• Q&A With Team Rusty - Inspirational Wheelchair Running Duo

    Team Rusty Cerebral Palsy Running Racing Disability Sports

    Sundried had the pleasure of chatting to James Anderson and his cousin Rusty, who was born with cerebral palsy. Together they are a motivational and inspirational duo who set out to spread the message of inclusion and positivity in the running community.

    Please tell us about Team Rusty- who you are and what your journey is about.

    Team Rusty is a duo wheelchair racing team. I push the chair and my cousin Rusty is the motivational engine up front. He's the one that makes us go! Rusty was born with cerebral palsy. He is unable to walk or talk and has limited use of his arms but he has a big personality and even bigger heart.

    We come from a huge sports family and Rusty is the biggest fan of us all. He truly has the heart and competitive spirit of an athlete. This is a great way for us to unite and compete together as a team. Our journey is about spreading a positive message of inclusion and positivity.

    How did you first start Team Rusty?

    My family had heard of the iconic father and son racing duo Team Hoyt long before we started racing but for some reason we had never put 2 and 2 together that we could do the same type of duo wheelchair racing that they have pioneered. We looked into it online and saw that you can sign up for races and they would let you borrow a racing chair. So just before cross country season my senior year of college we reached out to team Hoyt and they were gracious enough to let us borrow a chair. We had a great race and quickly fell in love with the idea. We had an absolute blast! The following summer we raced every other weekend and ran our first marathon that fall. We raised money to buy our own chair and haven't looked back since.

    Team Rusty Running Wheelchair Racing

    Have you always been into running? Where did your passion start?

    I started running my freshman year of high school. I loved the sport. The work it takes to improve, tracking your progress, and the team element of cross country and track. After high school, I ran at the university of New Hampshire on their cross country and track team for 4 years, which was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I loved my teammates and coaches and honestly couldn't have asked for a better 4 years.  Since then, I have raced with Rusty and have coached spring track at my old high school. Running is a central facet of my life and a huge passion that I share with Rusty.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    Awesome question and a difficult one to answer. There are so many awesome races to choose from. We have really fallen in love with the marathon. It's a great challenge and takes a big team effort. Our first major marathon was the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC last fall. The atmosphere was incredible, huge crowds and such amazing tradition. There were also 90 duo teams that raced, it truly is "the people's marathon" .We achieved a big PB (3:27) and we can't wait to go back this October and race for a Boston qualifier.

    How do you find it training together? Are there some days when one of you needs to motivate the other?

    Rusty lives a few hours away from me so we don't get to train together too often. We race together about every other weekend throughout the summer and autumn, which really helps build our fitness in addition to all the fun we have racing together. For me it's all about Rusty. He gets me out the door and running everyday. Especially in the winter when it's cold and wet out and the last thing I want to do is bundle up and run for 60 minutes. Knowing that he is relying on me as his teammate pushes me every day.

    Who is your biggest inspiration?

    Rusty. He's the absolute best. Every mile of every marathon he goes wild. As soon as he sees the mile sign he starts cheering and making some noise. He is such a driven competitor. He wants to win every race we start. He wants to know the time and pace at every mile, if we are too slow or too fast, he really tracks the progress of the race as best he can. Despite not being able to talk, Rusty has a real way with getting information out of you! I admire his attitude and spirit more than anything. He is such a positive force, just being around him - especially in a sporting environment - is so inspirational.

    A good story about Rusty is before we started racing together when I was running in college, Rusty would be on the computer at school trying to type something into the search bar. This can take him some time and it can be challenging for him to hit the key that he intends to. So his teachers were trying to figure out what he was trying to look up and help him out. A few days in a row he kept going to the UNH track page. His teachers were rightfully confused so they asked my aunt why he kept doing this. My aunt explained that Rusty was trying to look up results from my races. That just meant the world to me, it still does. He's more than my cousin, he's my team mate and one of my closest friends. I really can't say enough about him.

