If that 1970s TV show Goodtimes were still on the air more people would get the headline reference, but regardless the DIMOVE WAVEpro is still something different and eye catching. It is a balance board device that offers a challenge for users just trying to stand on it. The creators say it can be used in 70 different ways, but seeing it we have to wonder if that includes draping clothes and collecting dust.
While we’re not calling this out as a (Mis)Shift we’d need to hear more about what this one has to offer before fully getting on board, or even on it! Video after the jump
Early reading lessons for kids often consist of “see Dick run,” “see Spot run,” and of course “see Jane run.” However, actually reading while running isn’t really so easy – even on a treadmill. There are stands that can allow for placement of a book or magazine but the motion of running can make it hard to concentrate on the words.
This is where the ReadingMate comes in as this new system, which is being developed at Purdue University, utilizes a video monitor with head-tracking technology to keep onscreen text bobbing in unison with a runner’s eyes. The monitor also increased font size making it easier to see. All this should help runners stay focused on what they are reading and that could help runners put in more time on the treadmill.
[Via Purdue University: System allows multitasking runners to read on a treadmill]
Everlast products tend to live up to the name, and the Protex 3 Professional Fight Boxing Gloves might be the last boxing gloves you’ll ever need. These are competition gloves that feature four layers of C4 foam to protect wrists against hyperflexion, while the ti-collar support panels further protect wrists. So whether you’re heading into the ring or just the gym these gloves have you covered.
Everlast Protex 3 Professional Fight Boxing Gloves Official Website
The foam roller is one of the more overlooked workout accessories out there. We have one, but it got put away somewhere and as it’s out of site, it’s our of our routine. Unfortunately. This is one case where smaller might actually be better. Trigger Point is introducing its GRID Mini foam roller, a smaller version that will be compact enough to leave out, or take with you.
The GRID Mini from Trigger Point is 5-inches tall, and 5.5-inches in diameter. It has an attractive texture that might even blend in with modern décor – so it can stay out in your living room without becoming unsightly. While that’s one of benefits we like, Trigger Point also stresses that the smaller (and lightweight) equipment is portable and can be taken to the gym or even packs in a suitcase for a trip so you can get your workout on the road.
Trigger Point will make the GRID Mini available in April during IHRSA in Las Vegas.
Trigger Point Official Website
If you can’t always make it to the gym the next best thing is to take the gym with you. This is the idea behind the Xbase training pod, which can adhere to any clean, smooth, flat surface – OK, many hotel rooms are probably not going to work. But if you can find the right surface this device could be a good alternative when you can’t hit the gym. Just make sure the suction cup is secure so this portable gym doesn’t hit you instead. Video after the jump
Lexington, Kentucky is rather far from the ocean and quite a bit above sea level as well. It is really more known as horse country than surf country, but a new exercise center in its download is letting some feel like they’re catching the waves – even if they never get wet in the process.
Surfset Lexington offers fitness courses that are based on riding a surfboard, utilizing a device called a RipSurfer X. A 45-minute workout can reportedly burn 500 to 850 calories. Sessions cost around $20 but no trip to the beach is necessary!
[Via Kentucky.com: Surfboard-focused fitness center opens in downtown Lexington]
Nike has introduced its fifth generation of its Free Trainer line of shoes, which will be in stores later this month. The Nike Free Trainer 5.0 feature an intertwined upper to provide flex while at rest, and yet tighten up during movement to provide enhanced support. The company credits Chinese finger trap devices for this concept.The Free sole further provides a barefoot-like feel but with cushioning to help you go the distance. Video after the jump
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From BikeRadar: Dozens of mass rides planned to celebrate Tour de France 2013
Spectators and riders travelling to the 100th Tour de France will be able to take part in dozens of organised rides unveiled by the race organiser today.
Race organiser ASO said gran fondos and organised rides are being planned in each town “holding a stage” to allow spectators to get a closer experience of the Tour and also contribute to the atmosphere of the world’s biggest race. All the action will take place on Monday 15 July – Fete du Tour day – which coincides with the race’s second rest stop. Read the rest of this entry »
Wattbike have announced the release of its new and enhanced indoor cycle trainer. This bike, which will help riders stay in shape and in gear through the winter months, offers a new user interface with increased responsiveness, while also offering improvements to the display of key performance parameters including heart rate, power and cadence. This training cycle even offers redesigned handlebars to replicate the feel of a road bike. The bike is ready to get rolling – even if it just stays in the living room.
Wattbike Official Website
Under Armour has taken fitness monitoring in a new direction with its newly announced Armour 39 system, the first-of-its kind performance monitoring. This reportedly tracks “willpower,” providing a score that tells users exactly how hard they’ve worked during a training session. This take the usual calorie counter to a new level.
The system, which will be available next month, utilizes an algorithm that can track activity duration, body position, heart rate, intensity, calories burned and then determines what level of willpower was reached. It could allow athletes to further arm up during training.
Armour 39 Official Website
Winter isn’t letting up this year, but one way to be ready for spring is to continue to train. We’ve seen a number of trainers but to work these need the right resistance. The new CycleTEK Momentum1 indoor trainer makes you work for it, as this one features a silicone-filled resistance chamber and what could be the heaviest flywheel and larges roller in the industry. Yet this two-stage folding trainer can still fold up for easy storage and transport. With the CycleTEK resistance isn’t futile, it is just there to keep you in shape.
CycleTEK Official Website
From USA Today: Dr. Oz likes apps that get you moving
Mehmet Oz, known as TV’s Dr. Oz, is a heart surgeon, writer, TV host and major gadget fan. We met him during a recent trip here to talk about using apps and devices to live a healthier life. Read the rest of this entry »
Multipurpose rooms – such as those at schools and recreational centers – have a hard time hiding the fact that one purpose is a basketball court. Even if the hoop and backboard can be moved you’re still essentially stuck with the lines on the floor. But now the ASB GlassFloor system could revolutionize this, as it offers lighted lines that are only there when you need it.
The floor is made of glass, ceramic and aluminum – so not exactly the wood floors that we’ve come to know and love/loathe – but this material allows LED lights to be installed as marking lines, and thus make it easy for a floor to change from basketball to volleyball to floor hockey without piling on the lines. And unlike the use of tape for line markers there is no worry about someone tripping on the lighted lines.
ASB GlassFloor Official Website