WOFH—Workouts From Home


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WOFH—Workouts From Home

National Womens Day

To keep the motivation flowing during these difficult times where you may be feeling cooped up at home, Workouts From Home offers advice and workout ideas from our athletes and ambassadors. Have your own tips? Share your ideas and workouts with us on social.

We caught up with Jaybird Ambassador and fitness fanatic Abhish Desai (@thedesailifestyle) to get his tips for staying fit, healthy, and motivated while you’re confined to the great indoors.

How are you keeping up with staying healthy and training/working out in the midst of social distancing and working from home?

The first thing I do when I wake up is eat and do any chores. This way not only do I not get a chance to be lazy, I also get some time in between my first meal and my workout to get my blood flowing. Once I feel like I am ready, I do a long bodyweight-only workout. I choose 20-30 different exercises and do 1-2 sets each. This way I don’t get bored and my body is exposed to a large variety of movements every day. This comes in handy especially as we don’t move around too much being at home all day. I also plan my meals out and I make sure to only eat that much. I try not to eat or snack just out of boredom. If I feel the urge of snacking coming, I go and drink a glass or two of water, which helps control my appetite.

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How important is it to you to continue pushing yourself physically (and mentally) through these current challenges?

Once this is all over, I want to hit the ground running. This is a time when a lot of people will take for granted the time at home and use it to be lazy and sit around not doing much. This takes a toll coming out of it because you are less motivated when you have to start working and pushing yourself again. So going into every day we are stuck at home with the mentality that I need to maintain my level of work ethic as much as possible is vital. This allows me to mentally be ready for whatever may happen next, and once I’m able to get back out there, I am ready to keep progressing.

Even with all of the social distancing, how are you making sure you’re still connecting with people?

I’m an extrovert and am very outgoing so if I don’t connect with people and share ideas and knowledge and so on, I don’t feel like myself. And even though I keep my circle small, I make sure I talk to each and every single person through the week, make sure they are ok, motivate them or be motivated by them to keep moving, and just have fun. A great way to stay connected is to create challenges with friends and family that keep all of you engaged with each other. So my friends and I have created a group where we pass around exercises everyday and keep each other accountable. This allows us to stay in touch, have fun, and keep the tension light.

ABHISH’S INTERMEDIATE WORKOUT OF THE DAY:

DO EACH EXERCISE FOR 40 SECONDS, WITH 20 SECONDS OFF BETWEEN. DO FIVE ROUNDS.

CHAMELEONS TO WINDMILLS

KICKSITS

LOADED BEAST BURPEES

SPRINTERS LUNGE TO HIGH KNEE

Celebrating Women’s Day with Girls Gotta Run Foundation


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Celebrating Women’s Day with Girls Gotta Run Foundation

National Womens Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, we caught up with Kayla Nolan, Executive Director of Girls Gotta Run Foundation, to hear about all that this great organization accomplished this year with the support of Jaybird.

Girls Gotta Run Foundation is the first and only organization investing in girl changemakers through running and education in Ethiopia. The Girls Gotta Run program integrates education, athletics, life skills, and savings and entrepreneurship to support girls and women in designing a future of their choosing. GGRF was founded in 2007 as an all-volunteer organization, and we now work with 275 girls and women, impacting over 1,000 community members.

Around 1.6 million primary and secondary school-aged girls are currently not attending school in Ethiopia—that’s nearly 2 out of every 10 girls. As girls enter adolescence, they are more likely to drop out of school due to early marriage, early pregnancy, increased responsibilities at home, increased cost of school, food insecurity, and more.

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Supporting girls’ education is the smartest investment one can make for community development. Each year of education a girl completes catalyzes change for her future, her family, and her community. Education for girls means income, health, and agency for them and their communities. GGRF works to provide opportunities for girls to complete their education and achieve their goals on and off the track.