    What advice would you give to other people in a similar situation who wish to do what you do?

    Go for it! It is so rewarding for everyone involved. It is so much fun. Go onto the Team Hoyt website and see if there are any races on their schedule near you. They can loan you a chair and teach you how to drive. It's a great way to meet other families in similar situations as well. We have a met so many amazing people through Team Hoyt. If you want to raise money and buy yourself a chair, you should reach out to them. They have the resources to help get you started!

    Follow James and Rusty's adventure on their Instagram @teamrustyrolls

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Pay On The Go With Your Sports Watch Thanks To Garmin Pay

    Garmin Pay Smart Watch Sports Watch

    Garmin Pay was launched in December 2017, and the new contactless payment option is one of many features that Garmin offers in its smartwatches. Now, customers from Starling Bank, with Mastercard will soon be able to register their cards in Garmin Pay. With Garmin Pay, you can collect your payment cards directly on your smartwatch. Purchases are verified with a four-digit code, and the user can quickly choose between the payment cards on the display. Garmin Pay can be used anywhere contactless payment is accepted. To pay, just tap the clock against the point-of-sale terminal.

    Payment with a smartwatch

    With Garmin Pay, you can quickly and easily pay for things without your credit card or phone. Garmin Pay is available in vívoactive 3 and Forerunner 645 Music. You can create an electronic wallet in Garmin Connect Mobile and register the cards you want to pay with. When you pay, you verify with a 4-digit code. The watch will then be unlocked for 24 hours, but if you take it off, it will be locked immediately.

    The new feature is powered by the FitPay payment platform and will soon be available to Mastercard holders from Starling Bank. 

    Stylish sports watch with GPS and music

    The Forerunner 645 Music is Garmin's latest sports watch with GPS, Elevate™ heart rate technology and built-in music storage. Thousands of apps and widgets can be downloaded for free at the Garmin Connect IQTM Store to customise your Forerunner 645 Music. The high-resolution display can show everything from activity tracking and reminders to Find My Phone, VO2max, Metabolic Age, and more. Forerunner 645 Music has a battery life of 7 days or up to 5 hours of GPS and music.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Emma Ludlow Personal Trainer

    Emma Ludlow Personal Trainer

    Emma is a powerlifter who also runs a health and fitness blog. She talks to Sundried about life as a personal trainer. 

    Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up. 

    Last year I started competing in powerlifting and came fourth in my weight category at the British Championships. I have also won gold medals at regional level. I am currently training for a South East regional competition and hope to qualify for this year’s British Championships.

    Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

    I began gymnastics training at age six and progressed to trampolining, athletics and swimming. I’ve always been sporty, but I got really serious about fitness when I joined a gym run by personal trainers. Whilst there, I learnt about kettlebell training and the benefits of weight training for women. The London 2012 Olympics inspired me to change career (I used to be a journalist) and make my passion for fitness my business.

    What are your training goals now?

    I train primarily to get stronger and would particularly like to hit a 100kg squat in competition. I narrowly missed a medal at the British Powerlifting Championships last year, so would really like to make the medal rostrum this year.

    Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

    I’m obsessed with 80s music and even named my personal training business after an 80s band (Swing Out Sister).

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and shout about your business and talents. If you don’t champion your career, no one else will.

    Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

    I’m a fierce opponent of fad diets and try not to be too regimented about food. However, I follow the 80:20 rule, eating a healthy, high protein diet 80% of the time and treating myself to a little of what I fancy 20% of the time. With my active lifestyle, I find eating five small meals a day keeps hunger at bay and controls sugar cravings.

