Elevation Mask Training

 
YOUR EDITOR WORKING OUT WITH THE ELEVATION TRAINING MASK 2.0

 
If you’ve ever skied out West, you’re familiar with the lack of oxygen at high altitudes and have experienced elevation training. You may have noticed how super human you feel when you return to sea level — a result of your aerobic threshold having increased by adjusting to the air up there. Athletes often opt to train at altitudes. Oxygen deprivation increases the production of red blood cells, which aids oxygen delivery to the muscles, giving them a competitive edge.

There is no need to leave home any longer to train at altitude. The Elevation Training Mask 2.0 mimics training at a high altitude. It adjusts between 3,000 and 18,000 feet, by controlling the flow of air delivered to the body, and trains your lungs to use oxygen more efficiently. The Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch is often seen warming up on the sidelines with his mask on. The Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade posted a picture last summer of the whole team using elevation training masks.

The masks are now popping up in gyms across the country, as reported recently in both Cosmopolitan and Womens Healthand this editor couldn’t resist giving one a try. I was put through the paces by James Brewer at Exceed Physical Culture, who uses the mask with clients looking to max out their workouts. From slower movements like dumbbell flys and presses, to full body moves like squats, plyometrics, and the sled push shown above, I did find the mask forces you to be more conscientious of your breathing, and take slower breaths in rhythm with the exercise you’re performing. If you’ve ever gone scuba diving, the sensation is similar to breathing through a regulator. The other thing I noticed, which reminded me of the feeling after a non-stop ski run out West, was my abs contracted with that heavy breathing — a bonus core workout. Read More

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Win These Skis for Valentines Day!

 

ENTER OUR SKI VALENTINES DAY GIVEAWAY!

 
To show our love for you this Valentines Day, STYLE OF SPORT is giving away a pair of the almost sold out, 2016 RENOUN skis! And these are not just any skis. Recently featured in The New York Times, United Hemispheres, and USA Today for their breakthrough innovation, these IPSO Gold Medal award winning skis — top prize in the industry — are completely revolutionary.

Utilizing a Hyper Damping Technology™, the stiffness of the RENOUN ski automatically adjusts to changing terrain and conditions. RENOUN Founder and ski engineer, 24-year old wunderkind Cyrus Schenck, discovered that by injecting a layer what’s known as “non-Newtonian polymer” into the core the skis — a malleable compound that stiffens with impact — he could create the ultimate all mountain ski. On hard pack they maintain stiffness, but in soft snow and powder they flex. CLICK HERE for a demo and watch as Schenck molds the compound around a beer bottle, smashes it, and it remains intact. The technology also helps to eliminate the problem of ski chatter at high speeds by helping them absorb more vibrations, while at lower speeds or in powder, they are lively and responsive.

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DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH!

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON VALENTINES DAY!

 
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WITH YOUR LOVE OF SKIING! 

RENOUN skis have taken the industry by storm and now you can win a pair of the Z-90 carving skis, retail value $1295, or Endurance, retail $1095. Told you we loved you! Celebrated for their nimble transitions, effortless turns, and incredible stability, RENOUN skis perform like no others. Even the most experienced skier, guy or girl, will fall in love.

PLUS… WE’VE GOT AN AMAZING RUNNERS UP PRIZE…

 
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SMITH OPTICS has just sweetened this giveaway with the redesigned, limited edition Smith I/O Goggles featuring the new ChromaPop Lens Technology! We will be picking another lucky skier to win a pair of these revolutionary new snow goggles! Smith adapted its proprietary lens technology into its top of the line I/O goggle providing enhanced visual clarity, greater definition and revealing natural color in a full range of weather conditions. Unlike traditional snow goggles, all ChromaPop lenses filter light at two specific wavelengths to eliminate color confusion to the brain, while providing a sharper, easier and faster visual experience. The result is an upgraded experience offering instant advantage and confidence for on-snow performance. Retail value $210.00!

WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN AT RANDOM…. GOOD LUCK!

 

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Tea Totaler

 

TEAVANA WELLNESS TEAS

Besides just waking up and calming down, tea is known for its many health benefits. Health food stores have long had aisles dedicated just to tea, with blends that aid digestion, boost the immune system, sooth tension, and support healthy organ function, among many other things.

The Tea Council of the USA reported Americans consumed more than 80 billion servings of tea in 2014 and their interest in the health benefits of tea is growing. So much so, that earlier this month, Teavana, which is owned by Starbucks, launched a new line of seven wellness teas. Each loose-leaf blend has a wellness theme with a unique mix of tealeaves, fruits and botanicals.

