As we’ve been told and had hammered in our heads for the last five years, There is an app for that. When it comes to fitness, there are quite a few apps for that. To help you sift through all of the apps that are out there, we’ve compiled a list of the best that the App Store has to offer.
5. GymGoal 2
You can pick and customize your workout level with the interactive program that adjusts to your results. The illustrated instructions make the app easy to follow. Throw in your nutrition goals, and the app will take everything in account to develop the best possible workout regimen and plan of action.
It’s pretty much impossible to get up from your couch and run a 5K, but with this app, that could change. If you see a 5K race on your radar that’s more than 9 weeks away, this app touts its ability to get you up and running in that race right in time. Despite the app’s name, it’s not just for couch potatoes. Experienced runners can join in on it too, and improve their running endurance even more. Have a dog? There’s a “Pooch to 5K” option in there as well.
They’ve found a way to trap a personal trainer inside of an app. Can’t get to a gym? This app gives you the ability to work out anytime, anywhere. Choose from either a workout regimen preset or drag and drop workouts and create your own routine. If you need guidance, you’ve got it. Want to be free and do your own thing? That’s cool, too.
Similar to FitnessBuilder, the Nike Training Club app is a personal trainer in your pocket. What gives this app the edge is its ability to synchronized with with Nike+ technology to record your stats and results in real time. Looking for a full-body workout? If you’ve got 30 minutes to spare, you’re good. Targeting one area? Fifteen minutes with this app, and you can target and zap your trouble areas.
For a fun, social and easy experience all in the form of an iPhone app, the RunKeeper Pro app is where it’s at. If you’re a runner, there is no better. Keeping a detailed statsheet of your pace, distance and time, you can track your progress with each jog. Add music to the mix and your run will be a breeze.
‘Tis the season for four leafed clovers, leprechauns, and of course, pinching. Yes, St. Patty’s Day is already here, and you are going to need some green to stay festive and avoid getting pinched. So why not snag yourself a green pair of sneaks?
The Converse Chuck Taylors in the green colorway is so festive, that they would make St. Patrick himself happy. The durable upper is coated in green canvas, and these will guarantee that you will be the pincher rather than the pinchee this St. Patty’s Day.
If green isn’t your favorite color, and you just need some St. Patty’s Day shoes to get in the holiday spirit, the adidas Samoa Casual Shoes will do just the trick. Featuring an all white upper, midsole and inner lining, the only green on the shoes are found on the Three Stripes, adidas branding, and on the outsole. The toned down colors are certainly not overbearing, but nonetheless they still bring St. Patty’s Day cheer.
This next one a great option for all you hoops players out there. Not only do the Nike Zoom Crusaders have you covered when it comes to your green, but they also are the ones you can take to practice before and after the celebration.
While you have probably seen a few kettlebells laying around your local gym, chances are you left them right there and went for the free-weights instead. However, next time you just might want to reconsider, because you can get one heck of a workout from them.
In fact, according to Women’s Health Magazine, you can burn over 300 calories from just a 20-minute kettlebell exercise. So if you are looking to burn more than a few calories, build some lean muscle, and switch up your monotonous workout routine, read on.
Before you get started on your kettlebell workout, there are a couple important things you need to know. First off, kettlebells have a slightly higher risk of injury compared to free-weights, but this is mainly because people do not know how to use them properly. Form is the key to kettlebell exercises, so make sure you follow instructions carefully, and don’t try anything crazy at first.
Also, for starters, you want to make sure you are using a weight load that you can easily handle. A 10-25 pound kettlebell should be pretty close to what you want to start out with, depending on your muscle strength. Once you’ve found a couple kettlebells you feel comfortable with, you are ready to get started.
1. Kettlebell Squats
The kettlebell squat is a good exercise to get your feet wet, and it will give you a good feel for what the rest of your kettlebell workout will be like. Start with two kettlebells, one in each hand, and bring your hands up to your chin with your elbows bent slightly outward so that they are on the side of your body and not the front. The kettlebells themselves should be hanging down and resting on the outside of your forearms.
Once your form is correct, proceed to squat down to the ground, making sure that your back is straight. After you are down in the squat position, explode upwards back into the standing position, and lift the kettlebells above your head in the same motion. Now you have completed one kettlebell squat, so get back in the rack position and you are ready for another. About three sets of ten reps a piece should do the trick.
