Pleasantly Surprised By a Great Gym Bag

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Apera sports bags are the best gym bags that truly live up to their hype. I had been casually looking for a new gym bag, as the one I was using was starting to wear out, and one night, when I had some free time, I started to do a little research online. It turns out gyms are breeding grounds for all types of germs and bacteria. All of that sweat and heat finds its way into your bag and turns your gym bag into a walking germ factory. After finding this out, I became serious about finally getting rid of my old bag and finding an antimicrobial gym bag replacement.

All of my searches kept leading me back to the same product, Apera sports bags. I have to admit, just finding antimicrobial gym bags had been my main goal but I wasn’t expecting to like the design and color of the bags as much as I did. I chose he performance duffel because I travel with a fair amount of stuff with me to the gym and I wanted to be sure I didn’t run into any space issues transitioning from my last bag to this new one. I’m happy to say that I didn’t have any issues. There was more than enough room to fit my shoes, clothes, and gear which was a relief.

I also noticed immediately how well made and thought out the design of the bag was. Thoughtful storage options and little attention to detail truly set’s this bag apart from the competition and makes them the best gym bags. I’ve had previous bags that didn’t allow for any separation of items and everything was kind of just thrown into he bag at the end of the day, causing me to have to wash the bag and everything in it each time from the odor. The separate storage areas allow me to keep my shoes or any wet articles of clothing completely separate.

I know that a gym bag isn’t the most important thing in the world. It’s more often than not an afterthought when you’re planning your trip to the gym. Just throw your things in the bag and go. My concerns when looking for a new bag were whether the bags were antimicrobial gym bags, whether they provided ample room to store my stuff and the design of the bag was probably a distant third, even though I’m more than happy with the way it looks. This bag just has everything I want.

Asics Kayano Shoes Make Running Even Better

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Running is my passion I love to hate. Nothing feels better than hitting that pavement and spending a few miles alone with myself; pushing myself, and resetting myself after a hard day. My body, however, has other ideas. There is no doubting the physical strain running can place on a body, especially the joints. I do my best to take care of my body, and that includes investing in the right running wear, especially shoes.

I’ve always preferred Asics running shoes ever since my mileage became something to be proud of. The first time I felt I could call myself a runner was when I put on my first pair of new Asics. When I started running, I thought any old pair of running shoes could do. My feet quickly told me otherwise. My knees and hips may have mentioned something as well. My feet though, they forced me to do my research and determined Asics running shoes were the best fit for us.

As the mileage added up I would diligently purchase my new Asics. I t was a well-earned treat, and really part of the equipment I needed to be the runner I could be. Gel Kayanos have always been my favorite so I was very excited to try out the new Asics Gel Kayano 19.

I have to say, these are super comfortable and supportive. They’ve improved the upper fit, as impossible as that seems. The shoe is also lighter by half an ounce compared to the previous light weight versions. I have to say I’m probably most excited about the redesigned upper. It’s made entirely of a four-way stretch mesh and just wraps both sides of the foot while remaining breathable. I also enjoy the more secure feel with the improved memory foam. The design of the shoes remains classic Asics style without overwhelming it with neon colors.

Some highlights of the Asics Gel Kayano 19 include:

• Lighter weight, only 10.3 ounces for men’s and 8.9 ounces for women’s
• New support with the specific Guidance Trusstic System
• Guidance Line technology enhances gait repeatability
• Biomorphic Fit Upper made with four-way stretch mesh
• Personal Heel Fit (P.H.F.) now with two layers of memory foam

I don’t want to say these new Asics are life changing, I mean, the previous Asics are some of the best running shoes out there. The improvements they’ve made on this latest version just make life that much more fun running.

Running with Soleus Fit Sports Watch

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When I run, I do it for exercise, peace, and to push myself. It’s my time to lose myself within myself, for just a few miles. No one needs my help, or asks me for anything; my only focus is what I need from myself. And I need to push myself to get better every time I hit the pavement.

I want to accurately know how far I run, my pace, time, and calories burnt. I want this information with me, so when my lungs are burning and my knees are about to give out and the blister on my toe is pulsating to the rhythm of my stride, I know just how much more I have to push. I don’t want a large, distracting, heavy computer on my wrist. Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 watch seems to be my answer.

I tried out the Soleus GPS sports watch on a few of my recent runs. It’s about the size of normal watch, not too heavy, and honestly comfortable. I was a little unsure about how well it would track everything I wanted considering it is pretty inexpensive compared to other well-known GPS watches. I am no longer unsure. It does exactly what I need, when I need it.

