With warmer weather approaching, we thought we’d take a timeout to focus on sun safety. As some of you probably know, May is the official month for skin cancer awareness. So, in hopes of ensuring our athletes and customers live their healthiest, most active lives, we wanted to remind each and every one of you to keep protected when heading outside this summer.
At TYR, we are dedicated to engineering apparel that works for you. With UPF 50+ protection included in our most popular fabrications, our gear promises to stand up to harmful UV rays just as well as it stands up to wear, tear and chlorine. To check out a few of our sun safe products, feel free to browse the images below or to visit us online. In the meantime, if you are looking for more information on Skin Cancer Awareness Month or sun safety tips, be sure to click here.
As many of our fans know, team TYR recently partnered with Well + Good to showcase our current collection of Active apparel in a three day studio takeover. During the event we visited a bunch of awesome fitness boutiques and health clubs throughout Manhattan, one of which being Row House Chelsea.
After the takeover, we were totally sore (and pretty obsessed). So, we reached out to Studio Manager and Row House Coach Scott Marchfeld for more information on what TYR fans could expect from a typical class. In addition to being an avid marathon runner, Scott has five years of competitive rowing experience from both Rollins College and the New York Athletic Club. So, who better to ask about the benefits of adding this type of workout to a fitness regime?
With multiple locations throughout New York City, Row House continues to grow each year. If you’re in the area, or are simply interested in learning more about trying out a rowing class near you, check out our interview with Scott below:
What type of workout should people expect to experience at your studio?
People who come to my class will row with adequate, efficient technique within the first five minutes. Once technique is covered, then we dive into a variety of short interval workouts and long-distance endurance pieces. At Row House we expect athletes to find it within themselves to work outside of their comfort zones. Progress in the sport of rowing requires maximum effort. I tell everyone that this will be the best workout they’ve done all week, and they always agree when they leave the studio.
What are some of the benefits of rowing?
Rowing is great because we guarantee a low-impact, full-body workout combined with some intense cardio. These three facets are very difficult to find in other exercises. If executed correctly, rowing will provide the same benefits of a boot camp or HIIT training program without the constant jarring and impact on your joints. This is why we see a lot of former runners join our classes. They know there is little risk of injury on the rowing machine.
What muscles would a class at your studio work?
Glutes, quads, hamstrings, lower back, abdominals and shoulders.
What’s your favorite pose/ exercise? Why?
The deadlift. It’s a mirror image of the rowing stroke. Plus, as a runner, I need strong glutes. The deadlift is perfect for that.
How would a swimmer or triathlete benefit from incorporating this type of workout into their routine?
A 45-minute rowing exercise is the most efficient workout on the market. Athletes in NYC are always crunched on time. We promise to work every muscle group in the body, as well as accomplish the cardio gains, all while rowing on the machine. As a marathon runner myself, I’ve experienced a different level of cardio and endurance when I incorporate more rowing into my marathon training.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to try rowing for the first time?
Give it time. Understand the stroke before you try to work too hard. A lot of times people who are new to rowing jump on the machine and start rowing at high stroke ratings. You need to focus on technique and learn to row powerful at low ratings first.
Last question. As a trainer and marathon runner, what’s your go-to meal pre/post workout?
Whole wheat pasta and cottage cheese!
With Mother’s Day steadily approaching, we thought we’d take a minute to sit down with TYR’s very own “Momma on a Mission,” 4X Olympic Gold Medalist and 16X World Championship Medalist, Dana Vollmer.
Having become a mother less than a year ago, Dana is more motivated than ever to once again leave her mark on the world’s stage. And with major races on the horizon, we at team TYR cannot wait to see what she can do! In the meantime, Dana took a break from her busy schedule to talk training, motherhood and staying motivated. To find out more from one of the sport’s fiercest competitors, read on below.
You’re new to team TYR, but certainly not new to swimming. Tell us a little bit about your journey as an athlete thus far?
I have had such an amazing journey as an athlete and I am thankful that it’s not over yet! I’ve gotten to travel all over the world, meet amazing people and learn all about keeping my body healthy. Has it been all hearts and rainbows? Of course not, but no Olympian’s story ever is. Everyday I learn more about myself, about movement, performance, nutrition and so much more. As I make this comeback I feel more balanced in my life as a mom and as an athlete than I ever thought I could be. This will hopefully be a very exciting summer for my family!
You managed to take home gold in the 100m butterfly at Winter Nationals, less than a year after giving birth. What was your secret to coming back so strong?
