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360 lbs of recycled shoes are good for the sole

Thanks to our generous customers and supportive community bringing their recycled (both gently and not-so-gently worn) walking/running shoes to our donation bin at GH Sports, our most recent shipment of shoes to PROJECT SOLE weighed in at…

360 lbs!

Project Sole is a humanitarian organization that unites shoes and compassion to relieve suffering, care for the poor and enhance the quality of life.

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You can recycle your old walking/running shoes to be cleaned and gifted to an individual in need of a pair! Drop them by GH Sports at 3765 S. Higuera, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo, CA anytime during business hours Mon-Friday 10am – 5:30pm or Sat 10am – 5pm. We collect donations all year and ship stockpiles directly to Project Soles.

http://projectsole.org/

Thank you for helping us help Project Soles!


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The NEW GH Munich Sport Pant – 50th Anniversary Edition!

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As a part of this year’s GH Sports 50th Anniversary Celebration, our design team sought out a thicker, softer fabric that more closely replicates the original fabric from the premier HIND Munich.

The result? Our newest version of the GH Munich – the 50th Anniversary Edition
for men & women

The New Fabric

This new silky soft fabric (87% Polyester and 13% Spandex) features a comfortable feel, breathability, and moisture wicking properties.

The fabric is thicker* (a 13.05 oz material) to provide extra warmth during cold weather workouts or while running errands during frosty mornings.

 Great Design, Fit, and Function

  • Design:  Technical fabric that is cut and designed for cold weather. Plus, deep pockets on both hips make it an ideal warm-up/cool-down pant.
  • Fit:  Form fitting enough to be functional while you workout, but loose enough to eliminate concerns of clinging. Available in cuts for both men and women.
  • Function: 9″ ankle zippers down the calf allow for easy on/off transitions and its drawstring allows for a personal fit
  • Made in USA: Designed and manufactured at GH Sports in San Luis Obispo, CA – where all GH Sportswear is made.

*Looking for a lighter-weight fabric that offers greater sweat-wicking properties but has the same fit? Try the Munich Light Tight for me or the Munich Light Tight for women.


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Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation on October 1, 2016

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50 years is worth celebrating, and you’re invited to do just that! Pop by GH Sports on Saturday, October 1, 2016 between 9am – 6pm for a 1-day only FLASH ANNIVERSARY SALE.

Get a POPPIN’ 20%-70% OFF Everything in Store at GH Sports

  • Walking, Running, Hiking Shoes (Saucony, Asics, New Balance, Brooks, Altra, etc)
  • Run, Cycle, Swim, Fitness Wear (Made in San Luis Obispo, CA!)
  • Swim Suits, Fins, Goggles, Paddles
  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • Triathlon Wetsuits
  • Orthotics, Hats, Socks, Watches
  • Kid’s Items
  • And More…EVERYTHING!!

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Can’t make it to the store between 9am- 6pm >>>> call in a phone order to 805.544.6019 OR 877-428-9447.

A premier ALTRA demo run/walk

  • 8am start at GH Sports
  • A ALTRA shoe rep will fit you in a shoe to demo for free
  • Test NEW ALTRA running shoes
  • Up to a 3 mile walk or run
  • Strollers, dogs on leash welcome!
  • No RSVP required

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A chance to meet Guide Dog for the Blind Puppies

  • Pet and play with the cutest puppies!!
  • Apply to become a Puppy Raiser!
  • Learn how Guide Dogs for the Blind improves lives

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Learn fitness techniques from ATHLON Elite Fitness & Performance

  • How high can you jump? Test your skills!
  • Speak with skilled fitness trainers on being healthy and fit
  • Get your chance to win FREE Athlon Training Sessions

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GH Sports  //  3765 S. Higuera, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo, CA
(805) 541-6019  // service@ghsports.com // M-F 10am – 5:30pm; Sat 10am – 5pm

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Let’s TEAMup! for Water Polo // Team Suits by GH Sports

_E3S1673.jpgGH Sports has manufactured water polo suits for over 30 years with durability, longevity and comfort in mind. In addition to selling direct to individual water players, we provide water polo team suits to competitive high school water polo teams, nationally-ranked collegiate _E3S1639.jpgwater polo teams, and master level water polo teams.

“I am on the Cal Poly Women’s Polo Team and I used this suit for the better part of our past 5 month season. Not only was it one of the longest lasting suit I have worn since I started playing 14 years ago but it is also by far the most comfortable. The thick fabric makes it tough to grab and rip even if you are not sizing way down. I highly recommend this suit to any ladies who play the sport.”  – Leah

 

FABRIC
The GH WP-Endur Water Polo suits are designed to provide you with the durability, support and comfort needed during water polo matches and practices. Both the men’s water polo suit and women’s water polo suit are made from a thick single layer WP-Endur fabric that is a blend of 93% polyester (that helps the suit withstand countless uses in chlorinated water) and 7% spandex (that allows the suit to be form fitting and flexible for a perfect fit).

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nationally-ranked Cal Poly Women’s Water Polo Team wearing GH Sports WP-Endur Water Polo Suits

WOMEN’S DESIGN – more details here
The women’s suit has cover stitching around the seams to ensure flexibility, comfort and performance. Its flat seams down the sides of the body and at the bottom of the suit reduce chaffing and irritation. The suit’s back zipper closure provides a snug fit.

MEN’S DESIGN – more details here
The men’s cover stitch and drawstring waist allows for both a comfortable fit during practices and tight fit during games. Its single flat seam stitch at the bottom of the suit reduces chance of irritation and movement. It’s designed with a low rear cut.

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TEAM DISCOUNTS
The teams that place bulk orders of our suits receive a special team discount.

