SHAPE – How to Start Running for Beginners

SHAPE – How to Start Running for Beginners

SHAPE: How to Start Running for Beginners. You can find the original article here.

by Erin Strout and Megan Falk


FORBES – The Best Home Workout Equipment, According to Experts

FORBES – The Best Home Workout Equipment, According to Experts

FORBES: The Best Home Workout Equipment, According to Experts. You can find the original article here.

by Steven John


With gyms and fitness studios closed across the country for the past few months — and the foreseeable future — many folks, myself included, have taken to runningbiking or working out at home to expend some energy and stay in shape.

The trouble with home workouts, though, is that many households lack the exercise equipment suitable for specific types of training. You might have an old bench and barbell in the garage, for example, but that setup won’t help much for yoga or Pilates. And your treadmill, if you’re lucky enough to have the space for one, could definitely play a major role in keeping up the High Intensity Interval Training, but a treadmill alone isn’t enough for HIIT.

If you want to recreate the same type of workout you were doing at your favorite gym, in a boot camp class or at a speciality studio, you’ll need to invest in the workout equipment that will let you execute specific exercises properly. (You can also surely integrate some of the stuff you already have into your gym-at-home routine, so don’t neglect those old weights or that exercise bike that’s been a laundry rack for the past three years.)

To help you choose the best home workout equipment for your preferred type of workout, we spoke to several certified physical trainers, a celebrity fitness instructor, a pair of triathletes and other bonafide exercise experts. Here is some of the best home workout gear for keeping yourself in your best shape.

Best Workout Equipment For Total Body Training: TRX Straps

TRX PRO3 Suspension Trainer System


TRX PRO3 Suspension Trainer System

$179$199SAVE $20 (10%)

As long as you have a solid interior door, a hook screwed into a stud, or a sturdy tree branch, you can execute dozens of different exercises using TRX straps, every one of them tailored to suit your abilities in terms of strength and mobility.

Danielle Hirt, an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and RRCA Certified Running Coach with Formula Running Center says: “TRX straps offer a total body workout for any level. They’re a great foundational piece of equipment because all workouts can be modified. They instability from the top down and allow athletes to create different angles with their body to intensify each exercise. TRX straps are also great for recovery and mobility training, allowing you to use your own body weight to stretch your muscles more than you can on the floor alone.” Jess Glazer, former celebrity personal trainer and physical education instructor adds that she “is also a huge fan of the TRX home suspension system because it allows you to focus on all body parts and a variety of workouts from cardio and plyometrics to strength and stability.”

Best Workout Equipment For Strength Training: Adjustable Dumbbells

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells


Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells


Glazer calls these adjustable dumbbells “great at home equipment because they don’t take up a lot of space and can be used for almost any type of strength workout.” Each dumbbell can be adjusted to weigh as little as five pounds or as much as 52.5 pounds, with myriad incremental options between the minimum and maximum. The 552s effectively eliminate the need for 15 sets of dumbbells, saving you space and actually saving money overall.

Best Workout Equipment For Open Water Swimming: Sleeveless Wetsuit

Orca RS1 Openwater Sleeveless Wetsuit


Orca RS1 Openwater Sleeveless Wetsuit


With many pools around the country closed and people practicing social distancing, open water swimming has seen major growth in 2020. Dan Cox, triathlete (and former contestant on The Bachelorette), describes the benefits of the total body workout open water swimming allows along with the mental and emotional benefits by saying: “The closest example I can give is for runners: running on a treadmill versus running outside, there is no comparison. I would highly recommend anyone who swims, is looking to get more comfortable in open water, is tired of doing laps or doesn’t have a pool available to find an ocean, bay or lake and jump in.” Andrew Starykowicz, a multi-time IronMan competition winner, seconds those notions, saying: “Swimming in open water sets the mind and body free. An Orca sleeveless wetsuit provides a little thermal boost and safety from marine life. That, accompanied with a little extra buoyancy and durable neoprene, make this suit my daily pick for the open water.”

Best Workout Equipment For Balance Training: Gliding Discs

Synergee Sliders Gliding Discs


Synergy Sliders Gliding Discs

$14$18SAVE $4 (22%)

Gliding discs like these can be used on carpeted or hard surfaces and can help with core training, strength training and balance training, which enhances core and muscle strength in and of itself. Danielle Hirt advises gliding disc users to “activate your core by incorporating these lightweight discs into your routine. By adding a balance challenge you can increase the intensity of your workout without adding impact.” Inexpensive and compact, gliding discs are worth consideration even for only occasional use, and they can be tucked away pretty much anywhere.

Best Workout Equipment For Yoga, Calisthenics and Aerobics: Yoga Mat

The Reversible Mat 5mm


The Reversible Mat 5mm


With nothing more than your body and a yoga mat, you can execute hundreds of exercises safely and in comfort, from planks and pushups, crunches and lunges to, of course, yoga poses. Jess Glazer encourages exercise using your own body as the gear, saying: “I personally believe that you can have incredibly effective workouts at home with your own body weight. Being a competitive gymnast my entire life, I know the importance, power, and function our bodies have on their own.” These mats are durable and will be a welcome addition even after studios reopen.

Best Workout Equipment For Lower Body Training: Resistance Bands

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Bands


Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

$13 – $15

Resistance bands let you challenge yourself as much (or as little) as you want. For an easier workout, go with less resistance. For a harder workout, switch to a heavier-duty band. And to take it up even more, double the bands. “Resistance bands, sometimes referred to as ‘booty bands,’ are great for targeting the muscles in the glutes and hips that are underdeveloped from sitting at a desk all day,” says Danielle Hirt, adding that “they can also be used to strengthen the upper body when anchored to another point of contact such as a door or under your foot.”

