Fitness Essentials Summer 2013


We recommend these Kansas City shops that carry these great fitness and outdoor products. Ready, set, go!

Drink On, Run Strong

Summer’s warm weather means more time to get your heart racing and enjoy the outdoors on bike or foot. Staying hydrated while sweating in the sweltering weather makes each step or pedal enjoyable and safe.

With the Camelback Lobo ($75-$85), you can carry your valuables and drink water with ease. Filling it is simple with the quick access flap. Cross ventilation on the back pad cools the wearer and the water simultaneously. Multiple pockets ensure objects are organized and protected while the adjustable straps provide the perfect fit every time.

The Camelback Lobo and other durable, outdoor gear can be purchased at Backwoods at 6825 W. 135th St., Overland Park. ––Alex Sher

Support for the Sole

Running on the beach barefoot is unlike anything else. The sand cushions feet and each step propels the next. Trendy minimalist running shoes, like the PureConnect 2 ($100), mimic the freedom of barefoot running. The lightweight shoe’s slim style and cushioned sole enable comfortable, natural strides.

The PureConnect 2’s design supports proper alignment and maximizes energy efficiency, meaning you’ll be able to run harder and longer. Garry Gribble’s Running Sports offers complimentary Good Form Running Classes to ensure customers get the most out of each run.

Go to Garry Gribble’s Kansas City metro locations or to purchase the Brooks PureConnect 2 and unleash your inner runner. ––Alex Sher


Now that summer is finally here, people are eager to hit the outdoors. Whether your sport is tennis, golf or another outdoor adventure, be the best-dressed person at the country club with Athleta’s Gravity Polo ($59).

This stretchy polo allows for a full range of motion, whether you’re serving match point or aiming for that hole in one. Featuring an Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+, and composed of a lightweight, breathable fabric that wicks away sweat, it’s sure to keep you cool under the summer sun and protect you from unwanted rays. Available in three colors—mint, granite gray and white.

Pick yours up at the all-new Athleta store on the Country Club Plaza (429 W. 47th St.) —Lindsey Howard


During the summer, everyone hears about how important it is to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Equally important is protecting your peepers from the bright sunlight, whether you’re lounging by the pool or going for an outdoor run or bike ride. You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort as you step out in the sun with Bollé’s line of sunglasses (styles starting at $69.99).

Made with high-performance athletes in mind, each pair incorporates a variety of frame and lens technologies, including adjustable nose pads and temple tips to polarization. The company offers its exclusive CompetiVision for tennis players and EagleVision for golfers.

Pick your pair from select styles at Sports Authority (12014 W. 95th St., Lenexa) or visit —Lindsey Howard

 See the rest of our Fitness Essentials for Summer 2013 in the digital issue of Good Health KC.