Best Running Sneakers of 2017

A man jogging in running sneakersTwo Sports Illustrated writers, who also happen to be avid runners, set out on a quest to find the best running sneaker of 2017. They tested numerous sneakers, some from brands you may have never heard of. In order to create this list, the two took their findings and paired it with the results of a survey that was sent to runners ranging from amateurs to professionals.

One of the things that can make or break you as a runner are the shoes you are wearing. The ranking of shoes took into account a number of factors including:

  • Price
  • Weight
  • Cushioning
  • Support
  • Durability
  • Material and fit
  • Stabilization

The Results

Adidas Ultra Boost

  • Price: $180.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Adidas Boost midsole provides the necessary cushioning and responsiveness that is great for long runs.
    • Flyknit upper
    • Great for casual wear.

Brooks Launch 4

  • Price: $100.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Brooks’ DNA midsole makes this shoe a great fit for any runner. The sole is capable of adjusting to each individual runners weight, gate, and other characteristics. The unique midsole makes the shoe perfect for long runs.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V3

  • Price: $100.00
  • Notable Features:
    • The Fresh Foam midsole is different from the previous sneakers. New Balance created a sole that is more firm. This sneaker is a good choice for runners who run a fast pace for a long distance.
    • The negatives of the Fresh Foam midsole is that it can begin to feel stiff on easier slow runs. This makes the shoe a lesser choice for casual runners.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20

  • Price: $200.00
  • Notable Features:
    • All mesh upper: makes the sneaker lightweight
    • U4icX sole: Gives the runner a comfortable midsole that’s packed with plenty of bounce.
    • Wave plate: The Wave plate technology is proprietary to Mizuno. The Wave plate is designed to redirect impact away from the foot, making it less stressful to run on hard surfaces.
    • Great all-around running shoe.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 2

  • Price: $140.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Lunarlon Cushioning: Lightweight, comfortable midsole that disperses impact throughout the entire foot.
    • Flyknit Upper: The flyknit upper makes this shoe flexible, breathable, lightweight, and comfortable. The Flyknit upper is one piece, making the shoe fit like a sock with laces.
    • Great for easy runs or for casual wear.

Asics Dynaflyte

  • Price: $140.00
  • Notable Features:
    • FlyteFoam: Asics has its own version of a midsole, its called FlyteFoam, and its purpose is to provide runners with spring-like characteristics.
    • The upper thick, but still flexible.
    • Durable on pavement.

Adidas Adios Boost 3

  • Price: $140.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Features a similar boost midsole to the Ultra Boost.
    • Great for long, fast-paced runs like a 5k or half-marathon. Not ideal for a long run like a full marathon.
    • Casual runners may want to look elsewhere. These shoes do not provide a lot of cushion for extended running.

Hoka One One Clifton 3

  • Price: $130.00
  • Notable Features:
    • EVA Foam midsole.
    • Durable on trails and pavement.

New Balance 1500 v3

  • Price: $99.95
  • Notable Features:
    • REVlite cushioning: New Balance midsole technology that is intended to provide cushion and a spring-like feel for the runner.
    • FantomFit upper: Makes the sneaker lightweight, flexible, and breathable.
    • All-around running shoe.

Adidas Alphabounce AMS

  • Price: $110.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Described as one of the comfiest sneakers on the list.
    • Bounce cushioning: As opposed to the Boost midsole Adidas has become famous for, the Alphabounce uses a Bounce midsole. The Bounce midsole is intended to give runners more of a firm midsole and spring-like feeling.
    • Traction is bad in a wet environment.
    • Great for short runs, everyday training, and casual wear.

The Benefits of Yoga

As humans, one of the few things we share in common concern is our bodies. More often our body image than the actual state of our body itself, but they go hand-in-hand well enough for people to be willing to try most anything to trim the fat and cut what they might consider to be a nice figure. The problem in this arena is that there are so many different ways to go about it. Between all the diets supposedly proven by science to be effective at promoting weight loss and all the exercise regimen infomercials that are on the market, it’s not only hard to determine who you can trust – it’s also hard to determine what may actually be effective.

The first thing you might want to determine is what your actual goals are. Getting in shape is sort of an umbrella term that means different things to different people. Some people want to lose weight, some people might just want to tone up. Others might want to build muscle. And others still might just want to do enough just to get blood pressure or heart rate down. Whatever your goals are, it’s very likely you’ll be doing something different from the person next to you. Not only because of different goals, but just simply because of how different each of our bodies are from each other.

