing the range of portable devices for at-home use.
You can check out more on Red Lab’s official website.
Questions to Ask Before Breast Reduction Surgery for Men
Here’s what you need to know about breast reduction surgery for men.
Excessive breast tissue in men is known as gynecomastia. In most cases, this breast condition is caused by hormonal fluctuations and genetics. Other factors such as the use of certain medications and an underlying health condition can also lead to abnormally large breasts. Not only does this condition can affect your self-confidence but it can also cause physical discomforts such as skin irritation, breast pain, and tenderness. If you want to address your cosmetic or health concerns due to excessive breast tissue, male breast reduction might be right for you. But before undergoing this surgical procedure, it is important to gain a complete understanding of what you will go through. Here are a few key questions to ask during your consultation.
Is Male Breast Reduction Right for Me?
While the procedure helps remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to achieve a more sculpted and masculine-looking chest, it is not an ideal solution for everyone. During your consultation, you will undergo a thorough assessment of your health history and expectations to determine whether male breast reduction will best suit your cosmetic and/or health needs.
In general, you are an ideal candidate for male breast reduction if:
- You have abnormally large breasts due to excess tissue, fat, or skin.
- You are within 13 to 18 pounds of your ideal body weight.
- You have good skin elasticity.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
- You are in good overall health.
What Type of Anaesthesia will be given?
Depending on your surgical plan, you will receive either general or local anaesthesia. Usually, if the cause of gynecomastia is excess breast fat, a minimally invasive procedure known as liposuction will be used and local anaesthesia will be enough to provide maximum comfort. This type of anaesthesia involves the injection of the numbing medicine in a small area of your body where the incisions will be created. If you have excess breast tissue and skin, surgical excision will be needed and this requires general anaesthesia. This type of anaesthesia will put you to sleep to prevent discomfort.
During your consultation, you will receive a thorough explanation regarding the full procedure overview & details for you to gain more insight into male breast reduction surgery.
What Preparations do I need for Male Breast Reduction?
To prevent any complications and achieve your desired results, there are some things that you need to do prior to the procedure. These include the following:
- You will need to undergo certain medical tests.
- You will need to stop taking any medications or supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding, bruising, and other adverse events.
- You will need to stop smoking.
- You will need to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
- You will need to arrange for someone to drive you after the procedure.
- You will need to arrange for someone to help you with the house chores and activities of daily living.
- You will need to prepare a recovery area at home.
What can I Expect after Male Breast Reduction?
After the procedure, you should expect the following:
- You will likely experience pain, bruising, swelling, and numbness around your incision sites.
- You will be required to wear a compression garment.
- Your breasts may have surgical drains to remove excess blood and fluid under your skin.
- You will need to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and other activities that require raising your hands above your head.
- You will feel tightness in the operated area as your skin contracts to adjust to the new shape of your breasts.
- You will be required to sleep on your back to avoid placing tension or pressure on your incision sites.
- You will be instructed to engage in light walking exercises to prevent blood clot formation.
- Your recovery time can take 1 to 2 weeks depending on the extent of the surgery, your healing ability, and how you care for your body after the procedure.
Asking all of your questions during the consultation period will allow you to gain more knowledge about male breast reduction surgery. This will give you an idea of what to expect from the procedure and it also reduces your anxiety.