Nike Free Metcon 3 - New Cross Trainer for 2020 - Side View
Cross Training Shoes

Nike Free Metcon 3 – Training Shoe Review

Nike has released the newest version of their Metcon cross trainer that utilizes Free running shoe tech – the Nike Free Metcon 3 is now available. As you may know, the Metcon shoes are made for cross training – think functional fitness style workouts like CrossFit, lifting weights, and more. Their Free running shoe line is meant to replicate the feel of barefoot running. Combine the two and you get the Nike Free Metcon 3 – A shoe that should be equally at home on the running track – or in the gym (or CrossFit box.) How well does it do this? Our review pair is on order – and expect a hands-on review and YouTube video ASAP. (By the [Read more …]

Nike React Infinity Run - Running Shoe
Cross Training Shoes

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit – Running Shoe Review

Nike just released a great new running shoe – the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit. Normally we only review cross training shoes for this website. But, when Nike recently released the React Metcon series of shoes I became infatuated with Nike’s React foam cushioning system. It’s really good stuff – if you need a lot of cushion in your shoes. And because I’m on the heavier side (from all that weight lifting) having more cushion rather than less is better for high-impact running. That brings us to the new Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit shoe. With this shoe, Nike has taken React cushioning to the extreme – and they claim this shoe can even help reduce the occurrence of injuries. [Read more …]

Home workout ideas for gym closures - coronavirus/COVID-19.
Exercise

Free Home Workouts for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Gym Closures

Gym or CrossFit box closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Or maybe you just want to abide by good social distancing guidelines and workout at home? We have FREE workout tools and advice that may help. Home Workouts to Beat Coronavirus / COVID-19 Gym Closures First of all, have you checked out our Travel and Home WOD (Workout Of The Day) Generator? This web page (which is FREE – no ads, no ask for an email, and NO pop-ups) will give you hundreds of workout ideas. There is no gym and no equipment needed – this is a great way to stay in shape at home, on the road, or just about anywhere. The link is https://fitatmidlife.com/travelwod What kind of workouts [Read more …]

Cross Training Shoes

GORUCK I/O Cross Trainers – Training Shoe Review

GORUCK, the rucking company, recently entered the cross training shoe game. And their MACV-1 rucking boot blazed a trail of innovation – they created a light-weight but tough boot that has minimal break-in time. But now they’ve released a cross training shoe – the GORUCK I/O Cross Trainer. Our review pair is on order, and we’ll have our first thoughts soon. But, in the meantime, we’d like to tell you all about this super versatile shoe. Here’s what we’ll be looking at in this review: Let’s take a close look at the I/O Cross Trainers from GORUCK. Hands On First Look Don’t like to read? Watch our hands on first look video from YouTube instead: GORUCK I/O Cross Trainers – [Read more …]

GORUCK MACV-1 Lightweight Boot in Coyote Suede (Gen 2)
Rucking

GORUCK MACV-1 (Gen 2) Rucking Boot in Coyote Suede Review

It’s here! GORUCK has released the 2nd generation of their lightweight rucking boot – the MACV-1. We’ve got our pair and we’re in the evaluation process – but here’s an initial look and quick thoughts on sizing and more. Consider this a “first look” – but we’ll provide as much useful information as we can. GORUCK makes rucking gear. Rucking is walking or hiking for distance with a loaded backpack (aka rucksack.) Do you need special boots to go on a ruck march? No, you don’t. But GORUCK has used their expertise in building super-functional and useful gear to make what are intended to be the best rucking boots possible. We’ll tell you all about the special features of the [Read more …]

GORUCK Challenge Pants - Tough technical pants that are comfortable too
Rucking

GORUCK Challenge Pants Review

Here’s my hands-on (legs-on?) review of GORUCK’s Challenge Pants. What are Challenge Pants? They are a super-tough technical pant made by GORUCK – the rucking company. Rucking is walking or hiking for distance with a loaded backpack (aka rucksack.) Do you need special pants to go on a ruck march? No, you don’t. But GORUCK has used their expertise in building super-functional and useful gear to make what are now my favorite pair of pants. For doing anything – not just rucking. I’m writing this in my hotel room in Seattle at 3:52am, wearing Challenge Pants. Why? Because they are the ultimate pants for travel too. So, whether you are looking for rucking clothing, workout pants, or serious traveler gear [Read more …]

GORUCK Women's Simple Pants - Tough pants for working out, travel, and more.
Rucking

GORUCK Women’s Simple Pants – Pants for Rucking and Workouts

Let’s take an in depth look at GORUCK’s Women’s Simple Pants. First, let’s explain what Simple Pants are. These are GORUCK’s all-around comfortable and tough workout pants for women. GORUCK is the rucking company – so it stands to reason that these pants were purpose built with rucking in mind. Rucking is walking long distances with a heavily loaded backpack. If you’ve never hiked 5 or 6 miles with a 20 or 30 lb backpack on your back you are in for a humbling experience! But Simple Pants are super-versatile and comfortable – you can do so much more than just working out and rucking. We’ll explain why in this article. Let’s dive right in. Here’s the Simple Pants apparel [Read more …]

Men with more muscle mass as they enter middle age tend to fare better against heart disease.
Aging & Health

Research Study: Higher Muscle Mass Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk

Do you have cardiovascular disease as part of your family history? Do you want to prevent heart disease, which is known as one of the most common mortality factors? A new research study[1] shows that the more muscle mass a person has upon entering middle age, the lower their risk of cardiovascular disease as they grow older. What was the Goal of the Research Study? An international group of researchers published their paper in the January issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health with the goal of assessing the relationship between skeletal muscle mass and cardiovascular disease incidence over a 10-year span of time. The study was conducted on adults who were 45 years and older and were [Read more …]

Owner of CrossFit KOA and owner Josh Mandel
Exercise

Box of the Month – CrossFit KOA

For 2020, we’ve started a new article series – the Box of the Month highlight. We’ll take a look at some of the best CrossFit and functional fitness gyms around the country – and tell you why they are a step above the rest. For February’s box highlight we’d like to tell you about CrossFit KOA located in Mountainside, NJ. Before we tell you more about this great place to train – let’s talk about the secret ingredient of CrossFit: community. Unlike the globogym, your CrossFit box is a family – where your peers support, praise, and cheer you on. We talked to CrossFit KOA owner Josh Mandel on this topic, and here’s what he had to say: “It all [Read more …]

Many fitness trackers incorporate a heart rate monitor - this is a great way to utilize heart rate training
Aging & Health

Research Study: Add Up To 10 Years of Lifespan with Healthy Habits

You may wonder if those lifestyle choices you make today will really make any difference on how you age or how long you will live. Can you truly decrease your risk of chronic diseases or is it already pre-determined? The results of a new research study[1] published in the BMJ may help you make up your mind. What did the research study attempt to prove? The objective of the research study was to determine the relationship between certain low-risk lifestyle factors and life expectancy with and without certain chronic diseases. The study set out to prove that by adopting particular healthy habits, you could not only add years to your life, but you could live those additional years free of [Read more …]