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Our Guide To Weightlifting Shoes

Today, we’re going to take a look at weight lifting shoes and when you should use them. With the health and wellbeing craze upon us, everybody seems to be getting into that gym lifestyle, and the demand for essential training gear for specific sports is starting to boom within the industry. People are making sure they have the right footwear and clothing to ensure they have that extra support, safety and competitive advantage. What Are Weightlifting Shoes? Weightlifting shoes are exactly that, shoes used for weightlifting. They are deemed essential in competitive weightlifting events and can be very useful in your daily gym workouts. Weightlifting shoes for both men and women are significantly different from your standard neutral and support running shoes and other [...]

“Spike up!”

You’ve probably heard your coach say that before a track session. Well, today we’re saying it because we want to equip you with the knowledge to find the right running spikes for you so you can “spike up” effectively. Running spikes are great. They give you grip, they’re lightweight and they generally look pretty cool. But all athletes don’t wear the same spikes. So let’s take a look at different sorts of spikes, and find the best ones for you. There are two main types of running spikes: track spikes and cross country spikes. Track Spikes These spikes are made for the athletes that run around the maroon tartan oval we call the athletics track. You can break these down into three main sections: Sprint Spikes, Middle Distance Spikes and Long Distance Spikes. Sp [...]

“What you running for? You’re already skinny!”

Start Fitness is a company of runners, cyclists and all-around active folk! We know the products because we use them ourselves - during the early morning workout, on the weekend ride, or on the big Sunday run (note to self - must upload run to Strava). So, we thought we'd shout about our active employees because they're an interesting bunch! We're kicking off this 'Meet the Team' series with arguably the tallest member of the Start team, Customer Service Advisor Kieran Reay (or just Kieran for short). At just 25, Kieran's many miles ahead of him. Living in Durham and running for Tyne Bridge Harriers, Kieran is well known on the North East running scene. And if you've ever phoned Start Fitness with a running related query, you may well have spoken to Kieran. We sat down with Ki [...]

Introducing The Santa Cruz Hightower 2

Santa Cruz design and build high performance bikes, everything from hardtails to 8.5” travel downhill machines. Their bikes are award-winning, critically acclaimed and ridden by the best. So, when they release the bike that everyone’s been waiting for, you know it’s been worth the wait! The Hightower 2 has the best of everything. It’s super-responsive, loves the unpredictable and makes you brave and happy on the descent.  The Santa Cruz Hightower 2 has been updated with their latest lower-link driven virtual pivot-point suspension, that eats up all the lumps and bumps. There is 140mm of rear travel and 150mm at the front. Combine this with a 65-degree head tube angle and the Hightower is ready for anything.  The new geometry has made a big difference. 20 [...]

Under Armour HOVR

The HOVR range from Under Armour

Brains in your feet?  It feels like magic. You introduce your shoes to your phone. You go for a run. You get back. Your phone tells you how far you’ve been, the length of your stride, how fast you went and how many strides you took per minute. These shoes are counting your miles.  Your running data is analysed, and you start getting training advice via the MapMyRun app. Because the sensor is in your shoes, the tracking tools can offer more detailed metrics about your performance, data that’s different from that provided by other fitness trackers.  If you don’t have a clever watch and don’t want to take your phone with you, this is a brilliant way to access run data. And, you know when you’re trying to justify buying another pair of trainers when you need to work ou [...]

A Closer Look At The Adidas UltraBoost 19

The Adidas UltraBoost 19 - it's clear this is a great looking shoe, with a fresh take on a very popular shoe! It looks good but how does it stack up as a running shoe? Well, changes to this shoe don't just stop at its appearance. The UltraBoost 19 has been completely reconstructed from the ground up for a better fit, better performance, and better traction! More Boost, Less Bounce Like previous versions, the UltraBoost 19 is the softest of the new Adidas Boost range with performance built to tackle long runs. But, unlike previous versions, this running shoe it less bouncy than it's processors which will come as a blessing to a lot of you out there. The UltraBoost 19 still feels springy, supportive and well-cushioned and this performance doesn't falter in varied conditions. In the ice [...]

Running 2019

Enter The Right Running Race in 2019

We’re now well into 2019 and with that brings new fitness goals, new training programs and a new racing fixture lists. But which races do you enter? When wanting to enter any race you'll need to make sure you know when the ballots go live. There are so many ways this can be done - you can use the power of social media, setting up notifications on your chosen race profiles, sign up for email reminders or you could Google the dates and make a note of it on your running calendar. Without a shadow of a doubt, the experienced runners among you will have a go-to race they simply must enter every year, they'll memorise the dates and be straight on it come ballot open day. For those fairly new runners, this year is a perfect opportunity to have a look and try one or two, maybe even three [...]

Tips For Winter Running

Winter running is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it! However, establishing a solid block of training is key to make sure you’re in good shape for the season ahead, whether that’s on the track, roads or trails. There are some points that must be made when training in the colder/darker days, just to be on the safe side. We’ve picked five of, what we feel, are the key elements to enjoy winter running while looking out for yourself. 5. Seasonal Illness It’s safe to say that 99% of us will come down with the virus at one stage of winter and it’s not great, especially if you feel rotten. The 1% will somehow, walk away symptom-free and avoid the snotty noses and coughing. When it comes to training or even racing with either a cold/flu – forget about it. Going out for a [...]

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Why Run in 2019: Health Benefits

There are many reasons to run including for your health. Running regularly can have a great impact on your health making you feel stronger, fitter and full of energy. So, what exactly are the benefits? Running makes you happy It is no secret that exercise makes you feel happier in yourself. When exercising, hormones known as endocannabinoids are released which give you a feel-good feeling. Running just 30 minutes, a day can lift your mood making it easier for you to sleep and concentrate. If you suffer from anxiety or depression running can have a huge impact on how you are feeling that day. Running keeps you fit Running regularly will help to keep you fit. As you run you burn calories which helps you to lose or maintain your weight. The body continues to burn calories even aft [...]