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Editor Picks: Cycle Trip Essentials

Whether you’re off on a cycling adventure or thinking about adding more cycling into your routine, here are some essentials that will really make your cycling experience even better. Having spent countless hours on my bicycles, and more hours reading reviews about the best items I can buy, I can share my ideas about what is always essential to have on any bike trip. 1 - Padded Undershorts by Endura Women's Padded Boxer Shorts from Wiggle, $47.21   These padded undershorts (also known as chamois shorts) are essential for your rides. Not everyone wears padded shorts, however, speaking from my experience, even when you have cycled thousands of kilometers on the same saddle it is still worth having some extra padding in your shorts. If there’s anything I can...

Gym Terms 101

Supersets, drop sets, bulking, cutting, HIIT … what does it all mean?! Starting out as a newbie at the gym can often lead you to face a flurry of new confusing terminology. Don’t let this scare you away! Learning gym lingo can be like learning a new language (but it’s way easier to pick up). We’ll take you through 5 basic gym terms you need to get your exercise routine on track. 5 Core Gym Terms Reps Reps, or repetitions, are the basic unit used to define the number of times you raise and lower weight during an exercise. Just crushed 5 pull-ups? That’s 5 reps. Sets The number of reps you complete of a specific exercise is considered one set. In many exercise plans, you may see instructions like “Leg...

Cycling Trip Tips

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love cycling!!! In all its forms, on the road, mountain biking, cycle touring, and bike packing. For me, being on my bike gives me a great sense of freedom and achievement. I am able to go wherever I want, under my own steam, with the added bonus of it being a very healthy and eco-friendly way to travel. Having just come back from a big trip cycling the length of New Zealand, completing the Tour Aotearoa, my enthusiasm has been fueled even more. What’s more amazing, and makes me very happy, is that I am getting asked by other people if I think that they could ever do anything like that too. My answer of course is YES. You...

5 Yoga Accessories for Men

It’s the time of year where everyone tries to turn over a new leaf. In my early twenties, I loved setting new goals and resolutions for myself. Now, I like to take the new year as a time to reflect about where I’m at and think about where I’d like to go. From there, I see what new habits, hobbies, or experiences I want to add to my life. Keep the pressure low - especially this new year, with so many other things going on around us. Yoga became a part of my life during college where my performing arts school offered daily morning yoga classes for students. I grew up in the south and in the late nineties and early aughts - yoga had not...

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Top Picks for at-Home Workouts

So it's a new year and normally a time when there's a lot of new year's resolutions to join the gym and sign up for classes. However, many of you are still in lockdown and sadly won't have that luxury. Instead, lots of people around the world will have to continue to make do with working out at home and making the best of whatever is available. I am a personal trainer, and since covid, I have been adapting workouts for people to do in their homes with limited or no equipment. I totally understand that it's not easy to know what products are best to get, so I have compiled a list of my 5 top picks of equipment so that you can still...

How To Work Out At Home

Don’t let Coronavirus prevent you from staying active. There are lots of different things you can do in small spaces to help you stay fit and healthy. Even if you hate working out, we recommend getting in some movement each day to boost your mood and mental health during these trying times. Zoom Workouts Were you attending a gym previous to this? Talk to the staff and see if they’ve started any Zoom workouts. You can do workouts that they have planned in the comfort of your own home and interact with them through audio and a camera.   Abdominal Mat Target your ab muscles while stabilizing your body with an affordable ab mat. In addition to using this for core exercises like sit-ups, leg lifts, and crunches, it can...

Kumail Nanjiani Got Swole & You Want To As Well?

  Kumail Nanjiani probably had one of the most surprising transformations for 2019. Dude got ripped! His shirtless pic that went up in December had everyone turning heads and clicking over to his Instagram account. After seeing his before and after, are you interested in making some lifestyle changes too? We don’t blame you. However, while it’s great to use him as inspiration, keep in mind that he is a celebrity, which means that he has perks that us normal folk don’t have. He had trainers, people to create his meals for him, and a studio paying for all of this to happen. It’s much harder to achieve all of this without what he had, but of course, not impossible. While you will need different foods and workouts...

Get Fit & Learn Self Defense!

Looking to do double duty with your workouts? There are lots of contact sports out there that not only help you get fit but teach you how to defend yourself too. When you learn how to defend yourself, you will be giving yourself not just confidence, but a sense of empowerment that will do wonders for your self-esteem. It can change how you see yourself and how you think the world sees you. Check out local schools to see if they have trial classes so that you can give a few a go till you find the one you connect with the most. Keep scrolling for some suggestions to check out today.   Boxing Boxing isn’t just about throwing punches (but obviously it’s a major part of it). You...

Waterproof Workout Gear

You’re going to want to stay dry during April showers. No need to dampen your mood and workout because of some water! Add these waterproof pieces to your wardrobe so that you can still head out for a walk, run, or hike whenever you please.   Under Armour UA Verge 2.0 Mid GTX, $165 Feel secure with every step you take in these hiking boots. In addition to reliable traction, the cut at the top provides support for the ankle.   SealSkinz Waterproof Beanie Hat, $40 Keep that head of yours toasty and warm against the rain and wind with this 100% waterproof hat. It’s also waterproof and has a micro-fleece lining.   The North Face Cyclone Jacket, $65 With its stylish design, we wouldn’t be surprised if this became one of your favorite...