Under Armour was the first company to convince athletes to wear skin-tight clothing during competition. Now they want you to sleep in it. The Under Armour Recharge is a compression garment designed to be worn after a workout.
The Recharge, available July 15th, consists of a long-sleeve shirt ($99.99) and full-length pants ($89.99) with targeted compression in certain muscular regions. Athletes are instructed to change into the suit within two hours after a workout, and to continue wearing the garment for a full twenty-four hours.
Thanks to technology, your heart rate, sweat rate, calories burned, stride length, and whether you're wearing boxers or briefs can all be calculated in real time, wirelessly transmitted to a laptop, and posted to Twitter before you return home from your weekend jog. Engineers in Germany are hoping to add blood lactate levels to the abundance of fitness data using a miniature ear clip containing an electrochemical sensor.
Editor Mike Haney is training for the New York City Marathon with all the help from high-end running tech he can get. Read his previous posts here.
I don't run for the pure spiritual joy of it, or for the sense of community or with hopes that I'll ever win anything. I run so that I can cook with as much butter and eat as much BBQ as I want, without worrying about my gut or my arteries. So when there's a marathon on the horizon, I need a plan that tells me when to run and for how long. Lucky for me, the New York Times just got into the coaching business.
Running shoes for real runners are regularly categorized into two types: stability shoes, for those who over-pronate, and cushioning shoes, for those who don't. Nike's LunarGlide+, available July 1 for $100, claims a novel mid-sole architecture described as "Dynamic Support," which eliminates the need to choose between the two types. But more impressive than that assertion is the simplicity of the design by which Nike hopes to revolutionize the industry.
In 2004, I kicked a 10-year Camel Light habit and the following year ran the New York City Marathon in 3:27:45. I ran a few more after that, but never beat that time and, in the past year, have gotten wickedly out of shape.
In this new series, Tech in Training, I'll strap on the latest gadgets, ingest the newest supplements and try out experimental techniques to see if a little science can help my nearing-middle-age body top my previous PR this November. First, we start with the basics: finding the right sneaks with the help of a state-of-the-art fitting.
An investigative report, dramatically titled "Danger in the Air," by the ESPN news program E:60 suggests that exhaust from ice resurfacing machines is putting skaters around the country at serious risk. The report faults improper ventilation or unmaintained resurfacing machines, which often run on propane or natural gas, for the hazards to skaters.
Read more, and check out the video, after the jump!
By Mark AndersPosted 05.07.2009 at 3:22 pm 1 Comment
The Wave Sport 54 Cx is being issued in a limited run of 50
Courtesy Wave Sport
Whitewater kayaking is virtually an aerial sport, with paddlers in freestyle competitions performing tricks like airscrew — barrel rolls above a rapid. The lighter your kayak, the higher you can go, so instead of conventional polyethylene plastic, Wave Sport turned to composite materials for its 54 Cx kayak.
Check out this demo reel of Levi Meeuwenberg doing some jaw-dropping "free running". Free running is very similar to Parkour in the athleticism required and specific techniques and movements used, but while Parkour is about getting from one place to another in as efficient a manner as possible, free running is less directed and more creative in nature.
As mentioned in that ancient post, when performing either of these activities, in addition to spending years developing a formidable set of technical skills, balance, physical strength, and kamikaze attitude, it's important to be cognizant of some basic physics.
Enter the two-handed bowler. Increasingly, we are seeing this novel technique cropping up in bowling alleys across the country. Notice the formidable hook you can generate with this type of delivery -- it looks like the ball is headed straight for the gutter, but then, seemingly at the last second, it cuts back into the pocket for another strike. It's this superior hooking ability that makes two-handed bowling a force to be reckoned with. In order to get some insight into the issue, let's examine some of the physics involved in tossing a 12- to 16-pound sphere down a lane of polished oily wood.
In order to get a strike you probably already know that the ball needs to strike the pins in one of the "pockets", which are the regions halfway between the head pin and the pins on either side of the head pin. But why do we need to hook the ball at all? Why not just throw it straight up the alley and directly into the pocket? The answer has to do with conservation of momentum.