Health & Fitness

Gear: Accessories and tech devices for your workout

  • Functional weight machines shake up routine
    Functional weight machines shake up routine

    Sure, you're fit. But are you functionally fit? The hottest trend in fitness today is "functional training," which means working out in a way that better prepares your body for real-life movements such as catching a pass, hitting a tennis ball or hoisting a couple of bags of groceries up the...

  • Kettlebells give workouts weight
    Kettlebells give workouts weight

    Five years ago, a serious man named Pavel Tsatsouline, a lean, muscular Russian who listed his former occupation as a physical trainer for Soviet special forces (which I assumed meant KGB), took me through a workout with an odd, low-tech device I'd never seen before called a kettlebell, a dense...

  • Folding bicycles travel well
    Folding bicycles travel well

    Reviewed: Birdy II Monocoque, SwissBike XO, Dahon Mu Uno, Abio Penza

  • Goodbye chains, hello belt-drive bicycles
    Goodbye chains, hello belt-drive bicycles

    The 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championship is often a grueling showcase for the world's toughest bikes and riders, but the July event in Canmore, Canada, was something special.

  • Backpacking products for a better outing
    Backpacking products for a better outing

    When times get tough, people go hiking. That's the news from a CBS News/New York Times poll released a couple of weeks ago, which found that recession-wracked Americans are now getting by on less, doing more and valuing experiences over things. High on the list: inexpensive, exciting...

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