Instabeat: Master Your Swim!

 Posted by on May 17, 2013  No Responses »
May 172013
 
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It’s been a couple of years now since I’ve hopped in a pool to swim laps, and even longer since I swam competitively, but after spending 8 years on swim teams, including all through high school, the sport of swimming will always be near and dear to my heart. Swimming is an excellent all-around form of exercise, and I always feel at home when I’m in the water (maybe I’m part mermaid!), whereas running has never been an activity I feel naturally suited for (but I love it anyway). As it turns out, swimming is also an excellent form of cross-training for runners, made even better by the fact that it is virtually zero-impact, so it is great for recovering from/preventing injuries. Because of this, I’ve been meaning to get back in the pool since about the time we started doing races (over a year and a half ago already!), but have had trouble motivating myself to make it there during open swim hours (which are usually very early in the morning). However, I think I’ve finally found the perfect reason to get out my suit, cap, and goggles and hit the water again–the Instabeat! Continue reading »

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Merrell M-Connect Series Review

 Posted by on April 1, 2013  No Responses »
Apr 012013
 
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When Merrell first asked us to review the M-Connect Series running shoes and apparel, we were thrilled because our previous experiences with Merrell have always been very positive.  The Merrell M-Connect Series is the company’s rebranding effort and update to their barefoot line.  As you might recall in my Flux Glove review post, I mentioned how confusing their naming scheme is, but it seems that this has been addressed with the release of this new line.  As Merrell so elegantly puts it on their site, the M-Connect Series is:

“The connection, speed, and glove like fit of Merrell Barefoot now with added cushioning for your hiking, training, and running adventures.
Connect to Your World”

I think this slogan sums it up best, because the shoes included in this series are designed to allow you to truly connect you to the outdoors.  Whether it be cross-training, running, trail-running, or hiking, the M-Connect Series is with you wherever you go.  As hinted in the quote above, the M-Connect Series also gives you many options when it comes to the level of cushioning you desire.  From the barely-there, sock-like feel of the Vapor Glove to the more heavily-padded transitional, or some might even say more traditional, Mix Master, this line can pretty much cover all of your minimalist needs and also includes some pretty awesome clothing.  Read on to get the details!

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May 302012
 
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If you want to be successful in anything, it’s essential to set goals. Whether you seek a higher education, better career, improved health or enhanced existence, the steps to triumph are the same. S.M.A.R.T. goal setting is highly recommended for any of these objectives.

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May 232012
 
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Kosama is a new(er) group fitness movement that is built around using high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and kettlebell training to boost cardiovascular fitness and strength. It guarantees results in 8 weeks if the prescribed plan is followed. By guarantee, they mean they “will give you your money back” if you don’t see results. Of course, there is the stipulation of having to attend at least three classes a week, so it does require dedication! After testing out the Kosama method in recent weeks, I have found that it is a great addition to any running workout.

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Self High-Five

 Posted by on May 9, 2012  No Responses »
May 092012
 
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I would like to begin by apologizing to my friends and family for writing a post that even mentions Diamond Dallas Page.  Although I am no longer a professional wrestling fan, I was once a fan of “The Undertaker” and from what I read, there seems to be some sort of rivalry between the two.  That said, for those of you who never watched pro wrestling, Diamond Dallas Page (DDP for short) is a complete and utter goofball.  This is demonstrated well by his theme song, which starts with DDP saying “self high-five”, followed by a remixed version of Nirvana’s song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  Anyway, somewhere down the line DDP decided he wanted to become a yoga instructor.  DDP Yoga is what Diamond credits as the reason he has been able to survive in the ring for 15 years. Regardless of whether or not this is true, one man found the words of DDP to be inspiring.  His name is Arthur Boorman and this is the inspirational story/video of his transformation courtesy of DDP Yoga. I wanted to post this on our site because it is a great reminder to always keep pushing!

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May 042012
 
Take your strength training workout outside!

Walking into the weight room at the local gym can be very intimidating.  In my case, the instant I walk in, I feel like every guy lifting weights is looking at me wondering what I’m doing in there.  “A girl in the weight room, what?!”  The weight room is great for toning and strengthening the core, arms, and legs but it gets boring fast.  Luckily, you can achieve the same workout by taking it outdoors to your local park or sports stadium.  In this cross-training post, I will be giving you a simple strength training routine that you can do by yourself or with a partner incorporating common outdoor features.  Way more fun than going to the weight room.

For runners, strength training and conditioning is key.  It will build strength, develop explosive power, and make your body more durable, protecting your knees, ankles, and hips.  I recommend doing the following strength training routine once or twice a week followed by lots of stretching.  Continue reading »

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May 022012
 
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Although we, the TR Crew, are continuously talking about proper running form, we have yet to address another important piece of the sport: breathing.  Breathing is defined as “the process of taking air into and expelling it from the lungs”, and although we seem to believe this process is something we should all have under control, a great percentage of runners suffer from energy loss due to incorrect breathing form. In order to understand why proper breathing habits are important we must first take into account how oxygen affects our muscles.

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