Best Workout Equipment For Endurance Training: Stationary Bike

Peloton Exercise Bike


Peloton Exercise Bike


You can get much lower priced bikes than the Peloton, but you can’t get the same customized motivational experience as you will when you subscribe to instructor-led remote training sessions via the bike’s huge screen. Danielle Hirt recommends the Peloton because it makes “a great addition to change up your cardio exercise. Cycling offers a low impact option while still strengthening your heart, lungs and muscles.” With this bike, a coach “can lead you through a recovery ride, Tabatastyle HIIT workout or hill ride; you will never get bored.”

Best Workout Equipment For Core Training: Sandbags

PELLOR Fitness Sandbag


PELLOR Fitness Sandbags

$65 – $69

“One piece of equipment that I like that not a lot of people use are sandbags,” says R.J. Cincottadirector of fitness with Orange Theory Fitness Long Island and a 15-year veteran of the professional training and fitness world. “They can be filled with multiple bags of sand so you customize your weight, and they can be used to accentuate so many moves. You can do squats, you can do lots of core work, you can even lay on a bench and do a bench press with a sandbag.”

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Member Spotlight – July – Eliana Brown

Member Spotlight – July – Eliana Brown

Our members come from all walks of life and are of all strides. Our Member Spotlight is one way to get to know your fellow runners.

This month’s Member Spotlight is on Eliana Brown:

Name and Nickname: Eliana – but with teammates having to shout it across the field/court at me during sports, it eventually got shortened to E.
Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience): 27, Female, Fairfax VA, 8 half marathons and various 10 milers around the DMV.
Why did you start running? After my field hockey career in college came to a close, I needed something new to revolve my training around and motivate me. I had been running my whole life but most of that running came in the form of chasing a ball. My older sister, who is also a former college field hockey player, and I decided to run half marathons in places around the country we had never been before, which has now become a tradition we’ve kept up years later.
Favorite quote? A favorite mantra for running and in life when things feel overwhelming: “Left foot, right foot, breathe.” – Pat Summitt
What are your hobbies? Coaching high school field hockey and cheering on my beloved Cleveland sports teams.
What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Pre-race usually includes an Italian-themed dinner, making sure my playlist and headphones are ready to go, stretching/foam rolling and then attempting to sleep… but really just tossing and turning until it’s time to wake up and run. Postrace? Brunch, more food and a good nap.
Do you have any races lined up in 2020? Goals for 2020? Unfortunately2020 hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, but for now, I’m just excited some of my favorite FRC classes are back on the schedule! Beyond 2020, my ultimate running goal is to run the Jerusalem marathon. 
Do you have a favorite class/service? Formula Run classes with Coach Jim always push me. Each week is different and I love the competition of it. Getting in the compression sleeves afterwards is an extra treat!
What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC? Everything about FRC is high-quality – from the space itself to the coaches that lead each class. It really offers the whole package. It’s a unique fitness experience to have every service tailored to your running needs and how far you can push yourself. Everyone is so accommodating, helpful and really passionate about helping you get better every time you show up – even if its at 5:30 in the morning!


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Coach Spotlight – July – Danielle Hirt

Coach Spotlight – July – Danielle Hirt

We take your training and recovery at FRC seriously. That’s why we have the best team to help support you. From Olympians, professional runners, Ironman athletes and other highly experienced running and training coaches, our coaches have the experience to empower all levels of runners to train to be their best! Our coaches all share a PASSION for running and are here to get to know you and make sure that you find your formula and achieve your goals.
Name and Nickname
– Danielle
– Nickname: Coach D 
Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience) – please add any additional information that we haven’t covered with you before!
– Age – 31 YIKES
– Female
– Birthplace : hometown Mountain Top, PA
Running experience:
– I have run 12 marathons, favorite marathon Berlin 2019
PR’s, podium visits (any endurance sport), other relevant accomplishments you are comfortable with disclosing
– I should track this better – Unfortunately I don’t recall any of my age grouper awards or what races they were.
– PR Marathon 3:54 (Berlin)
– PR Half Marathon 1:48:51
– PR 5K 22:54
– I’m the everyday endurance athlete lol
Preferred distances or even local routes:
– I love the marathon
– local routes, Arlington Loop, WO&D trail, National Mall 
What made you want to be a runner/endurance athlete?
– I have always admired triathletes, secretly I think they are the most well rounded athletes. I have dabbled with tri’s in the past but due to work commitments was never able to consistently train for all three sports – so I stuck with the marathon. I admired their stamina, their grit and their focus. There is something to say for someone who grinds mile after mile for nothing more than a banana. 
What gets you up every morning? What is your best motivation?
– I am motivated by my training partners & athletes , knowing someone is waiting for me. When I run solo, I know I can’t give in when I’m tired because I want to keep up with my training partner as we race towards our goals. 
What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race?
– Pre race meal : Sushi
– Sleep : 6-7 hours
– Race Prep : meditation – I spend 5-10 minutes visualizing the race and prepare my mind for the task ahead.
– Post Race : quick shower, foam roll and get moving. I’ve been known to go out dancing after a marathon 
What is your favorite race?
– Berlin. I enjoy history and I planned to go for a sub 3:45 that race (ended with a 3:54) but ended up stopping for pictures and soaking up the amazing history of Berlin. Each race I have run has special moments but this race grabbed me by the heart the entire 26.2 miles. 
What do you like most about coaching at FRC?
– WHEN I do my first class (as of this post I haven’t taught a class yet) But what I love about coaching – watching members discover their inner athlete. There is something amazing about watching a member tread the line between their comfort zone and getting uncomfortable. Amazing things happen when we dabble in the space of being uncomfortable – I love being apart of that and watching members find that inner athlete.
To learn a little more about Danielle READ MORE HERE.