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    The Blog

    "Do you have those finger socks?"

    A question we get asked often is if we have or are developing the finger socks. 

    There are a few reasons why we do not offer them. Most importantly, is that just because two people have the same sized foot, does not mean that they have the same length, width, and splay in their toes. This would force someone into a preset cast and would be totally counter intuitive to the mission. 

    We recently figured out a way to create optimal freedom of the toes in our new 4.0's. With our new and redesigned toe team, the toes are removed from all restrictions and can move freely during any movement. With an elastic toe seam, you can truly free your toes in our new 4.0's, which are also our most breathable and fastest drying product to date. 

    Below are a few pictures and videos of the new toe seam in action. 

     

     

    We hope you all get a chance to try our new 4.0's and feel the difference. 

    #freeyourtoes #ditchyourshoes

    Much Love,

    Mike & Brendan  

    9/11 Tribute Workouts

    9/11 is always hard to comprehend. Nothing we can say will ever make sense of what happened. All we can do is pray for those who were lost, and express our gratitude to the brave men and women who continue to fight for our freedom.

    As an American born company, we will "never forget" the lives lost on that day, and thereafter, in defense of our liberties.

    Below are two separate workouts created in the CrossFit community in remembrance of 9/11.

    For any movements you are unsure about, feel free to fill in a scaled down version. 

    Workout 1

    "Never Forget"

    • 3 Rounds For Time
    • 100 meter Sandbag Carry (135/90 lb)
    • 9 Handstand Push-Ups
    • 11 Overhead Squats (115/75 lb)

     Workout 2

    "9/11 Tribute"

    • For Time
    • 2001 meter Run
    • 11 Box Jumps (30/24 in)
    • 11 Thrusters (125/85 lb)
    • 11 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
    • 11 Power Cleans (170/115 lb)
    • 11 Handstand Push-Ups
    • 11 Kettlebell Swings (2/1.5 pood)
    • 11 Toes-to-Bar
    • 11 Deadlifts (170/115 lb)
    • 11 Push Jerks (110/75 lb)
    • 2001 meter Row

    Thank you to all of the servicemen and servicewomen who keep us safe and allow us to do what we love. 

    Much Love Always,

    Mike & Brendan

    #NeverForget #AmericanMade 

    Ladies Lifting

    We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the ladies out there who crush in their Pedestals. You inspire us each and every day. 

    We created the below workout by combining movements from three of the strongest ladies we know.

    Hip Mobility Warm-Up

    @MobilityMaker 

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    Ready for some serious hip-mobility progressions from a figure-four stretch? Of course you are!👊 . Check out this quick video I made during my warm-up today. It’s a series I use often both personally and with pro-athlete clients…so don’t give me the excuse that you’re too big or bulky to do these moves…I guide 240lb+ NFL clients through these all the time!💪 . The efficacy (and safety) of these progressions is all based on following the specific cues for proper position/alignment, applying manual assistance with your hands, engaging breathing mechanics/obliques for rib movement/position and low-back inhibition.✅ . Give it a try and let me know what you think.🙌 . #hipmobility #hipmobilityprogessions #movebetter #performbetter @perform_better @pedestalfootwear

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    KB Mobility Flow

    @coffeesandkettlebells 

     

    Single Arm @strongfirst KB Complex w/ @laurenpak22 (she is 36 weeks pregnant and still crushing!) 

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    Threw this little @strongfirst complex in at the end of my lift tonight! It’s called the “deep six” complex and it includes all six of the fundamental KB skills taught in the level one certification! - In this third trimester kettlebells have definitely been my favorite thing to work with because I can easily adjust my stance and can modify how I use them to accommodate for the growing bump! Here are a few things I’ve been doing the last several weeks: - ⭐️Switched to all single arm variations. With single arm I can keep the bell off to the side when I swing it back so my arm doesn’t hit against my belly. - ⭐️TGUs from the top down and only to the elbow. You can see me do this in the complex. The initial roll from my back to my elbow started feeling like too much pressure on my core and initially I just took TGUs out altogether, but once I realized I could start from the top and only go as low as the elbow before coming back up, I’ve been loving having them back in my program. - ⭐️Lighter bells on some exercises. I did this complex with a 14kg and would probably typically do it with more like an 18. I’m much more easily winded now, so even though I probably COULD do it with a heavier bell, I don’t feel the need to push the weights because I’m still getting a good workout in without overly fatiguing myself! - 36 weeks and going strong! #pregnancy #36weekspregnant #36weeks #thirdtrimester #pregnancyworkout #birthfit

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    Thank you all for reading and keep Ditching Your Shoes!

    Much Love,

    Mike & Brendan

    Back-to-Basics #MinuteMoFlow w/ @MobilityMaker

    #MinuteMoFlows are back in a big way! 

    Our friend and advocate Dana Santas aka @MobilityMaker recently launched 30+ #MinuteMoFlows on her YouTube and we couldn't be more excited.

    If you're short on time and energy, the Back-to-Basics Mobility Flow is for you. Check it out below and let us know what you think!

    Keep Ditching Your Shoes!

    Much Love,

    Mike & Brendan

     

    Pedestal Performance Testing

    The amazing team at Champion PT were kind enough to host us for a workout and some Pedestal testing.

    We have heard from multiple facilities we work with that bar speed, power output, and agility had improved with their athletes when they integrated Pedestals into their warm-ups and workouts. We wanted data to support these claims so we asked Champion PT if they would be willing to put our Pedestals to the test.

    Among the athletes that were tested in the vertical leap, there was an average jump height increase of just over 9% in Pedestals over traditional training sneakers. Nine percent! That is a drastic increase when you're talking athletic performance. 

    Life is a game of inches and wins and losses have been determined by the slightest of margins. Through our testing and testimonials, we know what we provide helps people move, feel, and perform better.

    So whether you are a college athlete about to head back to school for training camp, a weekend warrior, or an endurance athlete, our Pedestals will help improve your athletic development and durability.

    As always, thank you for your support and keep DITCHING YOUR SHOES!

    Much Love,

    Brendan