Tag: fitness

Golden Pattern Yoga Mat

Patterns, Products May 17, 2019

Strike your sun salutation in style. This yoga mat is lightweight (3.6 lbs.), yet durable. Just toss it over your shoulder with the handy carrying strap and you’re on your way. It measures 24″ wide by 70″ long by 1/4″ thick and includes 1.5″ woven polyester carrying strap. Latex-free and free of heavy metals.

Enjoy!

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Abstract Black And White Yoga Mat

Abstract, Products April 16, 2019

Stay in shape using this premium yoga mat from Pixels. It measures 24″ by 72″ and is 1/4″ thick, made of natural rubber with a blended microfiber top surface. The underside has textured dimples for better floor grip and, of course, it’s portable to travel along with you for your workouts. Also, see more great product options!

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Fitness Flashback

Miscellaneous March 3, 2019

It was 1996 and I was 32 years old living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My gym was American Fitness and I was working out 5 days per week (3-on-1-off, 2-on-1-off).

One day, I noticed a flyer posted on the bulletin board, advertising for a strong man contest to be held in 2 weeks – who could bench press their own weight the most times? This was my favorite exercise, so I decided to enter the competition.

The contest would be judged, and lifters had to adhere to the following rules:

  • no bouncing weight off of ones chest
  • no arched back – ones back must remain flat, in contact with bench
  • to count, each repetition must be full and cleared as “good” by judge
  • contestants would compete based on a weight class bracket

The event was to be held at an old, industrial building near the railroad tracks on the east side of town, used at that time for a bar known as The Warehouse. Based on my weight, I was in the 175-200 lbs. weight class bracket.

When it was time, I arrived to see that many others were also interested in competing, and a local news station had their camera set up to record the event. The first order of business entailed stepping on a scale to be weighed by an official. Each individual did so in private without clothing, and I weighed 190.5 lbs.

It was at that point that I learned another contest rule – that is, that weights would be rounded up in 5-lb. increments. Thus, I’d be lifting 195 lbs. instead of my actual weight. It was suggested that I run outside around the building a few times – hoping to lose 1/2 pound – and that a second weighing would be made available. I thought about it but wanted to conserve my energy, so I declined.

I waited for my turn back in the main room, stretching my muscles and warming-up on one of several bench presses made available.

When I was finally called, I walked up onto the stage, listened to a brief review of the rules by an official, and then got into position on the bench. Next, as with each competitor, a judge (a.k.a., the spotter) assisted in safely removing the weight from the rack, thereafter releasing contact for me to begin lifting.

I bench pressed 195 lbs. for 29 clean repetitions, good enough for second place in my weight class bracket. First place went to a 178 lb. competitor (from my gym!) who pressed 180 lbs. for 31 clean repetitions.

All told, I bench pressed 5655 lbs. during that series of lifts, which (in consolation only) was a total of 75 lbs. more then the winner. My 29 presses were also the 2nd most of any competitor across all weight class brackets at the event.

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Lightweight Yoga Mat

Graphics, Products May 26, 2018

Measuring 72″ long by 24″ wide and 1/4″ thick, this colorful yoga mat weighs only 3 pounds and is very comfortable. It contains a mesh center membrane for added stability and is ECO friendly (composed of cellular vinyl, free from harmful BPAs, phthalates, and latex). Wipe clean with a damp cloth after every use. Enjoy!

Women's Turquoise Pattern Leggings

Women’s Turquoise Pattern Leggings

Patterns, Products May 21, 2018

Available in sizes XS (0-2) to XL (16), these turquoise pattern women’s leggings are very comfortable, made of an ultra-stretch ecopolyester spandex blend (88% polyester, 12% spandex). The medium weight fabric is sturdy, yet breathable, stretches to fit your body, hugs in all the right places and bounces back after washing. You can wear your leggings over and over and they won’t lose their shape. Hand sewn in Canada. Enjoy!

Biking Ann Arbor To Dexter And Back

Miscellaneous, Photography October 18, 2017

Biking 26 miles yesterday between Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Dexter, then back again, I brought along my camera to capture some autumn photographs of the surrounding area…

Colorful Pattern Leggings

Colorful Pattern Leggings

Patterns, Products November 2, 2016

 

A proprietary six-panel cut and sew construction provides unprecedented quality in fit and versatility with an adjustable waist line for wearing high, low or somewhere in between. Using the highest quality anti-microbial polyester spandex material, these premium leggings wick moisture and remain breathable, making them perfect for running or runways. Enjoy!

Cadex-2 by Giant

Bike Riding Ann Arbor

Miscellaneous October 2, 2016

With temperatures warming to 68 degrees fahrenheit, the weather was perfect for a Sunday afternoon bike ride from Ann Arbor to Dexter, Michigan, and back again. With a full bottle of water, sunglasses and a camera, I was on the road and ready to begin the 22 mile trek!

My bike is a 56 cm Cadex-2 by Giant with a carbon fiber frame, 14 speeds and a recently replaced front wheel and tire. Very light, and fast. This 2016 season marks my fifth year biking and my fourth year riding this bike, originally purchased on craigslist.

Below is a map of my bike route (see red line). My starting and finishing point is the same, in Ann Arbor, shown here in the lower-right corner. The intersection of Huron River Drive & Mast Road, in Dexter (upper-left corner), is where I turn around to return.

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Lucid Crop Leggings

Lucid Crop Leggings

Abstract, Patterns March 24, 2016

 

Time to detox and hit refresh on your worn-out workout gear. Whether your practice takes you miles by the beach or HIITs the spot right at home, our Activewear Crop Leggings are a moisture wicking, odor resistant and all around inspiring addition to your routine.

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