Manduka: “There really isn’t anything like it on the market!”

If you’re serious about yoga, look no further than Manduka. While there are many options on the market for yoga mats, if you want one that will last, you need the one that is tried, tested and determined to be the best mat available.

According to Mindith Rahmat, who tested the mat for two months, of breakingmuscle.com, “The Manduka Black Mat Pro is simply the best yoga mat we have tested. The Manduka mat is designed to endure hours of yoga practice. Many yoga teachers and professionals swear by the quality and durability of the Manduka Mat Pro.”

617_zoom_1439496201Yoga is a great choice for many, considering that a mat is all you need to get started. However, if you regularly practice yoga, investing in a Manduka Pro Mat is worth it. Plus, the mat comes with a lifetime guarantee, making this the only mat you’ll ever need!

“Manduka makes high quality yoga mats that provide excellent grip, which is important for postures like downward facing dog, and they back their flagship Black Mat Pro and Pro Lite with a lifetime guarantee! As a regular practitioner, that is a huge selling point,” said Allison Korycki, director of operations and yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga. “Sure, you make an investment purchasing one of their mats, but it’s worth every penny.”

PlayBetter offers Manduka Pro Mats in both regular and extra long sizes. Because of its lifelong durability, the mat reduces landfill waste, and there were no toxic emissions released when the mat was produced.

Beyond being environmentally friendly, the mat also has many features that make it the best on the market. It is 1/4” thick for unparalleled cushion and comfort. Forget an aching spine or sore joins after a yoga session! The top of the mat has a fabric-like surface that will present slipping even when it gets wet or sweaty. The bottom has a dot-patterned bottom so it will stay in place. No slipping with Manduka!

In addition to a fantastic mat, many people who practice yoga swear by yoga towels. Well, like its mats, Manduka offers the best towels on the market: yogitoes.

yogitoes_green__56101.1440449857.1280.1280Made from eight recycled water bottles, yogitoes are also environmentally friendly. The towels also have patented dot technology, which prevents slipping on your mat. Also, the towels are super absorbent and include a hygienic layer.

“Our signature style at Charm City Yoga is Hot Vinyasa, in which the studio is heated to around 90 degrees. This vigorous, flowing style of yoga will leave you sweaty so it’s helpful to have a towel on your mat to sop up the sweat,” Korycki said. “Manduka’s yogitoes towels are one of our best sellers due to the silicon bumps on the bottom, which hold the towel in place on your yoga mat. There really isn’t anything like it on the market!”

So, what are you waiting for? You’ve invested in your physical and mental health by taking up yoga. Don’t you also deserve to invest in the products that will give you the best possible yoga session?

For more information on Manduka’s line of products offered at PlayBetter, check out the links below:

Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Mat
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat (Regular)
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat (Extra Long)
Manduka yogitoes

If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.

Take strokes off your game: Expert explains value of yoga for golfers of all levels

Namaste, golfers! While you may be more used to talking tee times, your best shot and the newest club you can’t wait to get your hands on, it’s time we brought yoga into the conversation.

Maybe this is the first time anyone’s suggested yoga to you. While you may see it as “not for you” or something out of your comfort zone, here’s the thing: It could shave strokes off your golf game!

Recently, we talked with Charm City Yoga’s Allison Korycki, 28, about how yoga can benefit golfers. Korycki is the director of operations and a yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga. If you want more information on her, visit charmcityyoga.com.

“At Charm City Yoga, we see a ton of athletes, including current and former Ravens like Hall of Famer Jon Ogden, Orioles players, runners, basketball players, cyclists and golfers. In fact, our upcoming workshops like Yoga for Athletes and Yoga for Golfers are in high demand,” Korycki said. “We have even added a Yoga for Athletes program where we send yoga teachers to public and private high schools and universities in the greater Baltimore area to help teams engage in holistic conditioning and improve performance. We teach swim teams, soccer teams and lacrosse players alike.”

yoga poseWhile yoga can benefit golfers looking to increase flexibility and strength, it can also help ailing golfers. If you constantly find yourself battling a sore shoulder or stiff legs after a round of golf, yoga can help heal you and get you back on the course sooner.

