Todd is an active and adventurous person who loves to spend time outdoors – he’s done too many half-marathons to count, he’s hiked Mount Shasta, and he’s backpacked almost every single trail in Yosemite National Park (that’s over 750 miles of trails!). So, when his friends got the news that Todd was suddenly in the hospital for back surgery – they were shocked.
He told his friends that he was out running one morning – just like any normal morning – when all of a sudden, he started to feel some pain in his back. He finished his run and went back home, but the pain wouldn’t go away. Even though he tried to tough it out and go about his normal activities, the pain in his lower back got so bad that he couldn’t even use the bathroom.
His wife finally convinced him to go to the hospital to see what was wrong. After a few different exams and an MRI, they discovered that Todd had 6 discs in his lower back that were all smashed – and one was pinching a nerve, causing extreme pain. The only solution was surgery.
Todd was devastated. Although the surgery went well, considering how bad his back was, the doctors still told him that it would be a very long recovery. Would he ever be able to run again? Would he someday be able to backpack – would his dream of backpacking every trail in Yosemite come true? Or was it all impossible now? Continue reading
Since the eruption of technology use in our society in recent years, we have seen a steady decline of human health. Now more than ever, cardiovascular diseases and other health related issues such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are very prevalent. To combat this, experts in the fitness industry have started to use technology as a tool rather than a hindrance.
What does that look like? Incorporating fitness with technology. Of course, digital fitness technology is not anything new. Whether it be a tracking watch, an app or a program, most of us have probably used some type of technology to help us out with our fitness goals.
One of the most recent additions to the fitness technology world that has sparked consumer attention is the release of Studio from Sole Fitness.
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If you’ve owned a treadmill or been on the market to purchase a new treadmill for any amount of time, you may have heard of the technology known as iFit. iFit.com was originally founded back in 1989, and the application has made huge developmental strides since then. Today, iFit is a world-renowned interactive personal training technology. This software is available exclusively from machines made by the parent company Icon, which will be the brands NordicTrack and ProForm. In recent years, iFit has gained an immense amount of traction and popularity among users.
Recently, members of our review team were able to visit the Icon Fitness headquarters in Logan, Utah. When we were visiting, we were able to try out the iFit technology firsthand and we were thoroughly impressed with the user experience that this software has to offer. Members of our team are not the only ones who have been impressed with iFit – the software currently has over 1.3 million reviews with an average consumer rating of 4.7/5 stars.
By now you’ve probably seen plenty of massage gun commercials on TV. Tons of professional athletes and sports teams, including professional soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, swear by them. But are massage guns really worth the hype?
Massage guns are designed to give you an intense, deep tissue massage, with the goal of improving recovery. And although many athletes sing praises to Theragun and other brands of massage guns, it’s important to remember that nothing can replace the basics of recovery. Sleep, rest, hydration, and stretching are always important to do after a hard workout.
But if you are looking to take your recovery to the next level, massage guns could be just the thing you’re looking for. Continue reading
If you’re a serious runner, you know that cross-training days are just as important as long runs in building stamina and strength and improving your overall health and fitness. Cross-training has been proven to help prevent injuries, “improve fitness, promote recovery, enhance motivation, and rejuvenate the mind and body during breaks from formal training.” (1)
Most runners add cross-training activities like swimming, strength training, weight lifting, and yoga to their training plan to actively recover from long runs. But, when planning their workout schedule or marathon training plan, most people forget about one of the best cross-training options out there – boxing. Continue reading
The idea of running your first marathon can be nerve-wracking. The timing, the training, the shoes and gear, the nutrition plan – it can all be very overwhelming. Typically, training for a marathon takes anywhere between 12 and 20 weeks. During those intense months of training, you’ll probably be running 4-5 days a week, with a couple rest days in between.
There’s a ton of different marathon training plans out there. With the overload of options and different varieties of plans, even just choosing one can be stressful. And while you might think that sticking to an intense training plan and running more and more each week is the best way to prepare for your first marathon – there might be a better way.
Whether you’re training for your first marathon, looking to beat your PR, or just training to stay in marathon shape, you should consider adding cross-training to your exercise plan. Cross-training is super beneficial for runners, especially if you are training for a big race. Not only will it help you build strength and stamina, it can also be a fun and enjoyable break from running. Continue reading
By now, you’ve probably heard about curved treadmills. There’s been a lot of hype in the past few months about their amazing benefits and how awesome they are for HIIT workouts. Now, there’s more and more new types of treadmills on the market. And it seems like there’s more and more fitness trends popping up every day on social media.
With all the chatter out there about what’s the best for burning fat, losing weight, and staying healthy, it can be hard to figure out what really works and what’s really worth the money. So before you go out and buy a brand new curved treadmill, check out these pros and cons to find out if a curved treadmill is really the best fit for you.
Isn’t a curved treadmill just a traditional treadmill but in a new design? Well, not quite. A curved treadmill does have a different shape than a normal treadmill, but it also has one major difference from a traditional treadmill…
It doesn’t need electricity! Curved treadmills are actually completely powered by you. The treadmill belt is designed so that as soon as you get on it, you’re the one controlling the speed and movement of the belt. There’s no speed or incline buttons – if you want to speed up the belt, you run faster, and if you want to decrease the speed, you run slower. No plugs, no chords, almost no buttons – and absolutely no electricity required. Continue reading
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics shocked the world – but not for the reasons you would typically expect. It wasn’t crowd-less stadiums or the broken records that really got people talking this year. This Olympic summer, the spotlight turned to mental health.
And rightly so. After we all struggled through 2020 and all the difficulties it brought with it on every level, I think many of us were expecting things in 2021 to go back to normal. And we might have even been expecting the Olympics to remind us of what normal is like.
It’s possible that we were looking for people to look to. I think we all look up to the almost “superhero” Olympians that seem to defy the laws of nature and achieve things that most of us only dream of. We see them as strong, fearless, awe-inspiring, even invincible. But this summer, we learned that they, just like us, are vulnerable. Continue reading
Imagine you’re in the Moroccan Sahara. You’re carrying all your supplies, and you’ve been running for 5 days straight. There are miles of sand in every direction, and yesterday, you had to run through a huge, windy sandstorm. It’s always humid, and it’s insanely hot – in fact, during the day, temperatures can get up to 120 degrees. You have one day left, and when you finish, you’ll have run a total of 155 miles.
While you might think that sounds like something from a horror survivor movie, it’s actually a legitimate running event that hundreds of people participate in each year. In fact, this particular race in the Moroccan Sahara is so popular that runners usually have to sign up two years in advance!
It’s called the Marathon des Sables and it’s known as “the toughest footrace on earth.” (1) The entrance fee is almost $700 (not including your plane ticket to Morocco). It’s just one of many insane races that are part of a newly popular running trend called ultrarunning. Continue reading
Every day, you are exposed to toxins that enter your body and can cause serious problems. These toxins can come from environmental pollution (like the air you breathe), the water you drink, and unhealthy foods (especially processed foods and oily foods).
The good news is that your body is prepared to get rid of these toxins. Your body has a built-in natural detoxification system that filters and saves all the good nutrients you need to function and gets rid of all the bad ones.
However, if you’ve been eating a lot of junk food and are feeling it (and we all know that feeling), you can optimize your body’s detoxification system by doing a full body detox of your own. We’ve got three great detox drinks for you to try and other detox tips that will leave you feeling great and ready to take on the world this summer. Continue reading