With the workout trend refusing to roll over and die, you are left with three options: 1) to jump on the trend and sign up to a gym that you can’t afford that is full of beautiful people that make you hate yourself, 2) sign up to a gym you can afford where stray dogs sleep on the equipment or 3) work out in the comfort of your own home, in your pants surrounded by last night’s beer cans and take away boxes, free of judgment. The Bowflex SelectTech 552i Dumbbells are good place to start building your home gym.
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The Multi Pouch from Spurcycle is hand made in the USA by Fog City in San Francisco, California. The idea behind this simple little bag is to help you get out the door and onto the bike with a short a transition time. If you are anything like me I have a routine of running back in the house I minimum of two times because I have forgotten something, whether it is tools, cash or first aid there is always something which I think is slowly driving my partner insane.
With the taste of mince pies and roast dinners becoming a distant memory, you may have realised that all the over indulgence has left a podge on your body that’s not as easy to get rid of as the Christmas decorations. If you have seen the adverts of a rather confused looking Cristiano Ronaldo standing around topless flashing his six pack, you could be forgiven for thinking that all you need is the SIXPAD Abs Fit to get washboard abs, it is not.
The Reviber Fusion is an oscillating vibration plate with a 14mm amplitude and the promise of reducing body fat, tone muscles and strengthen your core, created to be used in the home. Don’t worry if you don’t know your lats from your glutes, the Fusion has you covered. It comes with a workout DVD, workout poster and online access for exercises and tips. According to Reviber the vibration plate it is powerful, compact and portable. I’ll agree to the first statement, when you crank it up to 20, even my eyes were vibrating!
When you have spent hundreds or even thousands of pounds on your bike, you will want to keep it in the best of nick: taking time to clean and maintain your bike will become as important to you as getting out on the road or trail. When I was a kid and I needed to work on my bike, I would flip it upside down and rest it on the handle bars and saddle, an action that would make many serious cyclists turn green just at the thought of it. The Elite Race Pro Work Stand is the stand of choice for pro teams like Europcar and Katusha.
My mum always said, “never judge a book by its cover”. Well she didn’t really, she is in fact very judgmental, but I heard it on TV somewhere. The Celilo from Dakine might at first look like a rather simple jacket with not a lot going on, but hidden beneath its humble lines and solid black colour (it is also available in Lil Buck - a beigey colour) is a host of features to keep you dry and warm on the slopes.
You might not be surprised to find that with a brand name like ClimbX that these guys specialise in climbing gear. With an appreciation for the great outdoors, they try to help preserve it with ethical choices like using sustainable organic hemp to line their shoes, and good quality reusable shoe-boxes. In addition to this, they look out for the climbing community by supporting search and rescue volunteer organisations, helping low-income young climbers and third world countries discover the pursuit of climbing.
The striking Volt jacket from Ariat comes in two colours: classy Coastal Grey and a bold Rush Blue. Both are packed with a whole host of Ariat technology. The Volt is wind and water resistant, it also features ‘Primaloft’ insulation, meaning the jacket is machine washable (in cold water). It will dry quickly and prevent the insulation from clumping or displacing. The outer shell has a feather light quilted design and uses Ariat’s ‘V3 Stretch’ technology, which provides a close fit without restricting movement.
I’m a medal addict, I admit it; I’m one of those who likes to spend their Sundays in Lycra covered in mud and sweat with a bunch of strangers (and that’s before we head out for the running event). However, if there is no medal at the finish line count me out, keep your t-shirt, bottle of Lucozade and bruised banana - no medal no miles!
When I used to cycle regularly, I was never quite sure what sort of bike lock to use, I settled for a D-lock for the tough protection, but it weighed an absolute ton and if I put it on the frame of the bike it would always get in the way of my knees. Being the type of person who would rather complain than do anything about it, I put up with it. If I had known these existed, I would have certainly given them ago, at only 20g they are super lightweight and at 420mm long they are so compact.