Win a pair of UA HOVR Machina 2!

INTRODUCING THE NEW, FUTURE FORWARD UA HOVR™ MACHINA 2

Under Armour in South Africa, recently introduced its new, high tech UA HOVR™ Machina 2 in South Africa.  Following the success of the original UA HOVR™ Machina launched in 2020, the new and improved Machina 2 takes run coaching to the next level and comes complete with an embedded chip that allows runners to connect with the UA MapMyRun app to access a bevy of features. These features include Form Coaching, cadence and gait tracking, audio-coaching, interval training and tracking, and more.

Whether you’re looking to knock off a few seconds on your personal best or aiming to attempt your first 5k, the Machina 2 is the perfect running shoe to help you peak your performance. The UA HOVR Machina 2 mixes the speed of a racing shoe with the comfort of a long-distance trainer. Combine that with real-time Form Coaching and you’re equipped with the tools you need to reach your fitness goals for 2021.

The original Machina was designed to be a high-end trainer or entry-level racing shoe and is UA’s first plated shoe. The NEW Machina 2 is Under Armour’s highest cushioned shoe to date. It is a neutral shoe designed for runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning. The shoe provides a soft, energy efficient ride with a propulsion plate built in for added springiness.

TOP 3 FACTS ABOUT THE MACHINA 2: 

  1. Excellent Energy Return : Cushioning is known to improve running energy, a factor that can make a difference of several minutes when it comes to marathon racing UA HOVR™ foam + mesh Energy Web has been uncaged with more cushioning allowing you get more energy back in every step to help make the last mile your fastest.

  2. Fast function, Soft Feel, Light Weight : What gives the UA HOVR Machina 2 its fast-feeling speed is its propulsion plate, designed to keep the pace quick no matterwhat distance. The 2-pronged carbon-filled Pebax® spring plate helps runners get up on their toes to keep their turnover quick and their transition snappy.

  3. Data Driven Coaching: All of the footwear in Under Armour’s run suite, including the UA HOVR Machina 2, come digitally connected, allowing runners not only to track and analyse their runs, but also to gain unprecedented insight into their running form. All of these features are available with a seamless, easy-to-use connection to MapMyRun, part of the world’s largest digital health and fitness community of 270 million users, all working to make the sport and athlete better.  Connect seamlessly with UA Map My Run for personalised coaching based on your pace, cadence, stride length and distance with or without your phone.

The UA HOVR Machina 2 was launched globally in 2021 and is currently available in Under Armour Brand Houses around South Africa at a retail price of R3299.

PRODUCT DNA:

  • Connects to UA MAPMYRUN™: tracks & analyzes your running metrics to help make you a better runner
  • UA HOVR™ technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact
  • Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR™ foam to give back the energy you put in
  • Ultralight 3D spacer mesh upper for increased breathability & ultimate speed
  • As your body emits energy, the mineral-infused UA RUSH™ lining absorbs & reflects it back, improving endurance
  • External heel counter for added stability & a locked-in feel
  • Sprint spike-inspired Pebax® speed plate for increased return & more powerful push-offs
  • Carbon rubber pods under the heel deliver greater traction & durability at high-impact strike zones

Your Chance To Win

Exclusive to Modern Athlete we will be giving a pair of these amazing UA HOVR™ Machina shoes to one lucky reader weekly for simply joining the UA All Out Mile simply follow the steps below and not only will you improve your running, you can win amazing prizes too!

STEP ONE

First things first, you start by registering for the challenge, by clicking the image on the right or the “Register Now” button below!

Step Two

Then, automatically track all of your runs by linking your UA MapMyRun™ account on FitRankings. If you don’t have the UA MapMyRun™ it can be downloaded by simply scanning the QR code below! You can link your app to Garmin, Suunto, and Apple.

Step Three

Set your benchmark mile and train from AUGUST 30 TO SEPTEMBER 30. Take advantage of the weekly training plans and video tips directly from UA’s professional athletes, coaches and Human Performance experts.

Need Help Training?

