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Two of the most frequent questions we get are, “How are the Marc Pro and Marc Pro Plus different?” and “Which one should I get?” Both devices use our patented technology to deliver the most effective results. However, there are a few key differences between the two.

marc pro vs. marc pro plusWhat is the Marc Pro?

Recovery, Conditioning, and Performance

The Marc Pro creates non-fatiguing muscle contractions, meaning you can use the device for as long as you need to ensure a full recovery. By improving the recovery process, you can prevent overuse injuries, perform better, maintain proper biomechanics, reduce soreness/fatigue, train or play more often, maximize training results, and operate at your full potential. Marc Pro can also be used as a warm-up tool to loosen up muscles. Plus, using Marc Pro consistently is shown to improve vascular capacity (conditioning), so your muscles can do more and last longer before they break down again. The Marc Pro achieves all of these benefits in one comfortable, easy-to-use setting and is set at 2Hz.

Where can I use it? Marc Pro can be used to target any muscle group.

What is the Marc Pro Plus?

marc pro vs. marc pro plusRecovery, Conditioning, Performance & Pain Relief

The Marc Pro Plus offers all the benefits of the standard Marc Pro on the LOW setting (2Hz). The main difference is that this device also offers an additional HIGH setting (60Hz) which is used to provide very significant and lasting pain relief. The HIGH setting will make you feel substantially better but does not have the rehabilitative benefit of the LOW setting. This setting is designed for more intense nerve-related pain, as opposed to muscle soreness which can be addressed with the LOW setting. Also, the HIGH setting feels much different from the LOW setting. Users will feel a strong, yet comfortable buzzing sensation instead of muscle contractions.

Where can I use it? The LOW setting on Marc Pro Plus can be used to target any muscle group. The HIGH setting can be used to target pain in the knees, ankles, shoulders, back, neck, hips, elbows, and wrists.

*The Marc Pro Plus can also be put into manual mode allowing users to select their own frequency between 1-70Hz.

Which is Right for Me?

Marc Pro: If your goal is to enhance recovery, elevate performance, eliminate soreness/fatigue, prevent overuse injuries, and improve conditioning.

Marc Pro Plus: If you are dealing with pain that is beyond muscle soreness or if you like to experiment with new protocols and applications (for example, Brian Mackenzie shows how to use the Marc Pro Plus to release tight, locked up muscles). If you want the ability to shut down pain as well as enhance recovery, elevate performance, eliminate soreness/fatigue, prevent overuse injuries, and improve conditioning.

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Have any more questions? We would be happy to answer them. Please email us at contact@marcpro.com

muscle recoveryMarc Pro uses a novel waveform and parameters that are distinct from other devices. The technology behind Marc Pro has shown to produce a nitric oxide dependent enhancement of microcirculation and angiogenesis in rats, as well as improve swim performance in athletes with concomitant reduction of plasma lactate. In this pilot study, researchers looked at the effectiveness of Marc Pro for muscle recovery and performance.

1. Soreness and Fatigue

To examine Marc Pro’s effect on muscle recovery, two separate studies were conducted to evaluate soreness and fatigue. The group on the first study completed leg extension strength training exercises. The second study had participants complete a hike, with the goal of inducing quadriceps muscle DOMS. In both studies, Marc Pro was only applied to one leg post activity. Researchers found that the leg with the Marc Pro application had significantly lower levels of soreness and fatigue.

2. Muscle Endurance

Within the first study, researchers assessed muscle endurance in participants. To determine this, they examined the number of leg extension repetitions each leg could complete. Researchers found that the leg that used Marc Pro was able to complete more repetitions.

The studies performed in this experiment conclude that “Marc Pro may significantly improve muscle recovery and muscle endurance.” While the mechanism of increased muscle recovery is unknown, researchers believe that it may be due to Marc Pro’s presumed cellular responses, such as “nitric oxide production, fluid shifts, protein clearance, and angiogenesis, as well as its potential to induce mRNA transcriptional proteins.”

Want to put Marc Pro to the test? We offer our customers a 30 day money back guarantee. If you’re not completely happy with you purchase, send it back, no questions asked!

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cyclingWritten by competitive road cyclist Normand Richard:

Patience and perseverance are two things that are hard to swallow in a world where you check the weather, answer an email, and order a pizza on your phone within a minute.  For me, cycling is a case in point for this. Barring exceptional genetics (thank or curse your parents), becoming good takes patience, perseverance, and plentiful practice.

