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When it comes to athletic training, everything centers around the fluid motion of your body. Regardless of the sport that you play, the fluid motion of your body’s core is the most valuable tool that you can have. It is through this fluid motion that your body will be able to move like it needs to during your sport, without needing you to concentrate on making it happen.
The 8 Board is a new piece of athletic training equipment that is designed to help you turn the concept of fluid body motion into something that you do automatically. Through practice on this unit, athletes around the world are turning fluid body movement into an automatic reflex.
The 8 Board is a small exercise device that consists of two rotating discs on an adjustable mount. You position these discs so that they are shoulder width apart, and then climb onto the unit with both of your feet pointing directly forward. Once you are properly in position, you turn both of your feet to the left, and then swing them around to the right. Back and forth you go, creating a figure 8 shape with your body as you move.
Your muscles begin to feel this motion as you work with the 8 Board, helping you not only learn fluidity in your motions, but likewise helping you to strengthen the core of your body. With continued use, the fluidity of the motions that your body undergoes begins to become muscle memory. This means that when you move for your sport, or during athletic training, your body automatically wants to do so in a fluid motion that comes from the core of your body, adding strength and stability to your motion.
As an exercise tool that builds balance and tones the muscles of your core, the 8 Board is perfect for those recovering from accidents or surgeries as well. Physical therapy offices are starting to use this device more frequently to help their patients recover from traumatic instances more quickly. Fitness clubs are investing in the 8 Board for many of the same reasons.
As the importance of fluid body movements becomes more evident in athletic training, the 8 Board encounters more fans. The best way to prevent an injury, or to keep yourself from concentrating on injury prevention, is to make that prevention part of your natural instincts.
The cost of the 8 Board is $119.95 and can be found on their website at GrailSports.com.
In a history-making debut, Nike revealed the Nike Vapor Laser Talon Football Cleat, which incorporates an avant-garde 3D printed plate, designed to attain speedy acceleration. The laser talon 3D plate weighs a slight 5.6 ounces, allowing athletes freedom to achieve optimal traction on the field.
Other athletic shoe manufacturers, such as Adidas, Converse and Reebok have previously used 3D printers for designing footwear prototypes. What makes the Nike Vapor Talon revolutionary is the utilization of 3D printing during the manufacturing process. Without a doubt, Nike’s switch to additive-enhanced technology will raise the bar for competitors.
Not only is the 3D printed plate in the new laser talon featherweight, it contains explicit geometry to aid football players in reducing 40 yard sprint time; making it easier to sustain their drive stance during “Zero Step.” The Zero Step is a pivotal point that determines how quickly the athlete can gather speed during the first significant10 yards of the 40.
In Nike’s press release, dated February 26, 2013, Michael Johnson, gold-medal sprinter says about Zero Step: “…mastering the Zero Step can mean the difference between a defensive lineman sacking the quarterback or getting blocked.”
The Nike Vapor Talon is the first cleat constructed using Selective Laser Sintering technology (SLS). This cutting-edge technology is accomplished with lasers, which fuse small elements of materials to form a 3-D shape. With materials exclusively owned by Nike, designers developed a working model of the first-of-its-kind cleat plate and traction system.
Nike Footwear Innovation Director, Shane Kohatsu commented on the Nike blog, ” SLS technology has revolutionized the way we design cleat plates – even beyond football – and gives Nike the capability to create solutions that were not possible within the constraints of traditional manufacturing processes.”
The Nike Vapor Talon black and green plate features an exclusive design that permits the plate to be both practical and resilient. The astounding difference is that the 3D plate is super light in comparison with conventional plates.
At the present, two elements of the total process remain unknown. Which 3D printer is Nike utilizing for this innovative technology? What kind of material are they using?
Speculators would have it a 3D systems printer. As for the kind of material(s), the Nike website simply eludes to a “proprietary” material.
Will the new Nike Vapor Talon challenge ancient beliefs that there is nothing new under the sun? No doubt Nike would say so!
When it comes to extreme sports, there’s nothing like being able to brag about your exploits on film. In order to capture your exploits in the perfect way, though, you need to know which camera you should take with you. The GoPro HD Hero3 and the Contour+2 helmet cameras both come with their own unique features. Choosing which one you’ll go with won’t be an easy decision.
The Contour+2 helmet camera is a step up from the previous Contour+ model. The Contour+2, like its predecessor, features a slide activated power switch. That’s all you have to worry about. Slide the wide button forward, and the camera turns on and starts recording. Slide it back, and it turns off. The Contour+2, however, comes with a locking mechanism to keep the switch from getting knocked to the off position while you’re out.
