When my wife decided she would finally have knee surgery to repair her torn ACL and meniscus in early May, we knew it would be a while until she truly got back on her feet. But now that she’s been in physical therapy, there’s been only ONE shoe that she’s trusted through the process — Reebok’s Nano X1 cross-trainers.
When I was a lad, we had one-speed bikes with banana seats* and sometimes big high backrests, like the kiddie version of Zed’s chopper, Grace, that Butch makes off with in Pulp Fiction. Sure, there were 10-speeds and the standard 1-speeds that Schwinn was famous for. And…um…that was pretty much it. Not any longer, baby! Now you’ve got so many different types of bikes it makes my head spin! And now we have word that Trek has expanded its premium custom bike program, Project One ICON, with a brand-new paint scheme called “First Light.”
During the pandemic, I let myself go a little bit. With gyms closed, bikes on backorder, and a newborn, I found it very hard to do something as simple as exercise. But recently, I’ve been introduced to the WHOOP 3.0 Strap, and I feel like I’m finally getting this health thing right.
A Strava subscription has been a great way to keep me motivated during my journey of getting back in shape. 2020 was rough; I was working out regularly but wasn’t eating well. Unfortunately, it’s true that you can’t outrun a terrible diet. So paired with a proper eating regimen, Strava’s been my go-to tracking app for getting to a better me.
I am a big advocate for stretching, massage, and recovery as part of a good workout plan. I’ve tried regular foam rollers, vibrating foam rollers, heated foam rollers, and a few massage guns in the past. But the MyoSotrm Meteor 2.1 is definitely rolling in with an interesting twist in a very crowded market!
Amazfit is a company that offers smartwatches for just about everyone’s needs. If you want something fashion-forward, they have you covered. Slimmer and band-like? They’ve got that too. And if you’re looking for a smartwatch that could survive almost anything, they offer the Amazfit T-Rex Pro!
We reviewed a massage gun; then, we reviewed a heated foam roller. Now, we’re reviewing a fusion of both, the SKG F5 Massage Gun with heat! It’s a massage gun with a heater on one end, so you can pummel your muscles into submission, then apologize to them with a little warmth!
Recovery is a key part of getting in shape. It’s when your body is resting that your muscles rebuild stronger than before. That’s why massaging and foam rolling are so important, but ever try to lug a foam roller on a trip? They’re a little bulky for travel. The Vertiball Precision Massager is a portable way to massage sore muscles without taking up space in your suitcase that you needed for clean shirts! Do you need one? Read on to learn more!
Ask any personal trainer, and they’ll tell you the best item you can have in your home for recovery is a foam roller. There might be (there will be) moments where you’re cursing the demons who forged such a torturous item, but foam rolling is a big part of keeping your body healthy and happy after a hard workout. They can be as simple as a cylinder of foam, or they can be studded with textures to dig into each knot. The new MedRock HotRock Foam Roller brings the heat to the foam rolling experience!
Anyone who exercises regularly knows that recovery is a key part of improving. You can’t push forever; sometimes, your body needs to heal. Massages are great, but between covid and the cost, most people aren’t opting for weekly in-person massages, and massage chairs are a luxury suited for the Brookstone in your local mall, not necessarily your living room. Enter the Fishda Double Heads Massage Gun, which offers a way to pummel your muscles into submission without also destroying your wallet or disrupting your home decor!
In my attempt to ward off the “quarantine 15[pounds]”, I converted a section of my basement into a home gym consisting of a treadmill, dumbbells, and a smart TV. But after nine months, I realized I needed something new to reinvigorate my workouts. After much research, I chose the Echelon Smart Connect Bike EX-5, and I could not be happier!
I recently reviewed the Zepp E Circle, one of the most gorgeous and functional health-centric watches available. Zepp has already added another watch to their line — the Zepp Z. Made from a single block of polished titanium alloy with more of a traditional men’s watch design, the Zepp Z has a classic style that is loaded with smart features and intelligence-assisted fitness tracking.
TCL is set to have a very eventful IFA showing with new products, including two tablets, a senior-focused smartwatch, true wireless earphones, and an exciting new technology to look forward to on future products. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s jump right in!
Most of us are learning to navigate at-home workouts these days. You can go super minimal with a bodyweight workout, or trick your garage out better than the neighborhood gym. But working out at home also involves finding the drive to push, and the skill to get your form dialed in properly. The Carbon Trainer Smart Mirror aims to solve that gap!
Are you a smartwatch holdout? Maybe you can’t bring yourself to spend significant cash on an extension of your phone on your wrist, or you just love the thrill of bargain hunting for digital watches. Either way, head to the Misfit online store RIGHT NOW because they have an absolutely insane sale!
Xiaomi may not be the first brand that people in the US think of for smartphones, but they are ranked at #4 worldwide behind Samsung, Huawei, and Apple. Their smartphones have garnered praise from stateside reviewers for having excellent cameras, best-in-class features, and, most importantly, affordability. But Xiaomi makes more than just smartphones; they also sell home, health, and lifestyle products that include routers, fitness bands, LED desk lamps, air purifiers, and electric scooters, to name just a few.
The current pandemic has upended just about everything we once considered “normal.” Gyms are off-limits, but working out is an excellent way to reduce anxiety. Like, say, the kind of anxiety you might feel about being in month 4 (4,000?) of a global pandemic. Hyfit Gear 1 aims to bring your workouts home, far away from sweaty people*.
Since moving to Android, I have been searching for an excellent smartwatch solution. Battery life has been an annoyance in most smartwatches I have tried; charging every night gets kind of old. I recently had the opportunity to try out the Amazfit T-Rex, and some of my concerns have been addressed with an affordable watch.
No one knows what else 2020 has in store for us (so far, we’ve had a pandemic, murder hornets, and loons with a taste for eagle heart). Working out at home seems safe from all of those, and it’s making the cost to benefits of a system like Tonal a lot more attractive. Bonus — now, Tonal can work with your Apple Watch to keep an eye on your heart rate!
In the new world of “social distancing,” the gym is closed, and we’re all figuring out how to work out at home. It’s hard to get motivated if you’re not used to working out alone in your living room while binge-watching Chopped. Ergatta has a solution in their connected WaterRower, offering games and curated workouts to make exercise fun!
We can all agree that movement is important. Unfortunately, if you have a desk job, it’s hard to keep your blood flowing. You can try a standing desk, which is still static. And most offices frown upon you sticking a treadmill under your desk. Enter Cubii Pro, which is the bottom half of an elliptical for under your desk or workspace.