With the right fitness tech, you can give your friends and family a greater chance of success in the New Year and beyond. Whether it’s to provide motivation to workout, improve performance, or help promote an overall better quality of life, these top pieces of fitness tech are sure to guarantee lots of Christmas cheer. Fitbit Versa With a punchy, bright screen, sleek design and impressive range of fitness-focused features, the Fitbit Versa is one of the best smartwatches available. Not only will it sync with your phone to receive text messages and alert you of any calls, but you can choose from over 15 exercises, monitor your heart rate, sleep patterns and access all the stat-tracking tools you’ve come to expect from the company who kickstarted the wearable technology craze back in 2013. Apple Watch Series 4 If you own an iPhone (and quite a few of you do) the Apple Watch Series 4 is an attractive and effective fitness tracker. It also boasts a number of exclusive features that you’ll only find with Apple Health. The Series 4 builds upon the successful foundations of the Series 3, adding swim-tracking into the mix, along with improved battery life and unique heart rate notifications that can alert you if there’s anything cardio-related that needs your Attention. Nokia Body+ Stepping on the scales just got a whole lot more informative thanks to the Nokia Body+. These wonderful weighing scales assess your weight, BMI, total body fat and water percentage, as well as bone and muscle mass. If you’re looking to pinpoint where your efforts are going in the gym, the Nokia Body+ will let you know. It can also display the daily weather forecast, meaning you’ll never get caught in the rain if you decide to go for a run. Samsung IconX wireless earbuds Nothing helps motivate you more mid-run than your favourite playlist. But imagine if your headphones could detect your workout, track your calories and deliver banging tunes at the same time? Say hello to the Samsung IconX earbuds. These nifty little cans are controlled with simple taps and swipes without having to take out your phone. They’re also completely wireless, so you won’t have to worry about any wires getting in the way of your Workout. A perfect present If you’d like to give the gift of analysing workout data, monitoring sleep patterns or simply breathing new life into tried-and-tested exercise regimes, these top bits of tech can help any lucky recipient power past their previous best.
One of the most frustrating parts of working out can be finding the right exercise routines to help you lose weight efficiently and effectively. Functional Training can be the answer. You might be under the impression that cardio-heavy sessions are your best bet, but there are easier methods to shift any unwanted weight without being stuck on a treadmill for hours. Functional training is a popular way to shed the pounds through using your own body weight and light dumbells, and won’t leave you feeling exhausted and sweaty after your workout. We’ve looked at the key areas of functional training, how it can help promote weight loss, and offered a few examples you can try out for yourself. What is functional training? Functional fitness exercises are all about looking after your long-term fitness and wellbeing, whilst helping you lose weight. Designed to help improve your balance, posture, muscle strength and flexibility, these workouts improve the way your brain talks to your muscles as they are being worked out. There’s a lot more focus on the movements you are making in functional training, compared to the distance you cover in cardio or the weights you’re lifting in bodybuilding, to help you stay balanced and maintain a strong body shape. How can functional training help you lose weight? Rather than exposing your body to the stresses and strains of weightlifting and cardio, functional training is designed to get your body feeling more comfortable. Research has proven that bodies that are able to move more freely burn off calories more effectively and help you drop the pounds. Doing functional exercises also makes it easier to lose weight through more common exercises too. The best place to start with functional workouts and losing weight is to identify any weaknesses you may have in your motion (i.e. any flexibility or balance issues). This way you can improve these areas and allow your body as a whole to move much more comfortably. If you’re unsure on how to best evaluate your body’s movement, getting a personal trainer for a session may be a good option, as they’ll be able to spot your weaknesses and help you make improvements through functional exercise which in return will help you lose weight. Simple functional exercise routines Adding functional workouts into your sessions doesn’t have to be difficult. You can incorporate them into your current fitness routine, or just do a couple in the morning before you start your day at home. The plank: Probably the most famous of all functional exercises, the plank is an intermediate level exercise aimed at strengthening your core through improving your balance and posture. Single-leg stand: The basics in improving balance, all you need to do is stand as firm as you possibly can on one leg, for as long as you can. As your core becomes stronger, add in arm movements to benefit the exercise and promote weight loss. Single-leg squat: Similar to the above, the single squat encourages you to stand on one leg and bend down, then back up again. At first, you may find this difficult but practice makes perfect. Over time you’ll have a greater sense of balance and see noticeable weight loss around your midriff. Shoulder flexion: When you are laid on the floor, lifting your arms from by your side to up above your head can help you control your back and abdominal muscles, promoting both muscle growth and weight loss. It isolates your lats and restricts the movement of your shoulders, which will minimise the risk of uncomfortable action.
Running shoes are the most personal item - save, perhaps, underwear. While Nike has recently launched ‘Swiss army shoe’ for everyday runners, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to lacing up. There are lots of different kinds of feet in the world and lots of different running shoes. Whether you’re training for a marathon or just trying to make it round the block, finding the perfect fit for pounding the ground doesn’t need to be such a rigid process. These tips should help you find the right footwear for a more natural, comfortable and effective run: Invest in a quality pair A cheap pair of shoes can make running miserable. Choosing the wrong kind can cause injuries and lessen the effectiveness of your training. That’s why quality is priority when it comes to buying running shoes. In general, low-cost shoes don’t work, so aim for at least the middle price range when shopping around. Expensive footwear can live up to the hype: Dennis Kimetto ran the fastest marathon in history wearing adidas BOOST at the 2014 Berlin Marathon and few dispute the fact that the shoes helped. Know your shoe’s lifespan Even the most light-footed gazelle will eventually wear down their running shoes - and knowing when your footwear is finished will help avoid joint ache. Aim to cover around 500 miles before you get a new pair - tracking apps such as MapMyRun, RunKeeper and Nike+ Run Club will do it for you. If you’re unsure, grab the forefoot of your shoe and see if it it folds over easily. If you’re suddenly feeling pain during a run, then it might just be a simple case of replacing your shoes. All hail comfort Like everything in life, do what feels natural. The more comfortable the running shoe, the more it works in harmony with your body. There are general rules: getting your gait analysed (the angle at which your foot hits the ground) can help you run better and prevent weaknesses. If you pronate, your foot rolls inwards. If it rolls outward, this is called supination. Or you might just have a neutral gait. But these are all guidelines, so whatever gait or heel-strike your body leans towards, comfort is still always top priority. Get help from a professional to find the right fit for you. Go minimal Barefoot running has been the centre of fitness debates for a while now. Research has proven that running shoes with less cushioning can reduce injury, so choosing a pair with zero drop (most running shoes have at least 8mm drop) can help you run more naturally. Shoes with a thicker cushioning between the heel and toe make it harder to strike the floor with the ball of your foot - you’re more likely to go heel-first. Of course every body - and foot - is different. While it can help strengthen your feet, runners with weaker joints should avoid going barefoot.
