• FIVE SPECIALTIES THAT MAKE A CROSSFIT SHOE

    Posted by Tim Wackrow

    Why do we train? For the most part it's about improving ourselves. Whether that's looking like a cover shoot model in the mirror, squatting small vehicles or just being comfortable in your own body, we all train with some goal in focus. What does this have to do with the shoes you wear?

    Having the right shoes can help you reach your goals faster and can provide you with the functional requirements that your training demands. So here are 5 aspects of a CrossFit shoe that will hopefully convince you to invest in a pair. The characteristics are unique to the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 but will give you an idea what to look for when finding the right shoe for you.

    1. THEY ARE TOUGH

    If you've ever done a CrossFit workout you know it's hard work. CrossFit shoes need to be as strong as the people that wear them. They are constantly being thrown different movements and activities. From burpees to box jumps your shoes will get dragged along pavements and bent and twisted every time you set foot in a Crossfit box. If your shoes aren't tough, they won't last. The Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0's are made of Kevlar. That's what bullet proof vests are made from. Look for an upper and sole that is strong and durable!

    2. THEY ARE VERSATILE

    CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements. This means your footwear needs to cope with whatever you throw at it. Shoes will always have tradeoffs and specialties but you must feel comfortable in a CrossFit shoe whether running through a field or under an overhead squat. The CrossFit Nano tends to lifting more than other CrossFit shoes available but you still can run up and down the street with a slimmer profile and different materials used throughout the length of the shoe. 

    3. THEY ARE FLAT

    It's very difficult to escape lifting weights when it comes to CrossFit. And this is where shoes make a huge difference. The first is the sole is generally flat. This means no roll when underneath weight and a more stable platform to lift from. Running shoes tend to be shaped underneath to match the heel strike and carry through of a running motion. The other characteristic unique to the Nano is the wider toe box. This allows you to splay your toes giving a more natural and comfortable platform when deadlifting, squatting or olympic weightlifting. And finally there is compression. Running shoes normally have a good squish to help soften the impact of landing. CrossFit shoes don't have as much because when you push up weight, you don't want to be losing power or stability through the shoe!

    4. THEY ARE LIGHT

    CrossFit shoes also have to be light! The Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 weighs approximately 260g meaning it's not too heavy when doing pull ups or jumping onto a box. Sometimes CrossFit shoes will compromise their strength to be lighter. You need to find what works for you and how long you want your shoes to last!

    5. THEY CAN CLIMB ROPES

    Whether you love or hate rope climbs you will have to face them in CrossFit. And they are a lot easier to do when using your feet! Most CrossFit shoes have an area of hardened material through the midsole that allows you to grip the rope and run it through your feet without tearing through the shoe. The Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 has Carbon Runner Rope Pro with grippy spikes to ensure you don't come off the rope!

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    Read more and shop our new Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 collection here; Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0

  • NEW UNDER ARMOUR IN STORE NOW AND WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

    Posted by Tim Wackrow

    It all started in 1995 when Kevin Plank, noticed that the cotton T-shirts he and his teammates wore underneath their pads were always soaked and heavy with sweat.

    “There has to be something better,” he thought. He didn’t realize it then, but that one, simple statement would soon launch the performance apparel industry.

    After graduation, he set out to make a superior T–shirt—one that stayed light in even the nastiest heat. After driving through the night to New York’s famous garment district for fabric samples, Plank built his first prototype, which he then gave to his teammates and friends who’d gone on to play in the NFL. With their feedback, he went back to work, quickly emerging with a revolutionary new T-shirt built from microfibers that wicked moisture and kept athletes cool, dry, and light.

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    With his design nearly perfect, Plank needed funds to launch his apparel line, so he maxed out his credit cards to the tune of $40,000 and set up a company in his grandmother’s basement in Washington, DC. Twelve months later, he made his first team sale to Georgia Tech. Other major Division I teams followed in droves, along with two dozen NFL teams. The company soon moved its headquarters to South Baltimore where it developed its now-famous gearlines, which included HeatGear®, ColdGear®, and AllSeasonGear®.

    The revolution had begun.

    In 1999, Warner Brothers contracted Under Armour to outfit its actors for two upcoming football movies, Oliver Stone’s ANY GIVEN SUNDAY and THE REPLACEMENTS. The object was authenticity, and Under Armour delivered. Then, in 2003, the Brand launched its first television commercial, which introduced a rallying cry for athletes that would change the face of sports in three words: PROTECT THIS HOUSE.®

    Today, not even two decades later, Under Armour makes the world’s most innovative performance footwear, apparel, and accessories and is a mainstay on athletic fields, courts, pitches, gyms, and rinks everywhere.

    Elite athletes and teams from virtually every sport you can imagine—like Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Brandon Jennings, Lindsey Vonn, Bryce Harper, Natasha Hastings, Lauren Cheney, Stephen Curry, Misty Copeland, the Welsh Rugby Union, and many more—proudly wear Under Armour Performance gear.

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    Shop our new Under Armour collection here; Under Armour

  • OUR FAVORITE MOMENTS FROM THE REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES 2015

    Posted by Tim Wackrow

    With the games finishing last week we look back at the craziness that is the CrossFit Games. This year was definitely another level of difficulty with long workouts, massive weights and increased pressure. We have so much respect for these athletes! Here are our favourite moments...

    Seeing athletes from New Zealand boxes represent our country made us proud. Well done team!

    Watching Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson crush Murph. The Icelandic unit managed 38:36. That's nearly a minute faster than Mat Fraser and over 15 minutes faster than most competitors...

    Watching Rich Froning's team CrossFit Mayhem take the win. Rich is a beast but his team had to keep up with him, and that's impressive.

    Seeing Ben Smith make the last minute win over Mat Fraser to take the title of Fittest Man on Earth. It seems consistency is the key! Seventh time at the games, Ben stayed solid.

    Seeing Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir quietly working hard to take the title of Fittest Women on Earth. The second Icelandic women to take the games, it must be something in the water.

    And our favourite moments from the games were watching the Athletes share in the suffering. CrossFit is a rare sport where the athletes compete with each other while at the same time support and encourage each other!

  • WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH THE REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES 2015

    Posted by Tim Wackrow

    They have begun. The Reebok CrossFit Games 2015. Watch it here

    Superhuman feats of strength, endurance and stamina, the Reebok CrossFit Games are a spectacle of human achievement. These athletes train day in and day out working harder than we could dream of to become the machines you are watching. Here are some reasons why you should watch the games.

    The men and women look like superheros...

    You will see unbelievable feats of strength and endurance...

    It's nail-bitingly intense...

    There's always surprise events...

    The athletes support each other...

    Sometimes the athletes do something amazing, sometimes they fail...

    ... And finally it is truly something that can motivate you and inspire you to get training. So get watching! Reebok CrossFit Games 2015

  • REEBOK CROSSFIT NANO 5.0, THE GREATEST NANO YET?

    Posted by Tim Wackrow

    These shoes are built to help you break through your limit and look good doing it. No single company has had more experience in making shoes for CrossFit than Reebok. Now they have taken one step towards perfection with their latest creation, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0.

    These Nano's are lighter than every predecessor and with the help of Kevlar weave (that's right bulletproof armour), these shoes are probably the strongest training shoes in the world.

    These Nano's have been completely redesigned from the previous generation. The midsole is more precise and the heel has a new anatomical counter with stiffer rebound and greater cushioning.

    But the only thing that really matters is that these shoes are going to perform exactly how you need them to. If you do CrossFit they are perfect for lifting, running short distances and any WOD your coach comes up with.

    Want to get your own Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0? You can shop them here

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