The main features, the ones most important to me and most runners, on the Soleus GPS sports watch functioned exactly how I needed them to and were extremely accurate. The only problem I did have was a slight delay for the GPS to synch. It was overcast each day I took it out so maybe that had something to do with it. This did delay my run by about almost a minute, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. The second day I turned on the GPS while doing my warm up, outside of course, and it was ready to go by the time I was.

The Soleus GPS Sports Watch break down:

1. I ran 6.49 miles my first day according the Soleus GPS Fit 1.0. When I got home Google Maps tracked the distance as 6.45 miles. The next day it said I went 6.67; Google Maps had it at 6.65—excellently accurate for me.
2. It kept track of my average pace, average MPH and was easy to read as needed. It would be nice to have an overall pace, but averages are just fine for my goals.
3. It was easy to use, especially with previous GPS watch experience. Little hint, be sure to save the run before going back indoors. Saving will also automatically reset the distance and time back to zero.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 watch. It is a great price, extremely accurate, comfortable, and easy to use.

 

Best Asics Running Shoes

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I remember my first pair of running shoes. It was freshman year in high school, and the track coach encouraged me to join the team. I’d always been active as a kid, with gymnastics, swimming and dance, but I had yet to try out running for greater distances than ten laps around the gym on a rainy day in PE class. I had no idea what to look for in a shoe, and based my choice completely on how the shoe looked and if it fit within the budget my mother had given me.

Now, I realize there is more to a running shoe than just looks! There is a lot to consider when purchasing a new pair of running shoes. A person needs to think about what type of running they are doing, if they over-pronate and how high or low their arch is. Also, a person should like the way their shoes look. Luckily, Asics makes fantastic running shoes that can fit all of these requirements.

Some of the best Asics running shoes include the Asics GEL-Kayano 19 the Asics GT-1000, and the Ascis GT-2000. These are newly revamped and improved models of their much loved running shoes. These models are some of the best Asics running shoes and there is one for every type of runner. And what’s great is you don’t have to choose between looks and comfort!

The Asics GEL-Kayano 19 features an award winning style. It has excellent cushioning and support. It also has Cool Upper Mesh for breathable comfort during those hot runs. It also comes in a variety of fun color combinations so you get style, comfort and support.

The Asics GT-1000 is definitely a runner’s shoe. It is true to size and well built. Runners who are mild to moderate over pronaters will find the structure and support of this shoe perfect for them. This is an award winning, light weight, redesigned version of Asic’s much loved running shoe. This model is available in pink for the breast cancer awareness edition.

The Asics GT-2000 is a great shoe for neutral runners all the way to severe overpronaters. There is a larger Gel Pad in this shoe than in other models. It features a double layer of memory foam and even has a removable insole to accommodate orthotics. It also has Comfort Dry Sockliner that provides cushioning while keeping feet drier. Definitely a plus on those long runs!

I love how I can still fulfill my want for a great looking shoe and have the support and stability I need.

 

Running Shoes: Reebok Smoothflex & Reebok Realflex

One of the shoes that I have found to be innovative has been Reebok Smoothflex shoes . These shoes are great because they give me the ability to run at an efficient rate without having to worry about getting blisters and rashes. One of the worst things runners face when they are out is getting blisters. The Reebok Smoothflex shoes circumvent this problem because they have a relaxed fit that optimizes the way my foot moves while running. They have a novel design that allows the foot to get the best placement while running or jogging.

Another shoe that has benefited me while running has been Reebok Realflex. These shoes also have a very comfortable design, and they also have a unique layout on the bottom. These Reebok Realflex shoes maximize the position of the foot, and allow runners to run without strains on their feet. These shoes have specialized rubber grips that create a unique grip while running on many different types of terrains. This allows me the ability to run faster and at an efficient rate.

Cross trainers have also been great for me when I am running long distances or just running at the gym. Cross trainers have a unique fit, and they are also very stylish. This is great because I can get the center of attention from people when I am at the gym. More often time than not, people come up to me and ask me where I got the shoes. I tell them that they can simply search online. Usually online stores have the best deals, which can then be compared side by side in order to find the best deal. These shoes are great because they come in many different sizes and colors. They have cross trainers for boys, girls, men, and woman. They come in a variety of colors, which is great for those who want to find a unique style.

In my opinion, the Reebok Smoothflex reviews are right, these shoes cut down my risk of annoyances or injury. They can help runners get the most when they are running for competitions or just for their own leisure. The shoes are easy to put on, and they help the posture of the runner as well. This can then allow me and other runners the ability to run to their full potential, which could be the difference between winning and losing. All of these shoes are performance enhancers.