Last year I got my category 1 upgrade mid-summer, and was over the top to be able to race the Cascade Cycling Classic with the big boys aka the Pro’s and the Cat 1. The transition was brutal; I wasn’t the best at positioning myself in the peloton and the speeds where higher. Low and behold I was dropped the first day and that was the end for me. Similarly my attempt at BC SuperWeek last year, several criteriums (crits) over one week, was also less then successful with me lasting only a quarter of the races before being spit out the back.

You might be wondering by now why I’m sharing these rather embarrassing experiences with you. Well it’s to show that if you fail you got to get up, change your game plan and try again. Here’s what I did:

Equipment

For the crits I used deep wheels (I chose the Energy Lab V90) that would help carry speed and minimize re-accelerations. Carrying as much speed as you can is key to saving your matches when you really need them. I also used amber lenses on my Rudy Project glasses as these crits happen in the evening while the sun is setting. Some guys go with no glasses but there’s always the risk of a rock being kicked up, and my eyes get watery in the wind (yup, that’s my only weakness).

Recovery

SuperWeek crits usually finish around 8-830 PM, and by the time you get home its 9-930 PM. Having your nutrition dialed is essential, particularly because these races are back to back. This year I was working with Picky Bar, and always made sure I had a bar (more like two bars!) and a full bottle to start my recovery ASAP. The other downside of these night races is that you can’t always properly cool down as the course is shut down quickly and it might be too far or dark to ride home. My tactic around this was to use the Marc Pro to help flush out my legs while eating dinner once I was at home.  I definitely felt looser the next day and had a little more snap.

Perseverance

Despite not achieving the goals I wanted to at BC SuperWeek and Cascades in 2015, I persevered and signed up for both again. This year, the crits were a success; I finished one and practically completed another one before getting caught in a crash at the end. Then I was able to secure a guest ride with the upcoming domestique elite team Support Clean Sport/SeaSucker/Guttenplan Coaching  for Cascades. Cascades was much better, fitness wise I was at a higher level, I knew where to be in the peloton and how to eat/drink sufficiently for these big stages. Luck wasn’t on my side, as I was caught in a pile up on the first day, suffering road rash on my left side and bruised ribs. I managed to push through three out of the 5 stages before finish outside the time limit (crashing takes some out of you!). Was I disappointed? Yes. Will I keep going and race Cascades again? Yes.

The take home message for this (other than crashing will happen!) is that good results and satisfaction take time. So be patient, have fun and enjoy the journey.

hydrationHalloween has come and gone. Jack-o-lanterns are being replaced with snowflake decorations, and light sweaters are being layered with fluffy parkas. Winter is just around the corner, which not only means bundling up, but also, that additional considerations need to be taken regarding recovery and especially hydration throughout your workouts.

During the summer, it’s very easy to tell when we feel dehydrated. The drenched shirts communicate to us that we have sweated during our workout, and in-turn, we must replace those fluids in order to replenish what we have just lost. We tend to feel more thirsty, and start imagining flowing waterfalls when the sun beats down on us. Subsequently, the brain yells out to us, “I need water right now!”

In colder temperatures, however, dehydration may not be as evident nor easy to feel. Thirst is typically not an indicator of dehydration when it is colder, and as a result, it is important to hydrate regularly. In cold weather, the thirst response is actually diminished by upwards of 40% when dehydrated compared to in warmer conditions. Below are some tips to help ensure that your body is getting the liquids it needs:

  1. Hydrate with liquids that are at room-temperature– when in cooler climates, hydrating with room temperature fluids can keep your internal temperature at the ideal state. Colder liquids can actually be absorbed more quickly by the body.
  2. Munch on fruit– winter fruits are packed with water, which can allow for proper hydration while eating. To put it into perspective, apples are made up of 84% water and clementines are made up of 87% water.
  3. Incorporate salt– salt helps the body retain water, and one way that you can easily incorporate both salt and fluids is with soup. Broths contain salt and water, and combined with a variety of winter vegetables, you have yourself a tasty dinner that allows our bodies to recover properly. Did someone say butternut squash soup or mushroom potato soup?
  4. Hot chocolate for recovery and hydration– chocolate milk has been shown to be an effective method to reduce kinase also known as post-workout damage to muscles. Heat chocolate milk up and you have a tasty warm treat pumped with the flavonoids from cocoa to help your muscles repair and recover. Try making a hot cocoa with almond milk or rice milk with a touch of vanilla for a warm, frothy delight!
  5. Decrease alcohol and caffeine consumption– both alcohol and caffeine have diuretic effects which can affect hydration. Try waiting until after your workout to hit the coffee shop, or the bar.
  6. Carry a water bottle– you are more likely to hydrate post-workout when you have a handy water bottle right by your side. Add some cucumber or orange slices to your water for a bit of flavor to encourage you to drink more during the day, or even when hooked up to your Marc Pro. Talk about recovery and hydration all in one!

