Reviews: Pumas Speed 500 Ignite

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Puma.

Following the reintroduction of their Speed technical running footwear range last spring, Puma are showing no signs of slowing down as they release the latest addition to the roster with the Speed 500 Ignite.

The right energy is essential when running and this shoe is packed from launch to landing. The Speed 500 Ignite propels the runner to the desired momentum.

The full-length Ignite Foam’s energy-returning properties reduce ground contact time for faster cadence.

The outsole’s propulsion band stretches over the flex grooves to create a stronger, snappier toe-off.

Lightweight materials and layers keep the weight down to give you a speedy edge when running or racing.

PRICE: Dh575-Dh625
WHERE TO BUY: Puma stores

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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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#360reviews: The latest sporting releases

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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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