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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Crazy Legs] [ In reply to ]
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Has anyone figured out if you can use HSA/FSA dollars for a normatec or similar? It's a "medical device." Anyone tried?

yes and yes
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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I bought a Normatec for my wife for her birthday, she says it is one of the best birthday presents ever! I used HSA money to buy it, Normatec was very helpful.

Of course, I think it is a great present as well since I get to use it! :)
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [bumpme] [ In reply to ]
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I picked up a Devon Circuflow 5100 on ebay with the spaceboots for 65$. Pressure is adjustable & more than I need if I want to ramp up.
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [bumpme] [ In reply to ]
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My birthday was yesterday & a generous family member bought me the Air Relax system off my Amazon wish list. The timing could not be better because I am in the middle of training for the Chicago Marathon & my run volume has been really high. It's scheduled to be delivered today, so after I use it a few times, I will report back with my review.
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [helo guy] [ In reply to ]
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helo guy wrote:
I bought a Normatec for my wife for her birthday, she says it is one of the best birthday presents ever! I used HSA money to buy it, Normatec was very helpful.

Of course, I think it is a great present as well since I get to use it! :)

That's brilliant! I never would have though to do that. Now you have me thinking of other stuff for triathlon that could qualify for HSA money.
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Meathead] [ In reply to ]
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I got the Revitapump on sale. Use it almost everyday. Gives the legs a good flush at night and feel refreshed in the morning. http://www.revitapump.com/
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [jdais] [ In reply to ]
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jdais wrote:
I got the Revitapump on sale. Use it almost everyday. Gives the legs a good flush at night and feel refreshed in the morning. http://www.revitapump.com/[/quote

Looks like another decent option. I might have to try those out as well as I have become infatuated with recovery boots. Really liked the AirRelax system and so I seeked them out and decided to start working with them in some capacity and offer a discount now on them to further knock them down to about $350. I really like the Normatec boots as well but the cost is just too much for the average person. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, I decided to do another quick comparison highlighting a few differences between the two: http://www.thomasgerlach.com/...-recovery-boots.html

Would be curious if you have any notable differences between the Revitapump, AirRelax, and Normatec.


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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Interested in a pair. Best to go to Amazon? I had already looked at them, have had NT, but wasn't sure how well the AirRelax held up.
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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TG, interesting on the Revitapump. I've never wanted one of these things until I read what you wrote (and saw the price!). How often do you use it? Almost every day? At night time? I get super sore in my lower legs, and I'm hoping something like this would help.
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [nickwhite] [ In reply to ]
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nickwhite wrote:
TG, interesting on the Revitapump. I've never wanted one of these things until I read what you wrote (and saw the price!). How often do you use it? Almost every day? At night time? I get super sore in my lower legs, and I'm hoping something like this would help.

I use them multiple times a day. I pretty much find all the time I sit at my computer I am in the boots. I also do some other tasks while in the boots as well. I like to use them first thing in the morning to warm-up the joints and muscles, it helps you poop as well. I like do to them before sessions on a light setting, after sessions, and night. I pretty much live in the boots these days. I use them every day without fail. It was funny, I talked to a Normatec 'sponsored athlete' who doesn't even use the product. She quoted that it takes to much effort get into the boots. I think that is crazy.


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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [ggeiger] [ In reply to ]
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Interested in a pair. Best to go to Amazon? I had already looked at them, have had NT, but wasn't sure how well the AirRelax held up.


Unfortunately, from a years standpoint I can't say, but given how much I use them daily, I can say they are holding up just fine. Ask me again in six months and I will let you know. What happened to your NTs?


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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks. That's a good reply. I sold the NTs as I really wasn't using them and as you say, hard to justify the cost. Have to try and find $ for entry fees somewhere! ;-)

I may take a look at these as the price is much more manageable.

Funny, but as one agesI find I spend more on recovery items than new toys.


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ggeiger wrote:
Interested in a pair. Best to go to Amazon? I had already looked at them, have had NT, but wasn't sure how well the AirRelax held up.


Unfortunately, from a years standpoint I can't say, but given how much I use them daily, I can say they are holding up just fine. Ask me again in six months and I will let you know. What happened to your NTs?
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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I've been using my Air Relax since May, 2-3 times a day (meaning 2-3 10 minute sessions) and it's worth every penny. The warranty is 1 year and even if it dies the the first day out out the warranty, it would still be worth it. It has helped my legs recover significantly faster.
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Thomas Gerlach wrote:
nickwhite wrote:
TG, interesting on the Revitapump. I've never wanted one of these things until I read what you wrote (and saw the price!). How often do you use it? Almost every day? At night time? I get super sore in my lower legs, and I'm hoping something like this would help.


I use them multiple times a day. I pretty much find all the time I sit at my computer I am in the boots. I also do some other tasks while in the boots as well. I like to use them first thing in the morning to warm-up the joints and muscles, it helps you poop as well. I like do to them before sessions on a light setting, after sessions, and night. I pretty much live in the boots these days. I use them every day without fail. It was funny, I talked to a Normatec 'sponsored athlete' who doesn't even use the product. She quoted that it takes to much effort get into the boots. I think that is crazy.

You have the Air Relax or the Normatec?