OUR SCORE PROS CONS Design 4/5 Features/Functionality 5/5 Performance 4/5 Value 5/5 Overall 4.5/5 Slim fit Comfortable all day Quick pairing with Bluetooth headphones Quick GPS pick up Waterproof Clunky navigation button Basic software WHAT IS THE TOMTOM SPARK? The TomTom Spark is a GPS enabled sports watch by the well known satnav brand, featuring daily activity tracking and a built in music player. This review focuses on the Spark Music, but there is also a Spark Cardio model that has built in heart rate monitoring. TomTom fans will already be familiar with the previous partnership with Nike (Nike+ Sportswatch which launched in 2011). DESIGN Compared to the previous TomTom Runner model, the new design has made way for a slimmer, more comfortable fit. Out of the box, you get a durable rubber strap and the watch module - which slots in and out of the strap, when charging. The strap comes in small or large sizes, and secures firmly in two places. The watch has a large monochrome display with a good backlight (activated by covering your hand over the screen). It's not the best resolution, but with such a large screen, it's hardly noticeable. Below the screen is a large navigation button that allows for left/right, up/down scrolling through the different menus. The button is a little temperamental and clunky, but doesn’t hinder operation too much. FEATURES/FUNCTIONALITY The attention to simplicity makes this a great watch - you can pretty much figure out all functions without looking at the manual. The key features to look at for the discerning exerciser are the GPS, fitness/sports tracking, and the music player. As you would expect from TomTom, the GPS is quick to pick up a signal, even in built up areas, so you're not hanging around when going for a run or cycle. Daily activity tracking (sleep monitoring) is aliased by the accelerometer and gyroscope. Because the watch has a large screen, it can display a number of useful metrics, without the need to open an app. A simple click of the button can bring up step count, sleep time, calories burned, distance and total activity time; a second click brings up your weekly achievements. This is certainly an advantage over smaller watches that require an app to display activity. Activity monitoring can also be specific - choose from running, cycling, swimming, treadmill, and freestyle activity options. Just choose your option and wait a few seconds for the GPS to pick up - then off you go. The Spark will log everything for you! Of course, the Spark can also sync your results with the TomTom Connect app. Unfortunately, this is where TomTom is a little disappointing. While the software is simple - which may appeal to some - it is very basic with a less than inspiring dashboard. Possibly the biggest attractor is the music player. Once paired (easily) with Bluetooth headphones, you can listen to the pre-loaded Ministry of Sound playlist, or quickly upload your own playlists from iTunes. PERFORMANCE Data tracking (steps,, distance, activity time, sleep) is accurate and responsive. Run tracking is probably one of the best and most appealing features, with all the usual metrics - as well as a Race feature that puts you against your previous best time. Battery life depends on how you use the Spark. With simple activity counting and the occasional music, it will easily last a week between charges. As you add GPS, regular training and music, this will drop to 2-3 days, before you need to charge again. VALUE The TomTom Spark Music currently retails for around €120-150, which is great value for the functionality and features. VERDICT: While it may not be an all singing, all dancing sports watch, the TomTom Spark is a solid, functional watch, and strong enough to handle all you’re activity tracking needs, and music playback. A definite buy for those who demand simplicity in form and function. OVERALL SCORE: 4.5/5 LINK: https://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/sports/fitness-watches/
OUR SCORE PROS CONS Design 4/5 Features/Functionality 5/5 Performance 4/5 Value 5/5 Overall 4.5/5 Ultra-thin sole Wide toe box Zero drop Quick lace system Breathable Slight toe-spring Ultra-thin sole takes time to get used to WHAT IS THE FEELMAX OSMA 5? The Osma 5 barefoot athletic shoe is the latest update in the Osma range. Founded in 1993, Feelmax claim to have the thinnest outsole of any footwear product available in the world. Depending on the model, the thickness ranges from 1.0-2.5 mm. The 1mm outsole is specially produced by the well-known and respected German tire manufacturer, Continental®. DESIGN Compared to the previous model, the new design has made way for a larger breathable mesh, which makes the shoe more lightweight. Many barefoot shoes look like barefoot shoes – this is not an issue for purists, but could be a purchasing barrier for many. With the Osma 5 – it looks remarkably like a traditional training shoe. In this sense, the design has been well-executed and the minimal aesthetics will have wide appeal. FEATURES/FUNCTIONALITY The Osma 5 has the new NatuRun Minimo™ 2.5mm outsole and features a quick lace system (still functioning to date). You never get the feeling that the shoe is becoming loose – especially when you’re exercising or running hard. The ultra-thin sole is not the first thing to hit you (as with many barefoot shoes) – this is probably because the upper is well-padded, with soft-edging around the ankle. There is also adequate cushioning around the back of the heel. All in all, this takes away from the fact that you are extremely close to the ground. Functionally, the Osma 5 ticks all the right barefoot shoe attributes – flexible sole, wide toe box (though not the widest I’ve seen) and ultra-thin sole. There was a slight toe-spring out of the box, but this has flattened over time. PERFORMANCE I’ve tested the shoes across 3 different activities - general day to day working, at the gym, and running. So far, the Osma 5 makes daily activities very comfortable (standing, walking) with very little foot fatigue. I have mostly worn them without socks and there’s no smell (yet) or any blisters. If you’re on your feet a lot, this is a super-comfortable shoe. During gym workouts, the shoe performs well, and feels great during higher intensity workouts. Plyometric activity feels comfortable with no slipping, and traction is good on the gym floor. During 5K runs on-road and on grass, the shoes feel comfortable with good traction and ground feel. Ive not tested them on longer runs or off-road. VALUE The shoe is currently priced at €99.89 which is competitive against the likes of Vivobarefoot and Merrell. SHOULD I BUY THE FEELMAX OSMA 5? If you’re an advocate of barefoot shoes, then you will easily find a place for the Osma 5 in your daily life. I’ve always preferred Vivobarefoot Stealth/Primus for almost every activity; and more recently, have a fondness for the Merrell Vapor Glove for running. But with the Feelmax Osma 5, I have now found a great all-round shoe that feels at home during all movement – from walking and running to high intensity exercise. At EVO, we support barefoot movement, but if you don’t want to go completely barefoot, then the Osma 5 is an excellent alternative. Don’t forget to go one size up from your usual shoe size. VERDICT: The Feelmax Osma 5 is a lightweight, flexible shoe that feels comfortable during any activity. OVERALL SCORE: 4.5/5 LINK: https://feelmax.fi/en/
