Nike or ASICS? How to choose the perfect runners

Trying to choose a pair of runners can easily make you sweat as much as running itself. It’s tough and often confusing with all the terminology that come with many technically-designed runners.

Two of the biggest brands setting the trend in creating the most up-to-date and technically advanced runners are Nike and ASICS. Although the two brands share similar core properties like focusing on flexibility, support and fit, there’s a distinctive difference.

To make an overall comparison between these two brands, think of Apple and Microsoft. Where many people relate Apple with eye-catching and simplicity of its product design, it’s practicality and engineering that they identify more with Microsoft products. Nike and ASICS also bear similar differences when it comes to their product range.

To make your decision a little easier, you need to begin by understanding the two brand’s purpose for their most popular and sought after runners.

 

Kayano 22's

One of the most recognisable models for Nike runners is probably their Free range with Flyknit upper technology, which is all about providing a flexible, natural fit, that is featherweight and virtually seamless – all in one layer. Providing a snug, sock-like fit, they allow you to move naturally while delivering ultimate comfort without added weight. If you’re a no-fuss, just-run type of person that wants total comfort throughout your run, then just do it with the Nike Free range to give you a good start to your morning jogs. The unconventional and flexible properties of its design will keep things simple and light.

 

Kayano 22's

On the other hand, if you’re a serious runner who wants more than “just another pair” of runners, ASICS might get you performing more in regards to enhanced stability and greater flexibility to deliver better running efficiency. The GEL-Kayano 22 is one of the most popular high-tech runners for those who are serious about sweating it out on the track, field or court. Engineered to provide the ultimate underfoot support as well as built-in GEL units for added cushioning and shock absorption, the GEL-Kayano 22 raises the bar, showcasing ASICS’ latest running footwear technology. If you consider the technicalities of a good running shoe, the GEL-Kayano 22 is a better choice for performance, pronation and efficiency.

Whatever makes you get up and running, start by asking yourself the purpose of your run – whether it’s a lifestyle or achieving a goal, it’ll lead you to your perfect running shoe, no sweat.

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Asics Runners

Nike Runners

5 Runners For Your Winter Workout

It’s official. Winter is coming, and while we know you’d rather be training for a Netflix marathon than an actual marathon, that’s no reason to kick your regular workout routine to the curb. If you’re lacking in fitness inspo for the off season, fear not – our top 5 running shoes are equipped with all the firepower you need to brave the chilly conditions and get ahead of the pack.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22

Year after year, the GEL-Kayano continues to push the boundaries of running technology, and the 22 does not disappoint. Kitted out with ASICS’ signature GEL cushioning system, this COTD hot seller delivers in spades when it comes to comfort, fit and support.

 

Kayano 22's


Nike Air Zoom Odyssey

Ever wanted to know what morphing into a human blur would be like? Behold, the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey! These bad boys feature a cloud-like foam midsole, lightweight but responsive cushioning, and breathable mesh construction for next level speed and stability. Your competition will be biting the dust so hard, they’ll wonder why they even bothered in the first place.

 

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey


Adidas Galaxy 2

Bring your ‘A’ game (yeah, we went there) the next time you hit the track in this slick style from Adidas. With ADIPRENE+ technology for incredible underfoot feel and impact protection, our epic range of colourways will have you lusting after a different pair for every day of the week.

 

Adidas Galaxy 2


Reebok Z Dual Rush

Staying quick and cool on your feet is easier said than done, especially when you’re simultaneously sweating in places you never thought possible AND trying to dredge up what little oxygen you have left in the tank. The Reebok Z Dual Rush is all about leaving the bulk behind, with a low-profile silhouette for 360° breathability and excellent traction.

 

Reebok Z Dual Rush


Saucony Triumph ISO

Strap yourself in for a ride you’ll never want to get off with this award-winning neutral trainer. PowerGrid tech ensures super plush comfort, while the stretch mesh sleeve gives you a custom sock-like feel while you’re racking up the kms.

 

Saucony Triumph ISO

 

Ready to step things up? Put the pedal to the metal and update your winter workout swag here!

How to Make a “Chunky Monkey” Breakfast Protein Smoothie

Here in the office, we love whipping up our breakfast using the best superfoods we can find in the Grocery Run kitchen. With a good protein powder base, this Chunk Monkey smoothie makes for a nutritious breakfast with a protein hit and a sweet kick!

See how we whip up our Chunky Monkey smoothie in the video!