GGRF takes a holistic approach in addressing the many challenges girls need to overcome in order to reach their goals and design a future of their choosing. Each aspect of our program compliments the other. Running and life skills help to provide a safe space for girls to feel seen and heard. Financial support for the girls education and entrepreneurship programming for their mothers ensures that families can build sustainable ways out of poverty and keep their children in school. Building on Ethiopia’s internationally renowned legacy of distance running, our participating families take pride in the Athletic Scholarship Program and are hopeful for the prosperous future of their own creation.

Last year, through an International Women’s Day fundraising effort, Jaybird Sport raised enough money to outfit every GGRF Athletic Scholar with running clothes. We were proud to provide quality training gear to all of our Scholars thanks to the generous support of Jaybird, and we were also proud to elevate the stories of GGRF Athletic Scholars through the RUN WILD global film series.

Over the past year we saw 100% of our graduating class go on to university. We’re really excited about these results, as only 10% of women enter university across Ethiopia. Thanks to Jaybird Sport, the GGRF Athletic Scholars have the tools they need to thrive in the classroom, track, and community.

– Kayla Nolan, Executive Director of Girls Gotta Run Foundation

If you are looking to help support and empower women and girls in developing communities, please consider donating to this incredible foundation.

Weekly Fourcast: Joel Evans


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Weekly Fourcast: Joel Evans

For this Weekly Fourcast, we tracked down Chamonix-based ski mountaineer and Jaybird Ambassador Joel Evans. Born in the rolling green hills of Wales, Joel wasn’t much of an athlete as a child. But when he moved to the Alps for “just a season” nine years ago, he realized the unlimited potential for mountain adventures, and he never returned home, immersing himself in ski mountaineering and sky running.

“I like to challenge myself in the mountains to see what my physical limits are, this enables me to aim for bigger objectives in the future. I love trying to see if I can go further or higher than I have before.”

In 2019, Joel set a goal to ascend 100,000 vertical meters on skis. By April, he had accomplished his goal, often waking up and putting in 1,000 meters on the skin track with his dog before work. By the end of the year, he had climbed more than 225,000 vertical meters.

“I really didn’t think I would be able to accomplish it,” he says. “Spending a lot of time going uphill and grinding, I love music’s ability to enable you to ‘switch off’, forget the world of pain you are in and just enjoy the mountains.”

 

Joel’s Recommended Podcasts:

Stuff You Should Know, Episode 999: The Simpsons Spectacular Part 1

If, like me, you grew up in the ‘90s, the Simpsons may have been a big part of your life. Josh and Charles have a great sense of humour and dig into the history and importance of The Simpsons and its effect on kids and adults the world over.

 

The Rich Roll Podcast, Kilian Jornet: Summiting the Mind of the World’s Greatest Mountain Runner

Rich Roll is a great endurance athlete and down to earth guy, and for this episode is joined by one of my idols and greatest mountain athlete of all time, Kilian Jornet. They talk about all things mountain and how Kilian trains towards his project, Summits of my Life.

 

Alastair Humphreys: Living Adventurously, #6, Adventure is Being Open to the Possibility of Something Changing Your Life in Ways You Can’t Predict

Alastair Humphreys is an English adventurer and motivational speaker, and in this episode he looks into what makes an adventure. Most people will think of the cliché of climbing a mountain or canoeing down a river but this podcast re-thinks the idea and shows that adventure is really just doing something outside of your comfort zone.

 

Freakonomics, The Future of Meat

Being a vegan, I am always interested in the new foods that are available to me. When it comes to meat substitutes, some people can think that it’s strange for vegans to want a ‘meat-like’ food, but for me it comes down to the nostalgia and that comforting feeling when you eat certain foods.

With brands such as Beyond and Impossible producing foods that are almost identical to the real thing, and with the environmental impact of animal agriculture a very hot topic, this is a great listen if you want to learn more about the way food will be produced in the years to come.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Susan Oyler


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Weekly Fourcast: Susan Oyler

For this Weekly Fourcast we caught up with Jaybird Ambassador Susan Oyler—a mom, military wife, civil engineer, and tri-athlete. Susan found triathalons in her early 30’s—for years Susan struggled with self-esteem and body image issues, and limited herself and the activities she would do because of it.

