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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.
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.
Newton Sir Isaac Running Shoes
The Newton Sir Isaac Stability Guidance trainer offers flexibility and support whilst encouraging you run naturally and with greater efficiency. Built for those with mild pronation, the Sir Isaac offers a route into natural running for runners who have always had to stick to a conventional support shoe. Opening up a whole new world of natural running for complete beginners and experienced runners alike we have awarded this high performance shoe our editors choice award.
For those new to natural running a brief explanation is in order. Traditionally shoes have been built with a large amount of cushioning in the heel section. This originally was thought to protect the runner from the impact that running generates but a growing body of research suggests that it is this cushioning that actually causes the problem, not solves it. A larger heel means that it is this section of your foot that hits the ground first and acts as a giant break on your running, sending shock waves shooting through your lower body and causing the potential for long term injury.
In contrast, minimalist running shoes offer a smaller amount of cushioning in the heel and a flatter profile. This encourages the mid and front section of your foot to hit the ground first, resulting in a faster, smoother gait cycle with less of that nasty injury causing impact.
The Newton Sir Isaac shoes are built with a lower heel to toe offset compared to conventional shoes as well as less cushioning in the heel and several pronounced forefoot lugs. These features combined not only encourage you to run on your forefoot but act to propel you forward when running at high speeds.
As opposed to other natural shoes such as the Nike Free’s the Sir Isaacs offer some advanced stability features to keep your running natural whilst offering support and control. A mid foot shank offers support for your arch and stops pronation in its tracks whilst wider forefoot lugs give additional stability by offering a wider platform during landing and toe off.
Lightweight is the name of the game with all of Newton’s shoes. Advanced EVA materials mean that this shoe stays durable despite its flexibility whilst a breathable lightweight upper construct enhances that natural running feeling.
For more information on the Newton Sir Isaacs see the Newton Running website.