The Chunky Monkey breakfast smoothie

Time to make: under 5 minutes, quick and easy for breakfast on the go!
Steps: 3. Prep. blend and enjoy…

Ingredients:

One banana
300mL Milk – cow, soy, almond, coconut or any milk of choice
Two scoops of Muscle Milk Chocolate Protein Powder
One heaped tbsp Peanut Butter
Half tsp of pure Vanilla Extract
Sweeten if desired – we added a splash of quality Maple Syrup and Vanilla extract

Steps:

1. Chop up your banana!
2. Pour milk into blender
3. Scoop out the Muscle Milk Chocolate protein powder into the blender and add the peanut butter and chopped banana.
4. Add a splash of vanilla and maple syrup for a sweeter taste.
If you like…add a Superfood: Coconut Oil, Maca Powder, Cacao Nibs, Chia Seeds… for an extra supplement mood boost!
5. BLEND WELL!
6. Pour into a jar and enjoy for breakfast. Yummo!
 Want to make your own kick ass superfood smoothie at home? Check out the superfoods and protein powder in the Groceries on Catch of the Day.
In need of some new protein powders? Check out our protein clearance on sale this week!

From the Grocery Run Kitchen:

Coconut Oil, Cacao Powder, Natural Peanut Butter, Chia Seeds and Muscle Milk Protein Powder!

Coconut Oil Loving Earth Cacao Sanitarium peanut butter Chia Comuscle milk

For more recipe ideas check out our Easter Chocolate Treats for something sweet! Keep following Catch Culture for more Active Lifestyle and Recipes Ideas!

Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter

The colder months are the hardest months of the year to stay motivated when it comes to working out. If you’re a gym junkie who lives for treadmills and weights machines then winter won’t bother your workout so much. But if you love to get revved up by hitting up walking trails and running tracks to get your blood pumping, then the winter months can be a little off putting. But we’ve got the guide to get you through!

It’s important to keep active in winter. Not only does it keep your fitness levels up in the cooler months, but getting outside for workouts is great for a healthy mind and extra energy boost.

We all know that the best way to encourage a good workout regime is by grabbing the right tools so we’ve got these tips for you on what you’ll need for your outdoor workouts in the winter months:

Layering is key

The stand out rule for keeping warm during workouts in winter is that layering is essential! When you begin your run you’ll start off extremely cold and will need a warm jumper or top layer to keep your body temperature up. A windbreaker is perfect as a top layer in the colder months. But as your workout progresses and your body temperature increases, you can slowly take off a few layers to feel more comfortable. Choose a vest as an extra layering option in winter to keep your core warm and your arms free.

New Balance Men's Momentum LS Tee - Cobalt Blue
New Balance Men’s Momentum LS Tee – Cobalt Blue
New Balance Men's Sequence Pant - Black
New Balance Men’s Sequence Pant – Black

 

 

Look for wind breaking and waterproof materials

Try to avoid wearing cotton clothing in winter as it tends to absorb moisture and isn’t great for providing insulation when the weather drops. Instead look for clothes with Gore-tex or Dry Fit fabric or other waterproof materials such as nylon or specific types of polyester to ensure you stay dry and warm during your workout.

Some New Balance items feature a LIGHTNING DRY® technology which uses special polyester yarns to wick away moisture which is great for workouts in winter.

Remember: It’s also important to protect your exposed skin by applying moisturizers and sunscreens to protect from the elements of wind and sun.

New Balance Women's Heathered Long Sleeve Top - Ruby
New Balance Women’s Heathered Long Sleeve Top – Ruby
New Balance Women's Sequence Pant - Black
New Balance Women’s Sequence Pant – Black

 

The right footwear

As the weather drops, wind, rain and ice can appear on the roads and tracks where you may be running so finding the right footwear for these conditions is essential. Look for shoes with lots of tread on the sole of the shoe as this will help to grip the road in wet conditions.

Winter workout temperature guide

The weather around Australia in winter varies from state to state from an average of 20°C up in Brisbane to an average of 10°C in Tasmania and can even drop to the negatives in Canberra and up in the mountains. Wherever your workout, our guide below is a great basis for how to layer up for a cold weather workout.

Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter
Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter

 

Looking to up your fitness levels? Read up on How to Pick A Fitness Tracker To Suit Your Workout Style for some advice on which tracking device will help you reach your workout goals.

Grab some essential running layers for your workout wardrobe, a new pair of workout shoes with good grip for wet conditions and you’ll have no more excuses!

Happy winter workout!

 

How to Pick a Fitness Tracker for Your Workout Style

Thinking about getting a fitness tracker but don’t know which one is right for you? There are lots of different options for fitness trackers and wearable fitness bands that it can be a little confusing. If you’re a fitness fanatic or you just love the idea of analyzing your workout, fitness trackers are awesome gadgets and a growing trend in the world of workouts.

So we’ve done the hard yards to give you the skinny on our top pick fitness trackers, to help you choose one to best suit your workout style.

