Mixed martial artists are some of the toughest athletes on the planet. Aside from having the intestinal fortitude to stand opposite an opponent while locked inside a cage, the MMA athlete needs to have the mental strength and willpower to put their mind and bodies through a variety of grueling workout and training sessions.
Not only will their bodies absorb blows from kicks and punches, but their muscles are often put to the test through a multitude of exercises and intense showdowns at the gym. A revolutionary new product called Firefly has developed a way to get the athlete back in the game. If you’ve ever lifted weights you may have experienced the muscle fatigue that comes the days following the workout. It may be hard to walk or move your muscles.
The OnPulse technology powering Firefly is proven to increase blood circulation for the reduction of muscle soreness within 24 hours. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs when exercise places unaccustomed load on muscles causing microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. DOMS typically begins 12–24 hours after exercise and can be painful for up to 72 hours. Characteristics of DOMS include local muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and a temporary reduction of strength in the affected muscles.
Firefly is portable and easily fits in to your lifestyle making it convenient when your body needs a boost.
Speeding up the body’s recovery process allows muscles to adapt and respond quicker, meaning an athlete can return to training earlier to improve performance.
Time is a limiting factor in many athletes’ lives and recovery is likely to be the first element neglected.
Firefly is proven not to be detrimental to training adaptation unlike other recovery methods such as ice baths and anti-inflammatory drugs which have been shown to dampen the training stimulus response.
How Firefly Recovery Works
There are a number of MMA athletes currently using the FireFly to include Beniel Dariush, Bubba Jenkins, Mickey Gall, Justin “the Big Pygmy” Wren, and Genah Fabian.
I caught up with Anthony Kjenstad, President Athletic Recover and Performance at FireFly to find out more about the product, how it works, and some of the benefits that it may provide to the hardcore mixed martial artist who is doing a number on their body on a weekly basis.
UFC fighter Mickey Gall has been using Firefly to help get him back in the cage. Check out his commercial video below.