2 Runners, 5 Shoes

 
TWO RUNNERS: SARAH & CLAUDIA

 
Looking for a little motivation to get you out on the road? How about a new pair of running shoes! We asked Nike, Asics, Newton, Hoka, and Brooks to send us their top picks for a lightweight neutral trainer. Since different runners like different shoes, I invited Sarah Toland, co-author of Lindsay Vonn’s recently published book, Strong Is The New Beautiful, and a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 5K and 10K, to road test these running shoes with me. She’s a tall and lanky gazelle of a runner, while I’m shorter and more compact in my running style  — what Sarah describes as “a recreational marathoner with zeal”. My goal is simply to get from point A to point B. Hers is to do it fast! Here are two different runners thoughts on five of the newest top trainers:

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NIKE LUNARGLIDE 8 $120

Nike says: The LunarGlide 8 offers breathable support and exceptionally soft cushioning to help you glide through your longest runs. Engineered mesh provides comfortable breathability while Flywire technology adapts to your foot for a secure fit. The soft, contoured Lunarlon midsole has precision-lasered cuts on the sides that collapse during footstrike to help you reach a smoother stride. A dynamic support platform adds comfortable, lightweight stability without weighing you down.

Sarah says: I loved how the Lunarglide fit my narrow foot and offered a great combination of a firm feel and well-cushioned ride. I wish it was a bit more springy and responsive, otherwise it might be my favorite out of all those we tested.  Read More

 

Savory Goodness! 9 Healthy Snacks

 

 

We’ve expounded on our love of snacks in many a post. Being as active as we are, and working the long hours that we do, we are always looking for healthy treats to keep us going in between meals. We last shared our favorite sweets in Super Sweets, and now we’re on to the savory. Here’s 9 of our go-to favorites!

ROW 1: HARD BOILED EGG. At about 80 calories with 7 grams of protein, a hard boiled egg is a filling snack that doesn’t fill you up. There is ongoing discussion about the cholesterol count, but recent research has concluded that infrequent egg consumption does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Conveniently packaged in its own natural carrying case, boil them up and take them to go!

SEASNAX. Seasnax roasted seaweed sheets are marketed as “strangely addictive” and that they are. This is great news as seaweed is nutrient packed! It’s one of the richest sources of minerals, high in Iodine, Vitamin B12 and potassium. Seasnax come in convenient single serve packs that are a ridiculously low 15 calories a piece. Read More

 

SOS x Huckberry

 

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The Holidays may be over, but there is still all sorts of cool outdoor gear out there with your name on it! The STYLE OF SPORT SHOP at Huckberry has it all. It’s a curated collection of gear, apparel and accessories from many of our favorite brands like Filson, Seevees, Hestra, Pendleton, Topo Designs, and more — all at special sale prices!

ROW 1: LUM-TEC HUCKBERRY COMBAT B33 GMT $498.98. A limited edition of 50, the HB X Lum-Tec collaboration is a custom-designed timepiece available exclusively on Huckberry. FILSON DAY PACK $120. Filson is a favorite heritage brand that needs no introduction, and this rugged, weather-resistant day pack is ideal for country and city hikes, with a classic design that goes anywhere. ALPS & METERS ALPINE GUIDE SWEATER $259.98. Alps & Meters makes top of the line alpine sportwear built to survive the elements. The Alpine Guide Sweater is just as at home on the streets of any metropolis as it is the mountains.

ROW 2: WE TOOK TO THE WOODS, IN THE GLEN: CEDAR + PINE CANDLE $28.98. Wrapped in bark, “In the Glen” is a refreshing mixture of Cedar and Pine that brings the forest into your home. HESTRA GRANVIK CLOVES $180. The Elk leather Granvik is a classic sport glove: two-toned leather with a soft-Italian wool lining for chic and cozy warmth.

ROW 3: CLARKS WALLABY BOOT $103.98. The legendary Wallaby is back and as cool as ever. The Clarks original many of us wore in younger days is one of their most popular shoes, a timeless moccasin style boot that has stood the test of time. PENDLETON GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK BEACH TOWEL $39.98.The popular National Park blanket pattern is re-created in a supersized jacquard towel — sheared on one side for luxurious softness and looped on the other for superior absorption.