Read on to see which fitness tracker will suit you:

The everyday person who fits exercise into a busy lifestyle

If you live a very busy lifestyle and are looking to integrate your workout with all the other moving parts of your life then the Garmin Vivofit will suit you well. It has all of the great activity tracking features that are almost standard with fitness trackers (sleep monitoring, step counter, calorie counter), but it also connects to your smartphone and vibrates for calls, alerts, text messages and emails. Great for when you’re on the run, so you never miss that important phone call.  It also has inactivity alerts to get you up and moving when you’ve been sitting at your desk for too long. Plus the Garmin Vivofit sometimes comes with a separate heart rate monitor as an extra feature. As most fitness trackers do, it has a specific Garmin Connect app that will sync with your device to let you know all of your stats on your smartphone.

Garmin Vivofit red vertical

 

Best for: Everyday fitness

Features included: Inactivity alerts, sleep tracker, calorie counter, step counter, activity tracker, personalised goals, real time live tracking feature, heart rate monitor comes separately.

What it doesn’t have: Garmin Vivofit doesn’t sync to other fitness apps.

What app does it connect to? Garmin Connect™ Mobile app.

Is my device compatible? The Garmin Connect™ Mobile app is compatible with both iOS and Android.

For fitness fanatics who love to keep active

If you’re very into your sports and enjoy a wide range of exercise options, the Fitbit flex is a good choice. Compared to other fitness trackers, Fitbit flex technology is built to sync with a range of fitness and health apps including My Fitness Pal, making it very compatible and can track a wide range of stats including activity, food, sleep, water, body mass, weight and more. It is easy to wear and a popular choice in the wearables market.

Fitbit Flex blakc

Best for: Fitness fanatics 

Features included: silent wake alarm, sleep tracker, calorie counter, step counter, activity tracker including distance travelled, food logging, personalised goals, inactivity alerts,

What it doesn’t have: No screen display, led lights show progress. No heart rate monitor.

What app does it connect to? Fitbit app. Fitbit also syncs with many other health and fitness apps. Fitbit.com membership allows you to track activity, weight and body mass online.

Is my device compatible? Fitbit app is compatible with iOS and Android.

The social workout lover

Do you love working out with friends and looking good while you exercise? We suggest the Misfit Flash for its stylish design and social features. The Misfit app allows you to connect with friends and compare stats with a leaderboard, which works well for people who are motivated socially. The only downside is that you can only connect with other misfit owners, so make sure you grab some for your friends as well. Pressing down on the display with show led lights which indicate how your workout is progressing. A stylish and basic fitness wearable.

Mitfit Flash Pink
Best for:
 A stylish look and social connections with your workout.

Features included: Friends and family can complete using Misfit app. Display shows watch function, app features personalised goals, sleep tracker, calorie counter, step counter.

What it doesn’t have: No heart rate monitor, display shows progress but doesn’t display counter.

What app does it connect to? Misfit app

Is my device compatible? Misfit app is compatible with both iOS and Android.

For when you need the motivate to lose weight

If you’ve set yourself some personal goals of getting healthy this year, the Jawbone UP is a good choice. The smart coach feature will motivate you to push your goals with personal challenges. On the food tracking side, it has a easy to use food logging program to improve the quality of your nutrition and get you to your ideal weight by logging food and drink choices and calories. Simply pop in the meal details or scan the barcode of the product you’re consuming. This provides you with a Food Score to help educate you on food choices. The Jawbone is also compatible with many other health apps.

Jawbone blueBest for: Keeping motivated and getting healthy.

Features included: Friends and family can complete using Jawbone Up app. App also provides sleep tracking, smart alarm, smart coach, calorie counter, step counter, personalized goal tracker.

What it doesn’t have: Led display lights up to show your mode status but no other screen display.

What app does it connect to? Jawbone UPSimilar to Vivofit, Jawbone is also compatible with many other fitness app listed.

Is my device compatible? Jawbone Up is compatible with both iOS and Android.

If you’re serious about your training

The Withings Pulse O2 is a great wearable fitness tracker for those who are really into their training. Compared to other fitness trackers, the Withings Pulse O2 not only tracks steps, calories and personal goals but also tracks altitude and elevation, heart rate and blood oxygen levels. This wearable is also a good choice for athletes as it shows an overall health representation taking into account weight, activity, sleep and heart health and encourages you to work on areas of weakness, rather than setting your own priorities.

Withings Pulse O2Best for: Increasing your fitness levels and overall heart health.

Features included: Blood oxygen and heart rate monitors, display shows steps and calories, touchscreen allows you to view past history on the device, altitude tracker, sleep tracker, calorie counter, step counter, elevation climbed, personalized goal tracker, badging system allows to to gamify your fitness tracking, friends and family can complete using the Health Mate app, food logging, real-time coaching.

