Win With Garmin

In celebration of strong, fit women this Women’s Month, we are running a giveaway where you could win your own Garmin Forerunner 55, valued at R3999!

A watch for the modern woman, the Forerunner 55 has amazing features geared to help in a fast-paced lifestyle, like stress management and sleep cycle tracking. Another phenomenal feature is that the watch can actually sense if you are involved in an incident that threatens your health or safety, and then sends a message with your location to emergency contacts when paired with a compatible smartphone! This means you can head out for your training session knowing that help will come, if needed.

To win this amazing watch, all you need to do is tell us about the strong women in your life, and why they inspire you. The winning story will be featured in an upcoming issue of Modern Athlete magazine, celebrating strong women that we look up to aspire to emulate!

Let the Games Begin – Finally!

We’ve had to wait an extra year for the Tokyo Olympics to finally happen, but now that they’re here, we’ve got so much great action to look forward to on the track and road. Team SA may not look as strong as it did going into the Rio Olympics in 2016, but we still have some great medal contenders amongst our athletes, and a number of young prospects raring to make their mark on the global athletics stage. – by Manfred Seidler

It’s only cold when you’re standing still. Keep warm and fit with Team Vitality

Winter is here but that’s no reason to quit. With Team Vitality by your side, you’ll always keep warm and fit. Join South Africa’s most rewarding running and cycling club this winter and receive special edition Team Vitality spoils.

If you want to keep fit Team Vitality can help with that. Join Team Vitality this winter and enjoy the support of South Africa’s favourite running and cycling club.

Keep warm and fit with Team Vitality

You can’t go wrong with Team Vitality Club Manager Khethiwe Mlangeni and legendary athletes Bruce Fordyce and Nic White cheering you on. Let’s paint winter a warm sunny orange together.

Plus, if you join Team Vitality this winter from 1 June 2021 until 31 August 2021, you’ll receive a special-edition Team Vitality buff and pair of socks to keep your face and toes toasty. You’ll also get a myrun timing band to keep you fit and safe at a myrun social run. Terms and conditions apply.

But that’s not the only reason to join Team Vitality …

Keep active and rewarded with Team Vitality

Earn even more rewards and enjoy amazing benefits when you join the Team Vitality running or cycling club.

  • Get 50% off your Strava subscription for access to in-depth performance data, safety features, route planning and tracking, and much more.
  • Join a global community of runners and cyclists and stay active and engaged from the safety of home.
  • Enjoy weekly virtual challenges and stay on top of your game with exiting virtual runs on Strava and cycle meet-ups.
  • Plus, get 50% back on select race entry fees
  • Look your best in FREE premium quality race kit from ASICS and Bioracer.
  • Enjoy VIP hospitality at select events and get virtual hospitality from Woolworths after your online races.
  • Finish the quarter as a top performer on Strava and get a personalised Team Vitality kit for free.

Keep winning all year round with Team Vitality

Join our Team Vitality running or Team Vitality cycling communities on Strava for free to enjoy fantastic rewards and recognition:

Every three months, the Vitality top performers on our leaderboards win a personalised Team Vitality training shirt at the quarterly award ceremony. The next one is in July – so start crushing your goals today.

Also, earn entries into the quarterly draw for completing Team Vitality events and challenges. Stand a chance to win personalised training kit, running shoes, fitness devices, Nike performance apparel and so much more. Over 90 runners and cyclists won prizes to the total value of R50 000 in April 2021, and you can too. Earn bonus entries into the draw for being a Vitality member, a Team Vitality Club member and achieving your weekly Vitality Active Rewards goals.

Terms and conditions apply.

Stay warm. Stay fit. Stay rewarded with Team Vitality.

Nick Knows Best!

Nick Bester is a celebrated running coach in South Africa, having worked with some of our most successful runners, including Olympic hopefuls Gerda Steyn and Irvette van Zyl. THIRSTI Water recently caught up with Nick to get his insights into how runners should be hydrating when they run. It’s a must-read for every runner wanting to know how to drink before, during and after a run!

Ann Breaks Record on Trail Debut!

In April, former Comrades Marathon winner Ann Ashworth literally dived in at the deep end when she tackled her first technical trail race at the Ultra-Trail Drakensberg, and in spite of the challenges posed by altitude, nutrition, gear and navigation, and running the longest race of her life – plus keeping husband David chatting – she ended up setting a new course record. By Sean Falconer

Read the full article below

Train with Trusted Trojan

Introducing the brand-new Trojan Supplement Range, available in Makro stores nationwide!

As your trusted health and fitness brand, they have listened to your requests, and they have delivered! The NEW Trojan supplement range is scientifically formulated from the highest quality raw materials and market-leading formulations, carefully curated to bring you advanced supplementation. They aim to elevate your lifestyle and be your partner in achieving your best mental and physical results.

