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A Closer Look at the ClipE

August 19th, 2011 | Posted in About

Sometimes the simplest solution is the most elegant.

Music is a major motivator for me while I work out. Having my earbuds slip out of my ears constantly while moving around was a distraction I didn’t need. When I noticed the efficiency of how the cable clips in my cockpit kept wires where they needed to be, I started looking at how they were constructed and adapted these ideas to the ClipE. Today I want to give you a brief overview of how the ClipE works, and share some glimpses of our current design collection.

It Has Good Teeth

The two wires that attach to each headphone go neatly in channels on the back of the ClipE with just enough tension so they will stay where you want them, but can also be adjusted for comfort easily. The super teeth keep a grip on your clothing without damaging it.

I like to wear my ClipE on the neckline of my shirt, but it can be attached to clothing anywhere that is comfortable for you. You can then adjust how much slack the cord has between the ClipE and the earbuds so there is sufficient range of motion for your head and neck. From there you can run the wire that plugs in to your MP3 Player either over or under clothing to an arm band, a pocket or wherever you hold your music. Either way the cord won’t be flopping around and getting in your way.

8 Designs and Counting

Small though it may be, design was also an important consideration. The face-plate now has 8 different designs and comes in three colors to give you great options for your personal style.

For those preferring a more masculine look, the solid black, skull and star designs might be the best choice. Those with more feminine tastes will like the solid pink, solid white and white with a delicate blue flower pattern on the face-plate.

The ClipE logo, available on either a white or black background, has a great modern feel to it, and soccer enthusiasts will enjoy the soccer ball design.

We’ll be coming up with more designs in the near future, and we’re hoping you’ll be able to help us out with that. What kinds of designs would you like to see? Leave a comment below, we’re dying to know!

We Go When You Go

The ClipE can easily be stored right along with your earbuds for use any time you need it. With your earbuds firmly in place you can enjoy your tunes whether you run, jog, cycle, rock climb, or lift weights. But don’t forget that when you’re doing housekeeping, laundry and yard work chores, or just walking to work, the ClipE can be there to do its job!

Best Workout Songs for Your Type of Workout

July 28th, 2011 | Posted in Playlists

The difference between a good workout and a great workout, in my experience, is the right music. Each type of athletic activity you are involved in needs the right music to put you in the mood for serious work. Let’s look at the difference between the right workout songs for weight lifting, running, and yoga/pilates.

Weight Lifting Music

When I’m working on strength training I want music that has a steady beat with more bass/metal sound to it. Solid, not too fast and not too slow, beats help me keep my tempo and timing of my lifts. If the music is too fast it keeps me from getting the most out of my strength training as I want to lift and lower the weights slowly to get the maximum burn from each set of muscles.

Good workout songs that will last you through a 45 min weight lifting routine could include:

  • System of a Down – Aerials
  • System of a Down – Soldier Side
  • Seven Mary Three – Cumbersome
  • Rage Against the Machine -Testify
  • Nickleback – Leader of Men
  • Metallica – One
  • Metallica – St. Anger
  • Green Day – Welcome to Paradise
  • Fuel – Hemorrhage
  • Korn – Falling Away from Me
  • Godsmack – Realign
  • Breaking Benjamin – I Will Not Bow
  • Buckcherry – Sorry
  • Audioslave – Show Me How to Live

Running Playlist

When I run I am trying to accomplish something different. I want my running songs’ to boost my energy so I can get a good cardio burn. Sometimes I want steadier upbeat music through my whole run to help me keep a steady pace. However, if I want to do some sprints in between the longer runs I want some faster music inter-spaced among the steadier songs, and I’ll include a few slightly slower songs for the recovery jogs after the sprints. If the music isn’t upbeat enough, with a quick enough tempo it can definitely have a negative effect on the the amount of push I’m able to give myself.

A playlist that will give you a good mix of upbeat songs might include:

  • Pink – Raise Your Glass
  • Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie
  • Black Eyed Peas – Rock That Body
  • Cee Lo Green – Forget You
  • Florence and The Machine – Dog Days are Over
  • Andy Grammer – Keep Your Head Up
  • Pink – Funhouse
  • All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
  • Jimmy Eat World – Pain
  • Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
  • Ok Go – Crash the Party
  • Theory of a Deadman – No Way Out
  • Verve Pipe – Hero (good recovery song)
  • Vertical Horizon – Finding Me

Yoga Music Playlist

When I’m looking for a slow, but intense bout of pilates or yoga, my music needs to help me get my mind focused on the individual muscle groups. This means the beat should be a little slower, and I like the vocals more at the forefront. I don’t want angry lyrics or hard instrumentation.

A good playlist for a slow deliberate stretch or pilates session might include:

  • VAST – Touched
  • Train – Hey Soul Sister
  • Terrance Howard – Love Makes You Beautiful
  • Buckcherry – Sorry
  • Black Eyed Peas – Where is the Love?
  • Citizen Cope – Son’s Gonna Rise
  • Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
  • Blue October – Let it Go
  • Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire
  • Rob Pattinson – Never Think
  • Paramore – I Caught Myself
  • Collective Soul – Tremble for My Beloved
  • Blue Ghosts – Full Moon

If your goal is to have a great workout and have fun doing it, then the music you choose must match both the activity and your taste. The playlists I’ve listed suit me; they may not suit your interests. Just remember that the beat, tempo, and style of lyric will effect how strong of a workout you are able to get out of yourself and pick the music style you like the most. Most importantly….have fun!

Leave a comment and let me know what kind of music or songs you like to hear during your workouts. I’m all for expanding my iTunes collection — so I would love to hear from you.

