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Just subtract water

Vasa Trainer Pro

Every four years, the Olympics come along and gym memberships go through the roof. After watching chiseled swimmers climb out of the pool night after night, we all think a few laps in the pool will make us look like Lochte. Think again. Olympic swimmers not only put in countless miles in the pool but…

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An App for your Aorta

Cardiio

Nowadays, there are more health-monitoring apps than we can shake a Powerbar at. The Cardiio ($5) uses accurate (and somewhat mind-blowing) MIT innovations to give you a simple, easily obtained BPM heart rate. Just point your iPhone’s front-facing camera at your face, and Cardiio measures the light reflection on your skin (which is directly affected…

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Half Ironman, Full Bore

Road to Ironman: Welcome to Midterms

I’m out of the water in 46 minutes. Not setting any records, but this is only the second time I’ve ever swim 1.2 miles — and the first time took 80 minutes. I have to pee. Badly. It’s hard to pee while swimming, plus it doesn’t seem like good karma to pee a few feet…

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L'eau Naturel

Skratch Labs Hydration Mix

Sports scientist and professional cycling coach, Dr. Allen Lim, noticed that the sports drinks his riders were ingesting weren’t doing much to aid their performance and in some instances were even making his athletes sick. But instead of reaching for the haterade, Lim began making his own drink — one with all-natural ingredients, far lower…

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Breaking Bad

Road to Ironman: Training with Chris Thomas, USA Triathlon Amateur Athlete of the Year

Today we’re one month out from Ironman Louisville, one day out from a Half Ironman in Enfield, New Hampshire (more on that next time), and two months on down the road from when we kicked off this series. In hindsight, this whole goddam proposition was questionable. But we’re not the type of folks to dwell…

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The details are in the diet

Road to Ironman: Swim, Bike, Run, Eat

I was having a conversation with Kyle Kranz, an ultramarathoner and Ironman finisher who works for Skora, a relatively new company in the zero-drop shoe market. (I’ve been running in the Skora Form for the last 100 miles or so. More on that in the coming weeks.) Kranz told me about his latest experiment with…

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Knowing thy Enemy: Pain

Road to Ironman: Conversation with Phillip Bauman, MD

We’ve learned over the years not to consult WebMD in place of medical professionals. You can develop sleep disorders just by browsing the skin disorders section. We don’t even want to know what lurks beneath the sexual conditions header. So for this series we turned to one of America’s leading orthopaedic surgeons to talk about…

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One Killer Summer

Introducing: Road to Ironman

Editor’s Note: We’ve been curious about Ironman for some time now. We’d seen reliable intel that more guys than ever are adding it to their bucket lists, training hard in excess of a year for one very brutal day of swimming, biking, running, dehydration, and hyponatremia (body’s lack of sodium). It sounds like one hell…

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Weigh Smart

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Now that beach season is here, we all could use a little help shedding the last of our hibernation weight. Luckily, the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale ($130) leverages high-tech tools to help speed up your battle of the bulge. Like the portable Fitbit Ultra, the scale tracks a variety of useful health metrics including…

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Fitness in the Digital Age

Bruce Perry’s Fitness for Geeks

The vast majority of us are guilty of taking better care of the various gadgets around us than we do our most personal hardware: our body. Bruce Perry’s book focuses on the only thing that really matters: making you the healthiest person you can be, not transforming you into a hulking tower of meat and…

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Porta-Phelps

Powerbreather Snorkel

While we’re big fans of running (barefoot or not), it’s hard to beat swimming for a full-body, heart rate jacking workout. Unsurprisingly, what keeps people out of the pool is the fear of breathing, or, rather, lack thereof. Well fear no more, we’ve found what could be the solution to all you oxygen lovers sitting…

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Plop, plop, fizz, fizz

Nuun Electrolyte Tablets

By now if you’re an endurance athlete and you don’t know about the importance of staying hydrated, you probably deserve to become a desiccated roadside carcass. But most smart runners and cyclists know that being hydrated means more than just sucking down liters of water. Your body needs electrolytes, those sugars and salts that keep…

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Reach your full potential

Blank Slate Climbing Training Board

We know you’re busy, hey we are too. Making it to the gym isn’t always an option, and unless you’ve got a couple hundred square feet to spare, home workouts can get tired fast. Take boredom out of the equation and keep your muscles guessing with the Blank Slate Training Board ($129). Just like that…

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What hurts and how to fix it

The Athlete’s Guide to Home Remedies

If you’re actively living your life, some kind of injury is inevitable. The trick is to find a happy medium between daily doctor appointments, and “toughing it out” until the injury gets nasty. That’s why we were happy to find The Athlete’s Guide to Home Remedies ($16) – a book by Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., a physician…

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Ready, Set, Train!

