Team Joovv loves talking to health and fitness leaders about their strategies for success. Over the years, we’ve interviewed hundreds of athletes, physicians, trainers, skincare professionals, and celebrities about how they stay in shape and get the most out of life and work.
These are some of the highlights from Joovv’s AMA series:
Red Light Therapy Users Talk Fitness and Workouts
Red light therapy is used by elite pro athletes and world-class trainers to improve performance and muscle recovery. This article breaks down the science and research behind the fitness and training benefits of red light therapy.
Check out what these health and fitness experts have told us about workouts and training:
When we talked to Brent Brookbush, President and Founder of the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science, we asked him for one fitness activity he hates to do, but that also provides a ton of benefits.
“Personally, I would have to say that I hate anything related to cardiovascular performance. I would rather lift a treadmill than run on one. But, basketball is currently my favorite sport, and for how long I’ve played, I’ve learned that having a strong cardiovascular base is a must.”
Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutritionist, weightlifting coach, and best-selling author. She is also the owner and primary writer of stupideasypaleo.com. We asked Steph the same question, but got a very different answer:
“I’m at the point in my fitness journey where I don’t do things I hate anymore. It’s not worth it. Sure, there are some things I find mildly annoying or tricky (looking at you, snatch balances) but overall I know that improving skill comes from doing things I’m good and not-so-good at.”
John Beradi, founder of Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest online nutrition coaching company, had a similar answer:
“Sure, some exercises - like heavy squats or low-rest interval sprints - are challenging. So it's those exercises that benefit from a mental reframe. Because it's the challenging nature of them that helps you become more resilient, change, and grow.”
Josh Trent is the founder of Wellness Force, and a consultant specializing in health technology. He’s been in the wellness industry for over 15 years, but still can’t stand one exercise:
“Haha, burpees! Seriously that exercise takes me to my edge, every time. A close second would be high repetition barbell squats. But honestly, when it comes to fitness, I tend to secretly love the things that I hate because I know how strong they make me.”
Emily Schromm is a CrossFit coach, athlete, personal trainer, and nutritional therapy practitioner who’s working to change the way the world thinks about food and movement. She knows what she likes in workouts, but also knows the importance of variety:
“This means that doing the same thing over and over again is extremely hard for me. Stair-master, a 5k run, or even a long bike ride gets boring, but makes me a better, well-rounded athlete!”
Lewis Howes is a former professional football player and two-sport All-American, a New York Times Bestselling author, and host of one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, The School of Greatness. When we asked him the same question, what fitness activity he can’t stand, we got a very straightforward answer:
“I hate cardio (it's so boring), but I always get the best ideas when I let myself go for a run without listening to anything.”
Michelle is a two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and the co-creator of Nom Nom Paleo, the Saveur award-winning food blog and Webby award-winning cooking app. And she hates push ups!
“Push-ups! You don't need any special equipment - so you can do this effective, body-weight exercise anywhere.”
Health Experts Talk about Getting Restful Sleep
Red light therapy users know natural light is necessary for a healthy circadian rhythm and restful sleep. And they know good sleep is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Here’s what a few of our previous interviewees had to say about their sleep habits.
Dr. Kirk Parsley, a former Navy SEAL, is the inventor of Sleep Remedy, and a world-renowned expert on the science of sleep. Dr. Parsley says one of the most important things to remember about sleep, is that there are no hacks that will allow you to get away with fewer than 8 hours.
“Can you survive on less than 8 hours of sleep per night? Yes! Can you be at your best with significantly less sleep than 8 hours? Not a chance. Can you run a marathon every day? Yes. Would it lead to good health and top performance? Not a chance! Can you live off of McDonald’s hamburgers? Yes! . . . you get my point.”
Sarah Fragoso is the co-owner of JS Strength and Conditioning, co-owner of JassaFit, and conducts workshops and seminars nationwide on the subjects of nutrition and fitness. When we asked her how important her sleep is, she had this to say:
“I guard my sleep like a lion. However, sometimes life steps in and says, "nope, not tonight silly girl, you only WISH you could get that solid 8 hours." It happens way less than it used to and I insist on getting good sleep over all else because I have learned the hard way that lack of sleep crushes every possibility of being able to do the things I love during the day.”
Menno is an online physique coach, fitness model, and scientific author. And he knows how vital sleep is to every other part of his life. He actually uses red light therapy to aid in his sleep habits. This is how he put it:
“I do find that red light therapy helps me become productive earlier in the morning and I do tend to have more energy during the day, and most importantly fall asleep easier at night (since I’m an insomniac).”
Cori is the owner of Redefining Strength, a functional fitness training facility focused on educating clients and trainers on unique training methods to help them move and feel better. She told us about her insistence on sleep, and how her body naturally knows what it needs:
“It is rare that I get under 7 hours of sleep. And when I do, I know I need to make a change and reorganize how I’m prioritizing things. I rarely wake up with an alarm though. I actually only use one twice a week when I teach classes at 6 am. Other than that, I go to bed when I’m tired and wake up when I wake up!”
How the Pros Use Red Light Therapy
Health and fitness pros are always on top of their game, and stay on top by utilizing multiple techniques and tools. Red light therapy is one of the most powerful tools in their arsenal and has the potential to unleash all sorts of health benefits. If you want to learn more about the health benefits of red light therapy, check out this article.
Joovv light therapy products are indicated for use in the relief of muscle and joint pain, including arthritis and muscle spasm pain, and increasing of blood circulation, and relaxation of muscles. The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to support the safety or effectiveness of Joovv devices, or diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It's not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with your healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.