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The Loxley Suspension Trainer Review
Strength training is essential for any triathlete and it does more than just prevent injury. In an endurance event, power is crucial for performance and Suspension Training is one of the best ways to improve.
Using a Suspension Trainer is a perfect tool for strength training. Any movement performed on a Loxley Suspension Trainer requires you to stabilise your abs and use your own bodyweight as resistance.
This review is on behalf of Loxley Sports. A fresh new sports brand in the North East of England who provide great quality products at great prices.
In The Box
1 x Main Trainer Straps
1 x Door Anchor
1 x Strap Extender
1 x Meshed Carry Bag
1 x Instruction Guide
1 x Door Warning Sign
First thing I noticed was the quality, it felt strong and safe which is important if you’re going to be hanging from it! It was extremely easy to set-up as a guide was provided. You also get a free meshed carry bag so you can conveniently take it wherever you go.
The trainer handles felt really good quality. They’re made of strong durable foam so they felt very comfortable. I’ve used other brands before and their handles were made of rubber. This seemed ok at first but after a while it becomes uncomfortable and if you have sweaty palms like me, your hands will feel like they’re going to slip. Not with the Loxley Suspension Trainer though, their handles felt great and really safe.
A door anchor is provided for indoor use and a strap extender for outdoor use. The change over is really easy to perform as you use a metal bracket. Again, some brands use plastic brackets which don’t feel as safe as the Loxley brand.
What Does Suspension Training Do For You
Suspension Training is a fast and effective total body workout. It builds your muscular endurance as well as strengthening your core muscles. The Loxley Suspension Trainer also provides a number of other benefits including:
• Fast and effective total body workout
• Builds muscular endurance
• For indoor and outdoor Use
• Benefits people of all fitness levels
The advantage of Suspension Training is that you’re in control of everything you do. Simply change the position of your feet to make each exercise easier or harder. By stabilising your own bodyweight, you’re activating multiple muscle groups at the same time.
There are 100’s of exercises you can perform on the Loxley Suspension Trainer including:
• Chest Press
• Suspended Push Up
• Angled Row
• Bicep Curl
The Loxley Suspension Trainer retails at only £44.95. Please use ‘RANKMYTRI10’ to receive 10% off your order.
Motorola Motoactv GPS Watch
Born from the runners desire to combine music and fitness, this is a watch that offers Itunes music playback, full colour GPS tracking and mobile phone connectivity in a one stop shop for any amateur runner.
Although it lacks the features of GPS watches such as the Garmin Forerunner 610 and 910, the Motorola GPS running watch is a fun way to track your fitness.
Anyone that has run with a GPS watch knows that the most important thing is that you can see your statistics, easily and as quickly as possible. Although some other watches can get this simple fact utterly wrong, Motorola seem to have hit this right on the head with their full colour and fully customisable display. Not only can you change the various screens of training data but you can change the amount of training data on each page. The watch lets you quickly and easily chose between the following:
- Lap distance
- Heart Rate
- Average Pace
You can also link the watch up to your bike so that you can display things like speed and pace whilst on the bike,
Although the Motoactv is meant to be used for running, triathletes will be pleased to know that it also connects up to an array of bike and heart sensors for those more serious athletes.
As well as all the serious sports metric tracking the watch also offers some fun stuff as well. This Motorola Motoactv Review wouldn’t be much of a review if we didn’t talk about the fun stuff now would it!
As well as full running and cycling stats tracking you can also connect the watch up to your motorola Razer phone to receive text and call updates whilst you are training. This is great as it means that if you have your phone tucked away in your backpack whilst you are riding and cycling you can still access important calls and messages (not that you should be doing this on your bike though!)
As well as this phone connectivity you can connect the Motoactv to your Itunes account to sync all of your favourite running songs. You can even set one of your favourite songs to the special “power song” button. What this means is that when you are our running and fact a particularly nasty hill that you can play this song at the touch of a button for quick and easy power running boost.
