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    Under Armour Drops 2024 Gear – And We Are Obsessed!

    Step into the future with Under Armour’s 2024 tech and product range, where innovation and style collide to empower athletes of all levels. From groundbreaking baselayers to premium sportswear and cutting-edge running shoes, Under Armour is bringing their a-game to help you reach your peak performance.

    Told through an immersive fit – the brand highlights three areas of focus in the year to come:

    Baselayer – For the Heat and Cold.

    Unstoppable Collection – Be Unstoppable. Born from performance. Made for style.

    Infinite – The Run Category Collection.

    Baselayer Tech

    Under Armour’s 2024 collection places a significant focus on baselayer technology, which saw the unveiling of new Heatgear, Coldgear, Iso-Chill and Authentics apparel. These cutting-edge baselayers are designed to offer a next-to-skin fit, regulating temperature and providing essential support for every athlete. 

    The baselayer product offerings included:

    HG Armour Tee (feel cool, dry and light)

    CG Armour (feel warm, dry and light)

    HG Armour Iso-Chill (Makes you cooler so you can work longer).

    All of which exemplify the commitment to moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating properties, ensuring athletes feel powerful and perform at their best. With key benefits such as a next-to-skin fit which regulates temperature, these items are a must-have for every athlete. But, that’s not all. They’re light and tight which makes you feel more powerful so you can work out for longer.

    READ MORE: We Tested The NEW Under Armour Iso-Chill Range With Running Late Club

    Unstoppable Collection

    This is a premium sportswear line designed for athletes who want to look good, feel confident and perform at their peak. It’s described as a “clean, premium and a future-looking sports style.” Feeling confident and unstoppable is the emotional impact of wearing the product. Designed with UA performance technology and crafted from premium materials, the gear is not only comfortable and stylish but also enhances one’s overall performance. The woven fabric, enhanced with an EcoStorm finish, ensures superior comfort and durability, with the jackets composed of 90% Polyester and 10% Elastane, and the bottoms available in 100% Polyester or 90% Polyester/10% Elastane options. 

    The Unstoppable Woven Jackets

    These represent a fusion of style and functionality, catering to the needs of today’s active lifestyle with an elevated and versatile sportswear design. Ideal for post-workout recovery, travel, and everyday activities, these jackets feature a woven fabric with an EcoStorm finish, ensuring superior comfort and durability. The trendy jacket silhouettes not only offer a contemporary look but also incorporate elements of sports heritage DNA, adding a distinctive touch to the design. The jackets boast a loose fit, providing comfort and ease of movement, along with practical pockets for added functionality. The inclusion of PU matte logos adds a touch of sophistication, making these jackets a stylish and practical choice for individuals leading an active lifestyle.

    The Unstoppable Woven Bottoms

    Crafted with woven fabrics featuring an EcoStorm finish, these bottoms ensure superior comfort and durability. The design showcases cargo and wide-leg silhouettes, combined with an elevated aesthetic with elements of sports heritage DNA. Evident attention to detail shines through with the oversized fit for wide-leg pants, loose fit for cargo styles, convenient pockets and incorporation of PU matte logos.

    READ MORE: 24 Best Fitness Gifts For The Gym Lover In Your Life

    Infinite

    Let’s talk shoes, a popular offering in the Under Armour staple. It was announced that a key focus for 2024 is their Infinite Shoe range, with special attention being placed on the UA Infinite Pro, UA Infinite and UA Elite – elevating your running experience like no other. 

    UA Infinite Pro

    Designed to deliver an elevated and comfortable running experience, the UA Infinite Pro incorporates various tech features. The tongue and collar lining provide added comfort, ensuring a snug fit without irritation. The shoe prioritises heel impact reduction for smooth landings and enhanced overall stability. Its outsole is intelligently designed for a balance of durability and lightweight rebound. The engineered upper, with zonal structures and 3D haptic print detailing, offers breathability and containment. A high-resiliency premium sock liner cradles the foot, enhancing step-in comfort. The lightweight Pebax foam in the midsole contributes to soft landings and exceptional springiness, providing excellent energy return. The one-piece bead foam midsole, softer, lighter, and more flexible, ensures a plush and bouncier underfoot experience for runners.

    UA Infinite

    The UA Infinite offers an exceptional running experience with its Deluxe Comfort System, featuring an Ortholite sock liner and PU strobel underfoot for ultimate step-in comfort. The full-length, unwrapped HOVR technology ensures lightweight cushioning and high rebound responsiveness, propelling the runner forward. The Circular Knit full-length upper contributes to breathability, durability, and lightweight containment. Additionally, the shoe is equipped with a durable rubber outsole that provides traction and durability. This ensures proper flexibility for an efficient toe-off during each stride.

