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What’s New from NordicTrack

NordicTrack T9.5S – Read our full review here.

Even the most tried-and-true brands in home fitness upgrade things from time to time. And when they do, we’ll be there to introduce the newest stars of the show! 

During this last year, NordicTrack took their turn of bringing up a new model.  So, let’s take a quick look at the new T-Series and see what it has to offer.

Essentially, the T-Series is replacing the older C-Series models we’ve come to know and love.  Both sets have a lot of similarities.  And while you’ll still be able to purchase the C-Series for the time being, we are seeing a definite shift from NordicTrack towards the T-Series.

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There’s No Reason Kids Should Hold You Back From Running

Cynthia Arnold running a marathon with her three children in a stroller.

For most of us, running is a lifestyle… not just an occasional hobby.

So, when your life takes a sudden drastic turn – say, by having kids – there’s no reason your running lifestyle can’t continue. 

Sure, kids take up a lot of time and energy. But that doesn’t mean you have to curb your love of running. If you need a little extra inspiration to start running with your kids in tow, just take a look at famed stroller-runner Cynthia Arnold.

As a new mother, Cynthia may just be the motivation you need to train for your next run… stroller running and all!

A Stroller Doesn’t Need to Slow You Down

While many of us cringe at the idea of pushing a stroller laden with three kids to the end of the block and back, Cynthia Arnold does it for miles and miles.  Even more impressive, she does this at running speeds many of us can only dream of reaching.

In 2018, Arnold ran the Missoula Half-Marathon in Missoula, Montana and broke the Guinness World Record for fastest half-marathon “while pushing a three-person stroller.”  (Yes, that’s an actual world record category.)

She accomplished this feat in an impressive 1 hour 29 minutes. This time placed her 14th overall and 3rd in her age group.

And, she was the only one doing it while pushing her cheering section!

Arnold wasn’t done though. She returned in 2019 to set a world record for the full marathon with three children who were one year older and one year larger.  Her kids were now ages six, four and one.  To be precise, her children and the stroller created a whopping 185 pound challenge for Arnold to push.

To beat the record, Arnold had to complete the full marathon in under 4 hours and six minutes.

When she crossed the finish line, she had plenty of time to spare. She finished the race at 3 hours 11 minutes, having maintained a 7:20/mile pace over the course.

Preparation is Key to Successful Stroller Running

Obviously Arnold didn’t just decide to run a marathon and participate the same day with her kids in tow. An experienced runner, Arnold knew what she was in for, but also knew she would need to work at it… running a marathon isn’t the easiest of tasks.

It took preparation, but it’s something you can aspire to too!

After starting her training during the winter, she did a test marathon in February along with a series of 20-mile runs.

She may have run the final race with everyone in tow, but that doesn’t mean they did all of her training together. The whole crew went along on days when training was 10 miles or less, although she did test herself with a 17-mile day just to get a feel for it.

Stroller Running Can Be Fun for Everyone!

BOB Rambler Running Stroller

Chasing her Guinness World Records also proved to be an excellent way to get her children outdoors and interacting with their surroundings.

According to Arnold, “I think if I can instill the love of being outside and nature in them, and they count butterflies and see the dragonflies and a gazillion grasshoppers hopping around, that’s so much better in the long run than watching cartoons all Saturday morning.”

While her children may not be old enough to run any sort of marathon themselves, children can still benefit from being outside just the same as adults. Arnold recognized the impact of introducing her children to a healthy and active lifestyle at a young age. “Kids should realize that it’s fun and normal and good to make these types of choices,” Arnold said.

A Running Stroller Can Be a New Parent’s Ticket to Freedom

Using a running stroller, whether it’s for a marathon or not, can help any parent retain a part of themselves that may have taken a backseat after having a baby.

This can also be a source of motivation, the same way it was for Cynthia. “Those of us who run know how much it is a part of our identity. You can’t just give that up if you become a parent. The stroller gives one the freedom to carry on a lifestyle with new ones in tow,” she explains.

There’s no need to sacrifice your runner-ness, it just requires a little extra seating. The key is finding a stroller that fits your family. There are a wide variety of running strollers on the market to accommodate any size family on any budget.

Here are some fan favorite Running Strollers:

Thule Chariot Cross$1050This model keeps the elements from getting in your way. Yes, you might be fine with a little rain, but your kids won’t be enjoying themselves sitting in a wet stroller. You can also use this stroller as a bike trailer if you want to change things up on any given day.

BOB Rambler – $360 – This stroller is great for anyone living in a larger city, where an easily-foldable, compact stroller can really save the day. As with any compact stroller, this is not meant for anything approaching rugged terrain. However, the bump-absorbing shocks can handle any city sidewalk or paved park trail.

KidRunner Stroller

KidRunner – $795 – This model might make you do a bit of a double take, since you are actually pulling the stroller behind you. That’s right, instead of pushing the stroller ahead of you with your hands, you strap on the padded waist harness and pull your little ones along. This is awesome because it allows you to still use your arms, so you retain a more normal running motion.

Baby Jogger – $400 – This is the stroller for those that like to take things off-road. With larger wheels, a hand brake, and great suspension, this things is ready to take on Mother Nature. That being said, it’s also smooth on paved roads and folds down flat for easy storage once you get back to the car.