Bit Timer

Interval training is a widely used fitness technique that has generated measurable benefits for many dedicated enthusiasts. While the concept is simple (intermittent bursts of high-intensity work followed by low-intensity work), the resulting workout session is anything but. Apart from a large towel and a CPR kit (you never know!), the most effective tool for…

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Building Arms of Steel Since 2008

Fat Gripz

Sometimes, the smallest tweaks provide the biggest results. This is the promise made by Fat Gripz ($39), a deceptively simple yet tremendously effective piece of training gear that allows anyone to easily widen the circumference of any barbell, dumbbell, chin-up bar and cable handles, thus strengthening one’s grip. The premise this operates on is, again,…

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Watch your weight wherever

Medisana TargetScale

One of the best things about technology is how it can mediate mundane or annoying activities, such as hopping on the scale to see the damage caused by the last few months of winter. Enter the Medisana TargetScale ($207), which transforms the entire notion of the bathroom scale into a device that any UFO fan…

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Made for men

Anthony Inside Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements are an easy and small step anyone can take to improve his nutrition. There are countless brands packaging all manner of herbs, nutrients, amino acids, and witchcraft into capsules these days, so finding the right brand is key. Anthony has always understood men’s needs when it comes to grooming, and their supplement line…

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Rip yourself up, not your equipment

Brute Force Sandbags

Sandbag training provides plenty of benefits for athletes of all stripes compared to routines centered only around formal weight lifting. Their awkward shape, along with the slight movements of the sand inside, provides an added endurance challenge, forcing users to constantly adjust to the weight. The no-handled variety are excellent for increasing grip strength too….

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Monitor your movements, compete against the world

Nike+ FuelBand

Nike has finally decided to compete directly with startups like Fitbit to help consumers keep track of how much energy they’re burning throughout the day. To do it, the sports leviathan first had to develop a consistent measuring stick for comparing various activities (and people) head to head. So-called NikeFuel is the metric they came…

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Your Life on Your Wrist

VITAband

If you’re a runner, cyclist, hiker or skier, you (hopefully) know how important it is to carry emergency contact and medical information. It’s also a good idea to carry some money in case you bank far from home or just if you want to get a mid-ride ice cream. The problem is, where do you…

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Bog Deep and 12 Miles to Go

A Dirtier Shade of Mud: Tough Mudder New England

For the uninitiated, or those of you who haven’t heard, Tough Mudder is one of the forerunners of the now fully entrenched obstacle course challenges and race phenomenon. The brain child of former British Army Officer Will Dean, Tough Mudder combines military style obstacle course components with an 8-12 mile trail run. In the last…

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In the balm of your hands

Badger Organic Muscle Rub

If you experiencing a level of soreness in your joints or muscles after a workout that seems to increase exponentially (not so conicidentally, with age), then consider Badger Organic Muscle Rub ($10). Comprised of simple ingredients such as ginger and cayenne pepper to help galvanize your sore areas, the balm works as a great organic…

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Shred Your Arms, Not Your Wallet

PowerBlock Adjustable Weight Dumbbells

PowerBlocks aren’t new. In fact, they’ve been around since 1993 — if their website design didn’t clue you in. If you’re looking for a way to workout beyond the gym, PowerBlock Dumbbells are still the most affordable and flexible option when it comes to adjustable weight training. They’re designed like a simple weight stack with…

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In the raw

Larabar

Unadulterated, wholesome, whole-food goodness—Larabar was birthed from a Rocky Mountain hike back in spring of 2000. We often keep one on hand for a quick energy boost, and feel good knowing that we don’t have to have a PhD to pronounce its ingredients. The key to Larabar’s success is in its simplistic, raw composition, using…

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The World's First Drunkpplement

DrinkWel

A vitamin specifically formulated for drinkers? Say What? Yup, this is real. DrinkWel ($40) is designed to help support what’s left of your liver after weekends of debauchery, as well as help you feel better during those awful mornings the next day. It’s “doctor-formulated”, and features 30 different ingredients including things like Milk Thistle (WTF?),…

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Real Icing, Bros

Moji Back

When we described the Moji Knee as an icing smart bomb last summer, we weren’t joking around. It did and does everything as advertised and has been a real life saver. So, when Moji let us know they were releasing a Moji Back, we decided to give it the Gear Patrol hands-on treatment. The Moji…

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Surf the Concrete Jungle

Flowlab Flowboard Skateboards

Snowboard season may still be a ways off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get practice in now. The Flowlab Skateboard ($80) is the brainchild of an effort to design a board for San Francisco riders that tackles the city’s steep slopes, and it works. The fact that it can replicate the feel of snowboarding…

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Death to Protein Powder Globs

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Situation: It’s been a hard workout. Your body is craving protein. To satiate, you make a protein shake, but globs of chocolate protein powder hover around the surface of the glass. You shake, stir, curse, but no amount of force will break it up. Sound familiar? A recent procurement from the local health store has…

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Bringing Cross Training to Your Elliptical

Octane Fitness Q47 Elliptical

As fitness routines have evolved, gym equipment have adapted. Octane Fitness has taken the great workout from an elliptical trainer and blended in the added benefits of cross training. The Q47 Elliptical ($4,095) features Octane’s signature Workout Boosters and the ingenious CROSS CiRCUIT+ strength-training program. To do this, Octane Fitness utilizes Powerbands and stationary side…