Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SLS3 accepting applications for 2016 Team SLS3

Triathletes and runners test the limits of the human body, and embody the peak of athletic performance. SLS3 is a leader in compression gear for athletes, and are proud to announce the formation of Team SLS3 for the upcoming 2016 race year. 
Members of the team join an elite community of triathletes and runners as they compete at all skill levels.
To become a member of Team SLS3 you must complete and meet the following criteria:
  • Live in the United States.
  • Commit to a tentative race calendar for the 2016 season, with at least six sanctioned events.
  • E-mail Travis@slstri.com.
  • Submit a race resume with all past results.
  • Complete the application process by 12/31/15.
Team selection is not limited only to professional athletes. Team SLS3 wants to show the world the value of an active lifestyle, and that beginners can benefit just as much from the right compression gear as the pros.
Once selected, you must pay team dues from $129.90 to $259.90, based on the level of support that you want. Your dues cover the cost of your branded compression gear, and your package will have a value between $380 and $800. 
Compression gear from SLS3 utilizes cutting edge fabric technology and designs to improve performance and recovery - which yield faster race times. SLS3’s tailored all of their clothing to meet the specific needs of each phase of the triathlon and running events. 
The compression design of the shorts and socks enhance blood flow to your lower body, in an effort to combat muscle cramps and fatigue as you near the end of your race.
During the season, team members compete in events all over the world. Team members promote Team SLS3 via social media through the publication of photos from the race, and the submission of all race results. In public, team members act as ambassadors for the brand, while spreading a positive message about the benefits of racing and competition.

In a competition as intense as a triathlon, every second matters, and SLS3 provides its team members with the clothing that produces results. Next season shave time off of your fastest race, stay comfortable and look stylish as you compete as a member of Team SLS3.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

For every item purchased we will give an item to a dog in need.

                                                                          picture courtesy of villalobospitbull.blogspot.com


That is right - for every item that is being purchased from now until 11.30.15 we will be donating a much needed item (i.e. toy, collar, blanket) for a dog at the Villalobos Rescue Center which rescues abandoned, abused and neglected dogs. The center found popularity with the TV show Pit Bulls & Parolees on Animal Planet.



Stay tuned for our updates on facebook.

Save 35% today with code WeHelp and we        will donate a much needed item on your                                      behalf.

You can save big on Compression socks or compression sleeves as well as Triathlon apparel plus our new HipZIPP run belt and feel great about it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Rules of Running: Part Two

Continuing from our previous blog, our SLS3 experts continue to list some of the best running rules to follow that, in combination with our quality running belts, will help you get the most out of your sport and reach your peak potential.

The 2-Day Rule

The 2-Day Rule states that if one of your muscles or body parts is in pain for two consecutive days, you should take two days off in order to properly rest up. The reason for this is that two days of straight pain could be indicative of a fairly serious injury. Of course, if two days off doesn’t do the trick, you should take a trip to the doctor.

The Familiar-Foods Rule

Experimenting with your food and drink plans before a run isn’t a good idea as your gastrointestinal tract becomes used to the unique mix of nutrients that you consume on a regular basis. However, if you have nothing on hand to eat except for new foods, obviously that’s better than eating nothing.

The Talking Rule

Research has shown that runners who have optimal breathing and heart rates can comfortably hold a conversation. Alternatively, those who can’t are not running at their optimal rates. The exceptions for this rule are when you are doing speed work, hard runs or races.

The Carb-Loading Rule

Increasing the amount of carbohydrates in your diet a few days before a long race is a classic rule that is used by athletes everywhere. Although this is effective, new research has also suggested that even loading on carbs just for two hours during the two days before your race is just as effective.


For those looking to increase the effectiveness of their running and racing, keep the above tips in mind and you’ll get the best results that you possibly can. At SLS3, we offer a variety of quality running belts, including the HipZIPP belt, all of which are great ways to up your game, especially in combination with these rules of running.

