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Welcome To The Start Fitness Blog

“What you running for? You’re already skinny!”

Start Fitness is a company of runners, cyclists and all-around active folk! We know the products because we use them ourselves - during the early morning workout, on the weekend ride, or on the big Sunday run (note to self - must upload run to Strava). So, we thought we'd shout about our active employees because they're an interesting bunch! We're kicking off this 'Meet the Team' series with arguably the tallest member of the Start team, Customer Service Advisor Kieran Reay (or just Kieran for short). At just 25, Kieran's many miles ahead of him. Living in Durham and running for Tyne Bridge Harriers, Kieran is well known on the North East running scene. And if you've ever phoned Start Fitness with a running related query, you may well have spoken to Kieran. We sat down with Ki [...]

Introducing The Santa Cruz Hightower 2

Santa Cruz design and build high performance bikes, everything from hardtails to 8.5” travel downhill machines. Their bikes are award-winning, critically acclaimed and ridden by the best. So, when they release the bike that everyone’s been waiting for, you know it’s been worth the wait! The Hightower 2 has the best of everything. It’s super-responsive, loves the unpredictable and makes you brave and happy on the descent.  The Santa Cruz Hightower 2 has been updated with their latest lower-link driven virtual pivot-point suspension, that eats up all the lumps and bumps. There is 140mm of rear travel and 150mm at the front. Combine this with a 65-degree head tube angle and the Hightower is ready for anything.  The new geometry has made a big difference. 20 [...]

Under Armour HOVR

The HOVR range from Under Armour

Brains in your feet?  It feels like magic. You introduce your shoes to your phone. You go for a run. You get back. Your phone tells you how far you’ve been, the length of your stride, how fast you went and how many strides you took per minute. These shoes are counting your miles.  Your running data is analysed, and you start getting training advice via the MapMyRun app. Because the sensor is in your shoes, the tracking tools can offer more detailed metrics about your performance, data that’s different from that provided by other fitness trackers.  If you don’t have a clever watch and don’t want to take your phone with you, this is a brilliant way to access run data. And, you know when you’re trying to justify buying another pair of trainers when you need to work ou [...]

A Closer Look At The Adidas UltraBoost 19

The Adidas UltraBoost 19 - it's clear this is a great looking shoe, with a fresh take on a very popular shoe! It looks good but how does it stack up as a running shoe? Well, changes to this shoe don't just stop at its appearance. The UltraBoost 19 has been completely reconstructed from the ground up for a better fit, better performance, and better traction! More Boost, Less Bounce Like previous versions, the UltraBoost 19 is the softest of the new Adidas Boost range with performance built to tackle long runs. But, unlike previous versions, this running shoe it less bouncy than it's processors which will come as a blessing to a lot of you out there. The UltraBoost 19 still feels springy, supportive and well-cushioned and this performance doesn't falter in varied conditions. In the ice [...]

Running 2019

Enter The Right Running Race in 2019

We’re now well into 2019 and with that brings new fitness goals, new training programs and a new racing fixture lists. But which races do you enter? When wanting to enter any race you'll need to make sure you know when the ballots go live. There are so many ways this can be done - you can use the power of social media, setting up notifications on your chosen race profiles, sign up for email reminders or you could Google the dates and make a note of it on your running calendar. Without a shadow of a doubt, the experienced runners among you will have a go-to race they simply must enter every year, they'll memorise the dates and be straight on it come ballot open day. For those fairly new runners, this year is a perfect opportunity to have a look and try one or two, maybe even three [...]

Tips For Winter Running

Winter running is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it! However, establishing a solid block of training is key to make sure you’re in good shape for the season ahead, whether that’s on the track, roads or trails. There are some points that must be made when training in the colder/darker days, just to be on the safe side. We’ve picked five of, what we feel, are the key elements to enjoy winter running while looking out for yourself. 5. Seasonal Illness It’s safe to say that 99% of us will come down with the virus at one stage of winter and it’s not great, especially if you feel rotten. The 1% will somehow, walk away symptom-free and avoid the snotty noses and coughing. When it comes to training or even racing with either a cold/flu – forget about it. Going out for a [...]

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Why Run in 2019: Health Benefits

There are many reasons to run including for your health. Running regularly can have a great impact on your health making you feel stronger, fitter and full of energy. So, what exactly are the benefits? Running makes you happy It is no secret that exercise makes you feel happier in yourself. When exercising, hormones known as endocannabinoids are released which give you a feel-good feeling. Running just 30 minutes, a day can lift your mood making it easier for you to sleep and concentrate. If you suffer from anxiety or depression running can have a huge impact on how you are feeling that day. Running keeps you fit Running regularly will help to keep you fit. As you run you burn calories which helps you to lose or maintain your weight. The body continues to burn calories even aft [...]

Top Picks – Running Shoes in 2019

Already planning a full year of running in 2019? Well, our Start Fitness team has chosen what they think will be popular running in the new year. Whether you're looking for the perfect running shoes to finally commit to that 'new year, new me' promise, or you're after new trainers to beat your personal bests and smash race targets - we've got you covered! The results are in: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19   Weight: 311g (M), 272g (W) Heel/toe drop: 12mm (M), 12mm (W) The Brooks Adrenaline GTS range answers the call of any runner looking for real stability in their running shoes. Brooks have taken what was already a great running shoe and managed to improve it! With the introduction of GuideRails support system for greater stability and a springier, more cushioned ride, this [...]

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Top Picks – Best Running Shoes of 2018

Is there ever such a thing as the perfect running shoe to suit every runner? Well, no not really you see there's not a one-fits-all running shoe. Everyone runs slightly different, due to biomechanics, weight and foot shape so what may be great for one, may be awful for another. What we have done is looked at a wide range of customer feedback and combined it to feedback from our own Start Fitness staff to give you a majority view of the best running shoes of 2018. The results are in: Saucony Kinvara 9 Weight: 226g (M), 183g (W) Heel/toe drop: 6mm (M), 6mm (W) First up is the Saucony Kinvara 9, and it's easy to see why this light-but-cushioned shoe is getting a strong reputation on the running circuit. It offers an expert balance of performance and comfort. Meaning it's a great [...]