    UA Infinite Elite

    The UA Infinite Elite promises an uninhibited running experience with its resilient and springy core. The updated outsole design features wider gauges and a reinforced heel for added guidance, flexibility, and efficient dispersion of impact forces, ensuring a smooth ride. HOVR+ cushioning, higher midsole heights, and intelliknit upper technology combine for an undeniably plush feel, providing a dynamic fit. Notable features include a pull tab for easy entry, premium branding for heel support and an outsole designed for a balance of durability and lightweight rebound.

    The knit upper materialisation provides a precision 1:1 fit with micro details. While a high-resiliency premium sock liner enhances step-in comfort. The full-length, one-piece bead foam midsole contributes to a softer, lighter, and more flexible underfoot experience, promising runners a smoothed-out ride with amplified energy return and increased overall stability.

    For more information, visit https://underarmour.co.za or download the Under Armour app on Google Play or the Apple Store, today! More

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    10 Reasons Why Upgrading Your Smartwatch Matters

    Feeling stuck with your trusty X2000 smartwatch from way back when? Well, hold onto your wristbands because we’ve got 10 irresistible reasons to upgrade! 

    I can practically hear your inner sceptic saying, “Another upgrade? Seriously?” But let me tell you, I recently got my hands (or should I say, my wrist) on the Garmin Epix Pro and it was like stepping into the future. Suddenly, my old watch felt as outdated as a Tamagotchi in a world of supernatural, super-smart lifeforms.

    This isn’t just about splurging on a shiny new gadget; it’s about making a savvy investment in your health and overall well-being.

    1. Body Battery 

    You might not know it, but your watch does. The new Garmin can tell you exactly when you need to slow down and rest and when you can go back at it. Proper rest and recovery is vital for your training and getting the most out of your sweat sessions. 

    2. Sleek and Stylish 

    Farewell to the era of chunky wrist bling! This watch is like the undercover style agent of smartwatches. It may look like it means business, but once it graces your wrist, you’ll feel its featherlight charm. With its sleek vibes and the power to don different fashion personas with its customisable watch faces, it’s the fashion-forward chameleon that effortlessly swings from gym mode to glam mode!

    3. Long Battery Life 

    The Epix Pro boasts an extended battery life, which is essential for outdoor adventures that might last several days. This reduces the need for frequent recharging, giving you more time to focus on your activities.

    READ MORE: The 8 Greatest Smartwatches And Trackers To Elevate Your Health and Fitness

    4. Multi-Sport Functionality

    The Epix Pro supports a wide range of activities, from running and cycling to swimming and skiing. It provides specific metrics and data tailored to each sport, helping you analyse your performance and progress.

    In Our Pilates Era

    If you’re into yoga or Pilates, this smartwatch offers enhanced metrics that cater specifically to these activities, helping you refine your techniques and achieve better results.

    5. Tailored Fitness Tracking 

    The Epix Pro offers specialised fitness tracking features that cater to women’s health, such as menstrual cycle tracking, which helps in understanding patterns and optimising your training around hormonal changes.

    6. Comprehensive Health Insights

    With features like stress tracking, sleep monitoring and hydration reminders, the watch provides holistic insights into your well-being, helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    READ MORE: The Garmin Fēnix® 7 Pro And Epix™ Pro Are Here

    7. Staying Connected

    Stay connected without being constantly glued to your phone. The watch offers smart notifications, allowing you to keep track of important messages, calls and appointments while on the go. Plus, you can listen to music and use your watch to pay!?

    8. Safety Features

    For added security during solo adventures, the Epix Pro includes safety features like incident detection and assistance alerts, ensuring that you’re always connected and safe, no matter where you are.

    9. Engaging Fitness Challenges

    The watch offers various fitness challenges and competitions via the app, providing an extra layer of motivation to stay active. You can connect with friends for friendly challenges, making fitness more fun and engaging.

    READ MORE: This Full-Body Bodyweight Workout Builds All The Muscle

    10. Customised Workouts

    The watch allows you to create and follow customised workouts. If you have specific fitness goals, it tailors exercises to suit individual preferences and needs. You can download the app, register your watch and get access to a massive library of workouts. 

    Smartwatches On Our Radar

    epix™ Pro (Gen 2) – Sapphire Edition | 42 mm

    Garmin epix Pro (Gen 2)

    The Garmin epix™ Pro (Gen 2) is a top-tier choice for those seeking an advanced GPS smartwatch. Its cutting-edge features and rugged design make it a standout option for outdoor enthusiasts.

    Multisport versatility

    Advanced health monitoring

    Connectivity and compatibility

    It has a built-in flashlight!

    Garmin fēnix® 7S – Solar Edition

    Garmin fēnix 7S

    The Garmin fēnix® 7S is an excellent choice for upgrading your current watch. Its sleek design, advanced features and robust performance are just a few reasons we love it.

    Multi-sport options

    Advanced health insights

    Long-lasting battery

    Women’s health tracking

    Detailed performance metrics

    Polar Grit X Pro Premium

    Polar Grit X Pro Premium

    Designed to conquer any environment, the Polar Grit X Pro combines military-grade durability with sapphire glass for exceptional toughness and scratch resistance. With its ultra-long battery life and precise optical heart rate tracking, it’s a reliable partner for your outdoor pursuits. Offering turn-by-turn guidance and powerful built-in GPS, it ensures you always know your way.

