Reviews: Nike+ Training Club app

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Mutaz Barshim.

It’s no secret that the Nike+ Training Club (NTC) app has taken the world by storm with thousands across the globe treating it as their ultimate personal trainer.

Nike revamped the app this year adding more than 100 new workouts, which are intelligent training routines designed by Nike Trainers, rooted in science and inspired by the world’s best athletes.

The app was redesigned for both men and women, and adjusts to you varying needs and goals.

With a new emphasis on personalisation, the app offers personalised NTC plans which deliver the ideal mix of workouts, balancing intensity and recovery based on fitness level and goals.

The app hacks excuses. It has adaptive Training features that adjust to individual progress and busy, ever-changing schedules. Input is both automated and added by the user. NTC asks how hard a session was and adjusts the next workout accordingly.

Users are guided through every drill to highlight form and mitigate mistakes and they also get credit for out-of-app activities, like hikes, hoops or NRC runs to inform the adaptive plans.

How to get the app...

  • WHERE TO BUY: App Store and Google Play
  • PRICE: Free

There are weekly “featured athlete” workouts as well, inspired by elite athletes like decathlete Ashton Eaton and tennis world No1 Serena Williams.

The latest star athlete to feature his workout on the NTC app is Qatari high jumper Mutaz Barshim, who is an Olympic bronze medallist and World Championship silver medallist, gunning for gold at the Rio Games this month.

Barshim is one of the fittest athletes on the planet and can clear a height of 2.43m. Want to know how a person can jump that high? His workout on the NTC app, titles “The Jump” can shed some light on that mystery. The workout is a 46-minute moderate intensity session and comes under the ‘Advanced’ group of workouts on the app.

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The Carnaby Evo sneaker is a classic lace-up design with a sport-luxe twist that features clean lines and a minimalist look.

Premium leather uppers with precise stitching and punched detailing on the quarter showcase core elements of Lacoste’s design language.

The tennis-inspired cupsole construction accentuates the silhouette’s on-court origins, while extra padding at the collar and heel offers exceptional seasonal comfort.

Metallic hits along the eyestay and on the heel provide sport-luxe refinement. Team with cropped trousers or shorts for an eye-catching look.

Price: Dh450

Where to Buy: Lacoste stores

BOOKS

Paper Lion
Price: Dh15
Where to buy: Amazon

Harvard-educated George Plimpton recounts his experiences in successfully talking his way into training camp – not as a reporter but as a player – with the Detroit Lions, even playing one pre-season game.

birdWhen The Game Was Ours
Price: Dh23
Where to buy: Amazon

From the moment legendary NBA players Larry Bird and Magic Johnson took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. The book reveals how bitter rivals became lifelong friends.

FILMS

The Wrestler
Price: Dh41
Where to buy: desertcart.com

The tragically brilliant tale of wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson who is past his prime but can’t seem to step away from the squared circle. Mickey Rourke is absolutely superb in the title role.

Chariots of Fire
Price: Dh46
Where to buy: desertcart.com

The Olympic Games are upon us and why not get in the mood with arguably the greatest athletics film of all-time. Two very different British track athletes compete for glory at the 1924 Olympics, starting as foes but becoming friends.

Mario Tennis Open
Price: Dh98-130
Where to buy: pricena.com

No Nintendo 3DS collection is complete without this gem, combining tennis with all your favourite Mario characters. Expect all the same crazy fun that you’ve come expect from Mario Kart as Mario & Co step onto the court.

UAE FA
Price: Free
Where to buy: App Store/Google Play

For any fan of UAE football, this is a simply brilliant tool. It provides everything a fan of the Arabian Gulf League or UAE national team could want, from daily news, information and statistics about competitions. Available in both Arabic and English.

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#360reviews: 3M FUTURO Custom Dial products

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It is quite common for athletes to sustain minor aches and pains during a practice or a game.

To ensure that active people always get the most out of their game or workout, 3M FUTURO technology has devised multiple products to support, heal injuries and avoid re-injury.

Designed to help individuals with a tennis/golfer’s elbow (epicondylitis), tendonitis and swelling, the FUTURO Sport Custom Dial Tennis Elbow Strap offers individuals a solution to commonly occurring problems.

This strap applies targeted pressure on the affected tendon without increasing pressure around the entire arm.

The pressure is delivered more accurately than standard elbow straps and is maintained until adjustments are made with a turn of the dial.

It provides a higher level of firm-stabilising support using a combination of power stretch and non-stretch materials and may include shock-absorbing materials to help relieve symptoms associated with strains, sprains, arthritis, repetitive stress injuries as well as helps prevent re-injury.

Not only does the strap offer immediate relief, the soothing gel pad conforms to the shape of the arm and offers the comfort needed on the tendon as it moves while the adjustable hook and loop strap with soft edges provides additional comfort.

How to buy...

  • Where to Buy: Pharmacies in the UAE, retail outlets and Dubai Duty Free
  • Price: Dh120-200

The feature that sets this strap apart from other elbow straps is the ability to adjust the support with custom dial technology allowing individuals to personalise compression levels.

Similar to this, FUTURO has also designed a support specifically for the knee – the FUTURO Sport Custom Dial Knee Strap.

It uses the latest technology to deliver accurate, targeted pressure on the knee tendon below the Patella bone without increasing pressure around the entire leg.

A simple turn of the dial lowers the pad to apply up to three times more pressure on the tendon, increasing and decreasing pressure without having to adjust the entire strap.

It relieves symptoms including patella tracking, arthritis, tendonitis, and irritation of the kneecap (Chondromalacia).

The FUTURO Custom Dial Wrist Stabilizer offers comfortable protection and firm support offered to the injured or weak wrists requiring stabilisation.

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