The CrossFit Open is the first qualifying event for athletes to compete in order to secure their spot at the Crossfit Games. For more information about CrossFit, read our article on CrossFit here.
Tens of thousands of athletes enter the Open each year but only the fittest on earth will have what it takes to make it to the next round: Regionals.
Anyone can enter the Open by submitting scores and proof of the workout online, or you can enter at your local affiliate gym, or 'box'.
The Open takes place over 5 weeks with a new workout, or WOD, being announced each Thursday. Athletes then have until the following Monday to complete the WOD and submit their scores. There is the choice of an Rx'd WOD or a scaled workout, making CrossFit more accessible to a wider audience.
Each year, Women's Running tests hundreds of products to come up with a list of the very best running shoes of the season. Testing design, fit and performance and the winner of the award for 2016 is the Topo MT-2 trail runner.
Topo’s designer Tony Post helped launch the Vibram Fivefinger shoes and he based Topo trainers around three core principals: shape, platform, and weight.
The Topo MT-2 Trail Running Shoes provide a lighter, low profile platform. Topo increased the flexibility making it easier and more comfortable to run on uneven terrain.
Women’s Running said: "Our testers liked kicking it up on the trail in these sleek-looking runners with responsive midsole cushioning and a trail-hugging, multi-directional tread. A generous, tootsie-protecting bumper on the anatomically correct toe box (read: wider) and a medium-firm heel cup provide protection in rocky conditions. The only tester complaint was from a runner who wanted to wear them all day - wait, is that a bad thing?"
Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR now comes with GPS and Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology. The Vivoactive HR helps keep track of active moments throughout the day, counting steps and floors climbed, intensity minutes, monitoring sleep and features built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding.
The Vivoactive HR uses 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data to calculate calories burned as well as the intensity of fitness activities, providing proper credit for users’ array of workouts.
With up to eight days’ battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS, the Vivoactive HR keeps up with users’ active lifestyles and keeps them connected. The Vivoactive HR sends any notification from a compatible smartphone, including incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar reminders, social media alerts and more. Additional on-device smart capabilities allow users to check weather information, control music on their smartphone, control a VIRB action camera, locate their smartphone, and allow friends and family to track activities in real time with LiveTrack.
The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.
Garmin has announced Vivofit 3, a daily activity tracker with one-year battery life and Garmin Move IQ. Building on the company’s popular activity tracker, the Vivofit 3 adds new features, including Move IQ auto activity detection and intensity minutes. Capturing activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training, the Vivofit 3 keeps up with users throughout the entire day. Designed for 24/7 wearability, it is water resistant to 50 meters, has one-year battery life and can be personalised with an array of colourful interchangeable accessory bands.
“Once again our Vivofit has set itself apart from the pack as a leader in helping users develop lifelong healthy habits with its latest edition, the Vivofit 3,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.
Move IQ is a new feature that continuously monitors for periods of sustained activity, automatically recognising walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training. By accessing Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community that the Vivofit 3 automatically syncs to throughout the day, users will be able to analyze a complete picture of daily activities in a convenient timeline view. You can also track sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges.
Garmin Connect gets to know users and delivers meaningful insights based on their data to help them reach health and wellness goals. Smart wellness insights provide cues to help users reach personalized daily goals set by Vivofit 3 based on their current activity levels, shout-outs when milestones have been met and relevant healthy tips from experts. Insights also show users how they are doing in comparison to people like them for extra motivation.
The watch has a backlit display that shows steps, calories, distance, intensity minutes, time of day and a move bar with audible alert reminder for when you have been inactive too long. Read about the dangers of being inactive.
A couple minutes of activity will reset the move bar, keeping users motivated to stay continuously active during their day which can help counter the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. With a water resistant replaceable battery that lasts up to one year, this one's set to sit on your wrist for good!
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Fitbit is taking its mission one step further by teaming up with Sports Relief this February to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. Every step you take can now make a difference not just to your life, but to the lives of others as well.
Fitbit’s ‘BIG BILLION Step-a-thon’ launched on the 1st February and is very simple in its concept. All you need to do is register and then for every billion steps we take together, Fitbit will be donating £50,000 to Sports Relief. The aim is to take enough #stepsforgood to get Fitbit to reach a total donation of £250,000 - that’s equivalent to 5 billion steps.
If you don’t already have a Fitbit tracker, Fitbit is also donating a percentage of their sales to Sports Relief for a limited time only. For each Fitbit Flex, Fitbit ChargeHR, and Fitbit Blaze activity tracker sold on Fitbit's website, £5, £7, and £20 respectively will be donated to Sport Relief. Donations will be made on products purchased before 30th May 2016. Fitbit will donate on sales up to £250,000.
So now there’s yet another good reason to get walking. What are you waiting for? Get stepping and get hashtagging #stepsforgood to spread the word.