Rejuvenate is a morning tea and contains a mix of black tea and yerba mate with hints of cinnamon and cardamom. The Rejuvenate blend is the highest in caffeine content, meant to invigorate and inspire you for the day ahead. Defense is a low-caff white tea blend with tangs of blackberry and contains 50% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C. Purify, another white tea with hints of jasmine and orange petals, promotes hydration and healthy skin. Rev Up is a bold blend of black tea, green tea, and high quality Chinese oolong with hints of peach, apricot and mango made to support a healthy metabolism. Recover is a detoxifying green and mint tea that also contains 50% of the daily dose of Vitamin C. Comfort is a mix of spearmint and peppermint with hints of ginger, lemon and rooibos meant to sooth and uplift. Serenity, an evening tea, is a calming blend of chamomile, orange and rose.

Each tea blend offers a unique flavor that promotes an important component of wellness. The teas cost $12.50 each for 2 ounces of loose leaf tea. They are now available at 350 of Teavana’s retail stores and online at Teavana.com

-Kristen Leen

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Tennis Everyone?

 

SERENA WILLIAMS TRUE TO FORM AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2016

It may be winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but it’s summer down under, where the Australian Open is in full swing. It’s the first major of the 2016 tennis year, and Serena Williams is back on the court, showing off that power physique in an ab-revealing, Nike crop top and pleated skirt combo.

The tennis forecast looks bold, bright and graphic for the season, with both performance and fashion brands getting some courtside inspiration. For players and spectators alike, it’s tennis EVERYONE!
 

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LEFT COLUMN: FRED PERRY COLOR BLOCK CARDIGAN $190. From iconic tennis brand, Fred Perry, this deep v-neck cardigan, with its bold contrasting sleeves and front, makes a perfect warm up piece on and off the courts. NIKECOURT PREMIER CROP WOMEN’S TENNIS TOP $65. Play like Serena in the signature short sleeve crop top she’s sporting at the Australian Open, and show off your power abs too! Pair that with Maria Sharapova’s NIKECOURT PREMIER MARIA WOMEN’S TENNIS SKIRT $70, with contrasting wide pleats, stretchy Dri-FIT mesh, and built-in compression shorts. SIGG “COLOR YOUR DAY” WATER BOTTLE $29. Stay hydrated in style with this colorful wide stripe aluminum water bottle, available in 5 hot neon shades.

CENTER COLUMN: SLATER ZORN COURT DRESS $175. Play all day in this tennis inspired, sporty striped dress. It’s available in a wide array of all your favorite colors. GOLDEN GOOSE X OFF-WHITE FOR COLETTE SNEAKERS $435. Golden Goose has paired with Off-White in a capsule collection for Colette that includes these Stan Smith inspired fashion tennis shoes. ANYA HINDMARCH SATCHEL $1585 $787. Stay in the lines with this sporty orange handbag — the perfect sized carry-all for a day at the matches. BOAST TIPPED CLASSIC POLO $70. With classic sporty style, Boast’s pique polo offers a great women’s fit, and features contrasting double stripes at the collar and arm cuffs, a drop tail, and its signature embroidered Japanese Maple leaf.

RIGHT COLUMN: GUCCI LEATHER METALLIC BOMBER JACKET $3500. This statement-making leather bomber jacket takes its inspiration from sport and spins it for an ace with its bold metallic finish. Trimmed with the iconic Gucci red and navy stripes, and lined in floral-print silk-satin, this is the hot jacket of the season! LACOSTE WOMEN’S SPORT PIQUÉ TENNIS POLO $95. This tennis polo is designed for performance, made with ultra-dry breathable fabric and accented with mesh panels, but this sleeveless zip top has a winning style that looks as great off the court as on. LACOSTE WOMEN’S JERSEY COLOR BLOCK SKATER SKIRT $125. And when the match is over, slip on this flowing lightweight pima cotton skirt with color block stripes, inspired by the Lacoste sport heritage. LIVE THE PROCESS CONTOUR COLOR BLOCK SPORTS BRA $135. Whip off your shirt in victory and reveal this bold sports bra underneath. It features a high round neckline, crescent cut-out at bust, and a crisscross back with extra wide straps for sexy but supportive style.

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Snow White

 

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As the first blizzard of 2016 blankets the Northeast in snow, we’re loving all these chic winter whites! Made for snow days, this warm outdoor gear will keep you looking great, having fun, and enjoying winter’s playground.