    Exceptional battery life

    Comprehensive health metrics

    Stylish designs

    Robust durability

    Suunto 9 Peak Pro – Pearl Gold

    Suunto 9 Peak Pro

    The Suunto 9 Peak Pro, priced affordably, offers exceptional value for those looking to upgrade their watch. Suunto’s reputation for crafting exceptional diving and water sport timepieces is reflected in this powerful multisport watch, boasting extended battery life and military-grade durability. Furthermore, its sleek, thin and timeless design adds an aesthetic allure to its impressive functionality

    Robust durability

    Exceptional battery life

    Advanced navigation

    Comprehensive health metrics

    Sports mode diversity (over 95 sports modes!)

    The Bottom Line

    The decision to upgrade ultimately depends on your specific needs, preferences and budget, of course. Consider how these reasons align with your goals and activities to determine if you’re due for an upgrade. 

    P.S. If you’re still not convinced, I encourage you to try out the Epix Pro for yourself. You might just be surprised at how much you love it! More

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    Power Shoes Now At Mr Price Sport 

    In an exciting collaboration with Mr Price Sport, Canadian-designed footwear brand, Power, brings its latest collection of lifestyle to high-performance athletic shoes directly to consumers in selected stores and online.

    Power has been producing athletic footwear globally since 1971, delivering a winning combination of style, technology, comfort and durability for athletes across all skill levels – from gentle walking to intense high-performance activities. With a strong retail and online presence in more than 25 countries, the brand is no stranger to South African consumers.

    Now, in an exciting collaboration with Mr Price Sport, Power brings its latest collection of lifestyle to high-performance athletic shoes directly to consumers in selected stores and online. This partnership ensures that South African sports enthusiasts can conveniently access the cutting-edge offerings from Power’s new collection, tailored to meet the demands of their active lifestyles.

    Power has been investing significantly in technical developments and expanding its running collection since 2010 to meet ever-changing consumer needs, coupled with the demand for advanced footwear technology and specialised support for various types of runners.

    The new range of Power high-performance athletic shoes at Mr Price Sport includes the Power XoRise+ and Power Plazma X500 performance shoes for both men and women, in designs that inspire movement, made of high-quality materials and durable synthetics.

    Power XoRise+

    The Power XoRise+ 500 Series is an excellent performance shoe for medium-distance running. It features a range of technologies that support foot stability, heel support, cushioning, and energy return, providing extreme comfort during even the most intense workouts. 

    With its highly responsive Cushion+ insole technology, this shoe offers explosive rebound, maximum energy and minimum weight, enabling you to run for extended periods with ease. The unique patented Tunnel System cushioning incorporated in the Power XoRise+ guarantees maximum shock absorption, enhanced comfort and reduced risk of injuries.

    Designed to make running effortless, the Power XoRise+ boasts a lightweight construction that allows you to move with agility and speed. Its advanced Tech Mesh upper ensures breathability and repels sweat from feet, while the active insoles keep your feet feeling fresh and comfortable even after hours of continuous activity.

    Finishing off the look is a rubberised forefront and heel with an anti-slip, rubberised outsole and a midsole made of ultralight TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) compound. 

    Power Plazma

    Also new at Mr Price Sport, the Power Plazma running shoe offers excellent value and is suited for long-distance running, practice sessions and regular exercise.

    The shoe’s Plazma Gel technology features a silicone pad placed on the heel, clearly visible from the side, below the X-shaped insole, and inside the shoe. This technology enhances cushioning during running, particularly under the heel, and offers a soft and comfortable feel while providing excellent support and exceptional impact absorption.

    The outsole of the Power Plazma running shoe is strategically designed to provide reliable traction on various surfaces, with rubber in areas that require the most contact with the ground, such as the toes and heels. The shoe features a lightweight foam EVA stable midsole that ensures a balanced combination of cushioning, shock absorption, stability, balance and responsiveness. An additional midsole is added under the arch area to enhance stability while running. 

    The upper section of the Power Plazma, crafted from breathable Tech-Mesh fabric, promotes proper airflow and ventilation to keep your feet cool and comfortable. It also snugly embraces the contours of your foot, with a heel structure that wraps around the ankle, providing support to the Achilles tendon and securing the heel in place for increased confidence during jogging. A reflective stripe on the forefoot offers visibility and safety during low-light or night-time running.

    Find the new range of Power footwear at selected Mr Price Sport stores or online at MRPsport.com More

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    A Look Inside Under Armour’s Journey To Compete Collection

    “It always seems impossible until it’s done,” the age-old adage rings true for athletes around the world. But what they rarely talk about is the epic journey that leads them from the realm of the impossible to the pinnacle of achievement. It’s a journey etched with relentless determination, endless training hours and an unwavering commitment – a journey marked by blood, sweat and tears, shaping the careers of athletes into greatness.