 

The 31 Days of Fitness 2017!

 

 
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to The 31 Days of Fitness! Every January your editor embarks on a crazy adventure, and does a different workout or takes a different fitness class everyday all month long. My objective? To show our readers how many different exercise options are out there and that there are no excuses not to get in shape this 2017! The holidays have been fun but it’s time to get our butts back in gear as this new year begins. There is a workout for everyone out there — running, spinning, boxing, rowing, Crossfit, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), pole dancing, yoga, pilates, and more — and I’m going to sample them all this month! I’m determined to find the workout for you — not just one you’ll do, but one you will actually enjoy!
 

January 16: SLT. Back on the Pilates Reformer, or “Megaformer”, as it is called at SLT, for Day 16. SLT stands for Strenthen, Lenghten, and Tone and that’s exactly what this class did for 50 non-stop minutes. SLT is a full body Pilates workout, done with the assistance and resistance of the weighted springs of the apparatus. It requires constant engagement of the core — aided by the popularity of the plank in this class! As I’ve discussed before with Pilates classes, these seemingly calm workouts are extremely challenging because your muscles are kept in contraction, often isometric (uh… burning!), for the entire class. The moves are performed slowly at SLT in order activate the deep, slow-twitch muscle fibers for elongated and toned results you instantly feel. It left my body quivering, as Pilates does every time, and hit those obliques and inner thighs in ways I find no other workout does. 
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And The Winner Is… Our Favorite Flix of 2016!

 
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2016 brought us a slew of great sport films. With time off for the Holidays, now is your chance to catch up with 8 of our favorites. From boxing to track and field, surfing to snowboarding, Strongman to equestrian, we’ve got something for everyone. A mix of documentaries and Hollywood dramas, all are based on the true stories of which sport legends are made!

HARRY AND SNOWMAN (above)

This heartwarming documentary tells the true story of a horse named Snowman, who in the early 1950’s, destined for the slaughterhouse, was purchased for eighty dollars by a Dutch immigrant named Harry deLeyer. In less than two years, deLeyer transformed Snowman into one of the greatest Grand Prix show jumpers history. The two would go on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s far more pedigree horses. Harry and Snowman’s chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction was the beginning of a friendship that lasted a lifetime, both in and out of the ring. 86-year old deLeyer tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit. Read More

 

Over The Rainbow

 

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THE WEATHER MAY HAVE TURNED COLD AND DREARY,

BUT THIS RAINBOW STRIPED SPORT GEAR AND ACCESSORIES

IS SURE TO BRIGHTEN UP ANY DAY!

 

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LEFT COLUMN: STATE BICYCLE 4130 CORE LINE now $299. Keep it simple with this fixed gear/single speed bicycle from State. Crafted with Chromoly steel, this tri-tone design is a limited edition, and like all their models, will be retired when the last one is sold. PERFECT MOMENT QUEENIE DOWN PADDED SKI JACKET $310. The 70’s are back on the slopes with this multi-colored, short-waisted, high collared down jacket. Its old school style is updated with lightweight Airtastic EX fabric, an elasticated snow skirt, goggle pocket with cleaner cloth, and media-wire hole. Complete the look with matching ski pants: AURORA FLARED SKI PANTS $310. Fitted with a flared leg and articulated multi-colored slalom style knee pads, you’re fully ski stylin’ now!

CENTER COLUMN: GUCCI PEGGY PLATFORM SNEAKERS $950. Keep that 70’s vibe going off the slopes with these crazy fun rainbow platform Gucci kicks! LAZERSPORT ARMOR HELMET $69.99. Super lightweight with ultra protection for the urban cyclist, this helmet features channel ventilation with top exhaust vents to drive hot air out and keep cool air flowing. BALENCIAGA BAZAR SHOPPER XL $2550. This oversized multi-colored striped tote cruised down the Fall 2016 runways, and will carry you in chic style to any destination — roomy enough for a weekend’s stash worth of stuff.