“Yoga not only builds strength, stamina and flexibility, but it also decreases injuries and promotes healing. Athletes will greatly benefit from the increased reaction time, mental focus and clarity yoga brings,” Korycki said.

While physical performance is a huge part of both golf and yoga, as anyone knows, both sports take mental strength, concentration and determination. Arnold Palmer said it best when he said:

“The whole secret to mastering the game of golf – and this applies to the beginner as well as the pro – is to cultivate a mental approach to the game that will enable you to shrug off the bad days, keep patient and know in your heart that sooner or later you will be back on top.”

Korycki noted that yoga will help golfers mentally on the course. What they learn on a mat can translate to the green, from breathing techniques to clearing their minds.

“When you have control of your mind, you can remove mental blockages and unlock your greatest potential to show up fully for yourself and your teammates,” she said.

While yoga can be intimidating, check out this article in which Korycki offers practical advice on how beginners can get started practicing yoga. For more on Charm City Yoga, click here. To see PlayBetter’s full line of top-line yoga products, click here.

If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.

Looking to take up yoga? Here’s how to get started

September is National Yoga Month, which means there’s no better time to get started practicing yoga! Although seeing experienced instructors or everyday yogis in headstands and complex poses can be very inspiring, for many interested in getting into yoga, it can be extremely intimidating.

However, yoga offers so many benefits for participants of all levels, from the physical effects – weight loss, more muscle tone and more – to the mental benefits. While it may seem intimidating, Allison Korycki, 28, director of operations and a yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga recommends jumping in and getting started in a beginner class. Korycki first began practicing in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since.

She was kind enough to answer a few questions and offer a few pieces of advice for those looking to break into yoga. If you’re interested in her Baltimore-based classes, visit charmcityyoga.com.

PlayBetter: Why and how should first-timers, maybe those who are a little skeptical, try yoga? How can they get started without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated?

Allison: It’s best to start a practice by taking beginner yoga. These classes are slower paced, more descriptive and introduce you to basic breathing techniques and key concepts of yogic philosophy. The best way to experience transformation through yoga is by committing to a regular practice. Make space to practice 2-3 times per week and you will be amazed by how much better you feel!

Yoga sunsetPB: What are the overall benefits of yoga – physically and beyond?

Allison: Physically, yoga helps (you) tone muscle, lose weight, improve circulation and respiration, decrease pain and muscular tension, improve joint mobility and create greater body awareness. Mentally, yoga teaches mindfulness, that is, freedom from the constant chatter of the mind so one can find presence and clarity and decrease stress. Practitioners find that they are less reactionary and better equipped to handle stress and find inner peace and calm.

PB: Do you have a good success story of someone who has come to Charm City Yoga?

Allison: There are too many to tell! Countless students’ lives have been improved through a regular yoga practice. Every day, students tell us how their yoga practice helps them be a more understanding partner, a more patient parent, a more compassionate boss and a happier person in general.

PB: How important is good equipment for people of all levels?

Allison: To practice yoga, you just need a yoga mat and an open mind.

While it’s probably best to jump into a beginner class with a certified instructor and peers, if you really want to make sure you’re prepared, there are a lot of online resources for you to try. Check out the YouTube video below to get started and be sure to follow PlayBetter’s Pinterest board.

 

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If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.

Six reasons why a Garmin vivosmart fitness band will transform your lifestyle

Have you noticed this new trend in fitness lately? Maybe it’s just because I’ve had such a great experience with my Garmin vivofit, but I seem to notice people wearing fitness band trackers wherever I go.

Using my vivofit, I noticed how much more active I was throughout my day. When I had been sitting for a while, the band gave me a gentle reminder to get up and move. By getting up more during my time at work (I sit at a desk most of the time,) I had less backaches and pain. Eventually, moving around during my day became a habit.

vivosmart-purpleIn addition, anyone who knows me knows that I have trouble getting motivated to work out. Well, while I’m still definitely not perfect, the vivofit encouraged me to work out because I knew that if I worked out, I would almost always hit my daily goal (steps, calories etc.).