    Every athlete boasts a unique story, a personal measure of success and a distinct blend of grit. Yet, amidst these diverse tales, there is a common thread that binds them all together – the extraordinary journey to compete. It is within this journey that they strive to conquer, to exceed and to emerge as the epitome of athletic brilliance.

    The epitome of triumph

    Enter Under Armour Marathon Runner, Sharon Lokedi, the epitome of triumph, whose soaring victory in the 2022 New York Marathon broke records with an awe-inspiring time of 2:23:23. In a nail-biting finish, she outpaced Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel (2:23:30) and reigning world champion Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia by mere seconds. It’s worth noting that Lokedi and her partner, Under Armour, entered the race as underdogs, defying the odds to secure their place in the prestigious realm of marathon champions. On that unforgettable day, Lokedi not only etched her name in history but defined her very own journey!

    Beyond raw athleticism and tangible success, an athlete’s ‘Journey To Compete’ is an emotional voyage – a profound connection between heart and soul. It embodies countless hours of training, endless sacrifices and an unwavering determination to achieve greatness. Each step taken by an Under Armour athlete, each obstacle faced head-on and every victory celebrated carries a wave of emotion.

    Achieve the impossible

    Journey To Compete stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Athletes navigate through euphoric highs and heart-wrenching lows, experiencing elation, frustration, hope, happiness, excitement and perseverance. It’s an emotional athletic rollercoaster, fuelling the passion and dedication needed to surmount obstacles and attain the pinnacle of accomplishment – all while clad in the cutting-edge sportswear from the Journey to Compete collection. From professional swimmers to rugby players and footballers, the underlying purpose and drive of each athlete remain the same – to be the best, to perform at their highest level, to be surrounded by greatness and to achieve the impossible.

    Contrary to the media’s portrayal of overnight success stories, the journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step and Under Armour takes pride in honouring each step – from the smallest victories to the grandest accolades.

    Welcome to the Journey to Compete

    Welcome to the captivating new collection, Journey to Compete, brought to you by Under Armour, a celebration and magnification of the essence of team sports and their relentless pursuit of triumph. Bursting with unity, this collection embodies the spirit of teamwork, unwavering perseverance and an undeniable hunger for victory. Each thread is carefully crafted, every fabric meticulously chosen – a tribute to the efforts that carve their paths to success.

    The essence of the new collection

    This collection captures the heart and soul of every athlete, paying homage to those who have stood at their starting blocks waiting to break their current seasonal record; walked onto the pitch ready to sing their national anthem, or scored that winning goal on a worldwide stage. It is the athletes who breathe life into this collection, making it shine with brilliance.

    The right support

    Compiled of vibrant colours that ignite the spirit when worn, this is a collection where ‘compression doesn’t compromise’. With features such as hook and loop adjustability, the HeatGear® Armour High Sports Bra is designed with the ability to adjust on the body to customise support, ensuring you will be feeling comfortable and supported no matter the time, distance or training method. Boasting spacer pad front panels for a breathable compression fit and a grippy waistband that provides athletes with a non-slip fit, this collection is made with elite athletes in mind allowing them to feel secure and locked in when training and performing at their best.

    Shop The ‘Journey To Compete’ Look

    HeatGear® Armour High Printed Sports Bra

    TriBase™ Reign 5 Training Shoes

    Knockout Tank

    UA Challenger Pro Printed Shorts

    UA HeatGear® Long Shorts

    Robyn Moodaly

    As a proud face of the collection, Under Armour Athlete and Professional Footballer, Robyn Moodaly knows best when it comes to understanding and identifying the needs of sportswomen and recognizing the key elements of what to look for in an apparel collection.

    “Personally, I look for specific qualities and features that enhance both my performance and comfort – on and off the field. In the Journey to Compete collection, I find that these requirements are fulfilled exceptionally well. Under Armour is known for its innovative apparel and this collection is no exception. When it comes to my needs, functionality and performance-enhancing features are important to me, especially when it comes to training. Flexibility and freedom of movement are things I like in my apparel as it allows me to perform at my best without any restrictions, all of which are met with this collection. Lastly, I value the collection’s attention to detail in design and aesthetics. Looking good and feeling confident in my sports gear really does have a positive impact on my mindset and overall performance,” she explains.

    As the Banyana Banyana and JBW Football Club star takes to the field it’s no surprise she puts her trust in the Journey To Compete collection as it meets all the requirements of being a highly innovative and ground-breaking apparel wear – it’s a future game-changer for the whole athletic apparel industry.

    As we take a bird’s eye view of the overall journey of one’s success story, it’s clear to see and understand how it transcends the final destination; it’s a celebration of all the moments in between that have paved the way to who and where these athletes are today.

    Tried and tested

    WH Features Editor Michelle October took the Journey To Compete collection for a spin – here’s how it went.

