Fitness: What's New in Running Gear

Yesterday, tens of thousands of runners traveled from 139 countries and all 50 states to pound 26.2 miles of pavement in the 2015 New York City Marathon. In the days preceding the race, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center played host to more than 100 vendors and exhibitors displaying state-of-the-art gear at the NYC Marathon Health and Wellness Expo. Whether you’re looking to take your casual work-out to the next level or you’re ready to train for the next big race, take a look at our picks for the best of the best in what the expo had to offer.

Recovery

Foam rollers are perhaps the most essential tool for relieving aches and pains after intense exercise. Trigger Point’s new GRID X Foam Roller currently holds the throne as the worldwide best-seller, offering a deeper release by implementing materials two times firmer than previous models.

Nutrition

As the story goes, chia plants once fueled the Aztec warriors and provided vital sustenance for the people of the entire Aztec empire. Now that the little seeds have experienced a renaissance of sorts, runners, health-nuts, and endurance athletes around the world are rediscovering the plant’s incredible nutritional benefits.

Of the many companies that now distribute chia products, Mamma Chia leads the pack. We recommend trying their line of Chia Vitality Beverages, which boast high fiber, protein, iron, zinc, and Omega-3 contents. Guaranteed to increase vitality, strength, and energy, these delicious juice blends can benefit runners and non-runners alike.

Apparel

If you’re seeking both style and support, look no further than 2XU’s one-of-a-kind Muscle Containment Stamp compression shorts, which provide unparalleled protection against muscle trauma. Not only will they be the fanciest pants on the raceways, but they’ll also reduce fatigue and facilitate a speedier recovery.

Soft-Tissue Support

Kinesiology tape provides comfort and support for athletes’ muscles, tendons, and ligaments before, during, and after endurance events. While many kinesiology tapes are available on the market, KT Tape Pro is the world’s only 100 percent synthetic tape that allows for a full range of motion with its ability to stretch and recoil. In addition to providing restriction-free support that far surpasses that of standard cotton-fiber tapes, KT Tape Pro is two to three times stronger and can be worn for up to seven straight days for pain relief.

Pamper Yourself

For those who are willing to shell out for the absolute best that the industry has to offer in recovery gear, the NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System will take you to the peaks of pre- and post-run bliss for a well-deserved $1595. Relying on a dynamic pulse massage pattern bioengineered to enhance blood flow and optimize compression, these space-pants lend a whole new definition to the term “runner’s high.”

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