• Garmin announces the new Vívosmart 3

    Garmin Vivosmart Sports Watch Activity Tracker

    Garmin Inc today announced the vívosmart 3, an activity tracker with an ultra-slim design and a hidden display that’s only on when you need it. The vívosmart 3 brings high-end fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max and fitness age, and wellness monitoring with all-day stress tracking, to the popular vívosmart family. The vívosmart 3 also provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring and automatically tracks activity including steps, floors climbed, calories burned, intensity minutes, sleep and more. The vívosmart 3 boasts a battery life of up to five days and can be worn while swimming or showering.

    The vívosmart 3 introduces exciting fitness monitoring tools designed to provide customers with a better understanding of their body’s overall physical performance. It’s the first product in the Garmin vívo family to estimate VO2 max, a measurable indication of aerobic performance previously available only in higher-end Garmin running watches. Users will see their VO2 max score translated into a fitness level, ranging from poor to superior. VO2 max is also used to calculate fitness age, a relatable metric that puts a user’s fitness level in terms of an age. Through hard work and exercise, users can increase their VO2 max and reduce their fitness age. The vívosmart 3 also includes a new Strength Training activity that lets users stay focused on their form and does the rep counting for them. Strength Training keeps track of reps, sets and even rest times during user’s free weight and bodyweight exercises. This data gets sent to Garmin ConnectTM where it can be reviewed later in greater detail.

    For those seeking to live a healthier life, improving one’s emotional well-being can be as important as increasing time spent at the gym. To this end, the vívosmart 3 adds wellness monitoring with the all-day stress tracking feature. When users are not on the move, the vívosmart 3 tracks heart rate variability, which in turn is used to calculate and measure stress level, displayed as a wedge graph right on the device. Stress levels high? The vívosmart 3 features a breathing exercise that users can access from the device to encourage relaxation and help lower stress level. A longer timeline of stress level is accessible on Garmin Connect which can help customers identify patterns and make lifestyle changes to avoid or better cope with stress-inducing situations.

    The vívosmart 3 automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app throughout the day to save stats for easy access later. In Garmin Connect, a free online community, users can track their workouts, strength training activities, stress levels, sleep patterns and join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. They can also receive Garmin Connect Insights, smart wellness insights personalized to each user that provide cues to help them reach goals, a pat on the back when milestones have been met, and relevant healthy tips from experts. For extra motivation, Insights also show users how they stack up in comparison to other people like them.

    Connection meets convenience with smart notification vibration alerts delivered right the wrist for emails, texts, calls, calendar reminders, app alerts, social media updates and any other notification from a compatible smartphone2. Users will also benefit from the ability to control music on their smartphone from the vívosmart 3, send an alert to locate a misplaced smartphone, and remote control a Garmin VIRB camera (sold separately).

    With its inconspicuous band and new slimmer profile, the vívosmart 3 complements every athleisure style. The device features a hidden display only visible when activated via gestures, alerts or notifications. When not in use, the screen disappears from view. Available in black (small/medium and large) and purple (small/medium), the vívosmart 3 is the perfect companion for the office, the gym, the pool, the studio and everywhere in between. The vívosmart is available for purchase at a retail price of $139.99 which is around £112.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Win Sundried Apparel at FitPro 2016

    Lucky winners will win the entire luxury activewear range upon it’s release.

    To enter the competition Personal Trainers attending the event simply need to register at the Sundried stand.

    Fit Pro Live 2016 is a two day event designed to create the best personal trainers in the industry. The workshops, exhibitors and talks aim to inspire, encourage, equip and teach attendees with the best knowledge and kit in the leisure industry.

    Sundried at FitPro

    Guest speakers will include Adam Daniel, former international athlete and owner of life:lab, Dr Arianne Missimer, human movement specialist, Ben Coomber performance nutritionist and owner of the #1 rated health and fitness podcast on iTunes, amongst many other industry leaders.

    The event will also showcase the Skillmill by Technogym, the first non-motorised treadmill that combines power, speed, stamina and agility training.

    Jayne Nicholls, founder of group X training says: “FitPro manages to combine PT, nutrition and group into one event. You can step into and out of your comfort zone on an hourly basis, with the emphasis always being on what you don’t know rather than what you do every day.”

    The event is held at Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith from 8th - 9th April. Tickets can be purchased via the website http://www.fitpro.com/live/index.cfm.

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Bodypower 2016

    13 -15th May is the biggest weekend in the fitness world, Bodypower weekend.

    The show is a celebration of everything positive in the global fitness industry. Whether you’re a male or female visitor, BodyPower has something for fitness enthusiasts at every level of experience. You don’t have to be a fanatic, a trip to the show could be the kick start on your journey to a healthier way of life or you could be coming to learn to fuel your passion.

    BodyPower 2016

    Since it started in 2009, BodyPower Expo has grown into the most celebrated and comprehensive fitness event in the UK, inspiring and motivating more than 90,000 health and fitness enthusiasts.

    Set within the easily accessible National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, BodyPower has developed into a staple event for the international fitness market, welcoming visitors and athletes from all over the world. The show provides three relentless days of fitness, covering the full spectrum of sports, products, services and athletes.

    BodyPower is packed with feature areas ranging from a live healthy eating kitchen, huge workout arena, an auditorium hosting an amateur bodybuilding competition and the UK’s only IFBB Pro bodybuilding event, high intensity functional fitness in the bodypower games, a back to basics area for those looking to learn, and higher level education for fitness professionals and enthusiasts learning the science behind training in the academy.

    The eagerly anticipated winners of this year's Bodypower transformation challenge will be announced at this years event, after 17 gruelling weeks of diet and exercise, with Sundried sponsoring the male winner.

    Beyond that, there’s hundreds of the world’s most recognisable, successful fitness and wellness brands packing out a massive 6 halls at the NEC for the most extensive consumer fitness expo in Europe, where you can buy supplements, clothing, training services, equipment and more.

    Then there’s the stars. Idolised by millions, these athletes are multiple winners of the coveted Mr Olympia title, there’s MMA stars, physique stars, cover models, bikini sensations and the celebrated vloggers and online supremos that are shaping the industry for generations to come. Meet them, talk to them, take your picture with them and go away with advice that will inspire and motivate every step on your fitness journey.

    All the best and biggest in the industry will be there, with this year's confirmed athletes including Dana Linn Bailey, Flex Lewis, Ronnie Coleman, Steve Cook, Paige Hathaway, Michelle Lewin, Jeremy Buendia, Michelle Brannan, Ryan Terry and Calum Von Moger and many more.

    Leading brands include, Gymshark, Maxinutrition, Cellucor, Bulk Powders, Quest, Musclefood, Grenade, Rocktape, Lucy Bee, Sundried and many more.

    Tickets for the event start at just £25, with VIP, Power Pass and Access all Areas options available for those who want to make a weekend of it and with all that’s there, you’ll need to.

    Visit www.bodypower.com for more info and follow our twitter www.twitter.com/sundried for exclusive bodypower competitions and giveaways.

    Posted by Victoria Gardner