For the video and photo choices, the Contour+2 offers both full (1920×1080) and tall(1280×960) HD shots. Action HD can be shot in 1280×720, while slow motion can be captured at 854×480 in as much as 120 fps. When it comes to standard pictures, you can choose which photo mode you want them to be taken in. Increments include every 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, or 60 seconds. It, like the original Contour+, has a 5 megapixel capacity.
The other features of the Contour+2 vary widely, including a 170° lens that’s paired with a 270° swivel mounting bracket, both of which are capable of being remotely controlled from your smart phone app via Bluetooth. It can hold up to 32GB of space when paired with a standard MicroSD card, and is waterproof in its provided case up to 60 meters deep.
The GoPro HD Hero3 helmet cameras are smaller and lighter than the previous models by up to 30%. It features a small amount of buttons, able to quickly do what you need it to so you can get back to your sport. It can be remotely controlled via wifi with a separately purchased remote and an app on your smart phone.
Photo and video choices of the GoPro HD Hero3 can be operated in ultra-wide 1920×1080, 1280×720 and 270×1524 for slow motion needs. The fps ranges from 12 to 240, depending on the mode you’re using. The wide angle lens gives you the ability to capture what you’re doing, regardless of where it’s mounted.
The GoPro HD Hero3 features sharper resolution than the previous models, and a stunning 12 megapixels. Almost every aspect of the Hero3 is an upgrade from the Hero2, with faster video, better audio, built in wifi, and a reduced weight. In its special case, it is waterproof up to 60 meters deep.
Today, both the GoPro and the Contour will cost you $400; however, whichever one of these helmet cameras you decide to go with, just make sure you have something with you when you’re out doing what you love. After all, the best stories can only be believed when there’s video evidence that it happened, and your friends will love getting to see you in action.
“Adidas launched a game-changing innovation in running today, in a shoe called Energy Boost. Boost features an industry-first cushioning technology that contains thousands of capsules that provide springy cushioning that acts like a trampoline and brings your running shoes to life, designed to help you run longer and more comfortably. The science behind these shoes is incredible! Go check out the new adidas Energy Boost today!”
Adidas Energy Boost running shoes will be available globally after February 27, 2013. Touting the slogan, “new way to run”, these shoes highlight the BOOST™. It’s all about cutting-edge cushioning, which supplies a premier energy return, yet untouchable by competitors.
The secret behind the cushioning is the thermoplastic polyurethane beads called TPU. The beads create a sponge like midsole comprised of “energy capsules”. The capsules’ rare cell structure accumulates and disperses energy with every stride the runner takes. Adidas partnered with BASF, a chemical company, to generate the substance, which is a unique running midsole material.
In-house testing by the Adidas Innovation Team demonstrated the extreme durability of the material, solely in Energy Boost products; it currently affords the highest energy return of any types of running shoes on today’s market.
The BOOST™ midsole provides the energy-returning “boost” that every runner has long desired. Better yet, it maintains the same stellar performance under extreme conditions.
The Adidas Innovation Team conducted a double-blind test comparing standard Eva foam (material used in other types of running shoes) vs. BOOST™. Their findings evidenced the foam in BOOST™ resisted temperatures from +40 to -20 degrees Celsius, three times more than Eva foam.
Runner’s World ran lab tests and determined Adidas Energy Boost running shoes literally did perform better than other types of running shoes they have tested. As for temperature resistant claims, RW concluded BOOST™ way more consistent in extreme temperatures than other types of running shoes.
These salient facts translate to the runner that Adidas brand revolutionary running shoes perform on every run, including track work, trails, tempos and roads. The unique foam material bounces back from the foot strike and unlike standard foams; it resists extreme heat or cold.
Also, Adidas unveiled their TORSION® SYSTEM, a unique heel-to-toe mid-foot modification that enhances male and female running shoes. Plus, Adidas Techfit™ technology assures an optimal comfort level and flexible upper support. Constructed from a stretchy, breathable mesh, feet are stabilized when running.
Energy Boost running shoes are lightweight – size 9 men’s shoe weighs 9.5 ounces. Women’s size 7 weighs 8.5 ounces. A maximum of three pairs of running shoes can be pre-ordered at the Adidas online store until February 27, 2013, for $150 each.
It’s a common misconception for runners to primarily be concerned with speed. The runner who understands the importance of the “second wind” will resonate best with Adidas Energy Boost running shoes. Especially when they cross the finish-line, leaving competitors behind to eat their dust!
Pre-Order Your Adidas Energy Boost Running Shoes Today at www.adidas.com!