Everything you need is in the UA MapMyRun™ app, see below what you can look forward to!

Step Four

During the UA All Out Mile competition period, go all out and crush your PR from October 1 through October 11. 

After completing your UA All Out Mile (you can try more than once), your results will automatically be pulled from UA MapMyRun™ and appear on the FitRankings leader board.

See how you stack up versus runners from around the world.

WIN BIG!

What’s great about bagging your Mile results is that you can compare with your running buddies and everyone else all over the world.  And because we are all about rewarding you, we are offering local SA prizes exclusive to Modern Athlete! 

Every week we will be drawing one lucky winner that will win a pair of Connected Under Armour running shoes valued at R3500!  

Adding to that one lucky runner that enters the All Out Mile Challenge before the 31st of September will win a full kit experience, Under Armour will kit out the winning runner from head to toe in everything you need to smash that mile!

Running for Mental-Aweh-ness

Joburg runner Henry Cock is well on his way to running 133 half marathons on consecutive days in the Mentally Aweh Challenge. He will cover just over 2800km as he makes his way around the South African coastline, from Mozambique to Namibia, and he’s doing this not only to set a new Guinness World Record, but more importantly to raise funds for to promote mental health and ‘aweh-ness.’ – by Sean Falconer

The Magic of the Enduring Mile

Under Armour launches the UA All Out Mile Campaign in South Africa

No running distance or field event has the historic and enduring appeal as the Mile. The Mile, much like the 100 meters and the marathon is still widely considered as one of the most iconic distances and the pinnacle of athletic excellence.

The first sub-4-minute mile was smashed in 1954 by Roger Bannister. His time of 3:59.4 has since been broken by over 1400 athletes worldwide.

Two unmatched records stand today in the ladies and men’s categories. The men’s world record stands at 3:43.13, set by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1999 while the women’s record sits at 4:12.33 held by Olympic sensation Sifan Hassan, set in July 2019.

However, the mile isn’t only for a considered ‘pro’ or Olympic athlete, it’s the ideal fitness distance for runners looking to test their speed endurance and pace up their tempo, regardless of age or ability.

With the continued popularity of the distance, Under Armour recently announced the launch of its popular Global Under Armour All Out Mile Campaign in SA.

UA will be challenging pro and novice runners across SA to go all out for 30 days to break their personal record over 1600m and benchmark themselves against competitors from around the world and at the same time stand a chance to win a host of exciting prizes.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this fierce campaign to South Africa. SA plays host to some of the most popular running events in the world and we have an ardent running community here. The Under Armour ‘All Out Mile’ has been created to challenge runners and encourage them to reach their best. We are excited to see it all unfold over the next few weeks” says Lorrianne Cloete Head of Marketing, at Under Armour SA.

Smashing the Mile

Training with the fast tempo of the mile is a great benefit to all distance runners. If you’ve never tried it before, this is a great opportunity to follow the challenge and surprise yourself with your abilities to improve from your initial benchmark time in Aug to your fastest All Out Mile attempt in Oct. The tech is all simple and free to use from UA. The hard part is the fun part, giving your everything over 1.6km.

I want to sign up!

STEP ONE

First things first, you start by registering for the challenge, by clicking the image on the right or the “Register Now” button below!

Step Two

Then, automatically track all of your runs by linking your UA MapMyRun™ account on FitRankings. If you don’t have the UA MapMyRun™ it can be downloaded by simply scanning the QR code below! You can link your app to Garmin, Suunto, and Apple.

Step Three

Set your benchmark mile and train from AUGUST 30 TO SEPTEMBER 30. Take advantage of the weekly training plans and video tips directly from UA’s professional athletes, coaches and Human Performance experts.

Need Help Training?

Everything you need is in the UA MapMyRun™ app, see below what you can look forward to!

Step Four

During the UA All Out Mile competition period, go all out and crush your PR from October 1 through October 11. 

After completing your UA All Out Mile (you can try more than once), your results will automatically be pulled from UA MapMyRun™ and appear on the FitRankings leader board.