Taking it day-by-day, step-by-step! I started with really small goals and worked from there. It’s hard to start working out again as a new mom in part because the demands on my time and energy with a newborn were huge. I couldn’t expect myself to jump in with a training schedule that looked anything close to what I had done two years prior. It all started with one practice, then I tried to survive my day as a new mom. When I felt I could do another workout, I did! Slowly, I was able to put in more workouts per week, and in time the intensity I could put into each practice grew… day-by-day, workout-to-workout. Having a newborn at home made me focus on the present moment, and drove me to ask the best of myself- and really, that’s all you can do.
Has your training routine changed since becoming a mom?
I feel smarter about the way I train. With the demands of having a son, I have limited time to put into practice, so I manage it wisely. Everything I do has an intention behind it. I can’t just rely on countless hours of training to make me fast. My coach Teri McKeever and I have to figure out how to optimize every moment I am in the water!
What is one thing you’ve learned from your experience as an Olympian?
Never lose sight of the journey. Life goes by so fast! Experiences we think will last forever are soon gone, and many times, it’s the memories of the journey that we remember forever. I’ve learned to appreciate the highs and lows of the process, and gained the understanding that with true effort, anything is possible!
What is one thing you’ve learned from your experience as a mom?
I can handle more than I ever thought I could! Being a mom takes a crazy amount of emotional strength but somehow you get it done, you have too! It’s not just about taking care of myself anymore, I have to do the best I can everyday to make sure my son has the best life I can give him.
What are your top five TYR product picks for this Mother’s Day?
Let’s see: The Durafast Elite Solid Crosscutfit Swimsuit, The Laguna Crosscutfit Tieback Swimsuit, The Studs Crosscutfit Swimsuit , The Supremo Crosscutfit Swimsuit and of course, The Eureka Crosscutfit Tieback Swimsuit .
With extraordinary first place finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse, IRONMAN 70.3 Silverman, IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador and most recently, IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix, it is safe to say Lauren Goss is a star on the rise. And if you ask us, she’s only getting started. Read on to check out our exclusive interview with this awesome team TYR athlete below.
What most excites you about joining #TeamTYR?
This will be my fourth season with TYR, and above all else, I am a huge believer in their products. The apparel and equipment are not only comfortable, but they’re also functional and fast. I also love how TYR works hand-in-hand with their athletes to create prints and styles that reflect our needs and preferences.
What’s your favorite TYR Suit style and print?
At the moment, I really love my TYReco Solid Swimsuit. The material doesn’t stretch out and the suit itself is extremely comfortable. In terms of prints, I think my hands-down, all time favorite is the Supersonic Diamondfit in multi.
On a typical day, what would we find in your training bag?
Well, I usually do three workouts a day. I use the Apex backpack when I go to the gym. For swimming I will have a swimsuit (currently TYReco in red), Crossblade Training Fins, Catalyst Training Paddles, a Clemson University Graphic Swim Cap, Velocity Mirrored Goggles, a Classic Pull Float, a band made out of an old bike tube, a water bottle with First Endurance EFS PRO and Endurance Shield sunscreen. I will also have a set of clothes for a strength session in the gym, some HOKA ONE ONE Claytons, Keihls Moisturizer and my iPod. If I have a run to do then I will also pack an almond butter sandwich on Udi’s bread.
Tell us five things most people don’t know about you:
- I didn’t compete in any sport in college.
- I got my first bike when I was 21.
- I love enjoying a nice glass of red wine after a long day of training.
- I grew up playing softball, basketball and swimming.
- I hate the breaststroke.
With the pressure of competition we know that motivation is everything. What are some words you live by to keep you feeling at the top of your game?
When I am feeling sorry for myself and unmotivated I step back and remember how fortunate I am to be healthy both physically and mentally and to be on a platform where I can inspire other people to be active.
What’s your go to breakfast choice?
I love Udi’s toast with avocado, cholula and a little bit of salt and pepper.
What would you consider your greatest athletic accomplishment to date?
I won six races in 2015, and I am very proud of my consistency throughout the season even with the added pressure to win.
What about your greatest personal accomplishment?
I started triathlon as a hobby without ever being an elite athlete. I never thought I would be able to make a career out of it and to have an impact on other people wanting to get into sport is really humbling.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?
The Bachelorette. Who wouldn’t want to be on that show?!
What are some of your hobbies when you aren’t training?
I like to go on hikes, explore new recipes, try new wines, vacuum my house obsessively and try to spend time with family.
What is your most memorable race to date?
Beijing International Triathlon. It was my biggest win and happened at a time that I was struggling personally.
What three words best describe you as a competitor?
Fearless, driven and patient.
What three words best describe you as a person?
Genuine, honest and sarcastic.
If you weren’t a triathlete what would you be doing?
