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Weekly Roundup: Adidas' "Now Is Her Time" campaign, the Queer Fitness Podcast and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the world's fastest mom

Adida’s new campaign “Now Is Her Time” is about female empowerment, diversity and… Pharrell Williams?

Source:  Adidas News

Source: Adidas News

Adidas just launched a new campaign embracing diversity and promoting equality with specific focus on women. “Now Is Her Time” is being praised for featuring a breastfeeding mother, a pregnant woman, artists, activists and more. It’s focused on empowering women… which is why Pharrell is at the center of it?

According to Adidas, “the campaign utilizes Pharrell’s platform to amplify the voices of women making waves across a number of issues and perspectives.” I have no idea how much of this campaign was masterminded by Pharrell but I’ll tip my hat to him for his ally-ship while I ogle the candy-coloured options available here.

Queer Fitness Podcast has officially launched

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I’m always excited to see more queer-focused fitness content out in the world, and this week the inclusive sports gods have smiled down on us all with the launch of the brand new Queer Fitness Podcast! It’s an interview-style podcast that tackles all kind of topics about queer experiences with sports and fitness. (I’m already subscribed on Spotify!)

I can’t wait to hear more from other people in the queer community about their experiences with sports. Want to check it out for yourself? You’ll find QFP anywhere you get you podcasts! Don’t forget to follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram.

Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the world’s fastest woman—and a mom

 
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Source: Instagram

 

Thirty-two year old Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce just made history at the World Championships in Doha. She took the 100 meter at 10.71 seconds. The kicker? Shelly-Ann got to celebrate the moment with her two-year-old son Zyon which is testament to her unstoppable athleticism, the power of women, and also completely adorable.

You can read more about the new record here.

Weekly Roundup: Nike's New Accessible Basketball Shoe, Plus-Size Yogi Jessamyn Stanley, And The Effects of Mouthwash on Your Workout

Nike Announces The Air Zoom UNVRS For Athletes Of All Abilities

Source: Nike News

Source: Nike News

Nike announced the launch of the Nike Air Zoom UNVRS, a basketball shoe designed with special features to make wearing possible for people of all ability levels. The Zoom UNVRS has “a magnetized heel that folds down and connects to the midsole. This function opens the shoe up so that it is quick and easy to put on and take off (wearers can efficiently slide the foot in and out with no hands) .” Also, it looks pretty cool.

According to DisabilityScoop, the shoe was designed with WNBA player Elena Delle Donne. Delle Donne helped develop the shoe with insight from her sister Lizzie, who has cerebral palsy, autism and is also deaf and blind. The shoe is part of Nike’s FlyEase line, which was originally developed after a 16-year-old boy with cerebral palsy wrote the company an open letter asking for a shoe he could put on independently.

Nike will launch the Nike Zoom UNVRS in November 2019.

Read the press release here.

Queery Interviews Jessamyn Stanley, Plus-Size Yogi & General Badass

ICMYI, Queerty did a great interview with author, yogi, body positive advocate and Instagram inspiration Jessamyn Stanley this week. Stanley shared her best “workout tip” (it’s not what you think), how yoga prepares her for everyday life, and why she recommends Bikram-style yoga to beginning practitioners.

They also asked her about her motivation for doing yoga and working out:

“I think of movement just like overall maintenance for the human body, the same you would do for car or your house. So for me, it’s helpful to think of as taking care of my body. So, what feels fun? What feels effortless?” - Jessamyn Stanley

Study Finds Using Mouthwash May Be Bad For Your Workout (What?)

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Weird findings: a new study has shown that using mouthwash on the days you decide to get moving may keep the workout from lowering your blood pressure effectively.

From Study Finds: “Researchers say that mouthwash cut the blood pressure benefits of exercise by 60% over the first hour of recovery, completely negated any benefits when participants used mouthwash two hours after a workout.”

For more info, check out the article on Study Finds.

Weekly Roundup: Exercise Versus Alzheimer’s, a Transgender Athlete Study, and Run for the Toad Training Begins!