Running for Causes

July 26th, 2011 | Posted in Running

There comes a point in life when you feel like giving back more to the society and world around you. I know that Maslow calls it ‘self actualization’ in his famous need hierarchy, while others call it a simple ‘turning point’. Regardless of what it is called, in essence it’s the same thing. You feel like doing more, pitching in, bending your schedules… just about anything to make the world a better place by offering your little bit.

Some people begin entrepreneurial ventures to address this need, others venture out on philanthropic activities, while some roll up their sleeves and actively support those causes that are near and dear to them.

The contentment that you get from doing something good, rather than staying stuck in the rut we call ‘routine’, is exhilarating to no end.

If you feel like you want to do more, you can check out some of the charity walks and runs in your area and try participating in them. Sometimes these events are competitive, sometimes they are not, but they are a great way for raising awareness and money for causes that are close to your heart.

Also do it for yourself: Whether you prefer to run, jog or walk, there are charity events all year round all over the country that can give you a great training goal to motivate you. And the larger charity organizations often have programs that will support your training with teams & mentors.

Depending on how the event is organized, funds are raised for the charity either through registration fees from participants or sponsorship pledges. Those of us that participate get to enjoy an organized walk or run along scenic routes and often get snacks, drinks, t-shirts, and lots of great camaraderie.

I have mentioned some below… there are a lot more that I’ll talk about in the weeks to come.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Team ACS is a program that allows supporters to fund-raise for the American Cancer Society while participating in events around the country. Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and DetermiNation are some of the best ACS athletic events.

 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Team In Training trains runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers, and has raised over $1 billion in funds for cancer research. They sponsor more than 200 endurance events around the country, including the popular Nike Women Marathon coming up in San Francisco this October.

Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

2008 marked 25th years of successful race fund-raising in the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness breast cancer walks in the world, with well over one million participants since 2005.

The March of Dimes

March for Babies events happen in 900 communities across the country, and supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and funds research to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

American Heart Association

The Start! Heart Walk not only raises funds to save lives from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, but is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.

You can Google up the events close to your vicinity and plan your schedule around them. Leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite athletic charity event is!

Untangling the Headphone Cord Dilemma

July 19th, 2011 | Posted in About

I’m guessing you’ve been here before. You’re getting ready to work out – your favorite workout duds are on, your water bottle is good to go. Then you reach for your MP3 player for that musical motivation – and your headphone cord is – once again – a tangled mess. Your options: waste precious minutes untangling, workout with an unsightly tangled mess hanging from your ears, or go (heaven forbid) without music.

For me the daily run is just not the same without my favorite tunes keeping me going. My running minutes are more than fat-burning stress reduction – they are a musical sanctuary that keeps the rest of the world at bay while I focus on the simple joy of covering the miles one step at a time. After too many minutes of my precious workout time were wasted facing the tangled cord challenge, and after trying a number of not-good-enough solutions to the problem, I decided to sit down and come up with a solution myself. At first the goal was to make a practical clip to solve this issue — but it later developed into a sleek and patent-waiting product. I have called it ClipE.

I am a stickler for efficiency in all aspects of my life; years as a professional pilot taught me that having all systems checked and ready to go, in easy reach and in top working form, made all the difference for getting the plane off the ground safely and smoothly. In the cockpit, having cords in the way is just not an option, and it was here that I found the inspiration for the ClipE’s unique design.

Running is one of my preferred workouts, but whether I’m weight lifting, stretching, cycling or cardio-dancing, headphone cords should keep the music in my ears rather than weighing me down or getting in the way — so that I can focus on doing my exercise moves properly, getting my heart rate up, testing my limits and having fun.

The ClipE is designed to not only keep the cords away, but also become a sort of fashion statement in its own right. It’s like a symbol for the love of athletes, the love of music and the love of life.

I’m delighted with the results, and I hope you find the ClipE as useful in your workouts as I do. Please leave a comment and let me know how music fits into your workouts!

Headphone Cord Management Finally Done Right

July 16th, 2011 | Posted in About

Once again necessity is the mother of invention.

I guess you can say that it all started with the fact that I love listening to music while I work out. I remember that I was learning to become a personal trainer and increasing my running when the iPod came on the market back in late 2001. I could have my own personal music selections piped directly into my ears – revolutionary! Needless to say it quickly became my closest workout companion, keeping me motivated and moving.

It’s been a good 10 years since then, and life has been an exciting journey. Sometimes I obsess over organization and productivity, and even small delays and snags become an important challenge to solve.  It didn’t take me long to notice that when I worked out at the gym, I would sometimes catch the headphone cord on something while picking up dumbbells. When I ran, the cord swung around and tugged at my ears. If you’ve ever had it happen you would know that it is VERY annoying.

Enter, Ah-Ha Moment. By trade I am a professional pilot, and one day while flying I connected the dots. In the cockpit there’s a clip on our headphones that secures the cord so it doesn’t get caught in the flight controls and become a hazard. Stopping headphones cords in a stylish and discreet way from getting caught on things – what a great idea.


Now Don’t Get Me Wrong.
I had looked around for other options that might be available. But I wanted something reliable, unobtrusive, easy to use, and – it’s true, I’ll admit to the fashion diva inside me – it needed to be stylish. It’s got to go with my favorite running gear, right?

And thus ClipE was born. It took a few months from conceptualizing and design sketches to prototyping to production. I loved every part of the journey and am so delighted to finally see it in the market. I created the ClipE for all of us who hate that swinging cord when they run or have had their earphone cords pulled out at the gym. It’s for all of us who listen to music doing household chores, riding on public transportation, or walking to class.

Ongoing effort. I hope to keep iterating the design to make it better for all of the people who have supported me so far and the countless people who will be using it in their lives. The face-plate design will eventually also be designed and voted by our fan community so that we can keep it fresh, relevant and creative.

I’d love to hear what you think of it! Please, leave a comment below, and connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.