History: Here’s How The Sports Bra Was Invented

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Boobs, you can all thank one Lisa Lindahl for helping you stay snug and comfy while your human goes on a run.

In the 1970s, jogging became all the rage, but there was one problem: the sports bra hasn’t been invented yet. More and more women, through the passage of Title IX (which prohibits gender-based discrimination in schools), were entering sports. Yet, the technology at the time hadn’t kept up with bosom-friendly standards. Boobs were uncomfortably flying all over the place, and clearly something had to be done.

Enter the sports bra’s early ancestor. Glamorise, a women’s undergarment company, created the Free-Swing Tennis Bra in 1975. It gave better support than regular bras, but its thin straps still gave women problems. A quick look at its 1978 newspaper ad shows that it was better suited for leisurely sports like bowling and golf.

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Meanwhile at the University of Vermont, grad student Lisa Lindahl would often go on a jog wearing either two bras or one that was a size smaller to give her ample support. Talking to her sister about it, they both joked that they need a jockstrap for women. And there begins, a rather kooky inventing journey.

Lindahl approached her friend Polly Smith, a costume designer, to help her make a prototype. They came up with a few models, but nothing seemed to be just right – it would either lack support or was too tight. On one fateful day, Lisa’s husband paraded around their home, wearing a jockstrap on his chest, saying “Here’s your jockbra, ladies.” And that was their “Eureka!” moment. The next day, Polly stitched together two jockstraps, creating the first ever jockbra (which would later be known as the sports bra.)

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With this jockbra design, straps wouldn’t fall off (thanks to the cross pattern on the back) and fasteners wouldn’t clamp down on skin. Lindahl filed for a patent and put out an ad in a running magazine. Soon, her mail-order business took off and the rest as they say is history.

So just to point it out: Millions of women today can thank the immaturity of one man for helping invent the thing that’s holding down their breasts whenever they engage in physical activities.

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Via: Deadspin

Crossfit Invictus Just Got Their Own Nike Metcon And It Looks Great

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While we patiently wait for February 2015, here’s something to tide us over. CrossFit Invictus just announced via their Facebook page new colorways for the much-awaited Nike Metcon TR. It feature’s their box’s colors, their slogan: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul,” and it even has their logo printed on the heel. God, that is a beauty!

What would your CrossFit affiliate’s custom Nike Metcon look like?

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Product Review: The RPM Speed Rope 2.0 Is A Gamechanger

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This is it. The silver bullet to your double-under problems. Like me, you’ve probably had your fair share of frustration with those elusive unbroken double-unders. You’ve probably spent months – heck, maybe even years – trying to master the art form, but met with relative success.

Here’s where the RPM Speed Rope 2.0 comes in. Created by RPM Fitness, it’s a piece of equipment that’s designed to do all the work for you. One of my coaches fondly calls it the “cheat rope.”

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At first glance, I immediately knew this was something special. The handles are made from knurled aluminum and look far more elegant than its plastic counterparts. Holding it for the first time felt even better. The handles have grips that are comfy and doesn’t slide off when your hands are drenched in sweat.

The rope is attached to the handles through the side, rather than the top. Like the RX jump ropes, RPM’s cable is attached to a multidirectional swivel axis bearing system, which gives it a nearly frictionless rotation.

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The first time I tried it, I immediately understood why my coach called it the “cheat rope.” It would be nearly impossible to not even catch one double-under rep with this rope. The secret lies not in your form or technique, but in the bare cable. It felt light – feathery light, even. Unlike other ropes which have a tendency to slack, the Speed Rope 2.0’s cable straightens by itself. It also stayed tight all throughout the revolution, allowing myself to “shoot” through with ease.

And because it’s one of the lightest ropes out there, I didn’t have to flick as hard. I got to conserve energy and save my arms from unnecessary fatigue – which, you know, is pretty crucial when you have to do Rhiannon (max double-unders in 20 minutes.)

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The rope’s speed and light weight present an early adjusting problem: It’s going to feel completely alien. The feeling was that I wasn’t holding a rope at all, and yet I completely knew where it was in its revolution. Ok, maybe that’s not so much a problem after all. But once I got the feel of its mechanics, the rhythm – which frustrates most of us – quickly followed.

My friend also pointed out how he could still keep the momentum going even after it hit his shoe. Crucial, especially when you’re trying to hit a PR.

As for setbacks, there really are none. Maybe nitpicking here and there. The RPM rope is fast because it’s basically an uncoated thin metal wire. So when you hit fast speeds, and come to an abrupt stop by way of your leg or your arm or your back, expect some battle scars to occur. Oh and again, because the wire is uncoated, it’s not advisable to use it on concrete or asphalt surfaces. Better stick to rubber surfaces for now.

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Whiplash and durability issues aside, the RPM Speed Rope 2.0 is the best speed rope in the market, bar none. It’s a bit pricey at $48.95, but then again it’s a small price to pay for finally getting unbroken double-unders, don’t you think?

Disclaimer: This review was conducted without receiving any form of compensation, sponsorship, or invitation from the item’s manufacturer. Honest review is honest.

10 CrossFit Costumes That Are Perfect For Your Box’s Next Halloween Party

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With Halloween fast approaching, this can only mean one thing: costume WOD!

This gem: wear an Annie Thorisdottir costume wearing a Popeye the Sailor costume.

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If you want something scary.

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If Paleo is your thing.

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If Paleo is your thing and you’re doing a partner WOD.

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For teams who want to represent Globo Gym, here are White Goodman’s Purple Cobras.

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For those still taking CrossFit 101.

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If you want to go topless all night.

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The Nike Metcon TR: The CrossFit Shoe That’s Going To Give Reebok A Run For Its Money

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The Sport of Fitness is undoubtedly growing, and athletics giant Nike has sipped from the proverbial Kool-Aid by giving us a sneak peek at their first ever CrossFit shoe: The Nike Metcon TR.

At the recently-concluded CrossFit Games, Nike signed athletes Khan Porter, Brandon Swan, Kenny Leverich, Nate Schrader, Josh Bridges, Jeff Evans, Jacob Heppner, Alexandra LaChance, as well as 2014 team champion CrossFit Invictus.

 

The shoe is set to be released in February 2015, giving Reebok’s Nano and Inov-8 “F-Lite” series some stiff competition. For us CrossFitters, it’s a welcome development, seeing giant companies recognizing CrossFit as the real deal and not just another overblown fad.

 

A sleeping giant is starting to wake. Here’s Nike’s 1st #CrossFit shoe. #nikecrossfit #justdoit #fortime

— The WODcast Podcast (@wodcastpodcast) July 18, 2014

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Bro-tastic Find: Breast Kettlebells

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It doesn’t matter if you’re doing a Russian or an American Kettlebell Swing, if you use these breast-shaped kettlebells, at least one muscle group in your body will get swole. Ehem.

306 Creative Communication Agency, a Ukraine-based ad agency, has come up with these boob-shaped kettlebells to be sold in sporting goods stores and fitness clubs. According to them, these unique set of weights are: “Sports equipment for real men, who think about women all the time even when the iron is held in the hands.” Yes, because that’s a problem we all have every time we go to the box.

These “performance enhancing” kettlebells come in 16, 24, and 32 kilograms, selling for $375, $435, and $495, respectively.