See how you stack up versus runners from around the world.

WIN BIG!

What’s great about bagging your Mile results is that you can compare with your running buddies and everyone else all over the world.  And because we are all about rewarding you, we are offering local SA prizes exclusive to Modern Athlete! 

Every week we will be drawing one lucky winner that will win a pair of Connected Under Armour running shoes valued at R3500!  

Adding to that one lucky runner that enters the All Out Mile Challenge before the 31st of September will win a full kit experience, Under Armour will kit out the winning runner from head to toe in everything you need to smash that mile!

Last Week to Take it Forward!

It’s the last week that you can join thousands of others worldwide by joining the Take It Forward challenge in the adidas Running app! A lot of you will be well on the way to reaching your 30km target. But those just starting you can see the running programme here 

adidas wants to reward you for taking on this journey so for simply downloading the app and joining the challenge you can win your very own 4DFWD shoes and a R1000 voucher to spend in store!

 

How do I Join?

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is launching the Take It Forward Challenge where runners or walkers of all abilities are challenged to complete 30km in three weeks in the adidas Running app!

(download on 
Apple/Android).

Weekly Schedule!

adidas Runners Cape Town
adidas Runners Durban
adidas Runners Joburg

Sign Up to the Take it Forward Challenge in the free adidas Running App

Enter to Win!

How do I Join?

Win Your Very Own 4DFWD adidas Shoes!

Join thousands of others worldwide by joining the Take It Forward challenge in the adidas Running app! Completing the challenge is crucial to making the most of your running plan since it will help keep you accountable to your goals through a community of supporters.

adidas wants to reward you for taking on this journey so for simply downloading the app and joining the challenge you can win your very own 4DFWD shoes and a R1000 voucher to spend in store!

 

How do I Join?

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is launching the Take It Forward Challenge where runners or walkers of all abilities are challenged to complete 30km in three weeks in the adidas Running app!

(download on 
Apple/Android).

Sign Up to the Take it Forward Challenge in the free adidas Running App

Enter to Win!

How do I Join?

Join the Take It Forward Challenge

Join thousands of others worldwide by joining the Take It Forward challenge in the adidas Running app! Completing the challenge is crucial to making the most of your running plan since it will help keep you accountable to your goals through a community of supporters.

CHALLENGE DETAILS

Join the global challenge starting August 5, 2021. Run 30 kilometers between August 10 – 31 to complete the challenge! Running, treadmill, virtual running and walking all count!

How do I Join?

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is launching the Take It Forward Challenge where runners or walkers of all abilities are challenged to complete 30km in three weeks in the adidas Running app!

(download on 
Apple/Android).

Week One Schedule

adidas Runners Cape Town
adidas Runners Durban
adidas Runners Joburg

Sign Up to the Take it Forward Challenge in the free adidas Running App

TicWatch GTH – A Smart Buy

With a market flooded with smartwatches at every price imaginable, it has become hard to discern between a cost-effective option that gives you the functionality you need, versus a gimmicky, cheap product that ends up frustrating you more than helping you, but our recent test session with the new TicWatch GTH showed us that you can get value for money entry-level options. Our Marketing Director, Roxanne Martin, put the watch to the test.

When it comes to smartwatches, I have tested and played with quite a few, from all the big sports brands, so I have a fair idea of what to look for when a new one lands on my desk. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the TicWatch GTH, because its price of R1999 points to it being very much entry-level, but sometimes one can be pleasantly surprised.

The Setting Up Ritual

It doesn’t matter who you are, first impressions last, and there is always an element of judgement when you receive a new product. Taking the box out of the plastic courier bag and seeing it for the first time plays a big part in forming your initial opinion, and in a review piece these things matter, so here’s what I thought:

  • The first thing you see is an image of the watch on the front of the pull-over sleeve around the box. It is sleek-looking, all in black, exuding style, and you actually feel like you are unboxing something that costs a whole lot more. Turning the box over, the printed info gives you your first glimpse into how many features this watch offers, and the promise of 11 key features had me intrigued. Would it live up to the initial excitement?
  • Next was the unboxing… simple and understated, the watch immediately stood out, square face, slightly bigger than the iWatch. The black strap means it is versatile and can be worn with a large variety of colours, but it doesn’t fade into the background, it commands attention and stands proud. I was impressed.
  • Taking it out the box, I was surprised that it was so light, and when you put it on, the only way you know you are wearing anything is when you look down and actually see it on your wrist.