Ten Tips for Running in the Cold




With the winter season approaching, runners everywhere are preparing to tough it out and continue their sport through the harsh weather. If you’re new to the sport and aren’t quite sure how to approach this, we’ve listed 10 tips below to help you keep running through the winter and make the most of your running belt.

1. Stay Motivated

Running in the cold requires plenty of motivation, so make a winter running schedule and stick with it. If it’s ever too cold or snowy, you can always go back inside and continue the run when it clears up or move your run to the next day.

2. Dress Properly

When dressing for winter running, you want to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer. This will keep you warm enough but also allow enough flexibility to run comfortably and effectively.

3. Proper Shoes

Make sure that the shoes that you wear have a minimal amount of mesh – shoes with Gore-Tex uppers are the most ideal and will give you the grip that you need.

4. Warm Up

Warm up inside your home to get your sweat going before you head outside. This can be accomplished by some simple jump rope or even running up and down some stairs.

5. Remain Seen

Wear something reflective or fluorescent to ensure that you can be seen – winter weather can make it difficult for many people in terms of visibility.

6. Dealing with Wind

When it comes to dealing with wind, always begin your run into the wind and finish it with it at your back. This will ensure that the cold from the wind doesn’t affect you after you’ve broken a sweat.

7. Postrun Changing

Change all of your clothes as soon as your run is over. As soon as you stop running, your core body temperature will drop, making it essential to change in order to avoid the chills.

8. Speed

When running in the winter, forget about speed – it’s more about maintenance running than speedwork so forget about trying to top your time records.

9. Dealing with Rain

Always be prepared to deal with rainy conditions. Some tips for this include carrying plastic baggies in your running belt and putting them on your feet when necessary. Take a look at our HipZIPP belt for a great choice for carrying extra clothes and accessories.

10. Find a Warm Location


If the weather is too much for you to handle, try going someplace around your town that offers warmer temperatures so you can still get your fix.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Introducing the SLS3 compression sock/sleeve trade in program.





How it works:

1. Send your old socks/sleeves to:

SLS3 / Trade-in
2613 Temple Heights Drive Ste G
Oceanside, CA 92056

Include your email address!

2. Once we receive your trade in, we will email you a case sensitive code that allows you to purchase a pair of SLS3 compression socks or sleeves for only $15.*

3. Enjoy your TRADE UP.


*Free shipping on orders over $50 within the US. Limit 1 trade-in per customer. All brands are welcome for trade in. Email address must be readable. You only pay $15 per pair of compression socks or sleeves. Shipping not included. Offer expires 12/30/15.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Rules of Running: Part One


As a runner, there are plenty of tips and rules that can help you perform better – some you likely already know, others you might not. At SLS3, our quality running belts can bring the best out of your run and when combined with the tips we’ve listed below, you can really be sure that you’re getting the most out of your efforts.

The 10-Percent Rule

The 10-percent rule relates to your weekly training mileage – if you’re going to increase it, never do so by more than 10-percent. This rule was popularized in the 1980s and since then, it has become known that increasing your training regimen by too much can lead to injury. However, for those starting out with low, single-digit mileage per week, you can definitely go over 10-percent until you get into a more standard routine.

Mimicry

One of the most important rules of running is this: the best way to train is to train in a way that mimics the event or sport that you’re training for. If you’re training for a Half Marathon, you’re going to need to at least train for a little while at that pace. We’re not saying you need to mimic the entire race, as this would require too much recovery time and slow down your training; just try to run at the same pace but for shorter periods of time.

The 2-Hour Rule

Waiting two hours after a meal before you undertake any running exercises is a great way to ensure that your food is digested and emptied from your stomach, especially if you ate a high-carb meal. For meals high in protein this rule is especially important as it takes longer to digest – failing to wait long enough can lead to cramps, bloating and sometimes vomiting.

Keep the above tips in mind before your training and running sessions and you’ll make your life much easier.





Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SLS3 Pro athlete Camilla Lindholm wins ITU Triathlon World Championships



Just 4 weeks ago Swedish pro Triathlete Camilla Lindholm finished 2nd at the Ironman Kalmar, SWE and a week ago she finished 2nd again at the Cologne 226 half. This is one of the strongest years for the 41 year old.
"I was super happy about my performances in the last few races but also a little bit tired after all this racing. 
It was a very tough day today. I lost my way on the choppy swim, was focused and smart on the bike and strong on the very windy run. It was my day. "
Camilla was racing in her SLS3 compression sleeves.






Monday, August 31, 2015

We are on KICKSTARTER

We just launched a KICKSTARTER campaign to fund our new HipZIPP run belt on August 31st. and would love your support to help them with this major start up expense.

About the HipZIPP:

The HipZIPP was inspired by many failed run belts on the market. They don't fit all the essentials (Phone, ID, Gels, etc.). They aren't very well balanced, they bounce, and they're a nuisance to get anything out of them once you've put something inside them. "So we went ahead and created something that worked, that innovated and revolutionized the market of run belts.” says Sebastian Linke, owner of SLS3. "We took everything bad about the countless run belts, eliminated it, and created something amazing and good." Though this did not happen over night. Countless prototypes, countless runs, jogs, walks, and even treadmill tests at the gym went into perfecting the HipZIPP. "We wanted to create something that was fashionable enough to wear at the gym, but comfortable enough to wear on your morning runs." With 2 large zippered pockets and a tucked away mini pocket, this belt will fit your phone, gel packs, and your ID or credit card.

About KICKSTARTER:

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that allows small businesses (like SLS3) to ask for community support to fund a project. KICKSTARTED has provided them the platform to ask their community for funding, and the ability for their community to securely contribute to their equipment needs. KICKSTARTED uses the Amazon payment system, which is very secure and easy to use.

SLS3`s fundraising goal is $10.000 and they have until 10.2.2015 to reach it. If they do not reach their goal, we don`t get to keep any of the money. 
SLS3 is asking everyone who is in some way connected to SLS3, friends, customers, supporters, to make a small donation and help them reach their goal.  Be sure to check out the great rewards for donating at the KICKSTARTER website.


"We thank you in advance for helping us create a product that makes you enjoy a hands free lifestyle.” 


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Injury Prevention Tips

Running injury prevention is a very important topic, especially if you are training for longer distances like a half or full marathon. There is no one reason why runners and triathletes get injured, but there is a pretty consistent interaction of factors that play a role in most runner/triathlete injuries. Factors commonly recognized include muscle weakness, inadequate flexibility, training errors and poor or abnormal biomechanics.




Listen to Your Body

Most running injuries don't erupt from nowhere and blindside you. They produce signals—aches, soreness, and persistent pain—but it's up to you to listen to them and take appropriate action. Plain and simple: If something hurts, do not run. As soon as you start to feel an injury coming on, stop running and rest for a few days. Once the pain is completely gone, you can slowly resume running.
At the first sign of an atypical pain (discomfort that worsens during a run or causes you to alter your gait), take three days off. Substitute light walking, bicycling, or another cross-training activity if you want. On the fourth day, run half your normal easy-day amount at a much slower pace than usual. If your run is pain-free, you can try running a little farther the next day. If you are still pain-free, continue easing back into your normal routine. If not, take another three days off, then repeat the process to see if it works the second time around. If not, you've got two options: Take more time off, and/or schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist.

Strength Training

Strength training helps to keep your body properly aligned while you are running. It is particularly important to strengthen the core and the hip muscles. When you strengthen the hips—the abductors, adductors, and gluteus maximus—you increase your leg stability all the way down to your ankles while also helping to prevent knee injuries. 
You don't want to train for bulging muscles. You need just enough core, hip, and lower-leg strength training to keep your pelvis and lower-extremity joints properly positioned. If you don't have muscle balance, then you lose the symmetry, and that's when you start having problems.

