Meet Tommy Espinosa, 28-year old father of 2 and a full time MMA fighter. He’s a proud member of premier gym Pure MMA in Rockaway.
Among the victories Tommy claims: Professional Fighter 6-2, MMA ROC 125 champ, Bellator Vet, Glory kickboxing Vet, CFFC Vet, MAVERICK Vet, Dead Serious vet, KOTC Vet, Bantamweight (135) Class Now.
Tommy is one of our long-time friends and gym buddies from Pure MMA, a hemp enthusiast trying and testing his way through the CBD market on a journey to build the most balanced lifestyle he possibly can and be the best version of himself possible. Tommy’s a big believer that the right mindset can mean everything for your game, so he’s on a mission to create that powerful harmony. On top of that, he’s on the tail end of recovering from a knee injury so pain relief is a top priority for him to stay focused without that distraction.
Kicking Off the Project
We put our heads together and thought: we’re getting so many messages from other people doing this exact same thing right now. Maybe if we share Tommy’s journey we can help other people navigate more easily also.
“I love what I do, and will continue to grow not just as an athlete, but as a person looking to invest his time in the CBD world. Very excited for this Journey.”
At the CBD Department, we’re about creating better daze. In this case, better workouts too, We consider it our mission to help the world maximize the potential power of hemp. To do that, we start by helping our community make sense of the market. With new products coming out every day, the market is becoming both more accessible and more confusing.
Beyond that, we share a mission with Tommy to defeat outdated stigmas that prevent athletes from seeking the relief they need in a responsible way. Let’s start with the basics:
What is CBD?
CBD is known to have a wide range of health benefits, especially for people (and pets) suffering from ailments such as anxiety, seizures, cancer, pain, and more.
Every person’s endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in a wide spectrum of day-to-day physiological processes (including mood, energy, immune activity, blood pressure, stress, metabolism, pain experience, and more). Our endocannabinoid system naturally responds to CBD, allowing CBD to provide therapeutic benefit to us. CBD may possibly serve as an alternative to treatments with harsher side effects.
CBD Benefits for Athletes and Fitness
CBD is known for its anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. That makes it an excellent workout supplement to keep your head in the game and not on the pain.
Right now, athletes like Tommy and companies like ours, the CBD Department, are working to educate and reduce stigmas around CBD in the athletic world, especially in competitive sports such as MMA fighting.
We break it down into three critical components to achieving a balanced athletic lifestyle:
Typically when you think of fitness or workouts you think of the body. You think physical. According to Tommy, the mind plays a much greater role than we give it credit for. Anxiety, doubts, distractions, all deter an athlete from achieving the focus and center needed to perform his best.
Getting into the right mindset before a fight is key. Tommy talks about the impact just doubt and jitters could have on your game, and when it comes down to it, he believes your state of mind can make or break your fight.
Most anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) treatments often come with a side effect no athlete wants: drowsiness. The right CBD product can actually reduce anxiety while increasing focus, alertness, and energy.
Tommy’s exploring different CBD oils and pre-workout routines to establish a consistently clear, positive and focused mindset. Stay tuned to hear Tommys thoughts on which products work best to promote the right fight mindset.
2. Maximum Game
Once a fighter has entered the right mindset, the body comes into play. One of Tommy’s big focuses is making sure his body is at max power for his workouts and fights. He keeps his body healthy with adequate hydration, smart nutrition choices and as much sleep as he can get with two kids. But for him, top priority for staying in top shape is pain relief for his knee that still acts up. He’s been using the Hybrid Roll-On and is really impressed. For Tommy, the roll-on reduces chronic pain and stiffness in his knee, allowing him to perform at top level. He will be testing out some of our other pain relief topical products including:
- Reefined CBDs Full Spectrum Muscle Gel Roll-On (1800mg), an expertly formulated medical grade muscle gel utilizing methol, eucalyptus, and peppermint
- CBD Living CBD Freeze Roll-On (varies from 300mg to 4500mg) with cooling methol for immediate soothing effects
- Green Buffalo Farms Fire & Ice Nano Technology Pain Relief Roll-On (100mg), using nano-tech to deliver fast-absorbing and super concentrated pain relief
Every athlete knows how important a stretching routine is to ensure your muscles stay in top shape. Many are already incorporating supplements into their daily rituals that help them feel their best and get the most out of their workouts.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory, which makes it beneficial in reducing soreness and allowing athletes to jump right back in with little downtime.
Brands like 7NRG are shaping the fitness industry by breaking outdated stigmas and offering products that make it easy to stick to your wellness routines and maximize your workouts.
We offer 7NRG CBD infused energy and protein shakes sold in patented fully recyclable packaging. With pre and post-workout options aimed at energizing and empowering you to achieve your max. Pain reduction and recovery support made easy.
What’s Next on Tommy’s Journey
Coming up, we’ll be interviewing Tommy and then testing out a few different product categories, giving reviews, and doing giveaways so you can see for yourself and give your feedback. We want you to be part of this conversation and find your own balance, too. Stay tuned as we partner with more fitness leaders as they shape a brighter future for wellness with CBD and more.
Feel free to reach out for partnership opportunities.
The CBD Department takes pride in working with brands of the highest quality and assurances and providing you with the best information and products we truly believe in. We are hands-on, from the farm until you receive your products in your hands, and for support at any step of your journey. If you need help finding the right product for you, reach out and we’ll get you started!