What it doesn’t have: Withings Pulse O2 covers almost all features that other fitness wearables have.

What app does it connect to? Works with the Health Mate App.

Is my device compatible? Withings Pulse O2 is compatible with both iOS and Android.

With all of that knowledge to take in, hopefully you have a better understanding of what you are looking for in a fitness tracker. Of course, each device will have loads of features so make sure you know which features you are interested in and choose the device best suited to your lifestyle.

If you are in the mood to shop for a fitness tracker, there are top brands available on Catch of the Day, so check it out!

Do you have a fitness tracker? What do you like or dislike about it? Did we miss any important features? Let us know in the comments.

5 Types of People To Avoid At The Gym

By Clara

If you’ve ever set foot in the gym you’re likely to have met all of these typical gym types. From the dedicated bodybuilders staring at themselves while they lift weights in the mirror, to the narcissistic selfie girl who hasn’t even worked up a sweat in fear that it will ruin her Instagram worthy shot.

If you want to get a good workout in next time you’re at the gym, here’s a list of five types of people to avoid at the gym:

1. The over-ambitious beginner

The over-ambitious beginner hasn’t been to the gym in years but has decided that this year they are going to get fit. You’re most likely to spot the OAB in the gym during the first few weeks of the year but other trigger points include birthdays or their ex getting a hot new partner. They turn up to BodyBalance and make a point of informing the instructor, and anyone else who’ll listen, that they are ALSO doing BodyPump. They say this with a hint of indulgent pride while insinuating that one class a night just isn’t enough. You’ll normally find them in a puddle of sweat on the floor twenty minutes into BodyBalance and it’s very unlikely you’ll ever see the OAB in the gym again.

 2. The professional

The professional gym-goer is much too good and they are ruining things for the rest of us. They are the girl in the Zumba class with eight years of ballet, jazz and tap experience and keeps their technique tight when the rest of us are just moving our bodies vaguely in time with the music. We’re in a community leisure centre that smells like BO and broken dreams lady, no need to act like you’re in the Royal Ballet! Keep an eye out for the professional gym-guy, who most likely did karate until he was 17 and despite a lapse of ten years believes that the women in the BodyAttack class need to work on their form.You call that a fist ladies!?

3. The over-sharer

The over-sharer is that person who desperately needs to show you the pictures of her kids on her phone. Hell, she wants to show you the photos of her next door neighbours kids. The over-sharer delays the start of the class by asking the instructor intrusive questions about his/her recent holiday to Vietnam. “But what was the exact name of the tailor who you use? Were they in the old quarter? How much did it cost? How long did it take and did they have new fashion magazines to use as guides?” The over-sharer is at the gym to make friends. Maybe they are really lonely. Maybe they actually just want to delay the start of BodyCore (and who can blame them). Whatever deep psychological issues underlie their needy condition, can they work it out somewhere else?

 4. The pickup “artist”

If the over-sharer above is often (but not always) a woman, the pickup artist is often (but not always) a man. We are sure some loving relationships and, let’s be honest, fantastic flings, have probably started with eyes meeting across a crowded spin class but the line between an adorable “meet cute” story and a“creepy guy asking me out at the gym” story is really thin. If you’re known for creepin’ at the gym you’re almost certainly on the wrong side of it (unless you’re Channing Tatum). Wearing gym clothes and sweatily failing to touch your toes while a pop song exhorts you to be sexy is already a vulnerable position and some dude in alarmingly see-through leggings asking you what you’re doing after class is certainly going to make you want to run for the nearest no-males-allowed Curves gym.

5. The team players

The team players are the types of people you have to assume can’t go to the bathroom without taking a buddy. They arrive in a throng, a posse, a gang. They are friends or siblings or partners (worst of all!). When you file into the class they will ask you to move so they can stand next to their bff, Regina. You really don’t want to move because this spot gives you the perfect view of the instructor while also allowing you to partially hide behind the person in front. They laugh and giggle during the class at their in-jokes and make a midweek cardio session feel like high school where you’re not allowed to sit with them. One day though, Regina won’t make it to class and Gretchen will be running late and you’ll get to see Karen look all lost and alone…savour that day.

If you manage to successfully avoid these five types of people during your next attempt to workout, well done, we salute you!

If you’ve ever been sucked into a conversation with an over-sharer, trapped by the pickup artist in the weights area or stuck next to the team players during a class, then you’re sure to have a funny story about it, so tell us in the comments!

Need new sportswear or gear for your next visit to the gym? Check out the range in the sports shop on Catch of the Day!