 

Women’s Shoes Made By Women: Ryka

We live in a modern world where people realize that a woman can do anything a man can. However, this does not mean women and men are equal in all things. Many companies design products for men and women that are too similar when both genders have different needs. My running shoes should not be one size or any gender fits all. I use Ryka aerobic shoes because they are created for women. This gives me a personalized shoe that is comfortable and can keep up with me.

If you hunt hard enough, all companies have a mission statement buried somewhere on a website or in company information. I like Ryka because their goal is clear and part of everything they do. Ryka workout shoes were created to help women excel in fitness. This allows us to feel our best emotionally and psychically. Ryka has been making shoes to help transform women for over 25 years.

I support Ryka’s mission because I know it is not all talk. Several big companies try to specifically target women a few times a year with ads they think we will enjoy. However, many people behind marketing, ad campaigns and those in charge are men. They think they know what women want, but they have no real experience and cannot fully understand our needs. Ryka aerobic shoes are designed by women. Their products fit my feet better and deliver better performance because women created the shoes with themselves and other women in mind. These shoes are not just more colorful versions of men’s running shoes.

I am petite girl who has big feet for someone my size. However, my feet are still slender, and I walk differently than a man. I need a shoe that was developed for someone like me. I never knew why regular shoes for the gym did not suit me. Once I felt how great Ryka shoes were, I found information about how the shoes were designed. Women’s bodies are built differently than men, and we shift most of our weight to the outside of our feet. Most running shoes do not correct for this problem, and this can lead to injury or instability during workouts. Ryka workout shoes are built for women’s feet and stances. Plus, the shoes fit my heel better than other pairs of running shoes. The heel is narrower and feels contoured to my foot, and I feel more secure and grounded in the shoes. This helps me run better because my feet stay protected and in charge.

I want my shoes for the gym to be designed by women who have the experience and knowledge to create the best fit and comfort for me. This is why I choose Ryka.

 

The Unique adidas Adipure Shoe

Going barefoot is one of the distinct joys of wearing shoes. There is no better moment than when that stuffy or uncomfortable footwear finally comes off and your feet get to be free. I love going barefoot whenever possible but need shoes for the rest of the time. Wearing shoes at the office is one thing but I should have more flexibility after hours. This is why minimal or neutral running shoes were created. I could never fully adjust to regular shoes and these styles provide a safe, comfortable ride for my feet.

The adidas Adipure running shoes gives you the distinct impression of running barefoot through the lawn on the hot summer day. They contour to feet and allow anyone to move independently. They are great training shoes for runners who need a more natural feel when in motion. Each toe is separated and I feel like I have more control. I may have a lot of possessions in my home but I could almost agree to a less cluttered lifestyle if it were anything like wearing minimal running shoes.

From the side these neutral running shoes look deceptively thin and sleek, but they provide everything your feet need without extra padding. The design lets you harness your body’s natural power and range of motion while running. The Adidas Adipure is made with stretching textile to blend to a foot and uses tooled midsole-outsole construction. These features ensure you can wear the shoe during a long run and that they provide a proper feel.

My favorite thing about minimal running shoes is not that it feels like I am barefoot but the protection the shoe provides. I love the feeling but am grateful for the tough anatomically rounded outsole that lets me cruise over pavement, track, rocks and more. I would not want to do that with barefeet, but it is easy in these training shoes. They also provide extra traction for any ground condition. They give me the extra boost to go farther and improve my running times.

I have found that these shoes are great for feet in any condition. They are gentle on sore feet and I can wear them for a whole day without discomfort. They support any feet whether one normally needs special shoes or not because they fit to and mimic the wearer’s foot. I exercise a few times a week and they are durable enough to always make the trek with me.

Whether I am going for a stroll or training for a marathon, I always wear my trusted Adidas Adipure shoes. They may be minimal running shoes but they provide a maximum amount of strength and comfort.

The eagerly awaited Babolat Pure Drive 2012

The Babolat tennis racquet family is eagerly awaiting its newest member, the Babolat Pure Drive 2012. This new babolat racquet is slated to hit the market early this year with preorders already on the rise. This heavily awaited Babolat racquet has already made a few sneak appearances in professional practice sessions and welded in competition by pros. Receiving nothing but accolades, the anticipation continues to rise. Some rumors state the Babolat Pure Drive Racket 2012 will be in complete circulation by mid-march. Other sources indicate it will be much sooner. I myself have opted to wait patiently for its arrival, forgoing any eagerness to hastily purchase a lesser model tennis racket. Babolat has never let me down and I’m sure 2012 with be no exception.