One thing that many people don’t seem to take into account when they think of exercise is a yoga workout. Many people consider yoga to be that peaceful, meditative thing you do to increase flexibility and “free your mind” or whatever. And while yoga does give some of these benefits, it is often looked down upon compared to other exercises 1) because of how low-impact it is and 2) because of how low-intensity it can be. But, as long as your goal isn’t to burn a plethora of calories in a short amount of time, yoga could be a very beneficial regimen for you to consider.

In fact, the various programs of yoga can serve different benefits depending upon which one you choose. Many people are at least familiar with the basic workings of what is called hatha. It incorporates basic movements with a focus on breathing. Some might also be acquainted with the idea of bikram, or “hot yoga.” There are other forms of yoga such as vinyasa, which can be broadly likened to tai chi, as well as power, ashtanga and iyengar. Each of these vary in intensity and thus can have different benefits.

Generally speaking, however, yoga has the potential to hit upon all of the muscle groups and work practically every part of your body. It is also a great way to improve flexibility and range of motion. And while yoga doesn’t work with weights or any other sort of counterbalance, the effort required to hold yourself in several positions is a good way to build body strength. And the fact that it is a low-impact exercise regimen will have your joints thanking you. What might be the trump card for many people is that, unlike many exercise regimens that require equipment, yoga can be done from anywhere that has enough space to accommodate a yoga mat. So you can practice yoga in the privacy of your own home or in a backyard in the sunshine instead of being cooped up in a gym.

Yoga is also very practical even despite most conditions. With the flexibility of programs in the various forms of yoga, people with arthritis can still enjoy yoga. And with medical advice, those with high blood pressure, heart conditions or diabetes can still create some sort of yoga regimen. Even women who are pregnant can still practice yoga, with obvious limitations. But almost without exclusion, yoga is easily accessible, practical, and allows you to reap the benefits of high-intensity, higher-impact regimens as well.

Tips For Staying Fit During The Holidays

Whether you are planning a trip or staying home to spend the holidays with family and friends, the season can negatively impact your fitness, waistline and most importantly, your health. Staying fit and healthy during this period is however easier than you think.

1. Take A Walk

Walking for 10 to 15 minutes everyday can help increase your metabolism, prevent weight gain and assist in maintaining your fitness level. It is preferable to take a walk straight after a meal, even if it is bitterly cold outside. You can use this time to explore the sights of your destination vacation or simply get to know your neighborhood better on an extended walk.

2. Activties

Add some fun activities to your vacation itinerary that include physical action. If you are staying home for the holidays, explore some pursuits that are physical in nature that you have always wanted to try out but haven’t had the time or energy for.

3. Hit The Gym

Most holiday and accommodation facilities offer gym or other types of exercise amenities that are included in your stay. Take advantage of this and remember that you don’t have to spend hours in the gym or go every day to stay fit during the holidays. Alternatively, look for a gym that offers short term memberships or even free daily workout sessions.

4. Live For Today

Don’t put your health and fitness off until the holidays are over and rather take some time as often as you can to maintain or even improve your fitness levels. Forget those new years resolutions and set health and fitness goals to start working on immediately. You will find that exercising during the holidays will leave you feeling much more energized and healthy so that you can enjoy this time away or with family even more.

Best Ways To Stay Fit In The Winter

If you are anything like us, then your fitness obsession lasts far past the warm weather and comfortable conditions of the spring and summer. With winter fast approaching, we would like to dive into some ways to keep your fitness journey going while not freezing to death.

Invest in Winter Workout Clothes

This probably goes without saying, but the best way to stay in shape during the winter is to not only work out inside, but keep the door open for potential outdoor workouts. By investing in some clothes that will allow you to work out on a cold winter day, you are keeping as many workout options open as possible. If you are tired of running on the treadmill like some kind of oversized humanoid hamster, then you can take your talents to the streets and run outside. While you can certainly just throw on a sweater and call it a day, we think that buying dedicated workout clothes will not only improve your performance, but it will inspire you to workout outside.

Stay Away From The Hot Cocoa

This is not targeted at Hot Cocoa exclusively, but it’s important to cut out many, if not all, of the comfort foods that people often use to get themselves through the winter. Anything with too many carbs and sugars will be increasingly harder to deal with in the winter, as people generally work out and walk around less. In the summer, if you have a drink with dinner, it’s easy to walk it off later in the night. When it’s freezing outside, that’s much harder to do.