Top 7 : cycling gear, gadgets and accessories 1. For on-the-go hydration: Camelbak Crux 1.5L Reservoir Perfect for long-distance riders, these leak-proof water containers can be popped into your backpack for easy hydration. There’s a handy on/off lever to seal the drinking tube shut with one hand, and a bite valve that seals itself after each drink. With this handy cycling gear you can focus on your cycling without any distractions or drips. 2. For smart signalling: Lumos Helmet As far as cycling gear and gizmos go, this next-generation bike helmet is an all-rounder. It’s the world’s first smart helmet and has won a score of awards for its clever design and functionality. Lights, indicators and hard brake signals are all powered by the Bluetooth-powered remote control on your handlebar. Staying safe on the road has never looked so stylish. 3. For advanced fitness tracking: Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer Stay on top of your metrics even when you’re off the beaten track. Thanks to its integrated GPS and barometer you can track your speed, distance, altitude and gradient. Slap on the heart rate sensor for accurate performance reviews and link up to popular cycle-tracking app Strava for real-time data and social sharing. 4. For weatherproof style: Le Col Unisex Gilet Cycling often calls for attire that’s both wind and rain resistant. This breathable gilet is an ideal spring/summer staple, with a mesh panel at the back for added breathability. If you’re embarking on a mountain biking mission, the light fabric rolls up into a neat little package. Roadside, its reflective tabs make sure you’re visible in low light. 5. For tunes on two wheels: Scosche BoomBottle H20 Headphones while cycling is dangerous, but music isn’t. Shaped like a water bottle, it fits snugly into your bike’s bottle cage and wirelessly streams music during your ride. If you’re heading off-road, the BoomBottle’s waterproof and dustproof features means no amount of splashing or mud will damage it. Time to get that power-pedal playlist sorted. 6. For protected palms: Mavic short fingers glove Minimal, lightweight and hardwearing, there’s a reason Mavic are a popular brand for cyclists. These stylish mitts are designed to offer comfort without weighing wrists down, with an ergonomic cut for maximum flexibility. They also come with Hot Ride UV protection, so you don’t mistake your hands for lobsters after a day riding in the sun. 7. For heavy duty security: Kryptonite New York Lock They might be at the pricier end of the anti-theft protection budget, but these locks are a bike thief’s worst nightmare. No bolt cutters can work their way through its super-tough steel shackle and its double deadbolt gives double the security. Another handy feature are the three stainless steel keys: one is equipped with an LED light - ideal for nighttime cycling. This is the perfect addition to your cycling gear. Image sources and Credits: Image Credit Camelbak Crux 1.5L Reservoir (EVO_imgs_text_01.jpg): https://www.camelbak.com/en/packs/reservoirs/R04009--Crux_15L_Reservoir?color=eba5e1389e7c43e2804e7505cf6941ec Image Credit Lumos Helmet (EVO_imgs_text_02.jpg): https://lumoshelmet.co/ Image Credit Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer (EVO_imgs_text_03.jpg): https://www.polar.com/uk-en/products/pro/M460-gps-bike-computer#features Image Credit Le Col Unisex Gilet (EVO_imgs_text_04.jpg): https://lecol.cc/collections/gilets/products/le-col-cycling-gilet?variant=41865431635 Image Credit Scosche BoomBottle H20 (EVO_imgs_text_05.jpg): http://www.scosche.com/boombottleh2o Image Credit Mavic short fingers glove (EVO_imgs_text_06.jpg): https://shop.mavic.com/en-us/ksyrium-pro-glove-d7285.html#1028=3286 Image Credit Kryptonite New York Lock (EVO_imgs_text_07.jpg): https://www.kryptonitelock.com/content/kryt-us/en/products/product-information/current-key/0009521.html
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If you’re on a weekend break, running can be a speedy way to explore the mazes of any metropolis and stick to your fitness regime at the same time. Cities are also those wonderful places that play host to a number of exciting races, so if you’re aiming to compete in a marathon or triathlon - there’s no place like the streets to train. With a blur of taxi cabs, traffic lights and pedestrians to navigate round, city running comes with its own set of challenges. But there are ways to get around them. Stop-and-go obstacles such as crossroads and roundabouts can be taken advantage of by doing squats and lunges while you wait. Cars, bicycles and other traffic can be made safer to navigate by leaving the headphones at home - it’s important to be aware of your surroundings when crossing busy intersections. For everything else - there are running apps. We’ve come a long way from stopwatches and pedometers. Now, there’s all kinds of tech to help you reap the rewards of jogging the urban jungle and make city runs that little bit easier. Here are our favourite city running apps: 4 Top City Running Apps 1. RunGo Get to know fresh corners of your home city or fully immerse yourself in a metropolis you’ve never been. RunGo gives you on-the-go directions, through both audio cues and visual navigation in real time. It’s a travel lovers best friend; the first ‘virtual running partner’ that uses GPS to tell you which way to turn, with options to explore new terrain whenever you wish. Forget map-memorising and hit the streets in confidence. 2. Salomon Bringing the beauty of trail running to urban destinations, Salomon connects runners of all levels with routes that break up routines and help you to discover new locations in your city. There’s safety in numbers, so you can enjoy the sense of community urban running. This running app is perfect to sign up for ‘community runs’ - simply pick your city of choice and pound new grounds with like-minded locals. 