The pandemic is here for the foreseeable future, so you might as well get back to the fitness regime. Here is our selection of equipment to stay in shape during these difficult times
HEADPHONES / SPEAKERS
Ultimate Ears (Wonderboom 2) has remained a top choice for wireless speakers when working outdoors – loud and refined, durable, waterproof, and with a big battery to boot. They are however replaced by the latest Xiaomi smart speaker. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, compatible with Google (assistant), good for calls with strong pickup from the microphone and a clear sound range which is not very loud, but sufficient to fill most rooms in most homes, and is set to DTS. Another awesome speaker that I’ve tinkered with, is the boAt Stone 1401. Rugged case with a cool retro boombox style, and loud, crisp sound, like super loud and never thin. The mic for calls was also quite impressive, as was the battery life. But neither Xiaomi nor boAt were water resistant, so be careful when you are by the pool. Now that you can’t take this “ Stone ” massive enough for a run (unless you’re a crossfit beast), it was perfectly complemented by their on-aural headphones, the boAt 450, which I think, might be the loudest set I currently have around. Great sound, punchy bass, comfortable but snug fit that isolates superbly without ANC. boAt is an Indian brand that I am very proud to be, for a pun, so attentive to the needs and comfort zones of today’s consumers.
There are a lot of them out there, but few are made for training. Frankly, for my runs I try to stay off crowded roads and run with an alligator around my neck that can be lifted up to become a mask if needed. But it’s too wet after the first 10k to want to wear anywhere. Respro made perfectly fitting masks (neoprene body with Velcro closure behind the neck), but constantly having to import filters from the UK became an expensive affair. Now we have Under Armor, who have created masks especially for workouts. The outer layer is water resistant, the middle layer lets air through but restricts moisture, and the innermost layer that touches the skin gives a soothing cooling effect. The wired top edge is snug on the nose with a soft grip. Another fun find was Uniqlo’s AIRism series, with sweat-wicking, triple-layered properties to keep all germs at bay while being weightless.
For extreme winters, I find it better to layer myself rather than relying on one heavy piece of clothing to go on top. I just received the Heat.RDY line of t-shirts and shorts from Adidas – a very unique innovation that is cut wider and relaxed (to allow for more movement) and wicks sweat quite well, even after a few good washes. For me, it could also work as a good base layer when the seasons change, as sweat wicking is always a plus. Shorts, while useful, may need to be tucked away in the warmer months. I have to admit that I have also used it as post workout relaxation gear, and it has worked really well.
There are many places online to go for your workout solution. For me, I chose to settle there too, and not just for the sake of solidarity. Team Boxfit ran a tight (lu flexed) ship even before the pandemic, and thanks to the lockdown they were able to keep spirits and tempos alive and beat high. Fair prices and a great coaching staff to try out – two weeks are free, then sign up if you want.
These are honestly less expensive than strawberries, but much more useful. Even the most basic will now track SpO2, heart rate, and of course, keep a log of the standard mix of steps, sleep, and core workout routines. Most export data about an application along with other metrics. You can either wear one in place of a watch or just prop it up on your other wrist, it’s perfectly socially acceptable to be seen wearing this these days. The Riversong Wave S band does all of the above cleanly and has a decent battery to boot. I just wish Riversong had a built-in app for all of their devices than the plethora that swells the App Store (took me a while to find the right app on my device).
The UA HOVR series was my go-to gear when the lockdown first started, and I was confined to running in my home parking lot or up and down the stairs. GPS does not work in such cases, so it was good that the shoe was equipped with sensors to track everything. Now the HOVR Machina takes it one step further, with more advanced metrics and data. The shoe is well padded to perform on long runs, but the special carbon plate inserts give it that spring for sprinting when needed. And then there was Elevar, a shoe that comes at a very affordable price under 5K, and offers great cushioning and support. For me, it works well for short to medium distance runs, and is best suited for workouts and other cardio efforts. The ankle support is firm but non-binding, the sole is grippy and the knitted upper is soft and breathable. I think they’re a quarter size which, with winters to come, is actually great as they can accommodate thicker socks. The mid foam is oddly reminiscent of Adidas’ Boost, but it’s styled and packaged differently with a wide heel and not too aggressive heel-to-toe drop. Overall, for this price, there is a lot to be gained
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