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: J.CREW COLLECTION CHUNKY CABLE SWEATER $278. Indoors and out, this cozy cable-knit sweater will keep you warm and toasty on those frosty snow days. VUARNET 1315 GLACIER SUNGLASSES $540. These iconic sunglasses are back are cooler than ever! Vuarnet Glacier Sunglasses are recognized for their unrivaled eye protection in the high reflectivity of the mountains, and feature the chicest of alpine style. MARMOT STRETCH FLEECE HOODY $100. Lightweight and insulated, with four-way stretch and breathable comfort, this soft fleece hoody is a great layering piece for all your outdoor sports. PISTIL JULIETTE POM BEANIE $33.95. It’s a cool slouchy beanie in cozy snow white.

SPECIALIZED HELLGA FAT TIRE MOUNTAIN BIKE $1500. A bike ride in the snow? Heck yeah! The Hellga is ready to plow through the pow with its extra fat tires, great traction, and super control on any kind of terrain. BAFFIN ICELAND SNOWBOOTS $139. Snow is no match for these weatherproof snowboots! They’re double-weave, quilted 900 denier nylon, with a rubber shell and removable Thermaplush liner for extra protection and added warmth. PERFECT MOMENT IMOK PADDED STRETCH SHELL SKI PANTS $350. Technical performance combine with playful design in these polar bear print ski pants. The waterproof shell has four-way stretch, with PrimaLoft insulation for warmth without the bulk.

CENTER: FIMBULVETR HIKR SNOWSHOES $298. These high-tech snowshoes feature a distinctive asymmetric design that can handle any snowy terrain with superlight convenience and reliable traction. Their recycled DuPont Hytrel frame is very durable, surprisingly flexible, and extra light, for maximum flotation in deep snow.  THE NORTH FACE WOMEN’S NUPTSE 2 VEST $149. Amply insulated with 700-fill goose down, this signature vest is extremely warm, lightweight, and highly compressible for travel.

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NFL X CFDA

 
CFDA + NFL SUPER BOWL 50 DESIGNER FOOTBALLS
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: MARK MCNAIRY; NICOLE MILLER; LISA PERRY; TANYA TAYLOR; SHINOLA; TODD SNYDER; SANGLIM LEE; MICHAEL BASTIAN

 
As they did two years ago with a football helmet collaboration, the NFL and CFDA have partnered once again to produce a collection of 50 designer footballs that go on auction today through Feb.14, at NFL.COM/Auction, in support of the NFL Foundation. In celebration of Super Bowl 50, 50 CFDA members have created their own Bespoke Designer Footballs, including such designers as Nicole Miller, Georgina Chapman, Billy Reid, Lisa Perry, Todd Snyder and Betsey Johnson. The balls all have a gold theme, symbolic of the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, but otherwise these football creations reflect the distinctive style of each designer.

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our work with the CFDA and their amazing roster of designers to showcase that fans can merge their love of fashion and football,” said Rhiannon Madden, NFL Vice President Consumer Products. “The auction of these one-of-a-kind footballs that capture the excitement of Super Bowl 50, and bring each designers individual aesthetic to life, will benefit the NFL foundation.”

The designer balls will be unveiled Jan. 20 at the NFL’s offices in New York, and displayed in San Francisco in the week leading up to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. The footballs will be featured in NFL Shop at Super Bowl, NFL Experience and On The Fifty, the Super Bowl 50 restaurant, among other NFL events around Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The NFL Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football. Through its grant programs, the Foundation supports youth and high school football programs, health and safety efforts such as Heads Up Football, and community health initiatives, including NFL PLAY 60.

Don’t miss the chance to own or at least check out these couture footballs, whose beauty is more than pig-skin deep!

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Winter Red, White and Blues

 

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As we settle in for the cold months ahead, forget about those winter blues. In the snow, on the court, or in the surf, it feels like summer with these cheerful shades red, white and blue! 

LEFT COLUMN: SOLID AND STRIPED STRIPED COTTON JERSEY TOP $120. At home or on holiday, this tri-color crew-neck has a relaxed fit and sporty feel that’s perfect with jeans, shorts or over a bikini. VALENTINO TWO-TONE MID-RISE FLARED JEANS $990. Accented with dark-indigo cuffs and pocket borders, these flared jeans feature a classic mid-rise waist and pressed creases for a chic leg-lengthening look. SALOMON WINGS PRO TRAIL RUNNING SHOES $140. Designed for performance, with a whole lot of style, this is the ultimate, all-terrain trail running shoe. Fast, light, and comfortable, Sensifit™ cradles the foot with the Quicklace™ one-pull system, providing a secure and customized fit that won’t loosen on the run.