3. RunKeeper It’s simply got to be on the list. RunKeeper is a free mini motivator that combines GPS and community for the perfect running all-rounder. Set goals, track workouts in real time, follow personalised routines, join challenges and see your progress with this popular app. A whopping 50 million runners have it downloaded, so add your friends and share achievements with them. You can even compare workouts and see how your urban runs stack up against each other - let the competition commence. 4. Glympse Sometimes, no one knows which alleys and avenues you’re sprinting through - and in urban environments, you never know what or who you’ll run into. Whether you’re an early bird on empty streets or prefer a late-night, long-distance affair, Glympse keeps runners safe through its location-sharing features. Simply pick a friend or family member, set up the duration of your city run and hit send - your recipient doesn’t need the app to receive your notification and can easily track your run. Image sources and Credits: Image Credit RunGo (EVO_imgs_text_01.jpg): https://www.rungoapp.com/ Image Credit Salomon (EVO_imgs_text_02.jpg): http://running.salomon.com/en/community-runs/ Image Credit RunKeeper (EVO_imgs_text_03.jpg): https://runkeeper.com/ Image Credit Glympse (EVO_imgs_text_04.jpg): http://www.glympse.com/
Once you’ve caught the climbing bug, nothing compares. It’s the most natural way of moving, using muscles you probably didn’t know you even had. But every decision counts when you’re battling the boulder, whether it’s a natural cliff face or a training wall, so it’s important to have best kit for the climb. From hybrid-shell helmets to panic-proof belaying devices, we’ve rounded up our favourite climbing gear and equipment: The 6 best climbing gear & equipment 1. La Sportiva Mythos eco climbing shoe Conquer those overhangs with these crazy comfortable climbers. Whether you’re mastering a mountain or are just getting to grips with the gym wall, these eco-friendly climbing shoes rise to the challenge. Solid heel support, adjustable fit and super-grippy outsoles, La Sportiva Mythos eco climbing shoes can really wrap around a rock for accurate smedging and smearing. 2. Petzl Corax harness Have a crack at any wall with confidence by strapping up with this versatile climbing gear. Whatever your style or body shape, the Petzl Corax harness has easy-adjust leg loops, buckles and waistbelt to keep you in control. Breathe easy with its soft-mesh body sling, designed to keep pressure points comfortable for long, all-day climbs. 3. Wild Country Revo The Wild Country Revo climbing gear is popular for a reason. It’s the first bi-directional assisted locking belay device, touted for being the ‘holy grail’ of secure belaying. It opens like a dream, with virtually zero locking while pulling out slack. No short-roping, no need for a specific locking karabiner, and a completely panic-proof locking system. Don’t worry about which way the rope’s going, either, the nifty device’s dual direction feature has that sorted. 4. Black Diamond Vector helmet Lightweight doesn’t mean light protection. The Vector helmet by Black Diamond will give you full-head coverage without the heaviness, so you can stay agile on long routes and alpine climbs. It’s well ventilated so your sweaty climber’s head can breathe in tougher climates, giving ‘barely there’ comfort. In-mold headlamp clips make sure the helmet fits securely to your head, with a hardy EPS foam and polycarbonate shell. The fact it comes in a range of colours is delightful bonus. 5. Metolius Belay glove Be a better belayer with Metolius belay gloves. These safe, ergonomically designed rope warriors withstand the most rigorous use - giving you maximum hand protection and optimum control over your rappelling and coiling. No burn, no slip-ups. A handy feature is the glove’s integrated loops - ideal for clipping your gloves to your harness when they’re not in use. 6. Moon Deluxe bouldering chalk bucket Typical cinch closures have a habit of leaking, but not the Moon Deluxe chalk bucket. The brand have launched a new closure system, with an added external fixed cord-lock. No fussy access when clawing for chalk, just a smooth dip covering two hands for those troublesome redpoints. It keeps things tidy with zip and mesh pockets, with a padded base for stability and two easy grab handles. Image sources and Credits: Image Credit La Sportiva Mythos eco climbing shoe (EVO_imgs_text_01.jpg): https://www.bergzeit.store/la-sportiva-mythos-eco-climbing-shoe-taupe-48/ Image Credit Petzl Corax harness (EVO_imgs_text_02.jpg): https://www.petzl.com/US/EN/Sport/Harnesses/CORAX Image Credit Wild Country Revo (EVO_imgs_text_03.jpg): http://www.wildcountry.com/revo/ Image Credit Black Diamond Vector helmet (EVO_imgs_text_04.jpg): https://eu.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_GB/climbing-helmets/vector-BD620213ULBLM_L1.html Image Credit Metolius Belay glove (EVO_imgs_text_05.jpg): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Metolius-Climbing-Gloves-Medium-Natural/dp/B000NYK558 Image Credit Moon Deluxe bouldering chalk bucket (EVO_imgs_text_06.jpg): http://moonclimbing.com/deluxe-bouldering-chalk-bucket.html/?SID=oukiqtjs9d2haqsv86rfea1nt1
At EVO, we use cutting edge technology to nurture natural human movement. But we’re also passionate about getting outside and interacting with our environment - where gym tech isn’t freely available. Instead, take tech with you on your warm weather escapades: we’ve made it simple with this round-up of with some of the best summer fitness gadgets and gear on the market. 6 best summer fitness gadgets and gear 1. For naturally painless climbing: Tenaya Oasi shoes Climb that massive corner with these award-winners: the Tenaya Oasi high-performance shoes. There’s virtually no angle or rock type these easy-to-wear climbers don’t grip to. The Spanish brand have nailed the pain-free comfortability factor, with a down-turn in the toebox for a natural, next-level climb. Find a distributor near you here. 2. For hands-free running: Tune Belt If strapping on a set of trail shoes and heading off-road is how you get your exercise, then you need an armband built for the elements. Smartphones come equipped with all the GPS gizmos and activity trackers we need for data-crunching fitness, but carrying your phone on a trail is downright awkward. Fitness gadgets like the Tune Belt keep all kinds of phones snugly protected while you’re jostling off the beaten track, cases included. 