Babolat Pure Drive rackets are known for their legendary control without sacrificing power. They are designed to give competitive players the edge they need when stepping up their game. This tennis racket is composed of Graphite Tungsten and sports an incredibly lightweight feel. Graphite Tungsten, also known as GT Technology, braids carbon with tungsten creating a truly durable and powerful hybrid frame. This type of frame is known to draw more power from any player from beginner to advanced. Combined with the new vibration elimination technology, this racket will increase feel and ball control immensely. The flashy new look is a welcome addition as well, and won’t take away from court side flair. It is as menacing in sight as it is in performance.

Babolat was founded in 1875 when the company’s creator began developing and producing strings for tennis racquets. The company gradually began adding new products and innovations to the market place for more than a century. In 1994 the first Babolat tennis racquet entered the market. And now in 2012 Babolat tennis rackets have become renowned worldwide, hardly even needing an introduction. Tennis combatants on every continent are choosing the sublime mix between power and control. Tennis pros including Li Na, Andy Roddick, and Kim Clijsters have taken home their fair share of trophies and championships with Babolat Pure Drive rackets. I can only hope to achieve the same aspirations for myself.

Favorite Free Runs in San Francisco

One of the things I dearly love to do in my adidas adipure running shoes is visit free things to do in San Francisco. Even after many hours on my feet, I still feel so refreshed.


I love running on the Golden Gate Bridge. The best time to go running in my adidas adipure shoes on the Golden Gate Bridge is early in the morning. I park at the free North Vista Point Parking area and begin my run from there. Starting early allows me to beat the crowds. The parking area opens at 7 AM. When I run both sides of the bridge, I have completed a 3.4 mile run, just the right length for an early morning jog.
Along the way, I marvel that the bridge was originally constructed in the 1930s at the cost of 35 million dollars. I enjoy watching the workman working to keep the bridge safe for all the people who cross it each day. I think about the story of the 11 men who died constructing the bridge. Running on the bridge in high winds is interesting because the bridge has a 27 foot sway.
Another place that I love to visit in my neutral running shoes is the Golden Gate Park. Something interesting is always happening at the park. I often stop at one of the buildings on their free days just to see what has changed.
One of my favorite stops in the park is the Conservatory of Flowers and the accompanying Japanese Tea Garden. I love seeing the beautiful orchids that are grown there. Occasionally, I even attend one of the master gardening classes held at the conservatory. When I attend classes at the Conservatory of Flowers, people always make comments about my neutral running shoes. I love telling people how comfortable they are.
Another of my favorite places at Golden Gate Park is Stowe Lake. I love running around the lake in my minimal running shoes. They handle the uneven ground so well. They are so lightweight that I feel like I am barefoot. Yet, I have great protection on my feet.
Another of my favorite places to run in my minimal running shoes is the San Francisco Zoo. Periodically, the zoo opens its doors to visitors for free. I love watching the 260 different types of animals on my run through the zoo. I find that I have to stop and take photos often when I do this run. I cannot wait to visit the zoo and see the new spider exhibit. Who knew the world had over 20 different species of tarantulas?

 

Jet Pac Bags: Carry Your Tennis Racquet in Style

If you play tennis, then you must have a racquet bag. Jet Pac racquet bags are both durable and stylish. Do you own more than one racquet? Then you will be delighted with Jet Pac racquet bags main compartment that will hold up to three of your favorite racquets. Another terrific feature is the media pocket that will keep your cell phone and MP3 player safe. You’ll also be impressed with the liner for your shoes which provides proper ventilation. The bag comes in many colors, is easy to handle and comes with an adjustable strap with padding for your comfort.

You’ll also need stylish tennis bags. Jet Pac offers an array of colors, so you can choose your favorite color or one to match your outfit. They are very affordable and you’ll love the cell phone holder located on the strap for your convenience. These stylish tennis bags also come with three interior compartments, which could be used for carrying make-up, toiletries, or even a wallet. Along with the interior compartments, there are three exterior zipper pouches and a side pouch, perfect for keys or glasses. It’s just large enough to keep your racquet in for protection.

Some of Jet Pac’s most popular items are their Jet Pac racquet tote bags. They come in many colors, ranging from the Black Knight, Secret Garden, Pink Ritz, Racing Stripes and Botanical Fair. These tote bags are so incredibly versatile that you will find yourself taking it to other places beside the tennis court! Some of these uses include: a diaper bag, a lap top bag, a gym bag, beach bag or an overnight travel bag. The Jet Pac racquet tote bags are designed with two separate racquet compartments, a cell phone and identification holder, and a front compartment. The front compartment is for your personal items and can be closed safely. It also comes with two insulate water coolers on both sides. The main compartment has six individual pockets, perfect for keys, camera, glasses, money pouch, chapstick or sun screen. The padded shoulder strap is essential for carrying your tote in comfort.

 

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