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12 Days of CrossFit: Tripods

We all know how important good form is in all movements we do, particularly Olympic lifting. Also, they’re handy for capturing your first muscle up (right, Teddy Baz?).
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Tripods can range from $10 up to expensive. Several have varying settings so you can also use it for a camera, camcorder or smartphone. Here are some of our favorites:

Akron
Gorilla bendy legs help you get the perfect angle for filming your first muscle up, right Teddy Baz? The Mobile Grip 2 Universal Holder fits Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and iPhone 5 5S 5C. Some options fit several varieties of phone, some are brand specific so just pay attention when buying. Check out your local electronics store for options. ($20 Akron iPhone/Galaxy/Lumia at Amazon)

Insignia
A great option for camcorders and phones alike. Straight legs so there’s no bending action. Extends from 5.5 to 8 inches to suit your needs and location. ($10 at BestBuy)

JOBY Original
JOBY is one of the industry leaders, pioneering “gorilla” leg technology. Their grip tight mount is super sturdy so you don’t have to worry about your phone slipping out and cracking the screen. $50 JOBY Gorilla Grip at Apple

JOBY Micropod
Adorable and tiny, the micropod easily fits in your gym bag or sweatshirt pocket. Interchangeable mounting devices make this a great option for small cameras as well. ($20 at REI)

12 Days of CrossFit: Thermometers

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What? I know, seems random. But when you’re cooking up all those delicious Paleo dishes come January 1, a solid thermometer comes in handy. You can go conventional with a thermostat-like reader, but we highly recommend probe-style digital thermometers, which can be inserted into your bird with a wire leading out of the oven door to a digital display that monitors the temperature.

You don’t have to spend a ton if you want to test out the water. For example, brands like Weber and Polder have digital thermometers from $8-$15 on Amazon or in department stores. Some conventional dial thermometers even start as low as $4.

If you have a more advanced foodie in your life, though, some of our athlete’s favorites are:

Maverick et-733 Dual Probe
Josh Michaels tipped us off to this one saying, “it works really well for roasting, bbq, etc and not having to constantly open the heating device to check temperature”. Plus it’s wirelessly monitors internal temperature of meat from 300 feet away. The receiver with LCD beeps and flashes when meat temperature goes above your programmed temperature. ($60-$80, available at Amazon, Cabelas)

Thermapen
The mother of all thermometers, the Thermapen is a professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens, labs and manufacturing plants) that has become the top consumer cooking thermometer for home use. It’s super popular among celebrity chefs, cooking magazines, top foodies, bloggers and competition BBQ teams. There’s a variety of Therampens to choose from, including splash proof, back-lit, pro-surface and air. ($96-$199, ThermoWorks)

12 Days of CrossFit: Thermometers

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What? I know, seems random. But when you’re cooking up all those delicious Paleo dishes come January 1, a solid thermometer comes in handy. You can go conventional with a thermostat-like reader, but we highly recommend probe-style digital thermometers, which can be inserted into your bird with a wire leading out of the oven door to a digital display that monitors the temperature.

You don’t have to spend a ton if you want to test out the water. For example, brands like Weber and Polder have digital thermometers from $8-$15 on Amazon or in department stores. Some conventional dial thermometers even start as low as $4.

If you have a more advanced foodie in your life, though, some of our athlete’s favorites are:

Maverick et-733 Dual Probe
Josh Michaels tipped us off to this one saying, “it works really well for roasting, bbq, etc and not having to constantly open the heating device to check temperature”. Plus it’s wirelessly monitors internal temperature of meat from 300 feet away. The receiver with LCD beeps and flashes when meat temperature goes above your programmed temperature. ($60-$80, available at Amazon, Cabelas)

Thermapen
The mother of all thermometers, the Thermapen is a professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens, labs and manufacturing plants) that has become the top consumer cooking thermometer for home use. It’s super popular among celebrity chefs, cooking magazines, top foodies, bloggers and competition BBQ teams. There’s a variety of Therampens to choose from, including splash proof, back-lit, pro-surface and air. ($96-$199, ThermoWorks)

Wearable Wednesday: Hybrid Watch + Trackers

Over the last couple weeks we have looked at a handful of the top fitness trackers and smart watches both at and coming soon to a store near you. However, there is a new space popping up trying to bridge the gap between fitness tracker functions and smart watch functions. Here is a look at a couple of these hybrids.

OUT NOW…

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MICROSOFT BAND $200
A fitness tracking wristband plus app and cloud-computing technology, edging it into the smart watch/fitness band hybrid market. Probably the most full-feature device on the market.
PROS:
-Display shows texts, FB alerts, calendar items, and Sbux bar codes to pay for your morning americano
– Constant heart rate monitoring
– GPS for accurate run/cycling tracking WITHOUT having to have your phone with you
– All the standard calorie estimates, sleep and steps plus customizable screen
– Cross platform functionality with iPhone, Android or Windows
– Syncs third party apps like MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper and provides workouts from Gold’s Gym, Shape and Men’s fitness
CONS:
– Microsoft Health platform is not yet integrated to other wearables (like Jawbone or Fitbit) but it is planning to be soon
– No way to interact with notifications coming from and iPhone or Android, but full functionality with Windows
– 48 hour battery life
– Water and dust resistant, but not water proof enough for the shower
– Not super attractive and band is a bit uncomfortable with strap around wrist and screen on top

SAMSUNG GEARFIT $150Samsung
Trying to be a perfect marriage between smart watch and fitness tracker, Samsung Gearfit gets mixed reviews.
PROS:
– Comfortable to wear
– Beautiful display
– Super long battery life
– Tracks heart rate, exercise, calorie intake, etc.
CONS:
– Inaccurate heart rate monitor and pedometer
– Narrow display and small proprietary charger
– No app ecosystem
– No GPS so distance is inaccurate

COMING SOON…
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TIMEX IRONMAN ONE GPS+ $400 (fall 2014)
Looks like a smart watch, but calls itself a sports tracker. Only makes emergency calls, but does house music. Not sure exactly where this crossover lands, but it has got some solid features.
PROS:
– Standalone device not needing your phone to connect to because it has its own cell signal and connects to AT&Ts wireless network
– Rugged and durable
– Can send alert messages in case you need help or are hurt, great for hikers and backwoods explorers
– Pairs with apps like RunKeeper, Strava and MyFitnessPal
– Water resistant up to 50 meters
– Touchscreen that looks similar to e-readers
CONS:
– Not very pretty
– No heart rate monitor built in, but can connect via Bluetooth with an external chest strap
– After your first year it’s $40 to keep the AT&T features on
– 8 hour battery life with GPS, if you play music too its 4 hours

 

 

***DISCLAIMER: These opinions are based on public reviews and some trial with the devices. This is not meant to be the definitive word on hybrids, but rather a quick guide noting some of the key features to figure out what is best for you personally.