On Saturday, I watched the Springboks take on the All Blacks at Twickenham… Well, I was supporting from my couch, but you know what I mean. The All Blacks were first up to sing their national anthem, and it was very obvious that sports brand adidas was their number one choice for their iconic jerseys.
I’m a big supporter of the Springboks and unlike many others, I’ll support them through thick and thin, through the ups and the downs. Unfortunately, we lost out of a spot in the final, but hey, I’m so proud of the boys. And while I will continue to support them throughout, I have to side with the All Blacks when it comes to their choice in training kit. I’ve been using the adidas Climachill for quite some time now. I love the technology used in the gear. For starters, it’s light, which is important when you’re training. The shirts also contain these aluminium spheres in the back of the shirt that take the heat and moisture out of the shirt, which helps keep me cool and dries the shirt faster. Sounds like a bit of a weird concept, and you do get a bit of a shock when you first put it on, but it’s actually a really cool and unique addition to the brand’s training shirts.
Besides the All Blacks and the awesomeness that is me (kidding) the brand recently launched its new campaign, It’s Your Sport range, in which they’ve called on some of SA’s most raved about stars to test out the gear via functional training. They enlisted the help of Springbok/Stormers rugby player Siya Kolisi, TV presenter Lunga Shabalala, fitness models Trevor Lagerway and Nicolene Mostert as well as South African swimming star, Jessica Ashleigh Cooper. You can see their videos here.
With this being an incredibly busy period for me, in terms of training, racing and triathlon season in full swing, it’s good to put the gear to the test. In the last few days I’ve done:
Wednesday: 1-hour run and a 3km swim
Thursday: 1-hour spin, 4km run and 30 minutes strength training
Friday: 2.5km swim
Saturday: 2:30 cycle out in the Cradle of Humankind, 20-minute run
Sunday: 1hr30 run
As you can see, it’s pretty full on and there’s a lot of cardio going on. So I’m using the Climachill gear a lot and it’s perfect for the cardio and strength training. Gosh, if I had to do some training with the shirt on in the pool, to kind of simulate the feeling of the wetsuit ahead of next weekend’s triathlon, it would probably hold its own. Let’s see, maybe I’ll try it this week 😉 You can follow my program by checking out the hashtags, #ItsYourSport #adidasTraining.
What gear do you use? Let me know what works best for you. I have some goodies to give away in the coming week, so stay tuned.