How do you make sure that you stay properly hydrated during the winter? Tweet @theMarcPro with your favorite recovery tip and win a Marc Pro t-shirt that you can layer for some winter workouts!

active recoveryThe Marc Pro and Marc Pro Plus will allow you to recover more effectively than normal through traditional active recovery techniques; however, when looking at the unit, you may be wondering, “What happens if I crank this button up all the way on high? What happens if I raise the intensity? When is it better to keep the intensity lower?”

The experts at Marc Pro have the answers so that you can get the maximum benefit out of your Marc Pro or Marc Pro Plus for your specific needs.

Using the Marc Pro for Better Recovery

Generally speaking, higher intensity levels yield better and faster results. The reason is simple: more intensity translates to stronger muscle contractions. This means that you’re pumping out more waste (i.e. damaged tissue) and bringing in more nourishment (i.e. oxygenated blood) to the area being targeted. (if you remember one thing from this post, think “Waste Out, Nourishment In.”)

However, if the contractions are causing any type of discomfort or pain, the raised intensity could be causing more harm than good. In this situation, intensity levels should be reduced. Also, if the strength of the contraction doesn’t allow you to relax and you find yourself resisting the muscle activity, you should also reduce the intensity.

Using the Marc Pro Plus for Pain Relief

With the Marc Pro Plus, you need to choose what frequency (mode) to use before cranking up the intensity. Low Frequency is the setting of the standard Marc Pro. This is where all of the recovery and conditioning benefits come from. Low Frequency contracts muscles to flush out waste and deliver nutrients to the area. If pain or soreness is related to a lack of recovery or to a buildup of congestion, then Low Frequency is the setting to alleviate those issues.

On the other hand, if you are experiencing aches and pain that seems to be more related to an irritated nerve as opposed to a lack of muscle recovery, then the High Frequency mode of the Marc Pro Plus is the way to go. There are no muscle contractions in this mode as the objective of the strong, yet comfortable stimulus is to directly calm down irritated nerves and shut down stubborn pain related to your sport or activity.

After shutting down pain with the High Frequency Mode, you will typically want to still flush and help that area recover using the Low Frequency setting. In some cases, you can use the two settings simultaneously (e.g. one channel is using High Frequency directly through the knee joint to calm down that area while the other channel is simultaneously contracting the quad and calf muscles to move nourishment and waste).

When using the High Frequency Mode, stronger intensity levels yield longer lasting pain relief, without the use of over-the-counter drugs or side effects. The intensity level should be turned high enough to eliminate the sensation of pain during the session. By continuing to work the intensity level up higher throughout the session, you’ll feel the most significant results. As with Low Frequency, the signal may feel strong and intense, but should never be raised to a level that causes pain or discomfort.

Being able to control the intensity levels associated with the Marc Pro allows you to customize your recovery to ultimately deliver the best individual results. Have more questions about how to incorporate intensity levels into your Marc Pro recovery? Shoot us a tweet @theMarcPro and we can help you learn more about stepping up your recovery game.

jordan hasayThe Marc Pro team is proud to announce our newest Marc Pro athlete, Jordan Hasay. Jordan is renowned in the running community as a distance standout, qualifying for the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in the 10,000m.

Jordan has been struggling this year with foot pain, and has been using the Marc Pro Plus, combining low and high frequencies for recovery treatments. We caught up with Jordan to learn more about her training, recovery, and her plans leading into 2016.

What attracted you to Marc Pro?

Jordan Hasay: I actually first found out about the Marc Pro from a recovery lounge in Shell Beach, California called Moore Recovery. I had used electrical stimulation before, but never really found it to be that effective. I was attracted to the Marc Pro Plus because of the different intensities and I think being able to combine low and high frequency into one treatment is really key. After the first couple days of trying it out, I was hooked!

How have you found the device useful?

Jordan Hasay: I really feel like the device helps to flush out my foot/ankle after a hard workout. I have mainly focused on my foot because I am recovering from injury but I can’t wait to start experimenting with the global leg flush and other positions as I think this will aid in recovery and help me to stay injury free.

When and how do you typically use the device?

Jordan Hasay: I use the device after I run, typically for 30-40 min in the late morning and then again in the evening. What’s nice is I can just put it on low frequency while reading a book or eating dinner and leave it on for hours! If I am feeling specific pain, I will put high frequency on that area and it is amazing how much the pain calms down.

jordan hasayHow has Marc Pro helped you manage your pain?