3. For everlasting riding adventures: GoPro Handlebar Mount Whether you’re a mountain biking junkie or embarking on the Tour De France, strapping a GoPro to your wheels is the perfect way to relive an exhilarating ride. Touted for its durability and versatility, the Pro Handlebar Mount is worth the investment, with the option to rotate the camera fully for 360-degree captures. It’s made to withstand elements, muck and more: take to the road, head for the hills and get dirty. 4. For lightweight hiking: Zpacks Arc Blast backpack Hiking has come a long way. Thanks to the clever use of fabrics and tech, backpacking for fitness is easier than ever. This Arc Blast backpack by Zpacks has serious hike-appeal, allowing breathability and comfort on long walks with a clever air gap. No sweaty back, or lumpy camping gear digging into your ribs? Amen to that. 5. For smart surfing: Nixon Ultratide Time the tide perfectly with the world’s first real-time surf conditions watch - the Ultratide by Nixon. This fitness gadget grabs data from Surfline, the most trusted global surf reporter that’s been keeping an eye on the oceans for three decades now. Pick the beach of your choice and await details of the tide, wave height, swell direction, wind direction and speed, water and surrounding temperatures - all via your mini wrist-wrapping genius. 6. For solar-powered sounds: Eton Rukus Solar Whether you’re whitewater rafting or simply having a backyard Jacuzzi party this summer, the Eton Rukus Solar is a swanky wireless sound system that’s perfect for on-the-go antics. Blast music wherever there’s sunshine. Take it camping, climbing, wild swimming… you can even carry it up that thigh-killer of a mountain, thanks to its lightweight, easy-to-carry, award-winning design. Image sources and Credits: Image Credit Tenaya Oasi shoes (EVO_imgs_text_01.jpg): https://tenaya.net/en/oasi Image Credit Tune Belt (EVO_imgs_text_02.jpg): https://www.tunebelt.com/ Image Credit GoPro Handlebar Mount (EVO_imgs_text_03.jpg): https://shop.gopro.com/EMEA/mounts/pro-handlebar-seatpost-pole-mount/AMHSM-001.html Image Credit Zpacks Arc Blast backpack (EVO_imgs_text_04.jpg): http://www.zpacks.com/backpacks/arc_blast.shtml Image Credit Nixon Ultratide (EVO_imgs_text_05.jpg): http://www.nixon.com/uk/en/ultratide/A476.html Image Credit Eton Rukus Solar (EVO_imgs_text_06.jpg): https://etoncorp.com/en/productdisplay/rukus-solar-1
At EVO we go straight towards our goals and we always keep our eyes on the ball. That is why we’ve developed EVOmove Workout App. Simple, straight forward, useful. Move the EVO way Download the EVO App to have immediate access to EVOmove Workouts. Designed to help you make the best use of your EVO circuit, to help you take the experience outdoors and challenge nature or to take the experience home in the days you can’t make to the Club. EVO App offer training that make sense. A compilation of smart workouts guided by a virtual Personal Trainer, finding balance between insight, motivation, needs and objectives. Keep in touch with your trainer via EVOmove Workout App You can set it to match exactly what you want, when you want it. Also, your EVO Personal Trainer is always connected. Direct and fast communication that will allow you to stick to your plan when you miss your PT sessions. Training tips in your pocket 24/7 With your EVOmove Workout App you’ll never miss out on Club events, top stories and tips from EVO Blog and our expert and exclusive training tips. Don’t miss a beat To help get into the rhythm of EVOlution you can set the tune and never miss a beat as you connect the EVO App to your favourite fitness tracker and music. It’s time grasp EVOlution and take control of the way training mixes with your life. It’s time to download the member exclusive EVOmove Workout App. DOWNLOAD NOW! The app is available exclusively for members. You have to register with the contact data you used to sign up for your EVO gym membership.
Race through Rome’s cobblestone roads, sprint to the sound of Mozart in the country he was born or soak up the cheers of friendly Parisian crowds. Whether you’re training for your first marathon or have caught the bug; running for charity or for body-betterment; these 5 European destinations simply must be conquered. 1. Athens Authentic Marathon The true original - every runner should do the Athens Authentic Marathon once in their lifetime. It’s where it all began, hailing from Greek mythology, when Pheidippides ran 26.2 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians. Follow in his footsteps, sweeping through gorgeous Grecian villages and finishing at the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 - the Panathenaic Stadium. 2. Schneider Electric Paris Marathon Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower… if running through Paris’s most breathtaking landmarks isn’t enough to spur you on, the lively music and encouraging cries of ‘allez, allez!’ surely will. Schneider Electric Paris Marathon is the third biggest race in Europe, kicking off at Avenue des Champs-Élysées and taking you along the River Seine before a victorious finish in view of the glorious Arc de Triomphe. 3. Rome Marathon Obtaining a race bib for Rome Marathon should be on every runner’s bucket list. The long-distance run winds past some of the city’s greatest sights - the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Vatican City and Saint Peter’s Basilica to name a few. It’s quite literally the most breathtaking whistlestop tour you’ll ever get - one reviewer even went as far as saying Rome’s beauty made them forget their painful, aching limbs. And if that’s not enough to get you there, here are three words that might: pre-race pasta party. 4. Vienna City Marathon The Vienna City Marathon attracts more than 42,000 from 130 nations, blending Austria’s remarkable heritage and culture with high-impact athletics. A regular winner of the IAAF Road Race Gold Label, this is the ideal course for those who like to pick up the pace - some of the fastest runners in the world have won here. More than 10km of the course has melodies of Mozart or Vienna-born Strauss pumping out, and the thought of a traditional Viennese pancake post-race is sure to get you over that finish line. 5. BMW Berlin Marathon Not much can make a 26.2-mile race less punishing, but zipping through Berlin’s streets certainly helps. The BMW Berlin Marathon doesn’t do things by halves: it’s one of the biggest, flattest and fastest in the world. Your start and finish point is Brandenburg Gate, passing along iconic landmarks such Reichstag, the Berliner Dom and Potsdamer Platz in between. Runners from all over the globe come to Germany to try and break records - it’s smooth course has virtually no corners, unlike many around Europe. We’d expect nothing less of one of the coolest cities in Europe. Image sources and Credits: Image Credit 1. Athens Authentic Marathon - © iStock images Image Credit 2. Schneider Electric Paris Marathon - © iStock images Image Credit 3. Rome Marathon Maratonaroma2006 circomassimo 5.jpg © Drono at Italian Wikipedia. Commons by Llewellyn77 usingCommonsHelper. CC BY-SA 2.5 Image Credit 4. Vienna City Marathon Vienna City Marathon 2015 - Reichsbrücke (3).JPG © Bwag/Wikimediaor © Bwag/Commons or © Bwag/CC-BY-SA-4.0 Image Credit 5. BMW Berlin Marathon © This image, which was originally posted to Flickr, was uploaded to Commons using Flickr upload bot on 20 September 2011, 21:05 by Globalwheels. CC BY-SA 2.0