Well, if Garmin kept me motivated with the vivofit, it upped the ante even more with its new vivosmart. Not only does this product get you moving, it also fully integrates into your everyday, busy lifestyle thanks to its smart notifications features.

Here are six reasons why you need the vivosmart:

1.Garmin Connect

While all of the data that you need is on your wrist, (steps taken, calories burned and so much more,) Garmin takes in an extra step with its Garmin Connect app. The vivosmart pairs with a mobile or desktop app, and syncs via Bluetooth. The app offers comprehensive data, and tracks your progress as you work toward a healthier you. It also lets you earn virtual badges and compete against others around the world for an extra dose of motivation.

vivosmart-garmin-connect2.Realistic goals

Have you reached for a new accomplishment, and then realized that it’s nearly impossible? The Garmin vivosmart won’t let you off the hook that easily! It lets you set personalized and realistic goals. As you improve, the Garmin will up the steps you need to take and calories that you need to burn each day. While it will help you get better, it will also be realistic and helpful!

Like I said before, the vivosmart helps you develop healthy habits. While at first you may be stretching to meet your goals, eventually it will be habit to get up and move!

3.Steps, distance and calories tracker

Exactly how far did you walk today? How long was your afternoon jog? The vivosmart keeps track of your exact distance traveled and translates it into the amount of calories you’ve burned throughout the day. During a summer trip to Chicago, when I first got my fitness band, I was amazed to see how far I walked. The step counter is the ultimate motivator.

The vivosmart allows you to see actual progress right on your wrist and also shows you how many steps you have left to make your goal.

4.Smart notifications

The vivosmart syncs to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and gives you notifications right on your wrist! You’ll see emails, alerts and texts right on your wrist, and feel them as you’re alerted with a gentle vibration.

5.Long-last battery and 24/7 wearability

While some fitness bands have a very short battery life, the vivosmart lasts up to a full week without needing a recharge. You have roughly seven days to use it before charging it back up!

It also comes with a clock and alarm clock, integrating in your busy, everyday lifestyle even better!

Your device also has a water rating of 5 ATM, so you can wear it while in the shower or at the pool. It never has to come off your wrist.

6.Motivation!

I know I’ve said this already, but I just need to drive this point home. The vivosmart will change your lifestyle by getting you up and moving! If you don’t get up for an hour, the vivosmart will deliver a gentle reminder, telling you to get up and move! Even if you lose track of time while sitting around, the vivosmart won’t! With this band, you’ll be encouraged to walk more steps and burn more calories. It’s a super fun and extremely effective way to get motivated.

It can also be connected with optional, not-included features, such as bike speed sensors or a heart monitor.

The vivosmart comes in five different colors and two sizes, so pick out the perfect one for you and then go! If you still have questions about the vivosmart or if you want to see it in action, check out a video and its product page here: Garmin vivosmart

As always, if you have any questions about fitness products or golf trainers, feel free to call us to chat with an expert at 1.888.738.5527 or email us at help@playbetter.com.

Golf Fitness: Get fit before you hit the links

Golfers: It’s no secret. If you get in better shape, you’ll have more success on the course. By getting fit, you’ll develop strength, better balance and a stronger core. And what does that lead to? More power. Better control. Longer distances.

And what golfer wouldn’t want that?!

At PlayBetter, we’re conscious about what we’re eating and how we’re living, as we know that our overall nutrition and fitness will translate into our everyday lives – and obviously right to the golf course!

If it was your New Year’s Resolution to get in shape or become a better golfer, why not go for both? There are some fantastic products on the market designed to help golfers get fit, which in turn, help their
game.

Check out some of our favorites:

GolfGym Powerswing Trainer – Masters

Although GolfGym’s resistance cords seem simple, they are some of the most effective ways to target and strengthen golf-specific muscles. The cords attached to either a left- or right-handed ProPerfect Training Grip, which is included. Then, the exercises that you perform imitate an actual golf
swing, so you’ll be directly strengthening specific muscles you need to swing.