Stretching

Stretching should be an important component to any runner's routine. Runners tend to be tight in predictable areas (most notably the hamstrings and calf muscles) and in turn, they get injured in and around those areas.
Do not do static stretches (holding an elongated muscle in a fixed position for 30 seconds or longer) before running. Stretching is best done after a warm-up period of 10 to 15 minutes after your muscles are warm, or at the end of your workout.
An important note about stretching after long runs (longer than 15 miles): Do not stretch immediately following your run. Your muscles have hundreds of micro-tears in them and stretching them could turn some of these into macro-tears, causing significant damage. Instead, cool down, take a shower, eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids. Then it is okay to stretch later in the day.  
There are a few rules when it comes to stretching. First, pain is never acceptable. Stretching should be comfortable and relaxing, never painful. If something hurts, you're not in the right position or you've stretched too forcefully. Back off and check your position, then try again more gently. Second, move slowly into each stretch and don't rush it. Once in position, hold steady for about 30 seconds and do not bounce. Finally, be consistent. The more consistently you stretch, the more effectively you will be in increasing your flexibility. Stretching daily initially and later three times a week for maintenance is a good rule of thumb. 

RICE

RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. When you've got muscle aches or joint pains, these four things are best for immediate treatment. These measures can relieve pain, reduce swelling, and protect damaged tissues, all of which speed healing. The only problem with RICE is that too many runners focus on the "I" while ignoring the "RCE." Ice reduces inflammation, but to ice-and-run, ice-and-run, without giving the tissues enough time to heal, is a little like dieting every day until 6 p.m. and then pigging out. Special attention should be paid to the "rest" in RICE; do not run until the injury is healed.
RICE is most effective when done immediately following an injury. If you twist your ankle or strain your hamstring, plan to take a few days off from running. Apply ice for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, several times a day. If you can, elevate the area to limit swelling. Compression socks can also further reduce inflammation and can provide pain relief, especially when you first return to running. An ACE bandage is the simplest way to wrap a swollen area.

Build Mileage Gradually

Probably the number one cause of running injuries is when runners do too much, too soon, too fast. The body needs time to adapt from training changes and jumps in mileage or intensity. Build your weekly training mileage by no more than 5 to 10 percent per week. For example, if you follow the 5 percent rule and run 10 miles the first week, do just 10.5 miles the second week, and so on. If you are recovering from an injury or are brand new to running, it is best to stay close to the 5 percent limit or you'll run the risk of injury or re-injury. More experienced runners who have no history of injuries can safely train closer to the 10 percent limit.

Cross-Train

Use cross-training activities to supplement your running, improve your muscle balance, and keep you injury-free. Swimming, cycling, yoga, Pilates, elliptical training, and rowing will burn a lot of calories and improve your aerobic fitness, but be careful not to aggravate injury-prone areas. If you are injured, let pain be your guide on which activities are okay.

article courtesy of active.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What to wear in a Triathlon?

Triathlons are multisport endurance races that commonly involve a swim in open water, a bike ride and then a run. For beginner triathletes, what to wear on race day is often a source of concern and confusion.  The clothing options will differ according to the weather, the race distances and your overall modesty level. Don't try anything new, clothing-wise, on race day -- make sure you have trained in the outfit you will race in. 

Swim

You will save time in the transition from swimming to cycling if you wear swim clothing you can also bike in. This could be a pair of swimming shorts that you can also cycle in, or cycling shorts in which you can swim. Many triathletes wear tri-shorts for all sections of the race -- these are similar to bike shorts, but have a fast-drying pad in the crotch area so you dry off faster during the cycle ride. In some races, you will be either allowed or required to wear a wetsuit during the open-water swim. Whether a race is wetsuit-legal or wetsuit-required will depend on race-day water temperature. You will also need swim goggles -- swim caps are typically provided at the race.

Bike

When you emerge dripping from the lake or ocean after the open-water swim, you'll need to add clothing for the bike ride. Triathletes have the option of continuing shirtless (male) for the cycling portion of the race, or putting on a triathlon top. You'll need to towel off and put on your sock and bike shoes -- these can be bike-specific shoes that clip to your cycle pedals, or the same shoes as you will wear for the run. Sunglasses are a good idea, and official triathlons require all cyclists to wear approved safety helmets for the duration of the bike ride. 