There's a reason why the sole of the foot has 250,000 nerve endings. Nature evolved it to be a movement sensor. Up to the age of 4 yrs, this sensory apparatus allowed us to be highly competent movers. Think about it for a moment - as babies and young children, the feet are highly sensitive structures whose sole (pun intended!) purpose was to feel the environment. Back then, our feet were strong, mobile and elastic. The perfect training shoes. FORGETTING THE FEET Then most of us began the lifelong journey of sedentary living and poor footwear, causing us to disconnect from our feet, movement and environment. The moment we start school, this disconnect begins. We wear shoes that are sold to us as ‘protective’, causing the feet, ankles and toes to move less, and ultimately weaken. Yet as young children, our feet had all the technology we needed for optimal health and function. FOUNDATION OF MOVEMENT Movement begins from the ground up - our feet are the only body parts in contact with the ground for most of the day. Yet how many of us look after our feet in the same way as the rest of the body? We spend hours each week training our bodies in the quest for fitness, health and aesthetics. We wear clothing that allows our body to move and breathe, yet our feet remain locked up in rigid cages, slowly becoming weaker, inelastic and immobile. FOOTING THE BILL Years of abuse means we are literally paying the price on our feet. The growing prevalence of foot pain and dysfunction due to dysfunctional feet is unacceptable. But the consequent movement impairment is just as alarming. When the toes become weak (specifically the big toe) we lose the natural ability to balance and move across a stable base – as a result, the ankle may stiffen up to maintain stability and balance. When the sole of the foot stiffens (through rigid shoes and lack of use) we lose the natural flexibility that allows the foot to rock efficiently during locomotion. The result is compensatory movement further up the body. THE REMEDY: HEALTHY FEET AND PROPER TRAINING SHOES We have a plantar plate in every EVO club, because we know that good movement starts with good feet - ask any 4yr old. The plantar plate is a powerful tool for assessing foot and ankle strength, mobility and elasticity - the three attributes of a natural foot. When these are present, the foot serves as a highly effective platform for force transfer in almost every movement. In a nutshell, this means lower economy of effort and lower risk of injury. A healthy foot has all the technology it needs for efficient movement and lifelong health. If you would like to know how healthy your feet are right now, speak to one of our Personal Trainers and book an assessment with them. In addition to assessing your current foot and ankle strength and mobility, they will also show you specific exercises – called Toe-ga – designed to improve strength and mobility, and combat the effects of poor footwear. And if you’re serious about lifelong foot health and optimal movement, then our Personal Trainers will also provide guidance on selecting the best training shoes and lifestyle. If you have any thoughts and opinions around foot health, please share them with us via Facebook and Instagram.
Increased demands during exercise During exercise the body has an increased demand for oxygen, energy and water. Any deficit in these 3 resources can inhibit exercise performance and produce a number of symptoms including dizziness. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at these resources ad highlight some simple strategies to optimize them. Improper breathing During exercise, muscles have a higher oxygen requirement compared to rest. Oxygen utilization is dependent on a delicate balance between oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide produced. Those who are new to exercise, or are exercising beyond their capacity, may experience shallow and rapid breathing during exercise – a situation where less oxygen is taken up and more carbon dioxide is produced. This imbalance can bring about immediate feelings of dizziness. If this occurs, reduce your exercise level and take deeper breaths to restore balance. If the feelings of dizziness do not subside and are also associated with chest tightness, seek immediate medical attention. As a longer term strategy, speak to a personal trainer about proper breathing technique during exercise. Low blood sugar Lack of energy (low blood sugar) is another common cause of dizziness during exercise. This is most common when exercising in the morning on an empty stomach, but can also occur when exercising later in the days especially when meals are skipped. Because lack of energy is often cumulative, be sure to consume carbohydrate regularly during the day. If this is not possible, consume a carbohydrate snack at least 2 hours before your workout. When eating is not possible or desirable, have a fruit juice or suitable carbohydrate drink before exercise. Dehydration As with low blood sugar, lack of water can accumulate during the day, resulting in feelings of dizziness during exercise. In addition, sweat losses during exercise need to be replaced, alongside electrolytes that are also lost. Even a small loss of fluid can significantly impact health. The general rule is to drink when you feel thirsty, and reduce or eliminate coffee, tea and diet drink consumption. However, if you are exercising at higher intensities, consume a sports drink during and after exercise to replace electrolytes and fluid. Summary Feeling dizzy during exercise is not a normal symptom in healthy individuals. Simple self-treatment may help to alleviate and completely eliminate these symptoms but in some cases, dizziness may be a sign of an underlying condition that requires medical attention. If feelings of dizziness occur, stop exercising and rest, keeping your head above your heart. Sometimes, walking around and sitting down may help, but do not lie down. Consume some water and a carbohydrate snack, and if the dizziness does not subside within an hour, contact a doctor.