While we were tempted to tell you to get a gym membership and work out inside, we know that this is advice you have probably heard a million times before. The mission of FrogsFit is to not only give you great advice, but also give you great info on frogs and working out. Hopefully this article will help you get through those tough winter months, just like the frogs of the northeast.

Here is a video detailing how to stay fit in the winter!

Tips On How To Lift Weights After Surgery

Going through a tough surgery isn’t ideal and can lead to significant complications in the gym.

People tend to quit and assume they can’t workout for years. However, this isn’t true, and most surgeries aren’t as intensive as long as you adjust accordingly. Of course, if you go full throttle as you used to pre-surgery, the results will be awful, and you’re going to get hurt.

Let’s take a look at how you can approach this the right way.

1) Reduce Stress Where Surgery Took Place

You need to reduce stress on the area that has been surgically repaired.

For example, if you had a ruptured muscle in your chest, it makes sense to avoid putting excessive pressure through pressing movements. Don’t go 100% on this area when you are already in a difficult spot health wise.

2) Lower Weights

This is the most important thing you can do as a person who is working out.

You need to start to reduce weight so you can adjust to how much you are lifting and how you are lifting. The form is critical at this point in your life.

3) Emphasize Building Up

Progression is the name of the game after surgery.

You don’t want to test your body out right away. Instead, look to work on weights that are far lighter than what you used to lift. This is a wonderful way to make sure you are building up without putting stress on the body. If you need physical therapy, then don’t be too proud to go to it.

These are the simple alterations you can make to your weight lifting routine. Yes, it is going to take time to adjust, and you are going to be apprehensive due to the stress on your body. However, as long as you are patient and willing to adhere to these tips, you’ll be okay.

If you would like to learn more about this subject, please check out the following video:

Is Squatting Really Bad For Your Back?

Lower back pain affects millions of people across the globe at one point or another in their lives. The myth that squatting is bad for one’s knees and back started in the 1960s with the research conducted at that time. There were some studies done at that time on the subject matter. The research showed that a properly done squat would stretch the knee ligaments and increase the risk of injury as a result. This article provides information on if squatting is really bad for your back and knees.

The findings of the 1960s spread like wildfire throughout the fitness world. Even the US MIlitary Service cut down on this exercise format from their workout regimens. Later on, it was revealed that these studies had some serious flaws such as researcher bias and the choice of subjects. In fact, one of these studies was performed with parachute jumpers – who hurt their knees due to the violent impacts when landing on the ground. With the recent research done on the subject, a completely different picture has emerged.

In fact, the latest research shows that squatting in the proper form can strengthen your lower back muscles over time. The exercise works for the whole body. Your legs will straighten and bend to move the weight. The ab and lower back muscles stabilize the trunk while the legs move. In fact, squatting is considered the king of all exercises out there. But you have to do it properly to protect the lower back and knees and derive the maximum benefits of the workout.

In conclusion, even though there is a myth that squatting can hurt your back and knees, the latest research doesn’t support these claims. In fact, properly performed squats can strengthen your lower back and legs as a result.

Strongest Muscles In The Human Body

The human body is strong and tends to remain resilient under pressure.

However, which muscles are the strongest? This is a question some ask as they start working out and learn about the various muscle groups. It is an intriguing question and one that has been a catalyst for detailed research. Here is more on the subject.

1) Gluteus Maximus

The is the “strongest” muscle in the human body based on power generated.

Imagine working out and the amount of power that comes from this region of the body. It’s also the largest muscle in the human body. It’s used all the time whether you’re walking up the stairs or squatting heavy weights in the gym. If you don’t have a strong gluteus maximus, don’t worry. You won’t need a hip replacement, you just need to do a bit more walking-related activities.

2) Heart

Yes, this is a muscle and is strong for different reasons.

It’s automatically assumed “strength” means the amount of force a muscle generates while lifting but that’s not always the case. The heart is strong because it pumps blood at an incredible rate from the moment you are born to the moment you die.

It creates incredible force and can be measured as a strong muscle in its own regard.

3) Tongue

Similar to the heart, this can generate a lot of strength based on the role it plays.

The tongue has to manage various tasks in the mouth including something as simple as managing saliva. This requires strength, dexterity, and coordination, which is something the tongue provides as a muscle. Once again, this isn’t a muscle that’s worked out in the gym but is mighty strong.

4) Soleus

Back to the common muscles when it comes to strength and force generation and it has to be the soleus (under the calf).

This generates incredible force as the human body has to walk, jog, and jump based on this muscle’s strength.