Working out can protect you from Alzheimer’s

 
 

I’m all about finding reasons to get moving that don’t have the underpinnings of diet culture attached—and research may have given us another one! Runner’s World and NewsMedical.net have both reported on a new study showing that getting your body moving even a little more each day can help prevent the buildup of plaque in the brain previously connected to Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers are looking into movement as a preventative treatment as well.
Check out the Runner’s World Article here.
Read about the research findings here.

Study launches to SEPARATE fact and fiction about transgender athletes

There’s a lot of bluster and misinformation being spread in the media about the so-called edge that transgender athletes (particularly female ones) have over their cisgender counterparts. The catch is just this: there haven’t been any large-scale definitive studies to prove the existence or nonexistence of such advantages.

Now, Canadian-born researcher Joanna Harper is set to lead a large study on transgender athletes, hopefully bringing today’s most heated debate in athletics truth over opinion. Read about the study on the Huffington Post.

“Until we have several of these larger-scale studies done worldwide, it’s hard to be truly definitive on anything.” - Joanna Harper, in interview with the CBC

Run for the Toad training begins!

Shameless self promotion: I’ve officially started training for my upcoming Run for the Toad 25K race coming up in October—and I’m writing some training blogs to keep track of the progress.

Read the first one here—where I’m a scarecrow made of sandbags, a mosquito pin cushion, and a true crime fan running alone in the woods.

Weekly Roundup: Running a Marathon at 100 (Or Older), Queer AF Crossfit & How to Workout in the Heat

What’s My Age Again? Running Marathons At 100+

A marathon is just 26.2 miles. Age is just a number. Dharam Pal Singh of India is just (he claims) 121 years old. Although his age can’t be verified, he’s still an elderly gent grinding out those miles—something younger runners can only be capable of as they age. Check out the short documentary about this remarkable guy below!

Turns Out CrossFit Is Queer AF

The Advocate’s David Dodge has published a great article about CrossFit’s shifting culture entitled: “How the World’s Most ‘Bro’ Sport Is Making Space For LGBTQ+ People.” It takes a look inside CrossFit’s change of gears towards more inclusive policies, the homophobic tendencies of the wider culture, and explores how that all seems to be shifting.

”…for many of us, CrossFit is the first opportunity we’ve had to discover our inner Sporty Spice free from the unspeakable horrors of a high school gym class.” Sounds good. Where do we sign?

Cool Tips For Working Out In Hot Weather

Summer is here and that means heading indoors to workout, or safely finding ways to deal with the heat. Staying hydrated and moving your workouts to times of day when the temperatures are lower are just a few of tips that can help you get your sweat on safely in the heat. Click here to read more tips over at Global News.

Weekly Roundup: Nike's Other Major Mannequin Drop, Australia's New Transgender Guidelines & More

Happy Trails Racing Pushes For Inclusion and Accessibility

 
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Have you read this week’s article about how Happy Trails Racing is opening up trail racing to be more inclusive?

Nike Also Released Parasport Mannequins—We Missed It

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Caught up in the controversy over the new plus-sized mannequin in Nike’s London shop, many of us missed an equally significant move—the introduction of parasport mannequins. It’s nice to know that they’re considering representing more diverse kinds of athletes. (Now the question is, when are they going to get a plus-sized male mannequin in there?)

Australia’s New Transgender Inclusion Guidelines

Australia has introduced a set of guidelines to make their sports clubs more inclusive to transgender and gender diverse athletes. It was developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Sport Australia and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS).

The guideline includes key ideas to foster safe and inclusive environments, including providing gender neutral spaces, using a person’s chosen pronouns throughout all operations and record keeping, as well as ensuring athletes have access to a uniform in their size. Some really great takeaways in here for anyone running a sports organization.

Click here to read the freshly minted guidelines!

300 Pounds and Running Opens Slow AF Community Waitlist

Runner, podcast host, writer, and powerhouse Martinus Evans has opened up a waitlist for the Slow AF community—a running hub focused on connecting back of the pack runners.

Sign up for the waiting list here!

Goat Yoga Is Still A Thing

Whether you’re frantically searching to find the nearest class, or the headlines have got your goat, this alternative yoga class continues to pop up across the globe—and the photos of it are pretty hilarious and adorable. I guess when we say “movement is for every body,” we really mean it.