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10 Awesome Boston Marathon Facts

With the Boston Marathon just days away, we reached out to our friend, and New England native, YoAnty, to tell us what makes the Boston Marathon so awesome. Check out 10 Awesome Facts About the Boston Marathon in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

YoAnty is a Boston native who has a passion for sneakers and vlogging. You can follow him on Twitter here: @YoAnty1

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For everyone other than trend setters, keeping up with the trends is hard enough when they seemingly switch and change daily. It’s either simplicity or complexity, or a combination of the two. Luckily, there are shoe brands like Converse, adidas, and Nike that do a pretty good job of keeping up to say the least.

Converse Chuck Taylor

If there’s any entity in the world that adheres to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” axiom, it’s Converse with their Chuck Taylor model. Remaining virtually unchanged since being introduced in 1917, the only modifications this silhouette receives is usually in the form a new color or pattern on the upper. Since it’s printed season, the brand has crafted a special colorway of the shoe, featuring a cartoony floral print, showcasing a luminous purple and white.

 Air Max Thea

Nike’s foray into the printed upper game comes in the form of a re-imagination of the Nike Air Max Thea. Released in grey, pink, and black colorways, the Thea displays a completely printed upper marked by tiny painted polka dots that stretch from the forefoot to the back of the sneaker. Don’t forget to show off your Air Maxes with #AirMaxMondays after the weekend ends.

Nike Benassi

If you have one too many sneakers in your closet (haha who are we kidding?), and need some slides for summer, the Nike Benassi JDI Slide Sandals have got the camo look down, and will keep feet comfortable hanging by the pool.

Catch up on the print craze, and grab a pair of new kicks before the trend is overly popular, and you know, therefore uncool.

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.

GymGoal 2

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.

C25K

4. C25K (Couch to 5K)

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.

FitnessBuilder

3. FitnessBuilder

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.

Nike Training Club

2. Nike Training Club

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.

RunKeeper

1. RunKeeper

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?

1. Converse Chuck Taylor Ox

Converse Chuck Taylor

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.

2. Men’s adidas Samoa

adidas Samoa

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.

3. Nike Zoom Crusader Basketball Shoes

Nike Zoom Crusader Basketball Shoes

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.

5. Windmill

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.

Air Jordan Retro 3

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.

Benassi JDI

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. 

Puma Ferrari

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. 

UA Ignite Illusion

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.

If you are looking for that one running shoe that will give you the edge to beat your personal bests, check out the adidas Boost available now on finishline.com.

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