We are happy to welcome Harrison Weinhold to the Sport Science team. Harrison will head up our marketing and public relation efforts, working not only to spread the word about Sport Science but to help spread the word about the great organizations and individuals we do business with as well.
Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Harrison is a long-suffering DC sports fan. His background in sports radio and TV as well as marketing and development for Vox Media’s SBnation.com and the NFL Players Association make Harrison a great asset in conceptualizing and executing unique promotions and events to connect Sport Science to the active lifestyle market. Harrison has worked with notable athletes such as the NFL’s Fred Smoot, Pierre Garcon, and Mike Glennon as well as sports media icons such as Mike Wise, Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser.
Harrison’s unique knowledge and experience in sports and media marketing make him a special addition to our growing team: “It’s exciting to bring my experience to a company and product like Sport Science,” says Harrison. “Few businesses can boast a product that people fall in love with so easily, and the added aspect that everything is made right here in America – in our offices – I think really sets us apart from most performance gear makers.”
We’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest team member, Matt Antonis. Joining our sales department, Matt will work closely with specialty running and outdoor stores, as well as race directors and event coordinators, to provide the highest level of customer service. Matt will help customers with their custom performance shirts, running and outdoor graphics and a host of other projects so you can do more and enjoy.
Hailing from Chesapeake Bay, Matt is an avid outdoorsman with a love of mountain biking, running and kayak fishing. Always in search of products that aid him in these passions, Matt has a vast understanding of the running and outdoor markets. Inspired by his own footwear needs, Matt co-created Slacklace, a shoelace that adds comfort while eliminating the dangers of dangling shoelace while you’re in motion.
Matt’s vast knowledge and passion for quality products make him the perfect addition to our growing team. Matt adds that “there is nothing like working with happy, healthy-minded individuals. That is why I am very excited to have met Neal with Sport Science… I am most excited about working in the shirt apparel business because I appreciate the power of a tshirt and, when you add performance, it’s a combination for success.”
Can the color you’re wearing influence your mood? We think so…. we’re often preaching to “wear what moves you.” Many customers tell us that the color of their workout apparel is chosen based on their activity. Strenuous workouts call for vibrant colors that energize and motivate, while more relaxing and subdued colors are ideal for mat-based workouts. It’s sweat Feng Shui, if you will. Maybe that explains why mauve isn’t a trending color in the gym?
Most of us have a favorite color or gravitate toward particular color palettes, colors that likely offer insight into moods and personalities. While particular color meanings vary with culture and circumstance, they all emit a certain level of non-verbal communication. We’ve all heard that red is considered an energizing color that is often associated with determination, thus often worn by ambitious extroverts. Or that yellow is a cheerful color that is often touted by eternal optimists.
So what does that mean for our Tie Dye performance shirts? We like to think it demonstrates whimsy, vitality and a personality that thinks outside the crayon box.
Recently, The Carmax Foundation announced a $4.1 million partnership with the KaBOOM! to build thirty playgrounds by the end of 2015. This project will benefit an estimated hundred thousands children in the U.S.. To mark the beginning of this partnership, over four hundred volunteers built two new playgrounds in one single day – one in Los Angeles and one in Richmond, VA.
Building a safe, functional playground is no easy task! We were so pleased when Carmax approached us to print custom performance shirts for their volunteers. While conditions in Richmond were wet and rainy, volunteers in Los Angeles were warm and sweaty. It’s a great thing our shirts are wicking and quick-drying!
Click here to view more pictures from the events.
Not that we ever need an excuse to lace up and head outside, but today is National Running Day, so attendance is mandatory. Great news though, the time, location and duration are totally your call. Recurring the first Wednesday in June, this day celebrates runners of all paces and places and serves as a terrific excuse to reaffirm your love for pounding the pavement.
Since its conception in 1970, the annual Earth Day celebrations helps to create a renewed awareness of the environment and the ways in which we can help preserve it.
The fight for a cleaner environment continues on with an even greater urgency. This year, Sport Science wants to shed light on the use of plastic bags and the negative impact they have on our earth… not only due to the waste they generate, but also the natural resources needed to manufacture them.
Sport Science staffers rely heavily on our MultiPak to cut down our uses of plastic bags. Because it can be used a tote, a backpack or folded up as a pouch, it’s relevant for almost every activity - biking to work, heading to the market, enjoying weekend outings – its uses are endless. However, even if you don’t use our MultiPak, we urge you to be more conscious of your uses and your environmental footprint.
We are pleased to join the Road Runner’s Club of America in announcing the finalists of the 5th annual RRCA National Race Shirt Contest. Sifting through all the entries, the panel of judges had a difficult time deciding their favorite race shirt design. Alas, here they are…
Designs will be presented at the 54th annual RRCA Convention held in Albuqueque, NM, May 2-5, 2013 where attendees will vote for their favorite design. The winning running club will win $250 worth of Sport Science performance clothing to use for their next event.
Sport Science would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to those effected by the events at the Boston Marathon. During times of such unspeakable tragedy, it’s reassuring to see not only the running community come together, but the nation. Our hearts go out to you.
We’re often asked why it’s preferable to wear performance clothing, specifically performance tshirts, during your sweat sessions… What are the benefits? Will I really notice a difference? Does anyone really care? Well, yes, yes and yes.
The human body temperature is naturally regulated through a series of biological processes called “thermo-regulation.” These processes are designed to keep the body temperature within an optimum range called the “thermo-neutral zone.” When this optimum temperature is exceeded, the body operates with less efficiency.
The main benefit of performance clothing is its ability to assist in regulating your body temperature better than non-performance clothing. When the body produces excessive amounts of sweat, the body uses its energy to try to keep cool.
If the sweat isn’t wicked away quickly, the body core temperature heats up, producing even more sweat. Therefore, performance t-shirts (and other performance clothing) stabilizes your body’s core temperature by pulling moisture away from your body (wicking) and forcing that moisture to evaporate (quick-drying) – this process, in turn, maximizes your performance and comfort.
So, stop wearing your sweat!
Sport Science™ offers the only fully performance enhancing tie-dye shirt available. We looked back to see how this came to be…
Tie-dye dates back to ancient times; some assume that in the story of Joseph, in the Bible’s Old Testament, his beautiful coat of many colors could have been tie-dyed. The process became fully developed in China during the T’ang dynasty (618-906 A.D.) and in Japan during the Nara period (552-794 A.D.). These cultures tied and dyed the threads before weaving their cloth – creating the method known today as ikat.
Later, from about 1568 to 1603 in many of the same eastern cultures, tsujigahana reached its height. This is the art of combining tie-dye with ornamental drawing.
Varied styles of tie-dye emerged to distinguish the different nations of Africa and the Indian tie-dye technique of Bandhani is still practiced today.
Tie-dye first became popular in he U.S during the Roaring ’20s. Pamphlets were distributed that gave directions on how to decorate your home with tie-dye and girls cut up cotton flour saks during the Great Depression and tie-dyed them, sewing them into clothes or tablecloths.
Tie-dye came back to style in America in the 1960′s when a movement emerged among young people that emphasized individuality. People made personal statements by tie-dying their clothes with their own color combinations.
Since the 1980′s, tie-dye has reemerged as a highly skilled and labor-intensive art form and can be seen from the runways in Paris and Milan to souvenir shops at popular beaches and tourist destinations.