Big City Living is a ‘round-the-clock rollercoaster of fun and fatigue, fraught with ‘urban emissions’ both physical and energetic. Whether you sink or swim through the LA smog-sea, you must yet brave a 24/7 onslaught of aura-disrupting EMFs, commuters’ and criminals’ negative thought-forms, and the soul-sucking energy drain of corporate advertising. But life can often be great in the City of Angels, and that’s why I still choose to call LA ‘home’.
And for the boldest of us, who dare to both have and eat our metaphysical cake, I bring good tidings. Because if my experience with my favorite gift this past holiday, a TigerEye LifeBEAT Cohere Bodywear Bracelet, is at all representative of the EMF-protective abilities of the rest of the product line, then city life just got easier for everyone.
Though that’s not what this story is about. Because there’s plenty more to this little fella on my wrist then just keeping me clear of the LA noize.
A few times a year, I visit family and friends in Northern California. These trips are also when I indulge in my favorite pastime: rock climbing. And since I’m too busy to regularly trip outside of LA’s concrete jungle to satisfy my climbing fix most of the year, I’m usually woefully out of climbing shape when I hit the granite back home. That means multiple sessions wasted on playing catch-up, just so I can (hopefully) pick up where I left off by the time vacay ends and I fly south again. Not the best way to go about it, certainly.
This past holiday break, however, was a different story. My first day back, I certifiably ‘rocked’ a full-day session, fueled only by grapefruit, granola, and…hematite?
That’s right – something about my magnetic hematite LifeBEAT bracelet really tuned in my balance and proprioceptive sensitivity and, dare I say it, that king of climbing assets: finger tendon endurance. I had left that morning fully aware that this would likely be a ‘wasted day’ of re-greasing old grooves and pacing through easy routes that I might barely manage to grit through, with the hope that I could lay some necessary groundwork for future climbs – and that, if the stars aligned and I could avoid injury, I might approach a previous ‘best’ before my time was up. Amazingly, I instead not only outperformed my own expectations, but easily bested both my climbing partners, who had taken comparable breaks from the sport before our reunion climb.
It may certainly have helped that I set my intent, going in, to take full advantage of my bracelet’s qualities in holding my energetic self in coherence. Whatever the case, the results that day spoke for themselves. I lasted far longer and pulled much harder than my friends or I expected, and was fresh enough to go again the very next day – a trip I made on my own, as my friends needed the time off to nurse their aching forearms and fingers.
Since returning to LA, I’ve kept the bracelet on during all my workouts and have noticed a significant boost to those skills most involving balance and hand strength. Before receiving my bracelet for Christmas, I’d been plateauing hard in my mission to perform the one-armed handstand pushup and the one-armed pull up. In the weeks since, I’ve made significant progress: where I once struggled to do three limited range-of-motion (ROM) headstand pushups, I can now knock out four, full-ROM handstand pushups on parallettes – I imagine the single-arm variety with limited ROM isn’t far off, though it might still be awhile before I can knock out true, deep, one-armed handstand pushups off my parallettes. Still, that is some significant progress.
Likewise, I can now do half a one-armed pullup and am closing in on the real deal.
Another balance-intensive exercise, the one-legged squat, has become smoother and easier on my knee thanks to improved body control on the descent. I’ve since ‘graduated’ from a single 53 lb.-weighted one-legged squat to knocking out four-rep sets with dual kettlebell weights of 35 lbs. held in each arm, all with less knee strain than before.
Of course, strength and balance skills like those described above require intensive, regular practice to see improvement, and I am reluctant to praise the bracelet alone for its contributions relative to my focused training regimen. Nevertheless, the improvements I’ve made are astounding, and entirely out of character. And at the end of the day, there’s little else that explains my ability to scale the rock after months of languished forearm disuse, especially because I’m (cough) a bit heavier than I was in the past.
I look forward to hearing other LifeBEAT performance athletes share their stories about their time with these bracelets. I imagine I’m not alone, and that my story is not unique. I’m anxious to hear more from my fellows.
So to the rock climbers out there, “Happy ascending!”
On second thought, that goes for the rest of you LifeBEAT-ers as well.