How do they help you poop? Is this like a squaty potty joke?
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Thomas Gerlach wrote:
I talked to a Normatec 'sponsored athlete' who doesn't even use the product. She quoted that it takes to much effort get into the boots. I think that is crazy.

it takes me about 30 seconds to get in mine--that's turning it on, laying down, boots on and started. it take zero effort



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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [johnnybefit] [ In reply to ]
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Thomas Gerlach wrote:
nickwhite wrote:
TG, interesting on the Revitapump. I've never wanted one of these things until I read what you wrote (and saw the price!). How often do you use it? Almost every day? At night time? I get super sore in my lower legs, and I'm hoping something like this would help.


I use them multiple times a day. I pretty much find all the time I sit at my computer I am in the boots. I also do some other tasks while in the boots as well. I like to use them first thing in the morning to warm-up the joints and muscles, it helps you poop as well. I like do to them before sessions on a light setting, after sessions, and night. I pretty much live in the boots these days. I use them every day without fail. It was funny, I talked to a Normatec 'sponsored athlete' who doesn't even use the product. She quoted that it takes to much effort get into the boots. I think that is crazy.


You have the Air Relax or the Normatec?

How do they help you poop? Is this like a squaty potty joke?

I have used both systems. They compress your legs, and tend to create a bowel movement, at least for me they do.


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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [bmeer] [ In reply to ]
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Thomas Gerlach wrote:
I talked to a Normatec 'sponsored athlete' who doesn't even use the product. She quoted that it takes to much effort get into the boots. I think that is crazy.


it takes me about 30 seconds to get in mine--that's turning it on, laying down, boots on and started. it take zero effort

Right, me too. I didn't get it either. That's just my general beef. Why would Normatec, or any sponsor, deal with athletes who don't believe in the product.


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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [bumpme] [ In reply to ]
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Worth it for me. No doubt about it. I've had better recovery periods post build than I ever had, just make sure to establish a consistent pattern. My legs yell at me when I miss them. Love using them pre-race as well. It very well may be placebo, to which I saty:
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Meathead] [ In reply to ]
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RE: eligibility of HSA dollars


it is easy to look up the rules. ADP has a good summary if you search for that. any device will qualify, I just bought a compex with mine. I am pretty sure that GPS watch/HRM/fit bit would pass snuff. even your bike trainer. massage is elgible. if you have prescription, your sunglasses are elgible. laser hair removal is elgible. sports nutrition is on the bubble but you could probably get approved, I know for a fact that both ensure and pedialyte are reimbursable if you use those. ditto for health club fees, personal trainer fees, etc.

if you really want to get jiggy with it, you can buy pets as service animals or take lip reading lessons. Christian Scientists can pay for their priests to pray for them since they do not believe in medicine.

in my case, my HSA administrator does not give a shit and does not decline anything. which is as it should be since it is my money and I pay income taxes on it. also know that you can invest your HSA dollars in an IRA.
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [1poseur1] [ In reply to ]
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Normatec works for the older and slower individuals too. Legs feel a lot better after using it. No issues with making me poop.
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Billyk24] [ In reply to ]
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I used the Nomatec boots religiously for about a year. I wore them for about 30-45 minutes after all medium or hard training sessions. Did they help...yes, a bit. I always find it tough to weigh the effect of any recovery or performance protocol because there are so many variables at play. Unless you can hold everything else constant (diet, sleep, training intensity, volume, etc.), I find it tough to determine the benefit of something that is suppose to provide an incremental benefit. But again, yes I think the legs did feel a bit better. I don't use them as much anymore however because that 30-45 minutes just seemed to add up. Would rather spend that time with the family, sleeping, etc.

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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [PM City] [ In reply to ]
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PM City wrote:
I used the Nomatec boots religiously for about a year. I wore them for about 30-45 minutes after all medium or hard training sessions. Did they help...yes, a bit. I always find it tough to weigh the effect of any recovery or performance protocol because there are so many variables at play. Unless you can hold everything else constant (diet, sleep, training intensity, volume, etc.), I find it tough to determine the benefit of something that is suppose to provide an incremental benefit. But again, yes I think the legs did feel a bit better. I don't use them as much anymore however because that 30-45 minutes just seemed to add up. Would rather spend that time with the family, sleeping, etc.

Fwiw, Slowtwitch time = often boots time. I have also taken naps in the boots, and a rem cycle at night in the boots. I think one of the most underappreciated feature of these boots is the fact they can really warm the tendons and muscles first thing in the morning or prior to a workout.


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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Bought a pair earlier this summer after trying them at a local 1/2. I think they help with my recovery although it's hard to tell how much. If my legs are sore after a long workout and I have time to get a session in, I do notice they feel better after using the boots.

Has anyone used the hip/lower back attachment?
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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [mattr] [ In reply to ]
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Bought a pair earlier this summer after trying them at a local 1/2. I think they help with my recovery although it's hard to tell how much. If my legs are sore after a long workout and I have time to get a session in, I do notice they feel better after using the boots.

Has anyone used the hip/lower back attachment?

Yeah, I have it. I use it occasionally, but I don't find it nearly as effective as the boots. I think the majority of people who bought it probably wouldn' end up using it.


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Re: Is a Normatec really worth it? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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Thomas Gerlach wrote:
mattr wrote:
Bought a pair earlier this summer after trying them at a local 1/2. I think they help with my recovery although it's hard to tell how much. If my legs are sore after a long workout and I have time to get a session in, I do notice they feel better after using the boots.

Has anyone used the hip/lower back attachment?


Yeah, I have it. I use it occasionally, but I don't find it nearly as effective as the boots. I think the majority of people who bought it probably wouldn' end up using it.

I bought the hip attachment... never used it... and sold it.
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