    The HeatGear® Armour High Sports Bra

    The gear has been thoughtfully created and perhaps none more so than the HeatGear® Armour High Sports Bra, with adjustable straps so you can really get the best fit for you. It also has a keyhole detail at the back that makes it easier to take off – something that’s notoriously difficult to do post-workout. After my workout, I found the bra surprisingly dry, which makes its moisture-wicking properties truly stand out. Plus, nothing moved while I was jumping around.

    The UA Challenger Pro Printed Shorts

    The bottoms came with a ribbed section that holds tight to your waist and won’t fall down during burpees and inchworms. I was really impressed by how well it held its own and how smooth it felt to workout in. Plus, the colours are just to die for, while still being really flattering to my shape.

    The UA Knockout Tank

    The UA Knockout tank is just that – a knockout when it comes to training. The material lies comfortably and is never in the way, thanks to the tailored fit. It also holds sweat really well, while the stylish black trim detail makes for a statement fit that feels good to wear. 

    Journey To Compete. Game-Changing Women’s Gear. Never Give Up. Never Hold Back. Get the gear you need to do whatever it takes for your team.

    Available in-store and online now. www.underarmour.co.za More

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    Introducing the TS-ACTV8 Performance Training Gear by Totalsports

    The TS-ACTV Performance gear is engineered with one goal in mind: To make sure you’re getting the most out of your training.

    Upgrade your training sessions with the new TS-ACTV8 range of next-level workout and running gear. Each piece taps into cutting-edge innovations to get you moving (and stay moving).

    Dri-Lite™: Revolutionising Moisture Management in Breathable Fabrics

    When it comes to training or engaging in physical activities, staying cool, dry, and comfortable is of utmost importance. Introducing Dri-Lite™, a cutting-edge fabric technology that combines quick-drying properties with breathability to enhance your performance and overall comfort.

    Dri-Lite™ fabric is specially designed with moisture-wicking capabilities, meaning it has the ability to draw moisture away from the body. Unlike traditional fabrics like cotton which can absorb a significant amount of water, Dri-Lite™, is predominantly made of high-tech polyester or nylon and absorbs very little moisture. Polyester only absorbs 0.4% of its weight in water, while cotton absorbs as much as 7%.

    Key Features

    One of the key features of Dri-Lite™ is its remarkable cross-section and large surface area. These attributes enable the fabric to efficiently pick up moisture from your body and transport it away, spreading it across the fabric’s surface. This action allows for rapid evaporation on the outside of the fabric, ensuring that you remain cool and dry throughout your workout or training session.

    Hyper Stride Bike Shorts

    Extreme Control Black Crop

    Hyper Glide Grey Run Jacket

    Power-Lite™: Unleashing Support and Freedom of Motion

    Comfort and support are essential factors when it comes to performance-enhancing apparel, Power-Lite™ is a fabric known for its exceptional “hold” and compression properties. It offers a combination of comfort and support that takes your activewear to the next level.

    Functional Fabric

    Power-Lite™ fabric is characterised by its tight-fitting and stretchy nature. It moulds to your body, providing a comfortable and supportive fit that allows for freedom of movement. The secret behind Power-Lite™ lies in its composition, primarily consisting of a blend of nylon and spandex.

    Nylon plays a crucial role in enhancing the functionality of the fabric. It improves durability, flexibility, and overall performance, ensuring that the fabric can withstand rigorous activities and maintain its shape over time. Meanwhile, spandex, also known as elastane, provides the fabric with its elasticity, allowing it to stretch and conform to your body without restricting your movements.

    While polyester can be part of the blend in Power-Lite™ fabric, it is a nylon that takes the spotlight due to its superior performance qualities. Nylon’s strength and resilience make it an ideal component in compression fabrics, ensuring that you experience optimal comfort and support during your activities.

    Revolutionising Performance Apparel

    Dri-Lite™ and POWER-LITE fabrics have revolutionised the world of performance apparel. Dri-Lite™’s moisture-wicking and quick-drying capabilities keep you cool and dry. While Power-Lite™’s compression and stretch properties offer unparalleled comfort and support. With these advanced fabric technologies, you can now train with confidence, knowing that your apparel is working as hard as you are to enhance your performance and overall comfort.

    Podium Black Zip-Thru Run Jacket

    Hyper Stride Black Tights

    Extreme Control White Crop

    Shop the TS-ACTV8 performance gear now at www.bash.com. More

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    Boost Your Mind And Movement With ASICS’ NAGINO™ Collection

    ASICS unveils a groundbreaking global campaign emphasizing the transformative power of exercise in empowering women to navigate everyday stresses. This momentous campaign coincides with the launch of ASICS’ revolutionary NAGINO™ Collection, spotlighting the profound impact that movement can have on our mental well-being.

    The campaign was developed in response to ASICS 2022 State of Mind Index, which revealed that globally, women tend to exercise less than men and, as a result, experience a lower state of mind.

