springboard your performance: Nike
Photo: Nike
Photo: Nike

If you’re looking to put more power into your run, here’s what you need to know about Nike’s latest Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%. To the eye, there may only be subtle changes compared to its predecessor, the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, but it does pack in a number of useful upgrades. Aside from the comparatively firmer Atomknit upper, it also has more ZoomX foam that, together with the carbon fibre plate and two new Nike Zoom Air pods, will collectively deliver a 90 per cent energy return.

We took a pair out for a run and found that they did feel generally heavier. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because, the denser cushion provides more protection for the intricate structure of our feet, as well as reduce fatigue. It’s this enhanced comfort that lets you run long distances with less exhaustion.

Available at Nike

Singapore based Online gym: Virgin Active
Photo: Virgin Active
Photo: Virgin Active

It’s great that people use technology and social media channels for fitness tips while the gyms are shuttered during the CCB. Experts are all for keeping fitness regimes in motion. They are however concerned about injuries arising from improper form.

Enter Virgin Active, which now provides Digital Coaching and Virtual Personal Training services on its platforms to ensure that your fitness goals are properly addressed. For the $75 Digital Coaching package, you get to experience a weekly guidance plan, weekly action steps and access to online workouts by the brand’s “Rockstar instructors” for four weeks.

Separately, the $270 Virtual Personal Training offers a four-week personalised training programme at your convenience, with sessions catered to any equipment you have access to at home. This is particularly useful for those who prefer pursuing fitness goals in the privacy of their homes to working out at the neighbourhood gym. And what more would be considered a fitness essential than a space to exercise.

More information on virginactive.com.sg

beyond the run: Reebok
Photo: Reebok
Photo: Reebok

If your exercise routine encompasses more than just running on pavement or tarmac, consider shoes with cross-training features. Reebok’s Forever FloatrideEnergy 2.0 offers the brand’s proprietary sole that is designed to provide ample cushioning and a light bounce. It allows the wearer to also perform HIIT sets, or cover uneven terrain in greater comfort. The upper is surprisingly light and flexible. We liked that the ‘breathable’ materials kept our feet cool even through a long run. The right shoes are definitely a fitness essential.

Available at Royal Sporting House

the sun still shines: Clarins
Photo: Clarins
Photo: Clarins

Can’t wait to go hiking or wakeboarding again? We totally understand. Just don’t forget your sunblock. Such as Clarins’ latest Sun Care Water Mist SPF50+ that provides an invisible shield against the sun’s damaging rays while outdoors. Unlike other chemical sun filters, which can feel unpleasantly tacky and leave white streaks on your skin, this lightweight formula uses the brand’s SunFilterComplex, a clear compound that provides optimal protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Best of all, if you worry about poisoning the ocean with chemicals, this new formula is free of coral-damaging chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate. You can ride the waves safely without endangering nature. While we wait for this exact product to hit the local stores, you may want to check out others.

Available at Clarins

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