The Essential Dirtbag Tip for Running During a Pandemic

“If there’s one thing covid-19 has taught me, it’s that nothing really matters,” a complete stranger told me last night while I was tattooing him in my living room. It was time to do dumb stuff in March. In the months that followed, our mastery grew into idiot-expertise, and as July yawns into the doldrums of August, we must share that knowledge with one another. I’ll start. Read More >>

I Was Obsessed With Fitness Tracking. Then the Pandemic Hit.

I have never been the runner who simply laces up their trainers, pops in their headphones and zips out of the door. I’m the runner who laces up some smart trainers, pairs their wireless earbuds, opens up a running app, straps on a chest strap heart rate monitor, starts a workout on one smartwatch, quickly starts another on a second smartwatch, and then zips out of the door. And when it’s over, I’m the self-quantifying nerd who reviews every bit of collected data to see how it compares across devices and, more importantly, against my past self. Read More >>

This Ankle Exoskeleton Was Designed to Make Running Easier

Running is one of the most affordable forms of exercise, but it’s also one that people love to groan about – and for good reason. It’s a high-impact sport that can be hard on the body, and that’s without factoring in however you might feel about your individual athleticism. But Stanford engineers have found a wearable exoskeleton that you can strap onto your ankle to help you run more easily, according to a study published in Science Robotics. Read More >>

This Robotic Exosuit Could Turn You Into a Super Athlete

Researchers from Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS have developed a soft robotic exosuit that significantly boosts a person’s running performance. The device requires a tether and external power supply to work, but once it becomes portable, it could help athletes run faster and further than before, smashing their existing running records without having to undergo additional training. Read More >>

How Running a Marathon Puts Your Body Through Hell

Thousands of runners will begin the London Marathon this weekend, some having trained and run for years to get to this point. Their completion medals will be well-earned. From your heart, through your circulatory system, to your leg muscles and kidneys, running a marathon is sort of like putting your entire body through a meat grinder. Read More >>

Robotics Researchers Discovered a Better Way For Insects to Walk

A popular approach to designing robots that can navigate a world built for living creatures is to simply copy Mother Nature’s designs. But while trying to improve how a six-legged robot walks, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne actually found a faster way for six-legged creatures to get around. Read More >>

Correcting Your Golf Swing is Seriously Fun With These Analytical Smart Shoes

Too many everyday objects have been been made unnecessarily smart. Kettles, toothbrushes, coffee machines... shoes. Why would shoes need to be connected to the internet? For good reason, as I found out from Iofit at MWC. Read More >>

It’s 2016 and Mark Zuckerberg’s Suddenly Become a Personal Trainer

I’m not taking the piss when I say Mark Zuckerberg clearly takes good care of himself. He’s no Cristiano Ronaldo, but he’s in good shape. Last summer, he revealed (while fielding a question from Arnie) that he works out at least three times a week, often with Beast, his dog. Read More >>

This 45-Degree Treadmill Just Revealed Something Fascinating About Running Extreme Inclines

Standard treadmills only reach a maximum incline of around 9 degrees. But this one, developed by a team of physiologists at the University of Colorado Boulder, goes all the way to 45 degrees. The unique contraption is providing some insights into the best strategies for extreme uphill running. Read More >>

British Astronaut Tim Peake is Going to Run a Marathon — in Space

British astronaut Tim Peake clearly likes a challenge. Not content with merely heading into space on December 15th, he’s also agreed to run a marathon aboard the International Space Station. Read More >>

Adidas and Spotify Team Up for Beat-to-Stride Matching Musical Running App

There's an art to beat-matching. Ask any pro or wannabe bedroom DJ how many years of practice it takes to flow from Missy Elliot's Work It into The Wurzel's Combine Harvester, and they'll tell you. Read More >>

Watch a 95-Year-Old Man Break a 200m Sprint Record

Dr Charles Eugster set a new world record for the 200m recently, clocking an indoor time of 55.48" to take over two seconds off the previous over-95s best time. Read More >>

Polar’s New Activity-Tracking GPS Watch Looks Kind of Sweet

Polar has made plenty of GPS exercise watches, an activity tracker, and even a GPS watch-slash-activity tracker, but this is the first time the company has made a wearable device that looks good and won't break the bank. At £135, we could actually see the Polar M400 ending up on some wrists. Read More >>

Garmin Fenix 2 Watch Review: Jack of all Trades, Master of Many

The Fenix 2 is the watch Garmin has made to appeal to active people who might end up doing... well, just about anything outdoors. It's not just for runners, just for swimmers, just for snowboarders, or just for hikers, it's for people who want a single watch to track their complete athletic lifestyle. The good news is that the Fenix 2 is truly fantastic for almost all of those things. Almost. Read More >>