Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Shintekk Review

ShinTekk began in 2011 and has been dedicated to helping improve the health and wellness of those who strive to better themselves through fitness ever since.  They are a group of friends and family based in Middleboro, Massachusetts.  ShinTekk was designed and patented by inventor and avid runner Charlie Gillis and his long-time friend “Tall” Paul Singley (1).

I started running about 4 years ago.  I couldn’t run more than a ½ mile without stopping.  I started to get better after a month or so, but I tried to progress too quickly and started to develop injuries.  In fact, I spent much of my first year injured in one way or another, which is why I started my blog.  I had shin splints almost that whole year and developed IT Band pain as well.  I looked everywhere and there really weren’t any decent options to treat shin splints.  I recently came across ShinTekk, which claims to strengthen the muscles in your legs, which can lead to a reduction in injuries to knees, shins, and other leg ailments. 

According to their website, ShinTekk increases the bio-mechanical efficiency of the legs by enhancing strength and flexibility.  ShinTekk has you perform a resistive dorsiflexion exercise which engages the muscles and ligaments in your lower leg.  Resistive dorsiflexion is the go-to method recommended by physical therapists to boost running performance and train against and/or rehab shin splints (1).  I wish I would have found this when I had shin splints.

You can use the ShinTekk with bare feet, just socks, or in your running shoes.  You simply slide your foot under the U-Bar and then onto the trough.  You lift your toes up using your heel as the anchor point.  There are Resistance Bungee bands that come in different strengths (from 3.5 lbs. of resistance to 16 lbs. of resistance) that apply the tension to make the exercise harder or easier. 

The ShinTekk website also talks about how most runners spend too much time on strengthening their core, quads, hamstrings, and hips.  While those are all important areas to work on, many people fail to work on the pretibial muscles (the ones in your shin area), which is where ShinTekk comes in (1). 

ShinTekk has been tested and endorsed by professional athletes and trainers for the NBA, NHL, as well as runners, cyclists, physical therapists, and others in the medical field.  The website has some rather compelling statements, but I wanted to see how well it worked for me.

I started using ShinTekk 3-4 days per week.  I would do 3 sets of 15 reps with the yellow (6 lbs.) resistance band.  After about 2 weeks, I went up to the red band (8 lbs.) resistance.  I can see a difference in the amount strength in my lower legs as well as less fatigue during my runs.  I am now using the ShinTekk every day and will continue this process for the next two months to see how well it does at fighting off injuries as I train for my 12-hour race in July.

I am very pleased with my ShinTekk so far.  It’s made of plastic and is very durable.  I bought the ST, which retails for $59.95, which comes with the ShinTekk, a starter pack of 3 resistance bungees, and a pad that goes under the U-Bar (which is what you lift up with your foot).  I also bought the Replacement Bungee Pack that has 8 resistance bungees for $14.95.

Can help treat and prevent shin splints and other leg ailments.
Decent price at $59.95
Solid construction
Endorsed by medical professionals and athletes

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I am really looking forward to seeing the true benefits of using ShinTekk as I continue to use it over the next few months.  From my initial testing of the ShinTekk, I think this will be a vital tool in my fight to remain injury free.  If you get one for yourself, please leave a comment and let me know about your results and I will include them in the update.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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