“But, after becoming a mother, I wanted to change,” she says. “I didn’t want my daughter to learn a life of fear and limitations. So, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and do something I had always been interested in, but too scared to try—triathlon! I found the sport and the community to be, literally, life-changing.”

Since then, Susan has gone on to compete in three Ironman events, and will compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships this year.

“The confidence you gain from testing your limits in sports will transcend all aspects of your life.”
Learn more about Susan at her website, www.essentialoyl.com.

 

Susan’s Recommended Podcasts:

Sparta Chicks, Episode: 99 – Dr. Stacy Sims on How to Work With Your Body, Not Fight Against It

Dr. Stacy Sims is the pioneer in the research of female physiology and educating female athletes (and coaches!) that women are not just small men, which means our training strategies and fueling needs are different.

 

Fresh Air, Howard Stern/Joan Rivers

This episode is a condensed version of the two-part interview that Terri Gross did in early 2019. I am a huge Howard Stern fan. What I really love about him is his willingness to talk about psychotherapy and how he has benefited from it. He has really done so much to remove the stigma regarding mental health and seeking help. Also, I think he shows how a person can evolve over a lifetime and use personal setback as a springboard to growth and improvement.

 

30 for 30, Six Who Sat

As a female athlete, I am the beneficiary of so many brave women before me who blazed the trail for acceptance and equality in sports. This story is about six female competitors who protested at the 1972 NYC Marathon.

 

How I Built This, Spanx: Sara Blakely

I love learning about the people and the inspiration behind huge brands we all know. I loved this episode because I respect how persistent Sara was in making her vision a reality and how she kept pushing in the face of rejection.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Brooke Bowen


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Weekly Fourcast: Brooke Bowen

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird Ambassador Brooke Bowen. Brooke and her family live in Sandy, Utah, and not only is she a mother of three with a full-time job, she’s also the Spartan Race World Champion in her age group.

“I love that obstacle course races give me a lot of variety in my training, from being up in the mountains to weight lifting at the gym or playing with my kids at the playground,” she says. “I’ve always loved fitness and love training for a special event.”

 

Brooke’s Recommended Podcasts:

Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis, Episode 64: Scott Harrison- You have the ability to become something beautiful.

Scott’s incredible transformation is a story that would touch anyone. Going from the lowest of lows to dedicating his life to giving really inspired me. Rachel Hollis always uplifts me with her powerful words and interviews.

 

Ali on the Run Show, Episode 128: Ali & the Experts Week with Dr. Nicole Detling, Sports Psychologist

This is one episode I listen to over and over again. Dr. Nicole Detling’s words have been a complete game changer for me in improving my mental game during competition and training.

 

Obstacle Dominator, Season 3, episode 2- The Kempson Brothers

As an obstacle course racer I love hearing a break down of races. There are so many components to obstacle course racing and these guys usually have a fun conversation that is fun to listen in on. This episode in particular has some great nuggets of wisdom from Ryan Kempson about racing that can be applied to any athlete.

 

Song Exploder, Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

It’s really cool to hear the story behind songs. I might like a song just for the sound but knowing what made it come to be makes it so much better. It’s really interesting to hear from the actual artists.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Nathan Lee Allen


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Weekly Fourcast: Nathan Lee Allen

For this Weekly Fourcast, we tracked down Colorado-based photographer, podcaster, and influencer Nathan Lee Allen. Nathan has a passion for creating bold, beautiful and beneficial content that inspires others to “get busy living” everyday.

“I am constantly in the outdoors—I love hiking, backpacking/camping, skiing, mountain climbing, and anything that allows me to go deeper and experience our beautiful wild places.”