RIGHT COLUMN: MOLTEN NEON RECREATIONAL BEACH VOLLEYBALL $14.99. Add some extra fun to the game with this multi-colored beach volleyball. It features an ultra soft cover for an ease of touch that every level of  player will enjoy. PAUL SMITH REVERSIBLE SCARF $125. Go stealth black or multi-striped with this 100% reversible wool scarf. Solid black on one side, violet, khaki, petrol and black stripe on the other, it’s available in other fun color combos too! TECNICA MOON BOOT RAINBOW 2.0 $130. Nothing like a rainbow Moon Boot to brighten up your snow day fun! Nylon shell keeps the elements the outside and toasty insulation keeps feet warm on the inside.

 

The Sport Pages: Gorgeous Gift Books!

 

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As our final Gift of Sport guide of the season, we give the hot holiday sport themed books of 2016. From yoga to cycling to boxing, skiing, skateboarding and more, these gorgeous photography and illustrated books are the perfect addition to any coffee table.

 

 AMERICAN THOROUGHBRED

By Neil Latham

The monumental size of American Thoroughbred fits the grandeur of the subject matter. A slipcased limited edition, the book holds a collection of large-scale black and white photographs of America’s greatest thoroughbreds and represents a 3-year journey in which Latham fully immersed himself into the sport of horse racing. Convincing the most notable owners and trainers to let him photograph their multimillion-dollar racehorses, the project took him from the racetrack of Saratoga to the horse farms of Kentucky to the ranches of Southern California, where he photographed such thoroughbred legends as A.P. Indy, Curlin, Tapit, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta — as well as American Pharoah, 2015’s heralded Triple Crown winner. Just in time for the holidays, the buyer can receive an 8×10” silver gelatin print, handmade by the artist in his darkroom, by sending proof of purchase to info@neillatham.com.
 

 

THE ULTIMATE SKI BOOK

By Gabriella Le Breton, Foreword by Franz Klammer

The Ultimate Ski Book documents the story of skiing through the centuries, capturing the essence of the world’s most popular winter activity through spellbinding photography and inspiring text. From the first ski superstars and most memorable ski fashions; to the world’s best resorts and most prestigious chalets; to the favorite resorts and steepest runs — The Ultimate Ski Book encapsulates everything skiers love about the sport. Read More

 

WOW! Working Out With Kelly Ripa

 
KELLY RIPA, SOS EDITOR CLAUDIA LEBENTHAL, STACEY GRIFFITH
 
PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS BY DEBBY HYMOWITZ

 
From daytime television to morning television, Kelly Ripa has been making her presence known on the airwaves since 1990. We first got to know her as Hayley Vaughan on ABC’s “All My Children”, before becoming the co-host of “Live with Regis and Kelly” in 2001. Now the solo host of “Live with Kelly”, Kelly Ripa has proven she’s a force to be reckoned with and not just on the small screen. Packed into a 5’3” frame, this media powerhouse is a whole lot of muscle and endless energy, all of which I’ve witnessed plenty while riding with her over the last few years at SoulCycle.

The bubbly personality we all know and love on television is balanced by a sarcastic wit that fellow riders at SoulCycle experience on a regular basis. There is no diva here; Kelly is just a fresh-faced, funny, and approachable spin mate who didn’t hesitate to say yes when I worked up the nerve to ask if she’d be on Style of Sport. Her only request was that she didn’t have to wear any makeup. ‘How cool’, I thought, ‘How real! How Alicia Keys!’ The daily application of makeup is one part of her job that she is happy to skip when not required.
 

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For this installment of “WOW: Working Out With”, Kelly and I “doubled” at SoulCycle with one of our favorite instructors, Stacey Griffith — a star in her own right whose book, Two Turns from Zero, comes out this March. Anyone who rides with Stacey knows we are a tight knit group. The “double” seems to be a phenomenon unique to SoulCycle where riders just can’t get enough, taking not just one, but two classes in a row.
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