    The power of movement on the mind

    In a world where stress and anxiety are at record levels, the campaign highlights the power of exercise to calm the mind. Contrasting the shortness of breath in stressed moments with the controlled, rhythmic breaths of a workout, the new campaign highlights the power of movement to offset the stresses and strains of everyday life.

    ASICS’ NAGINO™ Collection

    Designed by women for women. The new NAGINO™ Collection is created to support women to find their inner calm through movement. Each piece is purposefully crafted to inspire body confidence and support women to move undistracted and comfortably during their run and workout.

    “With the NAGINO™ Collection we wanted her to feel comfortable and confident before, during and after her training. We know that nothing frees the mind like exercise and so the new collection is designed to be 100% distraction-free, so the only thing she needs to focus on is herself and her workout.”
    Martina Jurcova, Product Manager for Apparel and Accessories

    The collection features pieces designed for running and training and is completed with colour-matching footwear. This includes the brand’s latest product innovation, the GEL-NIMBUS™ 25 running shoe. Each item is highly technical, providing storage and layering options for on-the-go adaptability. One of the apparel highlights is the NAGINO™ Run Unitard made from premium heathered knit fabric and designed in a body-hugging shape to help her feel supported.

    Shop The NAGINO™ Collection

    The NAGINO™ Collection is available online and in-store now. For more information, click here.

    Nimbus 25 Running Shoe

    Nagino Running Jacket

    Nagino Seamless Blue Tights

    Nagino Seamless Bra

    Nagino Blue Vest

    Nagino Blue Run Shorts

    READ MORE: Is This Really The World’s Most Comfortable Running Shoe?

    ASICS Commitment to Move Every Mind

    ASICS believes every mind deserves the right to be moved so we can all achieve a Sound Mind in a Sound Body. This is why ASICS is launching its mission to move every mind to help tackle exercise inequality and support everyone to feel the positive mental benefits of movement.

    This mission comes in response to ASICS State of Mind Index which uncovered a gender exercise gap, with women exercising significantly less than men, and potentially missing out on the mental benefits that exercise bring.

    As a first step to move every mind, ASICS is conducting a global live study. This is to better understand the environmental and societal barriers preventing women from exercising. Plus, what needs to be done to help them to move freely.

    Sign up here to learn more about move every mind. More

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    10 New Running Shoes To Help You Run Faster And Further In 2023

    The pair of running shoes you choose can make or break your run. You ever slipped on a pair only to feel that red-hot feeling of an incoming blister a few kms into your first run? Or you take your shoes off after a long run to find a blackening toenail? Whatever your woeful running horror story is, one thing is for sure, you need a solid pair of takkies to help you hit the tar, treadmill or trails. And we’re here to help.

    What To Consider When Looking For A New Pair Of Running Shoes

    There are a few questions you’re going to want to ask yourself before you head out to your nearest Sportsmans Warehouse one the next available Saturday morning.

    What will you mostly be using your shoes for?

    How far do you want to run?

    What kind of terrain are you going to be running on?

    Do you want to use them for other kinds of training (like HIIT or strength training)?

    READ MORE: The Top South African Road Running Events To Look Out For In 2023

    What To Look For In A Shoe

    Cushioning: This helps the ground feel softer and encourages ground-contact stability.

    Weight: Lighter shoes usually have less cushioning; they’re designed for your speedy runs. Heavier shoes tend to have more cushioning and are better for your longer runs.

    Drop: This is the difference in cushioning (or height) from the heel to the front of the foot. Basically, when you’re barefoot your heel and forefoot touch the ground so the drop is 0mm. Slip on a pair of particularly cushioned running shoes (or some serious heels) and the drop starts to increase. Drop tends to range from 0mm to 14mm, with 10mm being the most common heel drop.

    Pronation: Many shoes will state the type of pronation they are suitable for (but every person is different). Make sure you choose a shoe that’s suitable for you after doing a gait analysis with an expert (hint: they’re usually free). Not sure what these words mean? Keep on reading!

    Do You Need A Gait Analysis For Running?

    Many running coaches, trainers and running brands recommend getting a gait analysis. But what does that actually mean? In simple terms, your gait describes the way in which you walk. So a gait analysis is an exam that gives you information about your walking and running style.

    Everyone is different and knowing your gait is a huge part of knowing your running style. The more information you have, the more equipped you are to choose the right pair of shoes for you and ultimately prevent injury.

    “Knowing your gait can help you grow as a runner and help prevent injuries in the future. Each runner has a specific gait, and not knowing yours could result in an injury,” according to Asics.

    What Does Pronation Mean?

    A large part of gait analysis focuses on determining your pronation. When it comes to running, pronation refers to how your foot naturally rolls inward after your heel strikes the ground. Ideal pronation would result in this motion (the natural inward roll) absorbing the shock from the force of your heel coming into contact with the ground.

    Once your pronation has been determined, you want to try to match yourself to a running shoe that adjusts for your specific pronation. Wearing the correct running shoe will make you a more efficient runner and help you avoid those jog-ending injuries.