For Nathan, “music is the bridge between the outdoors and the creative energy and flow I constantly have. When I put music on, it drowns everything and makes me focus. I feel connected and empowered.”

Outside of his photography, Nathan also hosts A Story Worth Telling, a podcast focused on telling the world’s most interesting and inspiring stories.

 

Nathan’s Recommended Podcasts:

How I Built This, Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard

This podcast interviews some of the best minds and entrepreneurs in the world, and dives into their story, successes/failures, and what it took to get to where they are today.

 

My Favorite Murder

Honestly, every episode is great. It’s a super funny, entertaining podcast that breaks down a murder or serial killer each episode. So good.

 

Stuff You Should Know, NYC Water: An Engineering Marvel

They discuss some amazing topics we all think and wonder about, and they’re super informative.

 

The Golden Hour Podcast, Episode 20: Garrett King (Photographer & Expert Colorist)

Why Your Recommend This Podcast: It interviews amazing creatives and entrepreneurs around the world—inspiring to listen to everyone’s journey!

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Helena Bjälkemo


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Weekly Fourcast: Helena Bjälkemo

For this Weekly Fourcast, we sat down with Jaybird Ambassador Helena Bjälkemo, an elite Swedish runner and SwimRun competitor. As a full-time working mother of two toddlers, Helena and her husband George (a SwimRun world champion) often struggle to fit training into their busy lives, but as she says, it’s “oh so worth it.”

SwimRun, a multi-stage outdoor race that involves multiple transitions between swimming and running, originated in Sweden with the ÖtillÖ, a 75km course across 26 islands of the Stockholm archipelago.

“SwimRun is a perfect mix of physical challenge and adventure,” Helena says, “an intense nature experience through magical forests and deep waters, shared with a friend.”

 

Helena’s Recommended Podcasts:

Rich Roll Podcast, Episode 486: Quelling Stress with Rangan Chatterjee, MD

I enjoyed their chat about SwimRun, describing their amazing nature adventures. Dr. Rangan has also done a SwimRun with his son, very inspiring. Also, he talks about how passion can heal people and that exercise in nature is linked with better overall health.

 

Maratonpodden, Episode 161: Helena & George Bjälkemo (in Swedish)

Well, I hope this episode inspires parents to follow their dreams and stop feeling guilty about making time for their own well-being.

 

Wiss & Swärm – On the Run, Episode 30: Life hacks (in Swedish)

I like this podcast because the girls behind it are very open and transparent about their struggles in combining training with their busy lifestyles. In this specific episode they provide us with lots of great life hacks that enables us to be more successful with our time management.

 

Träningspodden, Episode 133: Det stora testavsnittet (in Swedish)

In this episode, nutrition expert Tony Fagerdahl talks about ways to measure the body’s nutritional levels, how diet affects us both mentally and physically and what we should eat every day for the ultimate nutritional intake.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Sheldon Martineau


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Weekly Fourcast: Sheldon Martineau

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with outdoor lifestyle photographer Sheldon Martineau. Sheldon calls Salt Lake City home, and like most who live at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, he loves to use a variety of pursuits to get him outside. From climbing and snowshoeing to a good old-fashioned backpacking trip, Sheldon is fueled by a deep love for nature and travel, and his motivation lies in creating and sharing that passion with others through his photography.

“Whether it’s in the backcountry around a fire, or while pumping up snow covered hills, I love to have my music with me—it creates a cinematic feel and really helps me get my head in the zone.”

 

Sheldon’s Recommended Podcasts:

Visual Revolutionary, Episode 74: Quin Schrock

For me personally, Quin is a photographer I look up to, and he offers a lot of good insight on creating a new level for himself and others.

 

Art of Visuals, @jamieout | Family man on a mission

This episode really shows that you can do it all. If you value your passion, you will always find time for it. And if you don’t have time, it’s not as big of a priority for yourself, clearly.