The battery life of the Motoactv is the last thing that I am going to talk about in this Motorola Motoactv Review is it is the one thing that goes against this otherwise nifty little gadget. There are a couple of different modes of power saving that you can place the watch into, but the more that you economise on battery, the worse the accuracy becomes. You can set the GPS function on the watch to record one, two or even four seconds but this means that over longer distances your accuracy will be harmed
Soleus GPS Fit 1.0
With Christmas fast approaching you may be looking for something to buy a budding new triathlete or someone who is contemplating entering their first tri. Triathlon kit is notorious for being expensive and is often such a personal choice that is can be difficult to know what to choose.
GPS watches are known for being overpriced, over complicated and more hassle then they are often worth. Soleus have responded to the plight of the masses by creating a no hassle entry level GPS watch that records all of your essential performance statistics but without the high price tag or steep learning curve of more expensive models
You can record your distance, time, pace and calories using the Soleus’s in built GPS sensor, without the complex calibration and customisation that higher end watches entail.
Your statistics are displayed in large type on the watch face and you can cycle through them quickly at the tap of a button and with the help of a bright backlight for low light level training.
You can also use the watch in cycling mode, whereby the pace statistic changed to speed, meaning that you can quickly jump between sports depending on specific training needs.
Although this is an entry level watch, there are still some impressive customisation options available. As well as the usual ability to switch between metric and imperial you can also change the auto lap settings to be between 1 km/mile and 5km/miles. Every time that you pas your chosen interval when out running or cycling, the Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 will automatically lap, allowing you to monitor your performance across specific distance intervals. The unit can contain up to 100 laps of data which can be accessed from the main menu for future review.
The Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 locates a GPS signal faster than some higher end watches and also offers an incredible battery life due to its simple screen. The unit is supplied with a USB charger that can boost the battery up to full capacity within a few hours, leaving you to worry about your training and not wether the watch is going to last through your next run or cycle.
No Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 review would be complete if we didn’t talk about price. At under $100 the watch is perhaps the best value for money training aid on the market and is perfect for anyone looking for something that will feed them accurate training information but without any of the frills or complications of watches like the Garmin Forerunner range. Perfect for new starters and technophobes alike this watch makes a great christmas present to kick off any new year training plan.
For more information and additional models see the Soleus website
2XU New Summer Kit!
2XU are one of the most respected brands in the triathlon world. Chances are, if you have been training or competing for a few years then you will at some point have owned a 2XU piece of kit. Their wetsuits are known to be fast and durable, their cycle kit offers fantastic climate control and their compression kit offers second to none endurance and performance gains without sacrificing on comfort.
2UX have just released their much anticipated summer 2013 range and here at RMT we have picked a few of our favourites. Watch out for these products as they mean business!
All of the below ranges as well as more 2XU performance kit is available online from the B2p Triathlon Shop
2XU Competition Running Top
This short sleeved gem offers extreme climate control that is specific to each specific areas of your torso. Different regions of your body command different moisture management and therefore 2XU have engineered a top that keeps your cool when competing at your max. The fact that this top is incredibly stylish and built with flat-lock seams to minimise the potential for chaffing is an added bonus as anyone who has competed in the serious heat knows just how tough it is to stay comfortable as soon as your start sweating. Incredible moisture management, style and comfort is a winning combination in our eyes and is why we at RMT like this tee so much.
2XU Compression Tri Suit
If you were asked to name one of the things that 2XU do better than anyone else, chances are that you would mention compression. 2UX are one of the companies who realised the potential of compression kit before anyone else and they have been perfecting items that allow athletes to perform at the top of their game and recover quicker for longer than virtually anyone else. Their latest creation comes in the form of a high performance compression triathlon suit that has a few special properties. Made out of a special material called ICE X this tri suit actively works to cool your core body temperature when you exercise, keeping you calm and comfortable even in extreme conditions. Combined with powerful 70CD/CK fabric this suit supports and squeezes your active muscles, reducing both their load and lactic acid build up to keep you performing at you peak.