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Nike’s new yoga line, ASICS debuts smart shoe prototype, and other fitness wear drops this week

If you’re sick of the phrase “new decade, new you” by now, you’re not alone.

As with every January, the gyms are overbooked and the world has gone into a calorie-counting tizzy. If you, however, need more motivation than a brand new decade to start getting fit again, perhaps a fresh wardrobe filled with the latest gear might just do the trick.

Here are some of the best new fitness wear this week to get you excited about working up a sweat again.

Puma Zone XT trainers

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Inspired by the zone where progress happens (i.e your mind, body, and soul working in glorious harmony while you work those reps in), Puma’s latest Zone XT trainers have all the workings of stellar workout shoes. 

Unsurprisingly, the shoes sport all of Puma’s latest technology. Cushioning comes courtesy of the Hybrid Foam, an innovative combination of the Ignite Foam and NRGY beads for instant cushioning and energy return. The shoes are also designed for maximum support and grip is provided via a rubber outsole for maximum traction. But perhaps the most inspiring of all is its heart rate-inspired design — a constant reminder of the effort it takes to achieve your performance goals.

S$149, available online and at Puma stores islandwide.

ASICS’ first prototypal smart shoes

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The Japanese have a knack of putting technology into everything, so it was only a matter of time before ASICS gave the world its first smart running shoe. The prototype, launched at CES 2020 just last week is still unnamed, but will most like be based off the Orphe Track, an existing shoe by Japanese sensor company No New Folk. 

ASICS will work with No New Folk on their very own version, with features that are expected to give feedback on energy usage, left-right ground contact, and stride length and cadence — all valuable information that runners will find useful without having to invest in expensive professional services. These highly-anticipated smart shoes are set to launch this year.

Nike’s Infinalon-infused yoga wear

After decades of conquering the gym and tracks, Nike wants to make its mark in the next big space: yoga studios. Designed to “deliver infinite comfort on a yogi’s mat and beyond”, its latest yoga collection — made with an all-new fabric called Infinalon — promises to deliver almost twice the stretch and recovery of traditional spandex. 

Available across a series of leggings, pants, shorts, and bodysuits, the lightweight material will also be thinner but stronger, and provide sufficient coverage while maintaining breathability. It’s truly the upgrade your asanas deserve.

The new React Infinity Run

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Named the Nike React Infinity Run, the sportswear giant’s latest running shoe combines the best of the Zoom Vaporfly 4% with Nike’s React technology, both game-changing offerings in the running industry. 

Like the 4%, the Infinity Run has a rocker-like bottom that encourages not only a better running form but also more propulsion. The wider platform also works with the supportive React foam to guide the feet in a smooth, straight line, reducing side-to-side wobbling and in the long run, injury. If you often find yourself riddled with knee pains and tendon pulls, this might just be the pair your workout needs.

S$239, available online and at select Nike stores.

Under Armour’s SS20 collection

Under Armour continues its legacy of innovative fitnesswear this year with their Spring/Summer 2020 collection. The UA Rush continues to be a big part of the brand’s offering, which utilises a mineral-infused fabric that promises its wearer more energy, strength, and endurance. This time, the fabric is also available as a seamless iteration for more breathability and a better fit, giving athletes that extra bit of edge. 

On the footwear front, the Under Armour HOVR Machina is a new shoe that combines high-cushioning for long-distance races with the lightness of a racing shoe. This sweet spot is then integrated with the brand’s real-time Form Coaching, which digitally connects the shoe to track and analyse timings and running form. The HOVR Machina will launch online and in stores on 7 February.

Shop the UA Rush collection here.

Adidas’ inclusive women’s collection

Launched with the hopes of inviting all women to reimagine sport, Adidas’ new women’s collection sees plenty of style-focused activewear that celebrate inclusivity. The new Ultimate Bra, for example, is designed to deliver high support regardless of the activity, while the Believe This 2.0 Tights are sculpted to provide better shaping and a more secure fit via a new waistband design. To give a hint of Adidas’ commitment to being inclusive, sizes for the latter range from 2XS to 4XL. 

Shop the collection online here, or at select Adidas stores.

Nike’s new yoga line, ASICS debuts smart shoe prototype, and other fitness wear drops this week

Shatricia Nair

Managing Editor

Shatricia Nair has a passion for motoring, beauty, and wellness, and is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, retinols, and latest fitness trends. She has nine years of experience writing for digital media, and her bylines have appeared in Prestige, and Augustman. She'll do (almost) anything for good chocolate chip cookies.

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