 

Art of Visuals, @Jordhammond | Citizen of the World

I like this episode because it gave me a lot of insight on getting started as a photographer and really opened my eyes on how to travel while incorporating work.

 

Art of Visuals, @emmett_sparling | Journeys around the world for perspectives never seen before!

This is another favorite, because it shows that age really doesn’t matter in the digital world. As long as you can show up for the occasion, you can make a name for yourself.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Cliford Mervil


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Weekly Fourcast: Cliford Mervil

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with travel and outdoor photographer Cliford Mervil. Cliford was born and raised in Haiti, and moved to the US when he was 11. From soccer and track, to backpacking and climbing, Cliford has been athlete since he can remember, and is always looking for the next challenge.

“Every time you persevere through a challenge, you not only break your own barriers, but you create new limits.”

Check out Cliford’s work on Instagram @cliford.mervil.

 

Cliford’s Recommended Podcasts:

Visual Revolutionary, Episode 50: Alex Strohl

Alex Strohl is a travel and lifestyle photographer, I find he’s work to be inspirational and I always like to know what inspire others and how they got started, especially those I look up to.

 

The Dirtbag Diaries, The Modern Dirtbag

This episode stood out to me because as a climber it’s the dream to just leave everything for a while and go on a climbing tour. It was nice hearing what that’s really like and how to prepare for it.

 

The Adventure Photography Podcast

I don’t believe this podcast is still running, but I did enjoy their episode about life without social media, which pretty much covers how amazing it is not worrying about social media when you’re out exploring or on an expedition, which is something I can relate to. There’s no better way to relax and recharge your mental batteries than exploring and being in the moment.

 

The Enormocast, Jim Donini – Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends

I like how that even being in his 70’s, Jim still enjoys climbing and facing the risk head on, not letting his age stopping him.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Stephanie Howe


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Weekly Fourcast: Stephanie Howe

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with champion ultra runner, sports nutritionist, and Jaybird Ambassador Stephanie Howe. Stephanie’s passion for nourishing the body through movement and real food is the common thread running through the different facets of her life.

Formerly a collegiate All-American Nordic skier and cross-country runner, Stephanie discovered her passion for trail running while attended Montana State University in Bozeman.

Since then, she’s claimed several course records and podiumed at some of the world’s most iconic ultra races, including the Speedgoat 50k, the UTMB and the Western States 100, which she won the first year she ran it, in 2014. Did we mention she was also pursuing a doctorate in Nutrition and Exercise Science at the time?

“On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve had my fair share of injuries and set backs,” she says. “Each time I have accepted the reality of the injury and worked to get my health back. It’s not a super sexy story, but it makes me appreciate the ability to run and push my body.”

Now based in Bend, OR, Stephanie works as a coach and sports nutritionist, helping other athletes when she isn’t out running in the mountains herself.

 

Stephanie’s Recommended Playlists:

The Tim Ferriss Show, #378 Nick Norris- Navy SEAL and Athlete on Training, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Healing

Talking about grief and how it’s unlocked happiness. This was a really fantastic listen and with good perspective on tough life situations.

 

The Joe Rogan Experience, #1121: Michael Pollan

Psychedelics are an up and coming field. Micheal Pollan discusses his experience along with his book How to Change Your Mind.

 

Clean Sport Collective, Episode #20 Mary Cain Tells Us Her Story

This is somewhat heartbreaking, but such a good listen for everyone. The shame we cause women to feel about their bodies is unacceptable. Mary bravely speaks out about her experience at Nike Oregon Project.

 

In the Dark, Season 1 (Jacob Wetterling)

I grew up in Minnesota and I remember when Jacob disappeared. His body was found just recently and this is the story of how the law enforcement failed and ended up with an unsolved mystery. It’s a really well done series and it gives you the shivers. I couldn’t stop listening. Like drive-my-car-to-get-a-car-wash-so-I-could-keep-listening, type of story.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.