From boosting your strength, aiding in building muscle, increasing your stamina, fast-tracking muscle repair and recovery, benefits to name only a few, our new product range will empower you every step of the way. They are always looking for new ways to support your journey with us, which is why we offer you uncompromised commitment to quality products, to help you achieve every fitness goal you set yourself!


 All-in-One Muscle Protein (4kg)

 Vanilla Cream, Strawberry Cream & Chocolate Cream

Key benefits:

  • Supports muscle growth & recovery.
  • 41g highly bioavailable protein per serving.
  • Low in fat
  •  Highest rates of nitrogen retention & amino acid conversion.
  • Added lactase enzymes in the form of Tolerase™ L to ease lactose digestion.

Recommended use: 700900ml water or milk + 5 scoops (300g)

  • Mix 5 scoops (300g) with 700-900ml of cold water or full cream milk.
  • Vary the amount of liquid to achieve desired consistency.
  • Take a full 300g serving once daily or as divided portions, to satisfy your protein or mass-gaining requirements.
  • Use as a recovery drink after training and/or a snack between meals.

TROJAN BCAA 10:1:1 Ratio

Muscle Armour (250g)

Flavour: Citrus Blast

Key benefits include:

  • Pump & energy
  • Supports muscle
  • Strength & recovery
  • Stamina
  • Muscle repair 

Recommended use: 300ml water + 2 scoops (10g)

  • Mix 2 scoops (10g) with 300-350ml water in a handheld shaker and leave to stand for 30 seconds before drinking.
  • Sip before and during a training session.
  • If you had a strenuous training session, take another serving immediately after training.


Complete Pump System (600g)

Flavours: Jungle Juice & Berry Punch

Key benefits:

  • Pump & energy
  • Focus, strength & power
  • Thermogenic
  • Supports recovery 

Recommended use: 250-300ml water + 2 scoops (30g)

  • Mix 2 scoops (30g) with 250-300ml water and stir or shake well.
  • Take 30-45 minutes prior to training.
  • New users may wish to assess tolerance with half a serving (1 scoop) and increase to a full serving (2 scoops), once tolerance has been achieved.


Premium Protein (900g)

Flavours: Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate

Key benefits:

  • Fast-digesting whey protein isolate & concentrate.
  • 20g of highly bioavailable protein per serving.
  • Easy mixing & great tasting.
  • Source of dietary fibre.
  • Added lactase enzymes in the form of Tolerase™ L. 

Recommended use: 150-200ml water + 1 scoop (30g)

  • Mix 1 scoop (30g) with 150-200ml of cold water or milk.
  • Vary the amount of liquid to achieve desired consistency.
  • Mix thoroughly in a blender or shaker for about 30 seconds, settle for 60 seconds, shake again before drinking.
  • Consume between 1 and 3 servings per day, depending on physical goal and protein requirements.
  • Servings may be doubled.


Training System (148g)

Flavours: Grape Kick & Berry Kick

Key benefits:

  • Pump & energy
  • Focus, strength & power
  • Thermogenic
  • Creatine-free

Recommended use: 200-250ml water + 1 scoop (7.4g)

  • Mix 1 rounded scoop (7.4g) with 200-250ml water and stir or shake well.
  • Take 30-45 minutes prior to training.
  • Can be increased to 2 rounded scoops (14.8g) with 400-500ml water, if tolerated.

Trojan, Your Partner in Health and Fitness

Human Performance. Multiplied

Ares Group Acquires the ‘Punk Rockers’ of the Performance World

For those who aren’t submerged in the supernova whirlwind that is the ‘Tri Life’ you may ask yourself what is the 2XU hype all about and how does it impact the world of sports product offering and the appointment of Poseidon (Pty) Ltd. as new distribution partners for South Africa, you are about to find out.

2XU (Pty) Ltd. Is an Australian | New Zealand-based multinational corporation hell-bent on creating a fitter, healthier world. With innovation in performance compression and apparel across multiple sporting codes, 2XU is perfectly positioned to make waves in the South African performance arena.

Poseidon Distribution Partnership

It comes as no surprise that the apparel sector was one of the most heavily impacted in 2020 and as a result there are very few companies in the industry on the path of growth and acquisition. The ARES Group, parent company to Poseidon (Pty) Ltd. Is the exception to this rule and they are excited to welcome the 2XU brand into their performance stable, accompanying leading footwear and apparel brand, Under Armour.

Although the 2XU brand has been available in South Africa since 2013, the appointment of the new distribution partner gives the 2XU a platform for extensive expansion, through both DTC and wholesale trade partnerships. The 2XU (“Two Times You”) brand symbolises the multiplication of human performance, and with its’ realigned strategic direction, is a really good fit for the expertise held within The Ares Group.

