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Adidas Supernova Glide 4

For women feeling inspired by the success of Jess Ennis at the London Olympics and craving her effortless ability to look stylish whilst doing sport, the Adidas Supernova Glide 4 trainers are perfect. Fitness fanatics and serious runners would probably look for a more technical running shoe; a track runner would still want spikes and a triathlete would still prefer natural runners. This model is for the everyday woman: running round the park, running for the bus in the morning, going to the gym, walking the dog or training for a charity run; this trainer is an all-rounder.

The well padded interior makes it comfortable from first wear and the stylish exterior is a bonus. The air cushion on the back heel is good for heel-heavy runners and gives you the feeling of extra momentum. This also ensures more comfort and absorbs impact well when running on concrete. They are light and the sole is flexible making me far more agile than clompy trainers I’ve had in the past.

They are reliable in the rain, the sole keeps its grip really well. I’ve also previously had problems running in the heat, however the mesh on top of the toes keeps your feet ventilated and comfortable in the hottest conditions. The soft and responsive sole make these trainers a good choice whether running 5k or training for a marathon. They are durable and stand the test of time; this is my 3rd pair of this range of shoe and I’m in no hurry to change my allegiance. I’ve got well over 1000 mile per pair.

The wide choice of colours is great, making them as fashionable as a pair of trainers could ever hope to be. Even Kate Middleton wears them! Her red pair make a refreshing change from the monotony of white and black trainers on the market. However, I chose the white pair because I know that some expensive gyms request white trainers (something to take note of if you’re going to the gym in Sweden!). At school it was essential to have non-mark soles for P.E. so as not to ruin the sports hall floor.

The 3 stripes synonymous with the brand are metallic on my pair and give the trainers an flashy, innovative look. My boyfriend has the Supernova Glide in orange and even though I couldn’t tell him to buy a different pair (I know how hard it is to come across really reliable trainers), at least I could buy a different colour.

The Adidas Supernova Glide 4 is available at Sportsshoes

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Adidas and the Front Line to Start Line Campaign

Adidas have launched a limited edition t-shirt in support of the Paralympic charity ‘Front Line to Start Line’

The Front Line to Start Line campaign was launched in the lead up to the London 2012 Paralympics by the British Paralympic Association and the military charity Help For Heroes

The campaign sets out areas of collaboration between the two charities and is focused on supporting service personnel in their desire to represent their country in a Paralympic sport through the Ministry of Defence’s program called ‘Battle Back.’ Battle Back is a scheme where both active personnel and veterans are encouraged to take up competitive sport as part of their rehabilitation.

Adidas are supporting the Front line to Start Line campaign with the launch of a limited edition t-shirt worn by ambassadors such as David Beckham, Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis, Phillips Idowu and Pete Reed as well as Paralympians Jon-Allan Butterworth, Netra Rana and Derek Derenalagi. The shirts cost only £20 from the Adidas online store and £5 from every sale goes towards the Front Line to Start Line Campaign.

Shirts are only available for 7 weeks starting on the 15th August and are selling out fast. For your chance to support a great cause and own a unique piece of Paralympic memorabilia check out the Adidas online shop.

For more information see the Adidas website or check out the youtube channel.

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Asics Nimbus 14 Review

Available at Chain Reaction Cycles

The Asics Nimbus 14 is the latest model in one of the worlds most popular running shoe lines. This Asics Nimbus 14 review is going to take a quick look at what new features this trainer has to offer as well as explaining why we think this is the best choice for a cushioned running trainer for anyone who would consider themselves a “plodder”

The Nimbus 14 has a few important new technologies that have completely transformed the way that it handles out on the road or trail. To start with, it has an outsole made from a more durable and grippy compound that provides traction in all but the worst of conditions. If you aren’t sure what kind of surface you are going to be training on then stick with the footware that you know can cope in any condition.

Second but by no means any less important is the weight saving that Asics have managed to achieve with this new model. A lower mid section as well as a new style heel cup has meant that the company has managed to not only save another 1/4 oz in weight but also they have created a more flexible shoe. This new found flexibility is also a direct result of the new de-coupled sole that makes up the inner of the trainer – adding flexible yet supportive structure to the shoe.

Cushioning is the name of the game when it comes to the Nimbus 14 and no review would be complete unless we talked a little about the main reason why this model is so popular with runners and triathletes the world over. Gel cushioning has been added to the heel and mid sections of the footwear in ample quantities and if they managed to fit any more in there then it would be like running on a bouncy castle! This gel cushioning is why we think that the Asics Nimbus 14 is a great shoe for heavier runners who tend to heel strike as the extra cushioning combined with the Guidance line technology (featuring in most high end Asics trainers) means that you are better protected from the impact that running cased every time your foot hits the road or trail.

One last addition to this new model is the new style heel cup. This is an important addition as it changes the entire fit of the model. This was a risky strategy as the Nimbus line is known for its sock like fit and is why many runners have chosen this trainer year after year. However the risk seems to have paid off as the mouldable heel cup and ankle support give the shoe a personalised fit and feel which improves comfort and keeps this trainer glued to your foot throughout your entire run.

Available at Chain Reaction Cycles

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Triathlon Supplements

Triathlon Supplements
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When you first think of supplements then running and triathlon are not the first sports that spring to mind. Traditionally associated with weight lifting and professional bodybuilding supplements are becoming common place in most sports as athletes look to hone their skills, improve their game and improve their fitness to stay one step ahead of the competition.

So what supplements are proving popular and how can they help improve your running and triathlon race times?

Pre Race – Creatine

Creatine is widely taken by bodybuilders who are looking to improve their strength. Studies in the endurance sport space have focused on the direct impact that creatine can have on performance and has largely been inconclusive. However it is the indirect impact on performance where creatine comes into its own.

Creatine is responsible for replenishing the ATP used by the body for anaerobic energy when you are exercising at close to your maximum intensity. Although creatine does not make you faster, it can help replenish ATP stores and therefore you can exercise at close to your maximum intensity more often as you recover quicker. This is why runners, rowers and triathletes use the supplement when they are undertaking an intervals session as being able to complete more reps has a direct impact on their future race performance.

During The Race – Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are probably the most widely available nutrition product available and they are not only commonplace in triathlon and endurance sports but they are also very necessary for most people.

Energy drinks such as SIS body fuel are a great way of delivering easily digestible carbohydrates to your body during a race. This sustains performance and lets you race harder for longer

Post Race  Recovery Drinks

Many triathletes and endurance athletes forget about post race nutrition but truth be told this is probably one of the most important areas of nutrition when it comes to training. If you can recover quicker than your competitors then you can complete more training sessions to the best of our ability in a shorter space of time and all other things being equal will improve faster than your rivals.

Recovery drinks contain a blend of carbohydrates and protein to not only provide you with fuel but also to built your muscles after an intense training session.

For more information on sports nutrition check out Atlantic Supplements

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