2. Kettlebell Deadlift
The kettlebell deadlift is just as it sounds, but instead of using free-weights, you are using a kettlebell. Start with your feet just a tad wider than shoulder width apart, with your toes slightly pointed outwards. Like the squat, you are going to want to make sure you keep your back straight throughout the entire rep.
With the kettlebell placed on the floor directly in front of you, squat down with your legs to grab it with both hands, making sure your back is flat. Proceed to push up on your feet while bracing your abs and glutes, and once you are back in the standing position you have completed a rep. Try to knock out ten reps and three sets as well.
3. Around the Body Pass
For this exercise, hang the kettlebell directly in front of you, gripping it with both hands. Make sure you are standing with your feet at just about the width of your hips.
Swing the kettlebell around to the backside of your body with your right hand. In a fluid motion, reach around with your left hand to grab the kettlebell while letting it go with your right hand, bringing the kettlebell around your body and back to the starting position. You have now completed one rep, so try to do fifteen more for a complete set. For the second set, reverse the motion and swing the kettlebell around the other side of your body.
4. Kettlebell Swing
Start this exercise holding the kettlebell with both hands, and with your feet shoulder width apart.
Proceed to a squating position with your thighs just about parallel to the floor, with the kettlebell hung down between your legs. Next, push up with your legs to the standing position while swinging the kettlebell upwards and outwards in front of you until they are at the height of your shoulders. Once you have reached the height of your swing, simply go back into the squat position while swinging the kettlebell back down between your legs for a full repetition. Try and do about fifteen to twenty reps per set, and two to three sets per workout.
For this exercise, start in the standing position, with your feet just outside of shoulder width apart.
Hold the kettlebell with your right hand, and extend your right arm straight up into the air. While keeping your right arm extended straight up into the air, bend forward and proceed to grab your left toes with your left hand, all while looking up at your right arm. Hold it for a second or two, and go back up to the starting position. Do about ten to fifteen reps with your right arm extended, and then do ten to fifteen more with your left arm extended.
What are some kettlebell exercises you like to do?
Spring is right around the corner. And in some parts of the country, it’s already pool season. Anyway, here are some sandal suggestions to cure your Spring Fever and get you amped for some warmer temps.
Looking for a pair of sandals to slip on after a workout? Check out the Air Jordan Retro 3 Sandals. Mashing up comfort and all the styling from the Air Jordan Retro 3, this slide has plenty of swag and sports the perfect fit.
Need a pair of casual sandals for a quick stroll around the neighborhood? Look no further than the Nike Benassi JDI Print. After a long day at work, you will need something comfortable and easy that lets those toes get some air.
The Puma Ferrari Slides are perfect for the stylish car lover that’s tired of always dressing up and wants to take the opportunity to dress down just a little. No judgment coming from us.
The UA Ignite Illusion Slides are another great choice. You won’t need to worry about them slipping off, and they’re super lightweight and cushy.
Ditch the sneakers and formal shoes as the weather warms up this spring for some ready-to-go sandals. Might we suggest opting-in for a pedicure? You’ll thank us later.
No running shoe has hit the market and made as much noise as the adidas Boost in quite some time. When the Boost first was introduced, initial reports from adidas caused speculation from many runners because they claimed that the newly designed midsoles stored massive amounts of energy that released upon foot strike. In fact, they claimed that the Boost had a higher degree of energy return than any other running shoe on the market.
Many wondered if this outrageous claim could possibly be true.
Well, adidas did do their research in fact, and RunnersWorld.com confirmed that the adidas Boost had a higher amount of energy return than all 800 models that they have tested to date.
Pretty impressive. They key to this energy return is in the approximately 2,500 tiny EVA foam capsules located in the midsole that absorb impact when the foot strikes down. The shoe does not release the energy until the foot starts to come up again. The result is an actual energy boost in each stride, that will not only propel you forward, but also provide a soft landing for less wear and tear on your joints.
The midsole isn’t the only thing that makes the adidas Boost an exceptional runner, because the upper of this model has been finely tuned as well. Welded synthetic overlays on the upper provide a seamless construction, and techfit is used for added stability and a personalized fit.
Not surprisingly, athletes are often seen as somewhat superhuman in their stature and ability. For some, though, that wasn’t enough, as they went the extra mile as heroes on the battlefield as well by serving in the military. Check it out as we highlight and recognize a few athletes that served our country.
