Zensah Ambassador Jason Romero embarked on an epic journey on March 24. He plans to cover 3,246 miles in 64 days. His epic journey started in Santa Monica, CA and ends in Boston, MA. Jason suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa. This has not stopped him from being an Ultra-Marathon winner, multiple Ironman finisher and part of Team USA’s Paralympics team.
At the end of February, we had the pleasure of hosting Kara Goucher here in Miami.
Kara spent most of the morning meeting the team and learning a bit more about what being part of Team Zensah is all about. We then decided to put her to work and made her the Zensah customer service rep for a half hour. Once people found out through Twitter, the phone lines started going crazy. Fans were even skeptical when she picked up the phone, and they didn’t know what to say!
The team also went over some product design with Kara & her assistant, who was quite hard to impress and very rigorous in his testing.
“Everyone has been so friendly, it really does feel like a family!” – Kara Goucher
Zensah & Runner’s Depot Davie also hosted a Meet & Greet with Kara. Over 200 people showed up to meet one of the running world’s most popular characters. Runners of all levels were able to ask questions, learn from Kara and get their pictures with her.
Zensah also invited some of South Florida’s influential runners to partake in a photo shoot along with Kara at the beautiful South Pointe Park in South Beach. Albeit a bit colder than usual for Miami, the weather was sunny and everyone was all-smiles during the shoot. The only complaint from the runners/models was that they were not getting to run enough!
We’re glad that we were able to bring Kara down here and get her to share with our community and see a bit of what it’s like to be a runner in South Florida. Hopefully we’re able to do more events with her and South Florida’s running community soon!
To qualify for the Olympic Trials is an incredible feat in and of itself. More incredible than that is the fact that once you qualify you must somehow find that extra-gear to train harder and push yourself even farther than before. Simply incredible. We were able to ask Andrea some questions about how she has prepared for the 2016 Marathon Trials:
How are you preparing for it?
Workouts have been pretty intense, pushing the limits in at least 2 workouts a week. I took the summer to train for shorter races, working on speed and getting the leg turnover to sharpen up, knowing I wanted to improve my speed for the Trials. That helped build my confidence for workouts and race day, knowing I was improving. The big challenge for me was the mental training, as I run with my emotions on the front of my brain, so it was important for me to stay positive and have perspective in the build-up to Los Angeles.
Originally from: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vert-announces-new-partnership-with-zensah-and-introduces-first-intensity-measurement-device-300199249.html
Wearable athletic tech company debuts VERT2 in conjunction with smart compression apparel partnership at CES 2016
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — VERT, a leader in wearable athletic technology, today announces its second product, VERT2. This next generation wearable jump monitoring device provides intensity, exertion and stress analytics in addition to VERT’s original jump height and count measurements. This announcement is released in conjunction with a new partnership with Zensah®, a premium compression apparel brand, to ensure athletes are training and playing safer. Both VERT2 and Zensah® apparel, integrated with VERT technology, will debut at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
VERT2 is a non-invasive and discrete inertial measurement unit (IMU) worn on an individual’s body to report numerous athletic measurements, including total Gs, high/low intensity count, surges per minute, surge count, high acceleration (Gs) and average peak acceleration (Gs). These measurements are sent to the VERT software architecture in real-time, which can then be monitored by coaches and athletes during or after use.
“Zensah® aligns with VERT’s constant commitment to create better experiences for athletes, and we believe integrating discrete technology into Zensah® compression apparel is a giant leap in that direction,” said Martin Matak, founder and president of VERT. “We have already seen real-time jump measurements contribute to athletic safety with jump count data, but with the addition of intensity measurements in smart apparel, VERT2 will help prevent injuries to athletes and inform users of important information for recovery as well.”
With VERT technology integrated into Zensah® apparel, this partnership gives athletes the ability to use the jump monitoring device with the cutting edge, seamless technology and ergonomic fit that Zensah® is known for. Zensah® is committed to using the best fabrics and technology in all of its compression apparel, and this new tech will be made to fit products including the compression leg sleeves, socks, knee sleeve, tops, sports bras and more. Each product incorporates graduated compression for faster recovery, 3D ribbing for targeted muscle support, and a fabric that features silver ions and moisture wicking control.
“We are constantly researching and developing the most innovative designs and fabrics for athletic use, and we are excited to have a partnership with VERT that is leading the way in athletic wearables,” said Ze’ev Feig, founder and CEO of Zensah.