Dressing for Speed

Clothing choices during a triathlon involve compromises between speed, comfort and modesty. If you want to minimize transition times and maximize overall speed, you can complete the whole race in just a pair of triathlon shorts. At longer distances, you might need additional clothing to avoid getting saddle-sore in the bike ride and chafed during the run. Tri-suits are swimming suits that have a small amount of built-in padding and are a popular choice for speedy triathletes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How to Train for a Beginner Sprint Triathlon

When you hear the word triathlon, you might get images of the long, grueling Ironman race in Hawaii. All triathlons, however, don't consist of 112-mile bike rides or 26-mile runs. A sprint distance triathlon, for example, starts with a half-mile swim, followed by a 12-mile bike and a 3-mile run. The short distance of the sprint triathlon makes it ideal for a beginner. Training for your first triathlon will take planning, preparation and dedication.



A: 
Find a triathlon you're interested in and create your training schedule. Plan to train for 8 to 16 weeks. Determine your goals for being competitive or simply finishing the race. Triathlon training templates can be found online and customized to meet your personal schedule. For example, if you have a full-time job, consider your work and family schedule. Spend the first two to three weeks of the program building a base of strength and cardio with the middle weeks being the most intense. Then taper, or gradually decrease the intensity, as race day approaches.

B:
Train each sport two times per week. For example, swim on Monday and Friday, bike on Tuesday and Saturday and run on Wednesday and Sunday, with a rest day on Thursday. Incorporate different training methods into each workout, such as hiking hills or track workouts. Other alternative workouts could be a treadmill workout or an indoor cycling class at your fitness club. Focus on mechanics and intensity during each workout.

C:
Strength train two to three days per week. The sprint triathlon is a powerful race lasting from one to two hours. Building strength during training will improve your performance on race day. Focus on compound exercises such as squats, lunges and deadlifts for lower-body strength, and pullups, pushups, lat pull-downs and the bench press for upper-body strength. Building your core strength with situps will improve your performance during the swim. Perform 15 repetitions on each exercise for two sets.

D:
Practice the transitions, which can save you valuable seconds between each sport. Incorporate the transitions into your weekly training schedule at least two times per week. The transition from the bike to the run is one of the hardest parts of the triathlon. We recommend training using a "brick" where you complete a short run after a bike workout. To improve your transitions, lay out your gear so it's easy to reach, don't wear socks and use speed laces on your running shoes. Make sure to wear your triathlon suit or triathlon shorts a couple of times during training.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SLS3, needs your support to be moved on to the next step for a $100,000 Grant from Mission Main Street Grants®

Help SLS3 Grow by Voting Online Before June 19.

Oceanside, CA – SLS3, a manufacturer of Triathlon and Compression sportswear has applied for a $100,000 grant from Chase’s, Mission Main Street Grants®. SLS3 must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business and receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant.
Customers, fans and community members can show support for SLS3 by voting at www.missionmainstreetgrants.com using Facebook Connect.

The voting deadline is June 19, 2015 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists. “SLS3 is striving to grow and expand by doing developing new and exciting products for the endurance market. Receiving this grant would be an unbelievable opportunity to ensure the work of this business continues in Oceanside, especially for our new line of compression socks,” said Sebastian Linke, co-owner of SLS3.

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $2 million to 20 small businesses across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive access to a small business webcast by Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to LinkedIn headquarters.

The 20 grant recipients will be announced in September 2015. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants visit www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com.


About SLS3
SLS3 is a manufacturer of specialist sport compression and triathlon race apparel. All products aim to enhance performance with an emphasis on technical design for comfort. The company’s goal is ‘to produce the best possible products to serve our customers who are looking for comfort and performance.’
“Made in USA” is an important part of the company’s triathlon apparel line, as it has made a commitment to production of its apparel in the US. SLS3 hires local staff and purchases its materials “from the highest quality vendors available.”

About Mission Main Street Grants

Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $100,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile, a grant questionnaire, and meeting relevant eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to special offers from the Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. Chase is committed to helping small businesses so they can take big steps for their business and community.