“It’s really exciting to be adding 2XU to the ARES stable of performance brands. The brand offers unrivalled technical excellence which is paramount to athletes performing in SA and is deep within our DNA at Ares. For the initial seasons, we are focusing on the sharp point of the brand, namely compression and triathlon, before expanding into the additional technical categories. 2XU fills a much-needed gap in the market and judging by the global heat on the brand, we are in for a long and prosperous partnership.” says, Gareth Kemp; Managing Director of 2XU

When asked to comment on the reacquisition of 2XU in South Africa – owner and now Brand Lead Mariette De Villiers comments, “With the muscle of the ARES group behind us, it is exciting to be able to lead 2XU into its next chapter in the SA Market. We have a compelling product, a clear roadmap, a strong team, and some fantastic industry support. With all these elements lining up, I’m confident that 2XU will claim its place as a leader in compression and performance gear in SA.”

2XU will be available in selected Totalsports and Sportman’s Warehouse doors and online

Human Performance. Multiplied.

As the world leaders in compression, 2XU takes a unique standpoint as being the ‘punk of sport’ in the performance world. These rule-breakers and the change-makers stand out from the rest with a unique brand handwriting communicated through their emotive content and graffiti-inspired artwork. With its origins routed in controversy, the brand lends this handwriting to a dual meaning – we’re here with or without permission to make the change and be the change, through driving inspiration.

“2XU has recently undergone a global rebrand, which has propelled it into an incredibly exciting chapter. With its roots firmly planted in tri, the brands fresh irreverence combined with its technical excellence has given it a very powerful identity and story-telling capacity enabling conversation directly with the thought
leaders and trailblazers of the industry. Its message is unmistakably performance, but with a fresh challenging brand tone that talks directly to the ‘punks of sport.”
says Lorrianne Cloete; Head of Marketing 2XU, South Africa

Product Selection and Focus

Product selections see the brand take shape in the SA market through three key areas Compression, Tri Suits and various multisport accessories including compression calf guards and open water swim accessories such as goggles, silicone swim caps, and timing straps. Compression gear will range from R999 for core compression shorts and sleeves to R1599 for full compression longs.


Run to Clean Up Our Oceans!

Ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8, adidas is harnessing the power of sport and using it as a force for change, by inviting you to join in its world-wide campaign to unite and Run for the Oceans!

From May 28 to June 8, adidas x Parley Run for the Oceans is returning for a fourth year, continuing its commitment to urgently address the devastating levels of marine plastic pollution in the oceans. For every kilometre recorded during this period as part of the campaign, adidas is committing to clean up the equivalent of 10 plastic bottles from beaches, remote islands and coastlines!

How Do You Get Involved?

It’s as simple as downloading the adidas Runtastic app, going to the community tab and joining the “Run for the Oceans Challenge.

Once joined, you can link the app to your training account, so any kay you run will automatically update to the app. It’s that easy! And to get you really motivated, we will be running competitions where you can put yourself in the running to win five adidas hampers valued at R2000 each!

What is it all about?

Since 2015, adidas has made more than 30 million pairs of shoes with Parley Ocean Plastic. that’s plastic waste intercepted on beaches and in coastal communities, preventing it from polluting the oceans. But whilst progress has been made on the journey towards a more sustainable future, there is still vital work to be done in reducing marine plastic pollution.

Alberto Uncini Manganelli, GM Running & Credibility Sports at adidas, said: “As a global brand, and as global citizens, we have a big role to play in conserving the oceans and our planet. It is our responsibility to use our platforms, products, and voices to not just raise awareness, but to put into effect real action. In just three decades, the world’s oceans could contain more discarded plastic than fish if we don’t act now – only by working together and uniting can we end plastic waste.

To-date, adidas x Parley Run for the Oceans has united over 3 million runners around the world, collectively clocking up 25.5 million KMs and raising $2.5 million to help Parley develop its initiatives and educational programs in the fight against marine plastic pollution. In 2019, 92 schools were enrolled in the program and are now educations hubs, as well as plastic interception points for the local community. As a result, 70,000 kids and their families participated in the program.

Cyrill Gutsch, CEO and Founder of Parley, said: “More than a run or awareness campaign, Run for the Oceans has evolved into a powerful impact platform, one that inspires and empowers millions of people worldwide to unite around a common goal and support the oceans through sport, boosting the Parley movement through actual movement. And more than a partner, adidas has been a true ally, the family member we so urgently needed on our side to prove that industry can be the key that scales and accelerates solutions to the massive environmental problems we face. We believe that collaboration, creativity, and eco-innovation is the winning formula to save our oceans and end the global plastic crisis threatening the natural world, our own health and our future. Everyone who joins the run helps drive this vision forward.”

But this is just the beginning for the global initiative. As announced as part of adidas’ strategy ‘Own the Game’ in March (2021), Run For The Oceans will be further expanded to create a more inclusive digital and physical community space. By 2025, adidas aims to achieve a cumulative participation of 40 million people.

You can be part of this amazing journey to action significant change and clean up our oceans, all by doing what you already love to do… Running!