Fitness trackers Fitness trackers can be great, yet simple Christmas gifts. While high tech fitness trackers may have their place, we often forget about the simplest and most useful of measurements – the step. Your step count is probably the easiest and most useful unit of movement, and when used in the right way, can be highly motivational. Research suggests that early humans walked on average, a minimum of 5 miles per day, and it was this simple movement that was an important contributor to a faster metabolism, better circulation, greater mobility and stronger bones and muscles. For an average adult, 5 miles equates to approximately 10000 steps, which is the pre-set target on many fitness trackers. A Christmas gift for simple tracking with a 1-year battery life, check out Garmin Vivofit 3; or for a minimal design, check out Misfit Shine 2. Wireless earbuds Listening to music during your workouts can be highly motivational. Unfortunately, trailing headphone cables can often limit and even prevent safe execution of quick, high intensity and functional exercises. In addition, over the ear headphones can slip, get knocked, and may simply be too uncomfortable for longer workouts. Enter the wireless earbud – the perfect workout companion! These in-ear headphones can quickly pair with your phone or smart watch, giving you a hassle- and wire-free experience. Check out this potential Christmas gift: Jaybird X2/X3 Wireless Buds, which offer sweat-proof, adjustable ear buds with super sound quality. Slackline Slacklining is fast becoming a fun and challenging fitness activity. According to Wikipedia, “Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors”. The fitness benefits of slacklining include improved balance, posture, concentration and enhanced core stability and muscular endurance. Check out the Gibbon Slackline sets, which can be mounted between two anchor points, or the Gibbon Slackrack frame, which is a rack-mounted indoor version. Self-massage tools Exercise duration, frequency, intensity and diversity must be balanced with effective recovery strategies to ensure we get the most out of each workout. Flexibility and mobility exercises can go some way to off-set the demands of training, but often muscles can become chronically tight, leading to impaired movement and the development of trigger points. A trigger point is a tender area in a muscle that causes pain when stimulated. Fortunately, through regular self-massage, trigger points can be deactivated, often with immediate improvements in movement ability. Check out the TriggerPoint Therapy Foundation Collection, which contains four tools and a self-help guide to get you started. Kettlebells Finally, in our list of Christmas gifts is the humble kettlebell. Out of all the free weights, the kettlebell is probably the most versatile. Strength, endurance, speed, power, flexibility – you name it, it can be done with a kettlebell! What’s more, a pair (or two) of kettlebells takes up very little room, and are highly portable. Additional benefits of kettlebell training include increased wrist strength and enhanced joint stability – both of which can positively influence your ability to lift more in other forms of training. Check out Rogue kettlebells, which offer good grip, balanced feel and a great look at an affordable price. Have fun shopping for Christmas gifts!
Top 5 locations for skiing holidays: 1. Whistler, Canada Whistler is a perennial favourite destination for skiing holidays and should be near the top of anyone's skiing bucket list. The towering peaks offer spectacular views of the Canadian countryside making it easy to see why Whistler is the number one ski area in North America. With over 8,000 acres of slopes, Whistler offers something for skiers of all skill levels and has an extended ski season. The apres-ski experience is unmatched, with five-star restaurants and plenty of nightlife to keep you going until the next day on the slopes. 2. Vail, Colorado, USA Vail is one of the largest ski areas in the world, boasting over 5,000 acres of slopes for you to choose from. For over 50 years, Vail has been continuously improving and upgrading itself to become a truly world-class ski resort and a winter skiing holidays haven for the rich and famous. Off the slopes, Vail is filled with a wide range of dining options to suit your taste and preferences, ranging from cozy chalets to celebrity chef fine dining restaurants. In addition to the front side of the mountain, where most skiers tend to stay, the back side opens up a whole new world of open skiing opportunities for more advanced skiers. 3. St. Moritz, Switzerland St. Moritz is a frequent host of skiing races and world championships, so this is your chance to ski like one of the pros. The chairlifts will take you to over 3 kilometres above sea level, so you'll want to make sure to do plenty of skiing exercises before you head up to ensure that you are prepared for the lower oxygen levels at this high altitude. The area features 15 resorts, so you'll have no shortage of options in choosing where to stay on your skiing holidays, nor will you lack for new trails to try each day. The ski runs at the top are better suited to advanced skiers, while novices can have some fun at lower levels. 4. Tenjindaira, Japan The Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Ski Resort, known to locals as simply Tenjin, is a bit off the beaten path for most tourists, and that is what has enabled it to stay one of the best ski areas in the country. Tenjindaira translates to "powder paradise", and that is exactly what you will find at this luxurious resort for skiing holidays. The formal ski area is relatively small, but most travelers to Tenjindaira come for the excellent backcountry options. Backcountry skiing is definitely not suitable for beginners, so be sure to get in plenty of skiing exercises and lots of practice on challenging terrain before you think about tackling this one. 5. St. Anton, Austria St. Anton am Arlberg in Austria puts you right up into the heights of the Alps. Aside from the stunning views, the area boasts a number of ski resorts, all equipped with the height of modern luxury. Early risers will love the chance to carve the first tracks into the fresh powder snow, and the snow quality stays high throughout the day. With over 300 kilometres of ski runs, there is something for every ability level. At the end of the day, dine of some of the finest food the region has to offer. This area is great for a romantic getaway or for family skiing holidays.
Morning Workouts Pros If your goal is to lose weight, a morning workout might be the best option for you. When you exercise first thing in the day, it revs up your metabolism, particularly if you do it on an empty stomach. Not having any food in your stomach makes your body target your fat cells for energy, making it easier to lose weight. Your body will continue to burn more calories throughout the day, even at rest. Furthermore, an early morning workout can set you up to make healthier choices throughout the day. Because you started your day of in a healthy way, you'll be more inclined to eat healthy foods to keep that trend going. You'll also get your workout out of the way before the stresses of your daily life get in the way and give you potential excuses . Cons Getting your workouts in during the early morning hours may put you at greater risk for injury. If you are not a morning person, you may still be a bit tired and groggy when you hit the gym. When you are tired, you have less control over your muscles, which can lead you to have poor form in your exercises, putting you at risk for injury. In addition, your core body temperature is lower in the morning than it is later in the day. This makes it even more important that you get an adequate warm-up before beginning more strenuous exercises. Start by jogging at an easy pace for 10-15 minutes to get your blood pumping and your muscles warm. Evening Workouts Pros If building strength and muscle is your goal, the evening is a better time for your workouts. By the time you leave work and head to the gym, you'll have had plenty to eat, giving your body the fuel it needs to get through tougher workouts. However, try not to eat immediately before a workout. Your body needs time to digest the protein in your meal so that it can use it for fuel. Because you have been up and about throughout the day, your muscles are already activated and ready to exercise. In mid-late afternoon the increased metabolism/body temperature will combine to offer better results to your workout. You should still fit in a warm-up to help reduce your risk of injury, but it is not as crucial as in early morning workouts. When your muscles are already warm, they tend to be more flexible, reducing your risk of injury. Cons Working out at night may interfere with your ability to fall asleep. When you exercise, your body temperature and heart rate increase and they stay elevated for several hours after your workout. In order to fall asleep, your body needs to be in a resting state. If you exercise too late in the evening, it may take too long for your temperature and heart rate to drop back down, which can make it difficult to fall asleep when you need to. Working out in the evening may be more psychologically difficult as well. By the time you have left work, you will have had an entire day to come up with excuses for why you can't or don't want to exercise. You'll need to have more willpower to stick to evening workouts.
