Blog posts tagged with 'sports'

3 Things All Athletes Need From Their Sports Apparel


If you are a Hammer Strength Apparel athlete then you are someone who will do anything they can to have an edge on the competition. No matter what position you play, your goals is to be the absolute best and when it comes game day, let nothing hold you back from bringing your team a win.


The elite athletes know how important underlayer apparel is to maximize sports performance. If you want to learn more about how apparel affects athletic performance then take a look at our previous blog HERE.


So what kind of traits does your performance apparel need to pass the test and show up big for you on gameday? Take a look at the 4 traits below:


1. Comfort - Be sure to stay away from any rough fabrics that will cause skin irritation and chafing during repetitive movements. Be sure that your apparel is made with high quality comfort fabrics such as olefin and polyester. Ideally, 52% olefin to 48% polyester ratio is optimal for maximum comfort and performance. Be sure to purchase your apparel in a size that is not restrictive but allows you to move freely throughout any range of motion. The purpose of pre-game and practice stretches are to improve range of motion for activity. Don't let your apparel limit you.


2. Technologically Advanced - Technology is always advancing and producing greater and greater products. Look at the first iPod compared to the iPod of 2015. It is far more advanced and provides a far more enjoyable experience for the listener. Would you rather walk around with a bulky iPod that can only hold 1,000 songs or a thinner, more stylish looking iPod that can hold 20,000 songs? The answer is a no-brainer. Selecting apparel is no different for the elite athlete. Wear the best and have a step up on your competition even with the underlayer of your jersey.


Be sure to avoid apprel that will hold onto sweat. If you can wring your shirt out after practice with sweat dripping out, then it's time for an upgrade. Not only does sweat bog down athletes but it also interferes with your body's ability to cool off through the process of evaporation. What kind of apparel would you look for then? 


You will want performance apparel that will remove sweat from your skin layer and displace the sweat to the top layer of your apparel where it can easily be evaporated. This moisture management technology causes a cooling effect for the athlete and doesn't slow the athlete down with soaked fabric. This technology is only found in Hammer Strength® Apparel and is known as the world's best moisture management technology. 


3. Quality - Chances are, you want the quality of your apparel to keep up with you even after a few washes, am I right? Do not overlook the importance of high integrity products that will last you a long time. You want your apprel to be trusted and consitently perform for you, practice to practice, game to game. Check the tag before purchasing your apparel and be sure to research the guarantee of the company you choose.


MADE IN THE USA products have always proven to be the highest quality grade in performance apparel and is something worth researching before making your selection. Be sure to look for a lifetime quality guarantee as well.


Do not overlook the importance of dressing yourself with the best apparel you can find. Elite athletes will not let anything hold them back... Not their opponent, not sweat, not even comfort. Be sure to follow these 3 tips before purchasing your next batch of sports performance apparel. It will be worth more than just money in your wallet. It's worth you being the best you come game time!


All I Want Is To Be #HammerStrengthStrong

Whether you are an elite athlete, weightlifter, or extreme sports enthusiast, there is one thing you cannot thrive in your sport without… can you guess what that one thing is?




I mean, think about it…


Elite athletes…How would you perform on the field, underneath the rim or skating on the ice without strength?


Weightlifters… How can you accomplish new personal records at your meets and have exceptional squat, deadlift and bench press totals without the ability to move maximal weight?


How about you extreme sports enthusiasts? Your activities consist of high levels of physical exertion. Each workout, each hike, each climb is a test… Could you see yourself properly performing the challenge at hand without strength?


I’m sure you’ve figured out all the answers yourself.


You would UNDER-perform against your competition and you would under-perform your expectations for yourself without this important feat.


Hammer Strength Athletes are about performance! How they perform in their individual or team sport means everything. When you are stronger than the lineman in front of you, stronger than the offender skating toward you, stronger than the 405 lb. loaded bar beneath you…you come out on top.


Now who’s all in favor for coming out on top?


It’s my pleasure to open up this forum to all athletes, weightlifters and extreme athletes to bring forth your questions about strength, speed, mindset…whatever it is that YOU NEED to become the best of the best.


