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    Pedestal Lifestyle

    Pedestal Lifestyle

    After about two years of testing and using Pedestals, we wanted to share our favorite movements and how we incorporate them into our training sessions.

    Brendan:

    My day always starts with some BJJ flow drills and Kettlebell work in my Pedestals. The flow drills are typically done on a Swiss ball and my Pedestals allow me to keep a killer grip on the rubber flooring while performing passing drills. 
    Prior to crushing some Kettlebell routines, I will also go through some plyo work in the form of broad jumps, vertical leaps, and some single leg bounding. This gets my hips to fire which is a great way to transition into KB swings and other KB movement variations. 
    I perform KB routines from multiple sources including Onnit's strength coaches as well as the workout that Chris Hemsworth went through to prepare for his role as Thor.
     At this point it feels unnatural to workout in anything other than my Pedestals. I know for certain they have helped my feet and body become stronger all while allowing me to remain clean and sanitary.
    Mike:
    It's been more than two years since I've worn anything besides Pedestals to get a workout in. I've worn them at various gyms in Boston and when I am planning to hit a hotel gym while traveling.
    Normally, I just toss my Pedestals in my gym bag and when I get to the gym I throw them on. In the colder months, I enjoy wearing them under my boots until its time to get after it. 
    At this point, I'm comfortable doing any exercise in my Pedestals. Dynamic movements tend to really fire up my calves and ankles as they require me to use the smaller stabilizer muscles in my feet and ankles. Also, I enjoy doing 30-minutes of steady state cardio on the treadmill. I've progressed to a point where I can run as fast as I want and notice that I am not nearly as sore as I once was. 
    I'm confident that Pedestals can handle all your training needs because I've done nearly everything you can do in them.
    What are your favorite exercises? Feel free to share. 
    With Love,
    Mike

    Less is More

    Less is More

    Last week as we were running around like crazy trying to prepare as best as we could for the launch of our 2.0's on Kickstarter, we just so happened to come up with a new slogan for Pedestal.

    One of my friends who was helping out for the evening, blurted out "Less is More". Maybe it is just me being in my own world, but I thought it was so relative to the Pedestal mission.

    While other big brands are in the business of "selling" you something, we aim to "provide" a product and service that benefits the overall well being of the end consumer. As we roll into the holiday season and new year, we are excited to launch a few campaigns that will bring killer content directly to your inbox. 

    There is one caveat to "Less is More"...it does not apply to pizza consumption. More pizza the better. Below is a picture of Andrew (designer) the night/early morning before our Kickstarter launch.  

     

    *That's two larges pies and a meatball sub off to the right.*

    Our new website went live last week as well. Check it out and let us know what you think. 

    Thank you so much for your support. It means more than you know.

    With Love,

    Mike

    Navy Seal Training Visit at Little Creek

    Navy Seal Training Visit at Little Creek

    In anticipation of Veterans Day, we are visiting the brave men and women whom serve this beautiful country at the US Navy Amphibious Base at Little Creek.

    In the last twelve years the Amherst Football program has produced a Navy Seal nearly every other year and was something I considered attempting myself. 

    When we started to develop our 1.0's my Navy Seal buddies were the first people I contacted for product feedback. Keep in mind they receive thousands of offers to try new products and are constantly pitched endorsement deals so it meant a lot for my friends to be on board with Pedestal at such an early stage without hesitation. 

    Just yesterday, I was invited to check out first hand a Navy Seal Strength & Conditioning session (no phones or cameras are allowed in the facility) and it was truly awesome. Their training facility is reminiscent to that of a D1 football program. Areas are dedicated to turf, squat racks, box jump platforms, kettlebells, anything you can possibly imagaine, all of which fills a massive metal hanger space (pretty much just a steel dome). They take it to the next level with an elevation room for high altitude training (the window of which is covered with competitions for pull ups, deadlifts, pro agility times, 3 mile runs and a whole host of other savage events). It reminded me of the Amherst weight room and for a brief moment I felt at home.

    My friend then escorted me to their human perforamnce and rehab baracks to introduce me to their team and finally put faces to the emails that we have been exchanging. Their continued feedback over the last 12+ months has been instrumental as the new 2.0 has taken shape. Working one on one with their human performance coaches and rehabilitation specialists has not only helped us to understand the positive effects of training in Pedestals, but to continue to develop the most advanced tactical performance sock the world has ever seen.

    We will be with the Navy Seals throughout the next couple of days at their US Navy Amphibious Base so if you have any questions or would like to send some positive thoughts their way feel free to email me at brendan@pedestalfootwear.com.

    Have a great day and Keep Crushing!

    Brendan

    Pedestal 2.0 Launch Tour & Recent Features

    Pedestal 2.0 Launch Tour & Recent Features

    As the months get colder here in Boston, the Pedestal 2.0 launch tour is here to keep us warm.

    Speaking of colder months, we recently got featured as a preseason training tool for skiers and snowboarders by snocru.com here: http://blog.snocru.com/4-preseason-training-essentials-for-skiers-snowboarders/

    Last week, we also got featured in an article for bodybuilding.com here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/content/editors-picks-4-tools-for-strong-runners.html

    Full disclosure, we pay nothing for these features. Instead these editors reach out and we send product to them to test and write about. What is most intriguing about these articles is the representation of the diversity of applications for Pedestals. Whether it is to be a stronger runner or skier, Pedestal Footwear will get you on the right track (pun intended) to crushing your goals. 

    Over the next two weeks, we are hitting the road for a few seminars and conferences. This week we are heading to Providence, Rhode Island for the NEACSM Conference. This should be a great opportunity to showcase our samples of 2.0's before they are available for pre-order.

    Next week, we are heading to Scottsdale, Arizona for the Parisi School Summit. Bill Parisi, the founder of Parisi School had this to say about his experience with his Pedestals:

    "Pedestal Footwear is a piece of equipment that every athlete should take advantage of. At Parisi, we like to have our athletes warm-up barefoot, and having the right protection during this time is crucial.  Pedestal solved a problem no one ever thought of, until now…."

    Over the weekend, we filmed our new video for our 2.0's and we had a blast (as you can see by the above photo). We are really excited to share it with you soon. Stay tuned as we will be updating our website shortly. 

    Thank you for all of your support. Keep crushing and please keep us updated on your Pedestal journey. We love seeing all of the photos and videos.

    With Love,

    Mike

     

     

    Never Lose Your Pedestals!

    Never Lose Your Pedestals!

    One common problem many people face when it comes to socks is that they often lose or forget them.

    In order to combat this issue, we have provided a new mesh bag that will keep your Pedestals together in your gym bag or in the wash. Our 2.0's will be silver lined so you will hardly ever have to wash them.

    This addition was created by the feedback of our customers, so for that we are extremely thankful. 

    We look forward to sending these bags along with each pair of 2.0's.

    Pre-order will be up soon!

    With Love,

    Mike