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

    Seeing progress is such an important motivator. When I first meet my clients, I ask them how they would like me to track their progress. I then give them regular updates, whether that’s taking measurements, weight, loads lifted or before and after pictures.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I do four weights sessions per week in the gym: two upper body and two lower body sessions. The sessions are built around the three key lifts: squat, deadlift and bench press. I also do two 25-minute HIIT sessions per week for cardiovascular fitness and weight maintenance.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I write a successful health and fitness blog which has made it through to the finals of the UK Blog Awards 2018. I’m regularly researching posts, so I make sure I keep on top of new studies and fitness news.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Be consistent. Looking after your health is a lifetime commitment, not a temporary measure.
    2. Accept that success will require hard work.
    3. Eat real food. The only way to be sure of what’s in your meal is to prepare it from scratch.

    If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    Protein cheesecake

    Why work with Sundried?

    I like Sundried’s ethical brand values and low carbon footprint. Sundried’s activewear is practical, functional and looks fantastic.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Vivomove HR

    Garmin Vivomove HR Smart Watch Activity Tracker

    The vívomove HR is a hybrid smartwatch with activity tracking, Elevate wrist-based heart rate, smart notifications and a touchscreen display. Precision hands show the time and dynamically move out of the way for easy viewing of messages, heart rate and more. A master of subtlety, the smart display only appears when the user turns their wrist. Style-obsessed, rejoice: The vívomove HR combines the latest and greatest Garmin connectivity, fitness and wellness monitoring features with an elegant, classic design. The vívomove HR is one of the many new wearables from Garmin being launched in conjunction with IFA in Berlin, Germany, September 1-6.

    “When we first introduced the vívomove last year, it was geared towards customers who wanted a beautiful timepiece first and activity tracking functions second,” said Andrew Silver, Garmin EMEA Product Manager. “With the new vívomove HR, not only is the design as elegant as ever, the wearable technology is cutting edge. We’re the first on the market to offer a hybrid smartwatch with both wrist-based heart rate and a digital touchscreen display. And you get all of that without losing the classic, timeless look of an analog watch.”

    With its simple yet sophisticated design, the vívomove HR is versatile enough to be worn with jeans, a suit and everything in between and is available in two versions: the sleek vívomove HR Sport and the more upscale vívomove HR Premium with leather straps and full steel body. With leather and silicone strap options and a choice of fashionable case finishes including black, rose gold-tone, stainless steel and gold-tone, the vívomove HR fits a variety of personal styles. It’s swim and shower safe and has a battery life of up to 5 days in smart mode and up to 2 weeks in watch mode.

    Stay connected throughout the day with vibration alerts for emails, texts, calls, app alerts, social media updates and more from a compatible smartphone. Users will also benefit from the ability to control music on their smartphone from the vívomove HR and send an alert to locate a misplaced smartphone. The vívomove HR features helpful fitness monitoring tools including VO2 max and fitness age which provide users with valuable data to monitor changes in their fitness level. Increased activity – like taking the stairs instead of the elevator – will improve these numbers over time. Rough day at the office? The all-day stress tracking feature not only displays current stress levels by measuring HRV (heart rate variability), it also offers a Four-Fold Breath relaxation timer to promote on the spot stress relief.

    Customers can view a longer timeline of stress levels on Garmin ConnectTM providing them with the opportunity to identify patterns and make lifestyle changes to avoid or better cope with stress-inducing situations. Throughout the day, the vívomove HR automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app to save stats for easy access later.

    In Garmin Connect, a free online community, users can see data like workouts, strength training activities, stress levels and sleep patterns displayed on detailed graphs right from a compatible smartphone or desktop computer. Perfect for customers who enjoy a variety of activities, the vívomove comes preloaded with profiles for walking, running, cardio and strength training. And thanks to Garmin Move IQTM, users can set up the device to automatically start and stop a timed walk or run activity. The vívomove HR also counts steps, intensity minutes, sleep, stairs climbed and more, and reminds users when they have been still for too long. The vívomove HR has a suggested retail price of £169.99 for the Sport version and £249.99 for the Premium version and is available from Q4 2017.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Vívoactive HR review GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate

    Garmin Vivoactive HR

    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.

      Posted by Alexandra Parren