Is it just us, or are running shoes looking wackier these days? We’re not talking about the eye-catching neon and tie-dye color trend—we mean insanely thick padding and Vibrams made of hemp.
It’s not just about appearance when it comes to these new shoes. The shoe companies claim that with the unconventional designs come more benefits, from better running form to reduced injuries. What do you think of these odd-looking shoes? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
1) Hoka One One
Dubbed “clown shoes,” these highly padded shoes have attracted ultra-runners such as local pro Michael Wardian. The design allows runners to feel like they’re on a rocking chair, and despite the size, reviews say the shoe is extremely lightweight. $130 to $170.
2) Vibram CVT Hemp
Described as the “casual cousin” to Vibram’s current CVT LS line, these casual shoes are made with sustainable hemp up top and rubber on the soles. Wearers can push down the backs to wear them as slippers. Available in August for $100.
3) Vasque Ultra SST
Available in March and designed specifically for trail runners, the newest Vasque shoe model is also thick-soled. Vasque has combined the outsole, midsole, and insole into one to provide extra protection from roots and rocks. The laces can be tucked in, too. $170.
Who said the minimalist shoe was dead? On Running’s new Cloud line is fully cushioned but still lightweight. Its unconventional shoelace design also allows you to easily slip the shoe on and off, and the sole is designed with 16 separate cushioned pods to react to every movement. $110.
The Altra Olympus is designed with a foot-shaped toe box that allows you to run trails in a more natural position. Altra designed the shoe in efforts to reduce ankle sprains, stone bruising, overstraining, knee pain, forefoot pain, and impact. $130.
We spend plenty of time in workout clothes—but always find ourselves wishing we could rock the comfy outfits at the office or out to drink with friends. Luckily, brands such as Gap and H&M have stepped up their gear game, offering cute and functional sweat-wicking tops, printed leggings, and more. Even Lululemon has a new line of everyday wear, coLab. Check out our favorite stylish workout pieces that can go from work to the gym to drinks in no time.
You already know the must-have beauty products to bring along to your next workout—now here’s a roundup of gym bags to store your gear in style. There’s something here for every gym-goer, from Athleta’s yoga-mat-toting bag to the hiking-friendly backpack by Burton.
Letting out some work frustration at the gym during your lunch break is pretty rewarding. Not so great: the hassle of showering, blow-drying your hair, and changing back into work clothes. Make the process easier by stashing these essential beauty products in your gym bag. The best part? They’re all less than $13 and can be found at your local drugstore.
1) Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant ($9.99)
This prescription-strength deodorant keeps working long after you have.
2) Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes ($6.99)
No time to shower? These refreshing face and body wipes will keep you smelling fresh. (Your coworkers will thank you.)
3) Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets ($4.99)
Rid your face of excess oil and sweat with these shine-eliminating sheets.
4) Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner ($9.95)
Redness-reducing rose-petal water in this alcohol-free toner helps calm Santa-flushed cheeks to a healthy glow.
5) Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ($12.99)
Streamline your beauty routine with this all-in-one foundation formula that hydrates and brightens your complexion.
6) PSSSSST Dry Shampoo Spray ($6.79)
An oldie but a goody, this dry shampoo refreshes your locks with an unscented formula designed to absorb excess oil.
7) Almay Wake Up Under-Eye Concealer ($7.19)
Bring new light to tired post-workout eyes with this refreshing under-eye concealer.
Do you have a favorite beauty product to use after a workout? Share it with us in the comments.
I’ve never been one for scare tactics, but when a friend had a particularly nasty run-in blocks from my apartment, I began to look for ways to keep safe during my solo runs through DC.
One way was to try out Road ID, a free smartphone app that sends friends real-time location updates during your outdoor activity. Contacts can follow your route from start to finish, tracking any suspicious pauses or lapse in activity along the way. Here’s how it works:
1. Start your Road ID session by setting an estimated workout time and choosing up to five emergency contacts. Don’t worry about exceeding this pre-set time—you can add more in 10 minute increments if you’re feeling especially ambitious mid-jog.
2. Select a message to be sent via text to your contacts once you begin, or create your own.
Not to freak you out, but Christmas is in exactly one week. That means it’s time to buckle down and do some serious online shopping. To help you get started, we rounded up 15 last-minute stocking stuffers for the fitness buff in your life. Now whip out that credit card and start shopping!
Workout Gear You Can Only Find in DC
Are December’s limited daylight hours wrecking havoc on your running regimen? Beat the winter blues—and avoid the crowded gyms—with night-friendly running gear that will keep you warm, dry, and visible during your darkness-shrouded outdoor runs. Check out the slideshow for 16 pieces of essential gear for nighttime running.
Boutique fitness studios in Washington all have their loyal fan bases, from the cycling fiends at Revolve DC to the barre-going ladies at Pure Barre. Another way you can tell the true fanatics from the occasional visitor: They’re the ones rocking the studio’s fitness gear from head to toe. So for your friend or roommate who can’t get enough of DC fitness, we rounded up some favorite tanks, hoodies, and more stocking stuffers that can only be found at local studios.
We love top-of-the-line, high-end workout gear as much as anyone, but not the $100-plus price tags that often come along with it. But we come bearing good news: This holiday season you don’t have to fork over your entire paycheck to buy your workout buddies legit fitness clothes. We did the legwork for you, scouring top fitness brands for awesome gear that costs as little as $10 and no more than $50. Happy shopping!
Washingtonian Holiday Gift Guide 2013
If you missed out on all those Black Friday deals this weekend, no worries—that’s what Cyber Monday is for. Local gyms, studios, and fitness apparel stores are offering some pretty great online discounts on memberships, classes, and more. Whether you’re doing the online shopping for yourself or for the fitness fanatic in your life, there’s bound to be something for everyone on this list.
Discounted rides at Ride DC
Buy five drop-in rides for $75 (original price $100) at the new indoor cycling studio Ride DC on 14th Street (formerly Peloton DC). Enter CYBERMONDAY at checkout.
30 percent off at City Sports
Take 30 percent off all purchases at citysports.com by entering the code CYBER30 at checkout.
10 percent off at Fuse Pilates
The Dupont Circle Pilates studio is offering 10 percent discounts on any individual or class package (excluding workshops, private sessions, and unlimited passes). Enter CYBER2013 at checkout.
Free race entry at Pacers Running Stores
From December 2 until January 15, if you buy a pair of Mizuno shoes you’ll receive a free race entry up to $40. You can buy the shoes in store or online.
Discounts at Extend Yoga
Extend Yoga is offering a variety of Cyber Monday deals on class packages, one-year memberships, and gift certificates. Receive a $100 gift certificate for $75, 15 percent off class packages, and more.