Jordan Hasay: I truly believe that without the Marc Pro, my plantar fasciitis would not have fully healed as well as it has. I am lucky to have discovered the device about a week after I began running again after a month long hiatus due to the plantar fasciitis pain being so bad. I still had quite a bit of thickness/scar tissue through my foot but in these past 1-2 months my foot basically looks normal again thanks to the Marc Pro helping to flush things out. I think it also has helped recondition the muscles around my arch/ankle, which were not moving that well when I first returned to training.

Had you ever used any technology like the Marc Pro before?

Jordan Hasay: No! The Marc Pro is really different and unique from any other technology. I don’t think a lot of the running community knows about the product yet, so hopefully word can travel fast so others can benefit as I have!

Do you have any races coming up that you would like to share?

Jordan Hasay: I am hoping to race on Thanksgiving Day in a road race and then will have a few other road/cross country races in December before beginning an early indoor track season.

The Marc Pro team wishes Jordan the best of luck with training as she begins to ramp up her season. If you have a question for Jordan about how she uses the Marc Pro, send us a tweet @theMarcPro

stravaWillie Myers, cyclist for Herbalife p/b Marc Pro Strava, wrote about his adventure to Lompoc with his buddy Garret Hankins to compete in the 805 Crit Series.  The two had an interesting weekend filled with lots of cycling and podiums.

6/25/15: Last weekend, my buddy Garret Hankins (Team Mikes Bikes pb Equator Coffees) and I loaded up the car headed south to Lompoc for the 805 Crit Series. With 3 days of racing and some solid purse money, both of us were looking forward to a full weekend of 90-minute crits. We decided that going down a day early to relax on the beach seemed like the logical decision. We drove down on Thursday, only to discover that the beaches were temporarily closed. Disappointed, but a perfect reason to sit in our hotel room and watch cartoons for hours and hours.

Which is exactly what we did.

Day One: Hancock Twilight Criterium

With strong winds and a subtly curving course, the racing was aggressive from the gun. I found myself off the front for most of the race with a combination of Logan Loader (Amore & Vita), Brandon Gritters (Rock n Road) and rotating door of other riders; some would bridge, then others would get dropped. And repeat. With 5 laps to go, the break had swelled to 9 riders including Garret (who sprints REALLY fast); it was clear we would be staying away.

With two laps to go Gritters put in a haymaker of an attack which got us chasing hard. In our frantic chase effort we managed to lap the field and catch Gritters. 300 meters from the finish Loader launched his sprint as I was coming around when Garret blew by me and posted up for sweet, sweet glory. If you’re going to get beat it might as well be your bro who does it.

Day Two: The Avenue of Flags Criterium

Bigger field, more wind, higher temperatures, and bounce houses.

Plan for the day: make break, win bike race, eat cheesecake. I was hoping we would get a few easy laps before things got lively. These hopes were dashed as people repeatedly threw themselves off the front.

At some point, I decided it would be a good idea to bridge to a dangerous looking move and -Wham! Bam! that was the break. We built a large gap and kept the pressure on; eventually lapping the field. With me, was my Herbalife pb Marc Pro-Stava team mate, Josh Carling.

Coming through bell lap Josh charged to the front and took control through the tight final few corners leading into the finish. Going kamikaze speed into the final corner, Cory Williams (Incycle – Cannondale) dove the inside of Josh, with his teammate Hunter Grove glued to his wheel.

After some bumper boats with Hunter I got a clear line through the corner and sprinted real real hard to victory. With my 2nd place on the first day and my win I was now leading the omnium leading into the final day. I got my cheesecake on the way home.

Day Three: Valley of flowers Criterium

As I walk to registration I wonder to myself, “How is it possible that there is more wind every day. When does it end? How much prerace did I just take?”

With my energy levels all but topped off I lined up for the final day of racing. I’ve never worn a leaders jersey so that was a nice change of pace. I will now sum up the first 45 minutes of racing…ATTACK, CHASE, ATTACK, PRIME LAP, ATTACK, get really tired, realize I shouldn’t have been attacking, hang on for dear life.

At some point Logan Loader and Brandon Gritters got off the front and built a sizable lead over the field- they were gone. I had a healthy lead in the omnium points but I can never say no to a good field sprint. With a couple laps remaining Team Clif Bar had 7 guys on the front keeping the pace high in an effort to deter anyone from slipping away.

Last lap I kept sheltered and out of trouble, knowing thatI could make up a few wheels in the long final straight. I jumped with 300 meters to go and had clear skies to the finish winning the sprint for 3rd.

With three podium trips in three days I sealed up the omnium with Garret in 2nd, Brandon Gritters 3rd, Logan Loader 4th, and Pete Morris (Team Clif Bar) 5th. Huge thanks to Mike Hecker and all of the people that put on an amazing weekend of racing.

Cant wait for next year.

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