I would have gone to Physician Assistant school and probably be living in Charleston, SC.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I would like to continue working in the endurance sport world, either in marketing or as an agent for a team. I would also enjoy having a kid at some point, and hopefully getting married!
What advice would you give to a young aspiring triathlete?
Always love yourself no matter what other people say. If you work hard and give it everything you have, then you should be happy no matter what the result is.
It was a week of surf, sweat and shopping as team TYR partnered with Well + Good for our first ever series of studio takeovers. Making our way through Manhattan, we stopped at three incredible workout boutiques and set up shop! Giving Well + Good readers a chance to experience our Active collection firsthand, we had everything from Boca Chica to Emerald Lake in tow. Didn’t get a chance to stop by? Check out some behind-the-scenes photos here!
SURFSET® Fitness gets away from the traditional static workout and challenges your body in new ways with fun, extreme surf-inspired interval workouts that mimic the movements of surfing without water.
What is WundaBar Pilates? Simply put, it’s Pilates, reinvented. WundaBar Pilates delivers guaranteed results with a revolutionary Pilates-based equipment machine – the WundaFormer – blending the best of the best into one incredible workout!
A low-impact, efficient, full-body, group workout that combines rowing circuits on the Concept 2 Indoor Rower, interspersed with a variety of intervals on the floor, all set to high-energy music. Suitable for any level, you can expect an energetic, fast-paced, and challenging class in a safe, inspiring, and inclusive environment.
Click here to shop our Active Collection!
When it comes to nutrition, success has a lot more to do with commitment than it does with luck. But with St. Patrick’s Day finally here to help ring in the first hints of spring, we felt it was only appropriate to celebrate with some green!
From fresh fruits and veggies to powerful herbs, our Good-for-You Green Smoothie is the perfect refreshment to get you going. Follow along with the pictures and instructions below for a quick guide to making yours at home. Also, be sure to tag us in all of your healthy holiday treat pictures on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TreatswithTYR. We can’t wait to be green with envy when we see what you’ve come up with!
From laps in the pool to laps on the course, triathletes certainly know a thing or two about pushing themselves to the limit. But when the training day is over and it’s finally time to cool down, lengthening your hard-working muscles is important. And what better way is there to do that than with some yoga?
Whether you’re an avid yogi or yet to touch a mat, giving yourself time to stretch can be a calming way to not only aid in recovery but also re-center the mind. When it comes to triathlons, consistent training is the norm. However, constant strain on the body can often make athletes more susceptible to injury. With swimming, cycling and running comes the tightening of muscles in the legs, shoulders and hips. To aid in injury prevention, try jumping into a yoga class or adding some of the poses below into your regular schedule.
If you’re unsure of where to begin, remember it never hurts to consult your coach or doctor before making additions to your workout, especially if you have or are recently coming off of an injury.
With practices and races galore, the last thing a swimmer needs is an ill-fitting suit. So whether it’s coverage or comfort you’re after, we’ve put together a few foolproof guides to help you find your perfect fit.
Check out the clickable images below to get started, and remember a video version of each style lives under all Performance and Fitness suits, exclusively at TYR.com.
Curious about how 4X Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Grevers maintains those abs of steel? Well, so were we- which is why we sat down with him during our most recent trip to Palm Springs to find out.
Like many of Matt’s fans, we were interested in hearing just how the 6’8” team TYR athlete keeps his core looking and feeling its strongest. But for a swimmer, having powerful stomach muscles is about a lot more than aesthetics. An activated core helps to properly connect, drive and fire up the arms and legs, promoting a streamlined body position in the water. Strength training through the torso also empowers athletes to not only improve technique, but to enhance propulsion for a faster swim. And really, who wouldn’t want to shave off a second or two?
So, what’s Matt’s secret? Well, aside from healthy eating and spending tons of time in the pool, Matt is quick to note the importance of land workouts. But if wandering your way through weights and medicine balls isn’t really your thing, have no fear. Below are six do-anywhere exercises that require nothing but your very own body weight. Incorporate these into your regular routine and we’re sure you’ll start to see results. After all, look at Matt!
Team TYR is in the mood for something sweet!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner now is the perfect time to indulge! And while candy may be the treat of choice this time of year, we at TYR have never been ones for following the crowd. So to quell our sugar craving, we’ve opted instead for an easy-to-make, melt-in-your-mouth dessert that is sure to have you sneaking seconds.
Grab your appetite (and maybe a friend) and head to the kitchen to whip up our quick and easy Berry Frozen Yogurt. With fresh fruit and and good-for-you ingredients, it’s the guilt-free way to indulge! Follow along with the pictures and instructions below for a step-by-step guide to making your mix at home. Also, be sure to tag us in all of your healthy holiday treat pictures on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TreatswithTYR. We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!