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger – $78 – If you want to include the family on your runs without breaking the bank, look no further. Keep in mind, this is going to be for the more casual runner, don’t expect to be running 20 miles or taking it off the beaten path.

With all of these options, there’s nothing stopping you from logging your miles while showing your kids how strong you are.

Sources:

Woman Shatters Triple-Stroller Pushing Record in Half Marathon: McGee Nall; 2018

Mom Runs 3:11 Marathon With a Triple Stroller While Pushing 185 Pounds: Gabrielle Hondrop; 2019


Survey Says Men Often Go to Gym in Unwashed Clothing…

It’s been a long day at work.  Your boss was a pain and the office intern messed up your lunch order.  You are exhausted.

All you want to do is punch through a satisfying workout at the gym and head home for some well-deserved relaxation!

So, you grab your gym bag out of the trunk and head into the locker room to get ready to get your sweat on.

As you dress, you might give your clothes a quick sniff.  Hmm… they seem passable, so you slip them on and head out into the main gym. You just put on dirty gym clothes and unfortunately, you’re not alone.

Now, here’s the big question… 

How many days has it been since you last washed your workout clothes? 

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The New “It” Machine Isn’t Actually New

In the ever-changing world of personal fitness it can seem like you are constantly being bombarded with newer, better, faster-working exercise routines and equipment.

But what if newer didn’t necessarily mean better? What if you didn’t need to be buying a fancy new machine with cables and crazy moving parts? What if your tried-and-true treadmill was suddenly the coolest kid on the block again?

No, this is not a dream. Your treadmill is having its comeback moment and it works to your advantage.

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The World’s First Energy Producing Treadmill

We know a good work out is healthy for your mind and body.  But what if it could also be good for the planet?

This is the idea behind the new Verde treadmill.

It’s part of the Eco-Powr line of fitness equipment from SportsArt – a company which calls itself “The Green Fitness Company.”

SportsArt is setting itself apart in the ever-growing world of fitness equipment by giving you the option of a treadmill that doesn’t use power when you work out… it generates it.

They believe your workout could do more than just power your muscles, it can also generate electricity to help power the world.

Now, how cool is that?

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Surprising Research Results Reveal the Dangers of Exercise When Angry

Have you ever felt like you needed to “blow off some steam” at the gym?

Your day was frustrating, your boss was on your back, and the parking ticket on your car just threw you into a blind rage.

So you headed to the gym, full of anger, and decided to pump some iron, beat on a punching bag, or run on the treadmill until you drop.

Yup… we’ve all been there.

It’s common for people to use exercise as a way to cope with anger.  But a recent study shows this might not be the best idea.

It can actually put your health at great risk.  How?  Well, let’s dive into the research…

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Should You Start Training For A 5K Today?

These days, it seems everyone is training for either a half marathon or full marathon. We see 13.1 and 26.2 stickers gracing the bumpers of cars on the highway. And social media is full of triumphant photos of your friends crossing finish lines – hands in the air and smiling exhaustion painted on their faces.

It seems like the thing to do.  But maybe there’s a better race out there?

Now, don’t get us wrong here. The half marathon and marathon are great races to try.  It is extremely rewarding to achieve such a big goal.

But you don’t need to be working towards these particular distances just to earn membership to the cool kids running club.  In fact, the 5K – just 3.1 miles – has a lot of really great perks.

So, open your mind.  And let’s look at some of the reasons why your next race should be that little gem… a 5K.

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Running Apps to Take Your Treadmill Workouts to the Next Level

There is absolutely no reason why your treadmill workout should be boring. 

In fact, manufacturers are working hard (and spending lots of money) to design innovative programs to keep you motivated and performing at your very best. We’ve actually seen this first hand on our visits to some of the top equipment company headquarters.

Many of the treadmills we’re seeing from top manufacturers like NordicTrack, Sole, Horizon, and ProForm have interactive technology built right into the consoles.  Programs like Bowflex’s RunSocial even allow you to run virtually with a friend half way around the world!

Now, just in case all of these programs aren’t quite enough… we’ve compiled this list of apps that will help take your treadmill workouts to the next level.  Download these programs onto your smart device and you’ll be drenched in sweat in no time flat!

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And Is It Worth the Crazy “Hype?”

Peloton is taking the fitness world by storm!  You’ve likely heard their name mentioned at least once. But — if you’re still unfamiliar — we’ve decided to share our take on this hot new craze.

What is Peloton?

The world “peloton” actually defines the main group of riders in a cycling race.

If you’ve ever watched the Tour de France, the peloton is the big group of riders that usually sticks to the center of the pack. When they group together it allows them to conserve energy and perform better because they are working as a team.

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The Link Between Exercise & Memory

Physical fitness is important but how often do you think about your mental health?  And we’re not talking about your emotions and stress levels (although these are both very important to manage.)  We’re talking about your mental ability to think, reason, and remember.

New information is has shown that in addition to physical benefits, plenty of exercise can also reap some pretty major mental benefits too… especially when it comes to your oh-so-important memory.

How Exercise Helps Your Brain

First and foremost, let’s remember that your brain functions much like a muscle: it responds to being used. So your brain needs regular “work outs” just like the rest of your body.

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