    3 Types Of Pronation:

    Neutral pronation: When your foot lands outside of your heel and then rolls naturally inward (about 15%), absorbing the shock and keeping your ankles aligned. If this is you, try the Under Armour FLOW Velociti Elite.

    Overpronation: When your feet roll inward too much. This requires a more sturdy running shoe so that your foot can be kept in place. Try the PUMA ​​ForeverRUN NITRO or Asics Gel-Nimbus™ 25 if you’re an overpronater.

    Supination or underpronation: When the feet don’t roll inward enough. This requires a shoe that has plenty of cushioning, like the Salomon Spectur.

    READ MORE: These Are The Stretches You Should Be Doing Before Race Day 

    5 Places To Get A Gait Analysis In South Africa?

    Sportsmans Warehouse

    Sportsmans Warehouse has RUN-id, an industry-leading advanced gait analysis technology developed by German engineer Jens Hellenbacher. It’s in selected stores around South Africa (Gauteng, Western Cape, Pretoria, KZN and Eastern Cape), is completely free and only takes a few minutes. Find out more here.

    ASICS Mall Of Africa

    If you’re a runner, you’ll be familiar with Asics. They have a huge range of shoes to suit any type of runner. So if you’ve got your heart set on your next pair being from the brand, why not head straight to the Asics store at Mall Of Africa for a gait analysis? The analysis is free of charge. Find out more here.

    Total Sports

    Total Sports is really changing the game when it comes to getting active (have you seen their new TS-ACTV8 workout range???). Their free gait analysis is available at Totalsports in Sandton, Mall of Africa, Canal Walk, Cavendish, Gateway and more.

    The Athlete’s Foot

    You can pre-order your running and gait analysis at the shop over here. They also give an in-depth breakdown of what they will be analysing and why it matters here.

    The Sweat Shop

    Head to The Sweat Shop Dunkeld in Johannesburg or The Sweat Shop Claremont in Cape Town for shoe fittings, gait analysis and premium advice.

    Now that you know a little bit more about what to look for in your next pair of running shoes, you’re ready to shop. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced runner, hit the ground running with these newly-released running shoes.

    READ MORE: Beginners 5K Running Training Plan And How To Crush It In Just 6 Weeks

    PUMA ​​ForeverRUN NITRO

    We Love It For: Being A Solid All-Rounder

    Weight: 224g (women’s UK4.5)

    Drop: 10mm

    Good For: Overpronators

    Say hello to this fabulous addition to the Nitro family; the ForeverRUN Nitro. This stability shoe encourages an optimal running stride and runners have found it to be more stable, help reduce pronation velocity and reduce peak tibial shock/acceleration. It’s time to leave any niggling injuries in your dust.

    Asics Gel-Nimbus™ 25

    We Love It For: Its Marshmallowy Cushioning

    Weight: 255g

    Drop: 8mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators and overpronators

    This new iteration of Asics’ world-famous runner is ideal for long, slow, distance runs due to the max cushioning (you can thank the new PureGEL™ tech for that). But don’t take our word for it: a study of 100 runners testing 5 pairs of running shoes rated this the most comfortable shoe. Read our full review here.

    Reebok Floatride Energy 5 

    We Love It For: Affordable, Lightweight Training

    Weight: 210g (women’s UK4)

    Drop: 8mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators

    Designed to support women no matter their distance or pace (because running is for everybody and every body), the breathable, lightweight upper keeps your feet cool and comfy. It’s a shoe that punches well above its weight with Floatride Energy Foam for cushioning and a midfoot plate for torsional stability.

    Under Armour FLOW Velociti Elite

    We Love It For: Marathon PBs

    Weight: 213g

    Drop: 8mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators

    Meet UA’s first super/carbon race shoe. This highly-responsive and cushioned ride gives you everything you need to crush race day. And it packs some serious tech; a full-length thermoset carbon plate for snappy strides, a  WARP upper that  provides  lockout and lightweight containment and a Microperf tongue that’s breathable and lightweight for zero irritation.

    READ MORE: Long-Distance Trail Running: Here’s Exactly How To Prep And Push Through

    Salomon Spectur

    We Love It For: Speed Training

    Weight: 258g

    Drop: 6mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators and underpronators

    Wanna go faster, have fun and smash a new 5km PB? This snappy shoe is your best bet. With their signature rocker geometry, R.Camber, ensuring a quicker transition, you’ll spend less time on the ground and more time moving forward. You’ll be even speedier thanks to their lightweight and soft Energy Surge foam that evens out the impact and delivers a smoother foot strike.

    adidas Ultraboost Light

    We Love It For: Road Running

    Weight: 299g (UK8.5)

    Drop: 10mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators and light overpronators

    Made with 30% lighter BOOST material, this female-tailored shoe has a narrower heel fit and lower instep curve that’s designed to reduce blisters (eina!) and heel slip. It’s perfect for those runners who want to clock in kms a few times a week and need a reliable running buddy to do just that.