1. David Robinson, NBA
After 4 years at the Naval Academy, David Robinson served two years on submarines, which was quite a tall task for someone of his stature. After that tenure, he was given a release from active duty and subsequently entered the NBA Draft. The rest is history.
2. Ted Williams, MLB
While Williams is a legend in Beantown, it’s often overlooked that he spent five years in the service flying fighter jets as a pilot and was a flight instructor during both World War II and the Korean War. Not to mention, this was during his time on the Boston Red Sox roster where he had an illustrious career that produced 521 home runs.
3. Pat Tillman, NFL
Most, if not all, sport fans know of Tillman’s story, but it doesn’t make his inclusion any less impactful. As a solid player in his prime, Tillman left his role as a safety for the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers stationed in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Paying the ultimate price, Tillman lost his life in combat. He left as a legacy and as a reminder of the sacrifice that all soldiers embody.
It’s almost summertime, which means finding fun things to do will become increasingly more easy, but finding the shoes to wear will become increasingly more hard. You have a stockpile of Jordans, Air Force 1s, and adidas Originals, but what do you have to wear to the lake, river, beach, boat, etc.?
If you are like us, you aren’t going to want to mess up any of your nice sneakers, but there are many options for great summertime shoes that can be washed very easily. In fact, there are shoes that you can wash as simply as you wash a shirt, by throwing them in the washing machine. So if you are looking for the perfect, wear anywhere, do anything summertime sneaker, here are few options for you.
The Nike Roshe Run is not only one of the most popular shoes on the market, it’s also one of the most wearable. You can do just about anything in these kicks, and the best part is you will stay comfortable the entire time.
A cushioned EVA midsole sits underneath a highly breathable mesh upper, ensuring that your feet stay dry as possible as well as comfortable. The minimal design and durable materials allow for an easy wash in the washing machine, so you don’t have to tip-toe over and around mud holes or any other dirty obstacles that you may encounter.
Like the Nike Roshe Run, the Nike Flyknit Lunar2 is one of those minimalist shoes that does not sacrifice comfort. A Lunarlon midsole ensures the most comfort in every step, and a seamless knitted upper will keep your feet from chaffing, with or without socks.
You can wear these bad boys just about anywhere, and even if you completely trash them during your summertime activities, a quick cycle in the wash will clean them right up. They are available in a variety of colorways, so you can choose a toned down one to match the majority of your closet, or choose a brightly colored one to stand out and make a statement.
You already knew that the Converse Chuck Taylor Low was a summertime staple for their aesthetic appeals, but they are also one of the most functional summer shoes. The colorways offered in this shoe are endless, ensuring that there is at least one to fit your style and taste.
Keeping things classic with a canvas upper, this shoe is highly durable and won’t get ruined if they get wet or muddy. They too are also easy to clean and can be thrown in the washer, just make sure you throw them inside a pillow case first to keep the rubber soles from banging around too much on the sides of your machine.
What are some of your favorite summertime kicks?
For this edition of Style Icon, we have a seasoned female tennis star whose serve is just as mean as her fashion. She’s won 30 Grand Slam titles, and will go down in history as one of, if not thee, best female tennis player of all time. Serena Williams is known for her unmatched tennis skills, but many also know her for her unique and bold sense of style.
If there is one thing that stands out about Serena’s style, it’s that she is not afraid to do her own thing. Some people aren’t too keen on her fashion sense, but one thing’s for sure, she gets noticed wherever she goes. Whether it’s on the tennis court or on the red carpet, Serena always manages to cause a stir and make headlines for her bold outfit choices.
Skin tight black catsuits, all white trench coats, and denim skirts aren’t typically outfits you would expect to see worn during a tennis match, but Serena does not care one bit about being traditional. On the red carpet, Serena loves to show off her incredibly toned body, and she is never too shy to show a little leg, or a lot for that matter. Short skin tight dresses seem to be her go-to, and whatever she chooses to wear always compliments her athletic body.
Serena Williams isn’t your typical Style Icon, but her bold outfit choices have certainly changed the way many look at fashion, particularly on the tennis court. She’s not afraid to do her own thing and show off her incredible athletic features, and she will continue to push the boundaries on and off the tennis court, and for that, Serena Williams is nothing less than a Style Icon.