If anything, simply follow along with me on this Hammer Strength Apparel blog and become better…


And remember,


Don’t just be strong, be #HammerStrengthStrong


Your Trainer,


Joe LoGalbo

Hammer Strength Apparel

Improving Maximum Bench Press


One of the most multi-purpose power movements used in sports is pushing.


Think of the linemen in the trenches of a college football game, paving the path for their running back... there is an immense amount of upper body strength needed to manhandle another 260 lb. athlete across the field.


Consider even a tennis or lacrosse player. In order to generate enough power in their serves, returns, and shots on goal they must have enough force generated from their chest to move their arm across the body and make contact with the tennis ball or release the lacrosse ball.


The max bench press is a measure of strength, power, and performance on the field and in a match. It is more than just a number that you brag about with your buddies.


So let’s make sure you are pressing the maximum amount of weight you can for your one rep max, here’s how you can become stronger and press with more force in just one month of practice.


Practice these 5 techniques to maximize your bench press starting today!


1)    When performing the bench press, tuck your elbows into your side so you will not only be using your chest and shoulders during the movement, but also the muscle fibers in your triceps. So be sure to practice your bench press and add some additional triceps exercises into your routine such as the close-grip bench press and the skull crusher.


2)    Make sure feet are planted firmly in the ground and press through your feet. Also be sure to tense your upper back on the bench press pad. Before lifting the bar off of the rack with your spotter, be sure to have your feet planted, body evenly positioned on the bench press, and upper back pressed into the bench pad. This will allow you to efficiently move the bar using all of the energy in your body properly.


3)    Push the bar straight up and back. This will make for a shorter range of motion. You want to make the bar travel as short a distance as possible from your chest to the top of the bench press rack.


4)    Practice makes perfect! Be sure to practice your bench press movement 2-3 times per week. Each workout does not need to be overly taxing on your body. Your goal is to practice the movement enough so you can comfortably move the bar with maximum efficiency. Train your body to function with proper bench press mechanics.


5)    Identify your weaknesses and practice those more. This one is simple. Following the above training tips, single out what your weaknesses are and spend extra time working on those. Are your triceps lacking strength? Are you having trouble keeping your feet on the floor throughout your pressing movement? Spend more focused time and effort on improving these techniques.


There it is! Train with purpose, train for performance. Adding these new techniques to your bench press will greatly improve your max strength, your in-game performance and power output.


Need more help with your bench press? Comment below and I will gladly assist you with your training.


Your Trainer,

Joe LoGalbo

Hammer Strength Apparel

What It Takes To Be Elite

What does it take to be an elite athlete in your sport? What does it take to be the best?


At Hammer Strength Apparel we stress five different traits. These traits separate the good from the elite… they’re characteristics that allow an athlete to be extraordinary.


1) Elite Athletes Seek Challenges: Hammer Strength Apparel athletes don’t hide from a challenge, and they don’t back down from an opportunity. When their number is called, they rise to the occasion. Hammer Strength Apparel athletes take on intense physiological conditioning and they are rewarded for their dedication and hard work.


2) They Are Focused: Hammer Strength Apparel athletes share single-minded dedication to performing and achieving. When it’s time to load the plates on the bar and grind out repetition after repetition, set after set, their mind is fixated only on becoming the biggest, fastest, and strongest athlete they can be.


3) They Are Uncompromising: Elite athletes don’t make excuses. They face challenges head on and courageously, and are rewarded with outstanding results and the respect of teammates, coaches and classmates.


4) Elite Athletes Outperform: They aren’t okay with average. Hammer Strength Apparel athletes aspire to achieve great accomplishments. They outwork others in the weight room and on the field.


5) They Are Leaders: Embracing challenges results in personal achievement, and leadership by example. Hammer Strength Apparel athletes aren’t content to follow, they want to lead.


A Hammer Strength Apparel athlete is special, one who displays the qualities above day after day, workout after workout and game after game. Be an elite athlete, be Hammer Strength strong.


Joe LoGalbo

Hammer Strength Apparel