TEAM COLOR OPTIONS

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CUSTOM TEAM DESIGNS
Great for competition and practice suits, the GH Water Polo suits are customizable with team logos or designs.

TEAMup! with GH. CONTACT US.

email: service@ghsports.com

phone: local 805.541.6019 or toll free 877-428-9447


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Weeks 3 and 4: The Calm Before the Storm & Mexico

Week 3 came and went without any great challenges.  I continued buying veggie burgers and choosing blenders over bacon. The fourth and final week of my plant-based journey took place in none other than Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Needless to say, if my plant-based diet was going to be truly challenged, it would be on vacation.

Upon arriving in Mexico, we stopped at a local restaurant for dinner.  Overwhelmed by a menu written in a language I couldn’t fully read, and not seeing anything vaguely resembling “vegetarian” on the menu, I caved. I broke down and ordered tacos de camarón.  To save myself from only consuming beans and guacamole on our outings, I made the conscious decision to end my (strict) diet a week early, and allow myself to consume fish one meal per day – max.

My Lessons Learned

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A big take home message for me on this trip was that excluding meat is not only inconvenient at times, but can also lead to choosing unhealthy foods.  For instance, take my family gathering from week 2:  instead of eating the turkey sandwiches or shrimp cocktails, I mainly consumed chips and bread; not the healthiest alternatives to meat.  In these cases, it may have been better to just have a small sandwich rather than go hungry or force myself to go for less healthy options, even if they were technically “plant-based.”  Similarly in Mexico, when going out to eat with the family, it was probably better I consumed a little meat rather than consume mostly carbs or go without eating.

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Another takeaway for me was that adding more fruits and veggies to my diet pays off. A study published by Redzo Mujcic and Andrew J.Oswald in May 3, 2016 took about 12 thousand Australians and analyzed their diets.  They found that the addition of 8 servings of fruits and vegetables (to ANY diet with or without meat) was correlated with “increased happiness, life satisfaction, and well-being.”  The psychological gain matches that of someone moving from unemployment to employment.  Eat more fruits and vegetables people!

I feel good
I have to say, overall, I feel pretty awesome.  I can state with confidence that switching to a plant-based diet has forced me to get my calories from foods that have more vitamins, minerals, and the stuff that keeps my body ticking.  I’ve been cooking more and being more conscious about what I put in my body.  I learned the power of discipline when it comes to choosing healthy food options.

Now what?
I am choosing to go back to my omnivorous ways, but with some restrictions.  I will stay vegetarian during the week and let myself loose on the weekends, eating meat when convenient or, frankly, when I crave something a little extra.  I feel this is the most sustainable route for the time being.  Maybe someday I’ll go full vegetarian, but for now this will do.  Thanks for the support and for keeping up with my journey.

Final Health Measurements as of July 15, 2016

Height:  5’11”
Weight: 163
Body Fat %:  15.8
Resting Heart Rate: 50
Resting Blood Pressure: 116/78

Until next time,

Jake

 

Citations:

Mujcic, R., & J. Oswald, A. (2016). Evolution of Well-Being and Happiness After Increases in Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables. American Journal of Public Health, 106(8), 1504-1510.
Jake is a graduate of the Kinesiology Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently pursuing his master’s within the same department.  He coaches track and field at Old Mission Middle School and enjoys taking weekend hiking or backpacking trips to Montana de Oro or Big Sur.  Running the San Luis Obispo Marathon, backpacking in Salt Lake City, Utah, and participating in the local Tri-Tip challenge are some of his most recent adventures.  He has worked at GH Sports since June 2014 and most appreciates helping customers get fitted in the right running shoe.


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Week 2: A Meatlover’s Journey to a Plant-Based Diet

I was faced with two major challenges this week:  a family gathering and, of course, the fourth of July.  The food at the family gathering consisted of lasagna (with beef), turkey and ham sandwiches, and small shrimp. I founding myself hogging the veggie tray and potato salad, giving anyone the stink eye if they tried to steal one of my carrots.  My family teased me quite a bit about ditching meat, but mostly it was in good fun and everyone was very supportive.

The real challenge though came during the fourth of July.  I mean, it’s just downright un-american to skip out on a hot dog the day our country was founded, right?  I might have caved if my boss hadn’t shared with me one of her favorite vegetarian pasta salad dishes.  Pasta, kalamata olives, feta cheese, walnuts, you get the idea.  I brought the dish to the BBQ, and I’m glad I snagged the first serving because that sucker was gone in no time.

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Fourth of July Pasta Salad

Week 2 came and went in a flash, and I’m still standing –  taller than ever.  I was challenged multiple times to consume meat. My self control reigned supreme, adding “discipline” to the list of positive outcomes from this diet.  Overall, I’m feeling pretty good!  I have lost a couple pounds (though that wasn’t my goal initially) and I feel like I’m getting a lot of nutrition that was previously lacking from my diet.  Just two more weeks until I get to decide whether I want to stick to this diet or go back to my omnivorous ways.

Current Health Measurements as of July 5, 2016

Height:  5’11”
Weight: 162
Body Fat %:  15.5
Resting Heart Rate: 56
Resting Blood Pressure: 120/80

Here is the recipe for the Fourth of July Pasta Salad – for all those interested!

Ingredients:
1/2 Pound feta cheese
1 Pound rigatoni, shell, or bow-tie pasta (dry)
2 Medium garlic cloves finely chopped
4 Firm ripe tomatoes chopped
1/2 Cup chopped fresh basil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3/4 Cup olive oil
1/4 Cup chopped kalamata or nicoise olives
1/4 Cup walnuts chopped

Directions:
Mix garlic, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil. Cook pasta and drain. Add vinegar to tomato mixture and toss with pasta. Add feta, olives, and walnuts. Toss and enjoy! Serves 4 generously.