No matter what your current skill level is, there is a mountain somewhere that you can climb, from novices looking for a new way to get physical activity to seasoned climbers looking for a challenge. Read on for some of our favourite climbing destinations here in our backyard and around the world. In Europe Beginner Mont Blanc - France Mont Blanc is a great starting point for inexperienced climbers, offering beginner treks with guides to help you along the way. You can find a variety of courses that teach novices the basics of mountain climbing on a few low-altitude treks. For those who have done some climbing but are not yet experts, there are some intermediate climbs as well. This popular destination is complete with excellent accommodation and dining options. Swinica - Poland Swinica is another excellent option for beginners. It offers a steep climb, but there are chains installed on the side of the mountain to help you pull yourself up. Nestled in the Tatra Mountains along the Polish-Slovak border, the peak delivers spectacular views across the countryside of both countries. Because the area is a haven for skiers in the winter, there is a broad range of accommodation and dining nearby to suit any preference and budget. Advanced Matterhorn - Switzerland The Matterhorn is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable sights in Europe, at least among the mountain climbing set. Getting to the top is definitely not easy, so climbers must be in peak physical condition to accomplish this feat. However, there are a few climbs on the lower portion of the mountain that can accommodate beginners. The area offers year-round skiing, so be sure to dress for the snowy conditions. Piz Roseg - Switzerland/Italy Despite its difficulty, Piz Roseg is a popular destination for mountain climbers. However, this mountain is for experienced climbers only, and a few have even died attempting to make the climb or while skiing back down. It can get busy sometimes, creating wait times to ascend certain faces, but the waiting gives you a great opportunity to take some time to soak in the natural beauty all around you. Other Climbing Destinations Beginner Jebel Toubkal - Morocco Jebel Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Although challenging, the trek is suitable for beginners. It combines hiking with some climbing over rocks and large boulders. However, the high altitude makes the climb seem more difficult than it would be at a lower altitude, so be sure to give yourself time to acclimate to the limited oxygen in the air. Don't forget to drink plenty of water as well. Advanced Colorado National Monument - United States The Colorado National Monument offers over 150 mountain climbing routes for you to choose from, and the majority of them are extremely difficult. The cliffs here are made of sandstone, so it is important to be careful of loose pieces and smooth surfaces. There are some easier routes in the area, but most of the offerings are for advanced climbers only. Take care during the summer months to stay hydrated, as the climate is dry and hot. These are just a few of the many spectacular mountain climbing destinations in Europe and abroad. As you start getting into mountain climbing, you'll likely meet other climbers who each have their own recommendations. While climbing, you can forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
The right shoes When you head to the gym to workout, it's vitally important that you have the proper workout gear, including footwear. Shoes with a wide toe-box will allow your toes to spread during movement, and a thin flexible sole will allow your feet to naturally stretch and recoil during impact. If your feet are strong enough however, then the best footwear is simply bare feet – allowing you to feel the ground and react quickly to movement. Comfortable, yet functional clothing and workout gear Choose something form-fitting, but not so tight that it's restrictive. You want to see and feel the shape of your body while working out to ensure that you're using correct form. If your clothing is too loose, you may not be aware that your body is out of alignment, which makes it more likely that you'll strain or hurt yourself. Your favourite playlist Working out is a lot more fun if you have a great soundtrack to go along with it. Put together a playlist before you arrive at the club so you're ready to go. Choose music that is upbeat to help keep you motivated and your heart rate up throughout your workouts. As a tip for running and cycling, listen to hip-hop or drum & bass – both of which are in the the right tempo range for optimal cadence; throw in some slower songs at the end for your cool-down session. Water bottle Even if the club has water fountains, you should still have your own water bottle as an addition to your workout gear. Having it at the ready while you're working out will increase the likelihood that you'll sip frequently to stay hydrated. It also makes it less likely that you'll want to take a trip down the hall to get a drink and risk losing a spot on your favorite machine. For optimal hydration and recovery, add a pinch of salt to the water. Personal care items If you plan to wash and shower after your workout, be sure to pack all of the personal care items you'll need, including shampoo, soap, deodorant and moisturizer. If you’re worried about the safety of using communal showers with bare feet, toss in a pair of rubber flip-flops. Change of clothes You never know when friends might want to go grab a bite to eat later on, so it's always a good idea to have a fresh change of clothes in your gym bag. After all, you don't really want to get back into the work clothes that you've been wearing all day. Pick something comfortable and casual to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after your workouts.
The result is a contemporary, natural, and inspiring place to exercise and train. There is a proprietary round leather sofa at the entrance, where members are asked to remove their outdoor shoes and store them in the shelving provided. Different training zones help to create a fitness journey – building a highly visual training map in line with the EVO tag line – ‘fitness evolved’. Kesh Patel, Fitness Director of EVO Europe, says ‘We’ve taken every measure to create a training space that allows for the art and practice of skillful, purposeful and playful movement for EVO members, yet remains a highly conducive environment for our PTs to deliver best-in-class training. Our brand identity is pervasive throughout the entire club and strongly echoes a training philosophy that is based on the mastery of human movement’. The moment you walk into EVO, it will make you stop and think differently about the way you move. More space, progressive training zones, and expert Personal Training provide every EVO member with an optimal gym experience that supports pure personal empowerment. Inspired by nature in every way, EVO looks back but thinks forward, reconnecting your senses to your environment.