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NEW Women’s Aqua Swim Short

We’re starting Summer 2017 off with the launch of our newest product in our Aqua Line, the Women’s Aqua Swim Short. Because when your customers continue to ask for a modest swim short that offers more tummy, glute, and thigh coverage, you get to work!  That’s exactly what our Design and Testing Teams have been doing over the last several months, working on a warm-weather-friendly, shorter version of our Women’s Aqua Tight. The results…

  • Modest.
  • Feminine.
  • Mama-Friendly.
  • UPF 50+.
  • Conservatively Comfy.
  • Swim Shorts.

 

 

 

More about the Women’s Aqua Swim Short:

The GH Women’s Aqua Swim Short offers a modest appeal with full glute, hip, and thigh coverage that provides a conservative fit with UPF 50+ protected swim fabric that’s extremely comfortable. It’s designed to be worn by itself as a swim bottom or over your existing swim suit for additional coverage. This long-lasting 100% polyester fabric is ideal for swimming, aqua aerobics, water therapy, snorkeling, walking on the beach, or any water sports where modesty and sun protection are desired.

  • Design: Designed so that you can feel more secure in any swim suit by slipping these swim shorts on as a second layer.
  • Fit: These swim shorts should fit snug like a typical swim suit. A tighter fit means less drag in the water.
  • Function: UPF 50+ fabric sun protection with lots of coverage for swimming, aqua aerobics, and anything around water.
  • Fabric: 100% Polyester swim fabric gives you the long life you desire out of these shorts.
  • Made in the U.S.A: We design, test, manufacture, and sell all GH apparel at our headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California. Made in USA!

 


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“Quick, Give Me Some Chocolate” Coconut Fudgesicles

I am a huge dark chocolate fan and live by the belief that it’s good for the soul to have some chocolate every day – seriously.  I also have a two year old son and care deeply about what we put in our bodies so quick recipes that are delicious and healthy matter most!

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These “Quick, Give Me Some Chocolate” Coconut Fudgesicles are simply perfect – a strong coconut flavor with rich chocolate notes – and so quick to make.

Inspired by Detoxinista’s icecream recipe, I adjusted the recipe to include some of my favorite ingredients (chia seeds and avocado) to increase the antioxidants and omega-3’s. IMG_2014

Ingredients for 4-5 servings

  • 1 14 oz. can coconut cream (full-fat coconut milk works too). I love Trader Joe’s brand, shown right, as it has no guar gum
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (or maple syrup for vegans!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 avocado

 

 

Steps:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a high-power blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and mixed well.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds OR a bowl and freeze until hard.

Tips:

  • The first time I made this I skipped the popsicle molds and just put the contents in a plastic bowl and into the freezer. Both ways are brilliant.
  • Pull the frozen ice cream out 15-20 minutes before serving as it freezes very hard.

Cheers to summer fun with lots of chocolate,

Jami
GH Team Member

About Jami:
Jami has worked at GH Sports since 2012, specializing in marketing and customer outreach. A former marathon runner and barre instructor, Jami now stays moving alongside her active toddler and husband, occasionally sneaking away to the gym or the pool for a swim. Her favorite things about GH is “that we manufacture our apparel on site in San Luis Obispo, California and that we genuinely care about helping our customers and our community.”

 


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Loma Linda Academy Swim Team Wins League for 2nd Year in a Row!!

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Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 10.58.02 AMFor their second year in a row (and only in their 3rd year competing), Loma Linda Academy Swim Team earned their title of Ambassador League Champions. How did they celebrate? By throwing Coach Daniel and Coach Constanzo in the pool – as posted on the Loma Linda Academy Official Facebook page (shown at right)!

And while some say winning isn’t everything, when you do win it is something; something of tremendous value. Winning brings joy, pride, laughter and reflection. Reflection of the swimmers’ growth from the start of the season, the coaches’ commitment to prepare and lead their swimmers, and family support at poolside and beyond. Any personal challenge, stress, or chaos we face as individuals are forgotten in these important moments of celebration!

Congratulations Loma Linda Academy Swim Team for your hard work and its payoff.

Our GH Team feels joy as we think about your recent success and are humbled to outfit your team competition swim suits – GH suits for boys swim (they preferred our thicker Water Polo Suit) and ARENA suits for girls swim!


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AG High School Swim Team Co-Champions PAC 8 League in 2017

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Arroyo Grande High School pulled off yet another successful swim season earning the 2017 PAC 8 League Co-Champion title alongside the San Luis Obispo High School Swim Team.

A talented number of elite swimmers make up the Eagles squad this year, proving their skills in the water. Hannah Parsons earned 2 meet records (50 free and 100 free) and 2017 Event Champions from the Arroyo Grande Swim Team include:

  • Shelbee Avalino – diving
  • Sam Hazel – 200 free
  • Hannah Parson – 50 free
  • Hannah Parson – 100 free
  • 400 Free Relay – Sam Hazel, Sara Stipanov, Paige Leonard, Hannah Parson
Earlier this season, GH Sports interviewed Head Coach Claudia Souder to learn more about the successful swimming program she has helped build at Arroyo Grande High School. We enjoyed what we learned and our GH Staff is super proud to see these successful young athletes push themselves year after year (and have fun in the process) while wearing GH Team Swim Suits!
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4 Strategies to Give Your Feet A Leg Up Against Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is an extremely common walking, running, and foot problem that we see regularly – and that most our staff has dealt with as well. Being proactive at first sign of Plantar Fasciitis symptoms can reduce the severity of pain and reduce the amount of time it takes to heal your foot (or feet for some). And if you train hard and often, an early diagnosis and treatment plan can save you weeks (and even months) in your training schedule.

Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 10.24.07 AM.pngWhat is Plantar Fasciitis exactly? It is typically described as deep pain in the heel or arch of the foot. The cause of this pain is inflammation or tearing of the plantar fascia (OWW is right; as shown in image on right).

The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes, supporting the arch of your foot. When your plantar fascia is strained, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated.

Doesn’t sound fun, right? And if you’ve ever suffered (or are suffering) from Plantar Fasciitis you know it can very quickly become very painful.

Follow these four strategies our staff has shared to prevent, identify and treat the dreaded pain that Plantar Fasciitis brings.

_MG_3599#1 Know The Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis so if you feel it coming on you can nip it in the bud.

  • You feel heel pain, especially in the morning or after sitting long periods of time.
  • You feel a “burning” sensation or sharp pain in the arch or heel of the foot – it sometimes feels like a sharp rock in your shoe.
  • Depending on the severity, it can be constant or short/random pain or burning.
  • You may feel the effects in one or both of your feet

#2: Understand Common Causes so that you can be proactive in reducing your chances of suffering from plantar fasciitis.

  • Over-pronation. If you naturally over-pronate, you are at higher risk. To reduce this risk, get a gait analysis from a shoe expert at a specialty running store.
  • If you have high arches or flat feet, you are at higher risk. Make sure you have the correct support from your shoes and/or orthotics if needed. A gait analysis can provide important insight.
  • Walking, standing, running for long periods of time on hard surfaces. Wearing proper shoes in these situations can help. Even taking small breaks to rest your feet during these long periods of standing can really help the feet rest and recover.
  • Major impact on heel or arch of foot.
  • Worn out or incorrect shoes. Walking, hiking and running shoes should be replaced every 6 months – as a general rule of thumb.
  • Starting or increasing exercise routines too quickly. It’s true here that slow and steady win the race.
  • Routine intense training. Be sure to give your body recovery breaks in your workout routine, rest days are just as important as active days.
  • Lack of foot strength/flexibility. Walking barefoot, stretching your lower body, and rolling your foot on a ball (consider tennis, lacrosse or spiky balls) help stretch and strengthen. Only go barefoot when healthy, not while suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Being overweight also increases stress on the feet and chances of Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Tight achilles are a big no no. Calf stretches can help.

#3: Treat Plantar Fasciitis immediately and consistently

  • Rest. If you do this early, it can mean only missing out on a few training days. If you try to run through the pain, you can miss your entire season. Walking, running, cycling, and hiking do not count as rest, you need to give your foot time to heal. The less pressure on the foot the better.
  • Ice heel (best to use a frozen water bottle and roll it under the foot) and take ibuprofen. Ice 2-3 times a day for 15 minutes, it’s best to not ice right before any activities.
  • Get new shoes that support the arch of your foot. Getting a gait analysis at a well-established and reputable specialty running store will show you the exact support your arch and foot needs.
  • Get orthotics for shoes that do not offer your gait enough support. You can find a variety available at GH Sports.
  • Use a tennis, lacrosse, or spiky ball to break up scar tissue in the arch.
  • Do toe stretches, calf stretches, or towel stretches when getting up in the morning.
  • Stay away from sandals, high heels, and flexible shoes.
  • If problem persists, night splints can be used to keep your foot in a flexed position to ensure proper healing each night.
  • Seek a podiatrist for custom insoles and possible injections.
  • Plantar Fasciitis typically takes a couple of months and up to a year to completely treat the issue and relieve the pain. If treatment steps are not taken early enough, the injury can result in surgery and potentially years of recovery.
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#4 Tips to Consider

  • If your orthotic is too rigid or uncomfortable try putting it under the sock liner in your shoes instead of removing the entire sock liner.
  • When shopping for supportive shoes it is always a good idea to bring your orthotics with you so that you can try them in the new shoes. It is not uncommon to have to increase the shoe size by ½ a size to accommodate the orthotic.
  • If your feet hurt after wearing the orthotic try using it for 1 hour then removing it. Slowly bump up the number of hours you are wearing it until you are able to wear it all day.
  • When healthy, walk around barefoot for brief periods to increase general foot strength.
  • It doesn’t work for everyone, but if you must be active sometimes swimming will not aggravate the feet and can be great for keeping up on your cardio.

 

Jake
GH Staff Member

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 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.  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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SLO Marathon Has Positive Economic Impacts – our General Manager explains to KSBY!

The SLO Marathon has countless benefits to our community. It facilitates healthy and actives lifestyles (for participants near and far), it creates comradery (for friends, colleagues and strangers participating together), and it also means over $2.5 million in economic benefits to San Luis Obispo County.

KSBY dropped by GH Sports prior to the 2017 SLO Marathon to ask our General Manager, Garrett Long, how GH is impacted by the local marathon. KSBY also caught a glimpse of our Expert Seamtress, Lorena Leyva, putting finishing touches on GH apparel  (Made in San Luis Obispo).

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Check out the above 2-minute video, and specifically 00:44 to 01:10 that spotlights GH Sports retail store.

Thank you Samantha Pruitt & RaceSLO for making San Luis Obispo County a destination for quality endurance races!  http://www.raceslo.com/

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