If you’re a rookie when it comes to working out, the bands have different levels of resistance, from light to medium to heavy. Start with a light resistance, work your way up, then see the results on the course!

Here’s a video of GolfGym in action!

Shop GolfGym.

 

Trigger Point The Grid 2.0 Foam Roller

Simply put: These tools are awesome. My friend who has a bad hip swears by her Trigger Point, as it alleviates pain and rounds out a workout.

While athletes in every sport – from amateurs to professionals – use Trigger Points, they are perfect for golfers.

The 2.0 is 26” long and 5” in diameter, so it has even more room for you to massage you lats, quads and back. Beyond massaging and stretching, it’s a great tool that can be used for core exercises. As you strengthen your core, you’ll see the results on you and on the golf course.

The Trigger Point Grid 2.0 is available in four colors. See how it can lead to a better you here:


Shop Trigger Point.

 

Garmin vivosmart

Join the movement with the brand new fitness band from Garmin, the vivosmart. This fitness band leads the way in wearable technology and fully integrates fitness into your busy, everyday life.

Right on your wrist, you’ll see your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and more! The band syncs with Garmin Connect, a mobile app that tracks your progress and shows you data analysis.

In addition to being an amazing fitness band, the vivosmart also has smart notifications, so you can see mobile alerts right on your wrist. This band will become an everyday part of you life as you work to get fit!

Shop vivosmart.

 

Orange Whip Golf Swing Trainer

The Orange Whip is one of our best-sellers, and for a good reason! Available in three sizes, the Orange Whip has a flexible handle and counterbalanced weights that allow you to feel your swing and improve your balance, core strength and flexibility.

If you use the Orange Whip regularly in your workouts or while training, you’ll develop a more consistent swing. In addition, you can carry it in your bag without it counting toward the 14-club rule.


Shop Orange Whip.

 

GolfGym Balance Ball

Last but not least, one product I use every day is the GolfGym Balance Ball. While it’s a great fitness tool, it’s also a great replacement for office chairs. After a day of work sitting on the ball, my back feels great, compared to feeling aches and pains after sitting on a chair.

Balance balls are best known for leading to a stronger core. They also make you more flexible and can be easily incorporated into many workouts. By using a balance ball, you may find yourself hitting longer drives after developing a stronger core.

Shop GolfGym.

Check out all of our fitness products here.

As always, if you have any questions about fitness products or golf trainers, feel free to call us to chat with an expert at 1.888.738.5527 or email us at help@playbetter.com.

Get Loose, Get Fit, Get Golf Ready

For the past few months, we’ve spotlighted new devices that have blessed our game with high tech gadget goodness. 

Groundbreaking devices like the SwingSmart, Swingbyte, and SkyPro have changed the way amateurs learn the game and on-course tools from Garmin and Bushnell have given us the confidence to execute shots like never before.

However, while the merging of tech and golf means a better understanding of our swing and a fairly clear path to improvement, we still have to prepare the body to make those swings.

Today, we’ll cover some unique items that are fun to use and provide an endless list of benefits that begin the second you start using them.

Work out the kinks while improving flexibility, balance, and core strength with the Orange Whip Swing Trainer.

Another great way to prepare the body for spring is to use golf specific training products from GolfGym (Balance balls and Resistance Trainers) which features a complete golf centric resistance band training program that can go with you wherever you go.

And finally, there’s no better way to get your touch back than by actually hitting balls. Snow on the ground? No problem if you have one of Callaway Golf’s unique Zenith Golf Nets set up in your basement, garage, or backyard.

Featuring the latest in training aid technology and time-tested golf classics, PlayBetter.com caters to all skill levels and prides itself on providing world-class customer service. Our 60-Day No Questions Asked Return Policy is the industry’s gold standard and ensures that golfers don’t get stuck with products that aren’t right for them.

Until next time… Hit ’em well!