I immediately started setting the watch up, which proved to be really simple. In fact, this was probably the most straight-forward smartwatch I have ever set up. Turning it on, a QR code appeared on the screen, which I scanned on my phone. That took me to the app, which I downloaded and synced the watch to my phone. I was seriously impressed with this, because I have an iPhone, and this step usually requires some form of admin, as not all systems are compatible with apple, but this watch made it all smooth, quick, and easy. I was set up and ready to go in less than a minute. The only little tweak needed was syncing it to apple health and Strava… because, you know, Vitality goals are important!

Features and More Features

I love versatility, and this TicWatch GTH offers a lot. For starters, you can measure your temperature, and I was really keen to test this feature, as we have all had the experience of thermometers at a shop entrance that tell us we are actually dead. I mean, 32 degrees Celsius would mean I was close to rigor mortis, but I digress… The watch is also waterproof, which I find handy, as you can go about your daily life without worrying about it getting wet – a real saver when you want something you can wear all day.

It also has the ability to measure your SpO2 (saturation of peripheral oxygen) level, which in layman’s terms means it can measure the oxygen level in your blood. Why is this important? Well, with the global COVID-19 pandemic, people infected with the virus need to monitor this level closely, because when it drops below 80% it usually signals the need for hospitalisation and to be put on oxygen. As a result, every community WhatsApp group and their aunty is selling oximeters now, but with this watch, you won’t need that, because it has you covered. I just happened to have a doctor’s appointment for the dreaded winter flu a few days later, and when she tested my SpO2 level, I asked if we could compare it with the watch, and the good news is that the watch matched her measurement. So, in my books, that is quite handy!

The watch monitors your heart rate (HR) to give insight into your stress levels, and your sleep, so in terms of health it gives you an overall picture of how you are doing. I wore it for a week, and compared with my current watch, it was pretty accurate in what it told me. It gives you time of sleep, if you woke up, deep sleep versus light sleep, so a good overall picture. In today’s world, it’s important to be able to monitor these things, as anxiety has never been higher, and sleep poorer, so by being able to monitor those aspects of your daily life, you are able to identify potential problem areas, and better yet, give your doctor accurate information that can go a long way to treating you for anxiety and sleep problems!

Time to Get Sweaty!

Gym and exercise have changed a lot since we went into the lockdown period, with many of us following exercise regimes online, as our ‘normal’ just wasn’t available. That has seen us using digital platforms such as Zwift, for instance, which offers both running and cycling as disciplines. I only use the cycling element on Zwift, and it is a good way to test a sports watch, as I can see my HR on screen via a HR strap and compare how accurate the TicWatch GTH is. So, the watch and I got on to the indoor trainer and began riding.

With all watches that I have tested, I have found that it takes a few minutes to read the HR correctly, as wrist measuring seems to need a bit of moisture to get it reading correctly, and it was no different here. The one negative on the first go was that it did take longer than normal to give a reading, but the simple trick of wetting my wrist with a little water and then putting the watch back on sorted that out.

My first workout with the watch was tackling a dreaded interval session, and the watch tracked the ups and downs accurately. Offering 14 workout modes, it gives you a wide choice – whether you are running, walking, cycling, swimming, or hiking, it has you covered. However, as it does not offer GPS tracking, I was more interested in the heart rate monitoring… but saying that, as soon as it picks up that you are elevating your HR, it asks if you want to start a workout, and running after my almost-four-year-old son ‘earned’ me a few such notifications! So, if you’re like me and sometimes need a reminder to put work aside and hand the energetic toddler to Dad for a while so that can get in your daily workout, this watch will do it for you!