CENTER COLUMN: MONREAL LONDON CABLE KNIT STRETCH COTTON TOP $500 NOW $150. Functional sportswear with great style, this Monreal cable-knit V-neck tennis vest is printed with classic preppy red and blue bonded stripes and features a stretchy flattering fit. KJUS SNOWSCAPE QUILTED DOWN SKI JACKET $1000. This toasty warm snow white and powder blue ski jacket is down filled for cozy lightweight insulation. It has a slim fit and detachable hood that fits easily over a helmet. Other features include internal mesh goggle pocket, complete with a handy lens wipe, built-in snow skirt, and neck gaiter for extra warmth. NIKECOURT TIE DYE BOYFRIEND WOMEN’S T-SHIRT $35. The Grand Slam tennis season kicks off Monday with the Austrailian open! Look for Nike players Serena, Maria, and Eugenie to be sporting this cool blue and white ombre short sleeve top, and you can too!

RIGHT COLUMN: HURLEY PHANTOM 202 FULLSUIT WOMEN’S WETSUIT $380. The Hurley Phantom 202 Fullsuit features revolutionary, heat-reflective technology that provides the warmth of a 3mm suit with a minimal 2mm construction. A stretchy Flexlight exterior and anatomical seams lets you paddle freely, and contoured, water-tight chest zip entry with bungee and toggle makes for easy in and out. MOON BOOT QUILTED SHELL AND FAUX LEATHER BOOTS $235. These red, white and blue Moon Boots are as warm and waterproof, as they are patriotically stylish. A fab apres-ski look, they have an insulating fleece lining, to keep your feet dry and comfortable in the snow. Gripped rubber sole provides optimal traction even in the coldest of conditions. CHARLOTTE TILBURY + NORMAN PARKINSON JERRY HALL PRINTED WASH BAG $80. From the Norman Parkinson-inspired collection, this limited edition toiletry bag features the iconic Vogue image of a swimsuit-clad Jerry Hall, poised to dive in for a swim.

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Keep Calm & Meditate On

 

THE DEN

While you might consider meditation a discipline for only the deeply spiritual or those still stuck in the 70’s, it is now one of the hottest new wellness trends. Meditation studios have been popping up all over the country, many designed with the modern feel of a boutique fitness or yoga studio, and with a variety of class options. Chic, contemporary, and very zen, these drop-in studios offer a new spin on traditional meditation practices.

Tal Rabinowitz, founder and owner of LA’s newest drop-in meditation studio The DEN, started penciling meditation into her daily schedule as an NBC executive. She and several colleagues would try to block off time in their busy days to reflect and unwind. But she wasn’t satisfied, saying, “Sometimes it’s hard on your own. I wanted something better and something regular, before work or after work, kind of like exercise classes.”

That’s when she came up with The DEN. Rabinowitz’s studio is a beautifully designed multi-use space which she says embodies “exactly who I am.” She and her clients can not only take a class, but also lounge, relax and read with a cup of tea. The DEN is unique because of its variety of offerings and evoked feelings of “home.”

While the aesthetics may have changed, the benefits of meditation remain the same, and are perhaps more important than ever. Meditation is proven to reduce tension and anxiety; improve mood and focus; and boost energy and creativity. In this digital era in which we are always connected to the outside, meditation provides an opportunity to unplug and re-focus on the inside. Says Rabinowitz, “We’re all just craving a moment of balance.”

From NYC to LA, here are the new meditation studios that have got even the busiest learning to check out to check in:
 

MNDFL NYC

MNDFL

MNDFL is located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. MNDFL’s inventors, spiritual blogger Ellie Burrows and The Buddha Walks Into A Bar author Lodro Rinzler, dreamed of a non-traditional, non-religious space to meditate. The modern studio at MNDFL features exposed brick walls, large greenery and neutral-colored plush cushions. MNDFL offers drop in classes for 30 or 45 minutes of modern guided meditation. When you book your cushion, you chose from a “menu” of meditations catered to your mood or current state; for example, there is MNDFL Breath for relaxation, MNDFL Mamas for expecting mothers, or MNDFL Sleep for insomniacs. When classes aren’t taking place, the studio is open to the public for self-guided practice. 10 East 8th St, New York, NY. Photograph: Stephen Wilson

 
Unplug Meditation Center

UNPLUG 

Founded by Suze Yalof Schwartz, former executive fashion editor at Glamour magazine, LA-based UNPLUG was the first of its kind as a chic, boutique meditation studio. Clients can “drop-in” for 30 or 45-minute guided meditation classes, a format that the The New York Times described as “a Drybar for meditation” UNPLUG’s minimalist aesthetics make it a peaceful and uncluttered place to unwind. The classes focus on mindfulness, breath work, and imagination, and the “drop-in” style allows people to investigate the practice of meditation. UNPLUG offers crafted unique meditation programs for kids and corporate groups, too. 12401 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca.
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