Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Scenes from i-Run @ River Promenade. i-Runners running and working out in the mist of many happening River Festival's activities and nicely decorated bum boats cruising down the river.... Enjoys!
Happy Birthday, FatBird Spencer, AC and Edwin! Best Wishes from the Team. :)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Training Programme for Pre-Ops Training #2 Now Available.
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Monday, June 15, 2009
Land Lever Lift
What is Action/Reaction Technology™ and how does it work? We like to think of it as a LAND LEVER LIFT scenario. Here’s a quick rundown:
LAND: Instead of pounding to the ground on your heel, position your foot perpendicular to the ground and land on the center of the external actuator lugs at the forefoot of the Newton running shoe. Land lightly with your foot under your body mass. Your foot will now settle level to the ground. don’t be afraid to let your heel touch the ground. This is perfectly natural as long as your first impact is not on the heel.
LEVER: As your midfoot/forefoot impacts the ground, you engage the Action/Reaction Technology™ and push the lugs on the elastic membrane into hollow chambers located in the shoes midsole (ACTION). This movement is the shock absorption part of the system. The energized lugs act as levers exactly as your foot does inside the shoe.
LIFT: As you pick up your knee to begin a new stride, the lugs thrust out of the midsole with a burst of energy that turns into forward propulsion (REACTION). With that burst of energy behind each stride, the effort it takes to lift your knee is greatly reduced. Instead of pushing off or pulling back with your toes, this lifting action with the technology will power you through your stride with minimal effort, muscle strain or friction.
In fact, we have Action/Reaction Technology™ in the heel as well as in the the forefoot, understanding that we make some contact with our heel under certain running conditions.
Newton's 10 Laws of Running Better
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Dual-Density Sole Provides a Shoe for All Runners
Running shoes for real runners are regularly categorized into two types: stability shoes, for those who over-pronate, and cushioning shoes, for those who don't. Nike's LunarGlide+, available July 1 for $100, claims a novel mid-sole architecture described as "Dynamic Support," which eliminates the need to choose between the two types. But more impressive than that assertion is the simplicity of the design by which Nike hopes to revolutionize the industry.
During a normal stride, the foot makes contact on the outside portion of the sole, and then rolls over to the inside portion. When a runner rolls their foot too far, that's described as over-pronation. Stability shoes normally contain some type of medial post, providing greater stiffness on the inside portion of the shoe to resist such movement.
In a stability shoe, the foot stays in contact with softer foam until it suddenly encounters the stiffer medial block during each stride. Nike's design replaces the segmented block design with an entire midsole built from two inverted wedged pieces of foam with different densities (see cutaway below). On the lateral (outside) side of the shoe, the softer foam (yellow), which is closer to the sole of the foot, is thicker. On the medial (inside), the thickness of soft foam has decreased, while the thickness of higher-density foam (orange) has increased.
Whether the impact of the design will be as revolutionary as Nike claims is better left to more qualified runners to assess. We're still not quite sure what makes the support dynamic, but we do applaud a simple solution. Buying a pair of running shoes either requires a Ph.D in biomechanics or a blind faith that the ones with the pretty colors will be good enough. The LunarGlide+ is a simple design easily explained at the local Foot Locker to non-Olympic runners, and sold at a price below other high-end shoes. We're also intrigued by what doors this technology may open; what other modular solutions could be developed for runners based on their strides?
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Team FatBird members, partners and friends got together for a BBQ to celebrate Team FatBird's first birthday....Thanks for the good memories of the first year...we look forward to many more good years of fun and excitement from Team FatBird...Cheers!