The VERT technology is currently used by the USA Volleyball National teams along with multiple NCAA volleyball and basketball programs throughout the US, which recently made history as the first wearable tech used in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship games. Through VERTcast, a sports telemetry system used with VERT technology, viewers were given the opportunity to experience student athleticism in real-time through live-screen and television newscast inclusion in the semi-final and championship games.
In addition to Unveiled on Jan. 4, Vert2 and the integrated tech with Zensah® will be available for preview at booth #74325 located in the Fitness & Technology area at CES starting Jan. 6th. The commercial product is set to be available for purchase May 2016, and consumers can find out more at www.myvert.com
About VERT: Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., VERT is a leader in wearable athletic technology focused on creating a better experience for athletes and coaches alike. The VERT jump rate monitor is used in a variety of jump sports, including basketball, volleyball, BMX and many other health and fitness activities. VERT is currently used by the USA Volleyball National teams, NCAA volleyball and basketball programs throughout the US. For more information or to purchase VERT, visit www.myvert.com.
About Zensah: Zensah® is a Miami-based company, specializing in sports compression apparel. Zensah® products are worn by Olympians, professional athletes, and fitness enthusiasts. Zensah® offers compression products for performance and recovery. For details, visit www.zensah.com.
As 2015 comes to an end, we can’t help thinking about all the new and exciting things we want to accomplish in the New Year. But many times setting goals can be overwhelming and intimidating. So we asked our Team Zensah athletes to share their tips in setting personal and fitness related goals. If you have any suggestions we would love to hear from you too!
Don’t just set race time goals, think smaller like the day to day training things. Maybe it means having a goal to run 6 days a week, or to incorporate post workout strides more regularly. What about making a point to stretch and foam roll a few times a week. Building a strong foundation, finding consistency, and fine tuning day to day training will help those time goals come even faster. Goals don’t need to be just time related for races, creating healthy training habits will keep you going long after those personal best times have past.
While we’re all familiar with goals needing to be attainable and actually do-able, I’d encourage athletes to think outside that box just a little. Somehow, I’ve been able to attain goals that I never, ever would have dreamed possible. So, my tip would be have “C” level, “B” level and “A” level goals. “C” goals would be reasonably attainable. “B” goals would be realized only with a perfect season of training with no setbacks. “A” goals would be way out there! Like…WAY out there. If you reach them, it’s amazing. If you don’t, there’s always next season…or the next…or, even the next. I never, ever dreamed I could win a national championship in triathlon. But, it happened…somehow. #sograteful
I listen to my heart. I listen to what dreams I have. I use the knowledge and experience I have to judge my talents and opportunities to create my goal and then I put together a plan to execute my goal.
Once you set a goal, break it down into bite size steps and check off each step as you move toward your goal. For example, maybe your goal is to run a half marathon in 2016. If you have never run a 5k or 10k make that a step toward your goal of running a half marathon.
Let someone else know your goals! You will be more likely to reach your goals if you enlist someone to be accountable to.
Don’t forget to make process goals that will help you reach your PR dreams! For example, commit to cross train twice a week or commit to getting 8 hours of sleep a night. Commit to eating better or drinking more water during the day. All these little goals contribute to you reaching your bigger goal- your race PR.
A goal is defined as “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.”
I like goals over resolutions because I want to do more than do something, I want to achieve something specific. When people make resolutions, I think it is great to jump start something new and exciting or even maybe start something that includes healthier living and decision making. However, that becomes just too generic for me. I see those “I am going to workout” or “I am going to eat healthier” … starting January 1, 2016. How can those things be measured? Does one salad in 2016 or one push up in 2016 count as eating healthier or doing a workout? For some maybe.
Set a goal or goals, but keep in mind … make them measurable … make it challenging … make it where at some point you wonder, CAN I DO IT? Create more than 1 goal … Put an “A” goal, a “B” goal, and “C” goal in there or even however many goals you want in there that you think your life allows you to set.
For me it is super important to know “WHY” I want to do something. I “WHY” factor is what is going to be the complete driving force into your everyday motivation. Once this part has been established I like to establish a plan on what I need to do to set myself up to reach the goal. Examples of this could be developing a detailed training plan, connecting with a coach, signing up for “C” and “B” races to help develop fitness for an “A” race, or reaching out to possible training partners. Having things written down on paper is just a game changer for me. It also may be helpful to share your goal(s) with others. This can help with accountability and also for others to understand your commitment (why you are spending countless hours in the gym or on trails and not at every happy hour).