For more information on this subject, please watch the video embedded below:

Some Of The Famous People You Did Not Know Were Weightlifters

The Olympics has been a great platform for many break-out house hold names. In some cases, it was actually the starting point from where they started their journey to stardom. Others became famous through the Olympics but have been forgotten especially by the new generation. You might know them but do not necessarily know that they were weightlifters. The famous people include:

Mark Henry

Mark Henry is the strongest man in the world and has been signed to the WWE for 20 years now. Before that, he was among the most successful weightlifters and powerlifters in United States history. Henry made his debut in 1992 at the Olympics held in Barcelona where he was named the captain of the weightlifting team.

Harold Sakata

Harold attained fame mainly due to the role he played in the Goldfinger film where he was the villain of James Bond. However, what people do not know is that the Japanese-American actually participated at the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London where he lifted 410 kgs.

Caitlyn Jenner

Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, his gold win at Montreal 1976 was nothing short than heroic. After finishing at a disappointing tenth position in the previous Olympics which was held in Munich 1972, he started to train 6-8 hours each day for the following years. Nobody could have predicted how he would emerge at the Olympics which is what made it really impressive. Caitlyn Jenner is now in the world of reality television and is the most famous transgender in the world which usually tends to take all the headlines as compared to the Olympic gold.

Kurt Angle

Most wrestling fans recognize Kurt Angle from the several championship titles he held from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Not many people know that his career was jump started at the 1996 Olympic games. In the Men’s Heavyweight Division, he took the gold medal home becoming the first American to win in that category.

How To Remain Safe While Lifting Weights

Lifting weights is fantastic, but it’s important to remain safe.

If not, you could injure yourself and get stuck in a hospital bed. To ensure you are safe, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

1) Don’t Lift With Your Ego

Yes, it looks cool to go to the gym and appear like you can lift the most weight.

A lot of people feel this way, but in most cases, you are going to get hurt. Don’t lift a weight you are not able to manage. This is why the 8-10 reps per set mark is a good one. It provides you with the opportunity to lift a weight that’s reasonable to handle.

2) Maintain A Safe Distance From External Objects Or People

Are you lifting close to other people?

Make sure you have room to drop the weights and stay as safe as you can. Don’t work near a wall or something that will obstruct your movement. This is how people get hurt. You don’t want to hit someone in the face with a weight and force them to hire a surgeon over at

3) Use Proper Form

If your form is wonky, you are going to get hurt eventually.

It is like a ticking time bomb that can go off at any time. You are risking your joints, muscles, and everything else. It is important to understand how the movement works whether you’re doing a curl or a press.

Always emphasize the form of your movement as that’s going to keep you injury-free for as long as you want. The moment your form slips, you are going to open the door to an injury creeping up.

Think about these tips as you head to the gym to lift weights. Yes, it is an intriguing part of your routine, but you have to do it the right way to optimize your results. Don’t lift with your ego and use the right form. It’s the least you can do to prevent injury.

Please watch the following video if you are interested in learning more about safe weightlifting:

Biggest Weightlifting Myths

With so much conflicting information available regarding weightlifting, it can be difficult to identify what is true and what isn’t. Five of the greatest myths that need to be dispelled are:

1. Building Muscle Mass

Lifting weights does not necessarily increase muscle mass but rather tones and shapes muscles to their ideal size. Ask any body builder and they will tell you that it takes hard work to build muscle mass and involves increased calorie intake as well as regular and rigorous workouts.

2. Weightlifting Causes Injuries

While there is some truth in this myth, it is only when weights are being lifted incorrectly that injuries to the joints, tendons and even bones can occur. This is however the same for any type of exercise. But don’t think you are going to get away pain-free – muscles will be tender or achy after a weightlifting workout.

3. Man Vs. Machine

Machines are great for simplifying weightlifting and minimizing the risk of performing an exercise incorrectly. However, they restrict you to a singular motion, working only specific muscles groups. Free weights provide you with greater range of motion thereby creating more activity in a larger amount of muscles.

4. The Heavy

Lifting heavier weights does not mean that you will see better or faster results. Starting with light weights and working your way up to heavier weights will provide optimal results. It is never recommended to lift weights in excess of what you can achieve comfortably to avoid injury.

5. The Big Fat Issue

Muscle does not ever turn to fat no matter whether you stop lifting weights or exercising. The muscle mass and tone may deteriorate over time or due to a lack of certain nutrients in your diet forcing your body to use muscle for energy.