    PUMA Fast-Trac NITRO

    We Love It For: Doing It All, Literally

    Weight: 250g (women’s UK5)

    Drop: 8mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators

    Okay, so maybe you’re someone who likes to do a little bit of trail running, some road running and a social hike or two on the weekends. This is for you, girl! No matter the terrain, this shoe will tackle it with ease. We’re talking loose trails, gravel, you name it! You can thank the dual-foam midsole – combining full-length NITRO foam and a layer of ProFoamLite – and the durable PUMAGRIP ATR outsole, for that. Plus, the integrated eyestays allow for a snug fit and amazing lockdown. You’ll be wowed by how great it feels on the road.

    Skechers GO RUN Consistent – Energize

    We Love It For: Walking

    Weight: 213g (women’s UK7)

    You don’t have to be running marathons to enjoy the health benefits of increasing your step count. You can step up your cardio in these lightweight lace-up running style shoes. They’re crafted with 100% vegan materials and feature an engineered mesh upper, responsive ULTRA LIGHT cushioning and a Skechers Air-Cooled Goga Mat™ cushioned insole. Hot girl walks, incoming!

    Nike ZoomX Invincible Run 3 Flyknit

    We Love It For: Daily Training

    Weight: 258g

    Drop: 9mm

    Good For: Overpronators

    The ZoomX foam has a cult-like following from runners around the world and for good reason. The strobel lining underneath its insole gives it a firmer, more stable ride with less energy return – and there’s a longer heel clip to improve stability. Try before you buy though, some runners find the heel clip too intrusive for them.

    READ MORE: 5 Of The Best Post-Run Snacks, According To A Dietician

    New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3

    We Love It For: Race Day

    Weight: 179g

    Drop: 4mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators and underpronators

    New Balance promises big things, saying “It’s not just a running shoe. It’s a racing shoe.” So this is the perfect running buddy for marathon races and longer, high mileage runs. Comfortable, speedy and with a next-level carbon-fibre plate so you can run faster, for longer, new PBs are all but guaranteed!

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    Lift Your Look With Puma Fit Collection 

    This winter we have the perfect solution to staying active. For those looking for inspiration, the new PUMA FIT COLLECTION inspires you to get active and look good while you’re at it. 

    Take your workout to the next level with PUMA FIT, a training collection that fuses performance and style. Flattering, form-fitting designs feature bold branding and innovative fabrics, making them instant favourites for the gym and day-to-day social scenes too. 

    PWRFRAME TR 2 Training Shoes

    Start every workout the right way—with the ultimate foundation. PWRFrame TR 2 is a high-performance training shoe that features a 3D midsole frame system engineered for forefoot support during explosive movements. This targeted technology helps keep you steady through every interval and a wide range of routines. Prepare to own your session in this function-packed style.  

    SUPPORT: PWRFrame: Engineered 3D midsole frame system provides enhanced support and stability.   

    CUSHIONING: PROFoam: High-rebound EVA provides cushioning and responsiveness.  

    SUPPORT: PWRTAPE: Targeted reinforcement for upper support and durability.

    GRIP: PUMAGRIP: Durable rubber compound provides multi-surface traction.  

    Feeling energetic? Try the Beginners 5K Running Training Plan

    PUMA Fit Medium Support Bra  

    Designed for moderate-intensity workouts, the crisscross-back PUMA FIT Medium Support Bra is a bold two-tone style that will dial up any fitness routine. Smoothing EVERSCULPT fabric with UltraForm ensures a flattering finish, while moisture-wicking fabric keeps sweat in check. Made using at least 70% recycled material, cool just got more conscious.   

    DRY: Highly functional dryCELL materials draw sweat away from your skin and help keep you dry and comfortable during exercise​. 

    FOREVER BETTER: Made with at least 70% recycled materials as a step toward a better future. 

    SUPPORT: Medium support for moderate-intensity activity.  

    FIT: EVERSCULPT fabric with UltraForm ensures a smooth, supportive, and body-contouring fit. 

    PUMA Fit Fashion Woven Flow Short  

    Featuring contrasting cutlines inspired by our iconic Formstrip, the PUMA FIT Fashion Woven Flow Short is a duotone two-in-one design with style to spare. A high waist is both fashion forward and flattering, while the fitted underlayer lets you move with confidence. Moisture-wicking technology keeps sweat at bay and recycled material means you can go hard while going easy on the environment. A premium heat transfer badge celebrating the brand’s 75th anniversary completes this elevated essential. 

    DRY: Highly functional dryCELL materials draw sweat away from your skin and help keep you dry and comfortable during exercise​. 

    FOREVER BETTER: Made with at least 30% recycled materials as a step toward a better future. 

    COMFORT: Formstrip-inspired ergonomic cutlines for enhanced comfort and freedom of movement.

    FIT: Flattering high waist for extra coverage and elastic waistband for a secure, comfortable fit. 

    Click HERE to get the look, as worn by fitness icon, Pamela Reif and Takkies More