Now, for me, there is something that I have to have when I work out, and that is music. This watch is great for that, giving you the ability to skip tracks, stop and play, etc. It actually synced seamlessly with my iPhone in that regard, which was an important tick in its favour from me. Lastly, the important question about battery life, and here again I was impressed. I tested it for a full week, and the battery lasted the entire time. It requires a somewhat lengthy charge time of two hours, but since you will only be doing that once a week, it won’t impact much on your workout time.

Things They Could Improve

No product will be perfect for every user, and I found a few small things I did not enjoy. For starters, the font for the messages was a bit hard to read when doing quick looks, and the watch face reactiveness wasn’t always great – sometimes I would have to turn the watch towards my face a few times before it finally woke up, whereas it would sometimes light up at inopportune moments, like when I was asleep and turned over. Suddenly a bright light would shine up from my wrist, causing my light-sleeping husband to mumble a few choice words in my direction. Apparently, he doesn’t enjoy discussing the features of smart watches in the early hours of the morning…

I also had a few issues syncing to Discovery, but to be fair to the watch, I think that is more down to the Discovery app and the maze of trying to connect apps, and not the watch itself. Lastly, getting back to the watch face, I just found that there were way too many options. I acknowledge that this is very much a personal preference, but I would say in this regard that less is more… because I am indecisive at the best of times, and giving me a million options isn’t always a kindness!

You Can Get It Here

At R1999, the TicWatch GTH comes in at a really great price point for the features that it offers, and I would highly recommend it for someone looking to get their first smart watch, and who wants something that offers sport features and all the cool gadgets that we need in our modern lifestyle. You can get the watch at a Vodacom store, or order it through Takealot, Agent Zero or TechnoMobi.

Take it Forward with adidas 4DFWD

The Latest Data-Driven 3D Printed Performance Technology

Today, adidas Running introduces the latest iteration of adidas 4DFWD – the next step in data-driven 3D printed midsole technology, designed to move you forward.

Combining years of athlete data with the unique technology of 3D printing, adidas 4DFWD is created to provide runners with an all-new running experience.

For over four years, adidas has developed 4D lattice midsole technology in partnership with Carbon. Combining athlete data and Carbon’s Digital Light SynthesisTM technology to produce precision-tuned 3D printed midsoles.

adidas 4D footwear is amongst the first in the world to use this cutting-edge technology, which offers the ability to fine-tune midsoles to specific patterns of movement so that athletes get precision performance with every step.

Identified from one of five million possible lattice structures, the 4DFWD is made with nature. The midsole consists of 40% natural and renewable materials with the intent to help end plastic waste.

The unique 4DFWD cell geometry is coded to compress in one direction only: forward.  When a foot impacts the ground, it applies braking forces. 4DFWD reduces these forces by redirecting the impact into forward motion. With every step the 4DFWD midsole shears forward, providing a smooth transition and gliding experience.

The Challenge Awaits!

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is launching the Take It Forward Challenge where runners or walkers of all abilities are challenged to complete 30km in three weeks in the adidas Running app!

(download on 
Apple/Android).

Sign up for the Take It Forward Challenge between 05-09 August and then run or walk outdoors or on a treadmill between 10-31 August. And if you’re looking for a holistic training plan to help you get to that total of 30km, adidas Runners has you covered with a free virtual programme comprising of training, running, and nutrition sessions.

These will be on your local group channels within the app, you can join adidas Runners in Cape TownJoburg or Durban and follow their holistic training plan to help you achieve this goal. We have created an easy to follow guide below!

Sign Up to the Take it Forward Challenge in the free adidas Running App

Get holistic support by joining your nearest adidas Running Community

Find adidas Runners events taking place during the Take it Forward Challenge

adidas 4DFWD will be available on adidas.co.za, in adidas concept stores and select sports retailers from 12 August. Follow the Instagram conversation on @adidasZA using #adidas4DFWD or visit adidas.co.za for more information.