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Step into the ring with Alfonso Gomez

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Via Mariam Demian (a ZEMspired writer, runner and producer)

Some sports, like running, volleyball, basketball or even football we’re used to watching. We understand the game, we play the game and witness thousands of students across America work tirelessly to get collegiate scholarships based on ‘the game’. But what about the ones that many would look at and say ‘why do you willingly want to step into a ring and fight?’


That’s right, we’re talking boxing! It’s a sport we most likely know more about from watching Hollywood movies than from knowing someone who is dedicated and committed to the sport. So let us introduce you to, Alfonso Gomez! But be prepared for feelings of inspiration and a sudden need to search for the nearest boxing gym near you.


The first and most important fact to keep in mind about Alfonso Gomez is that ‘easy’ doesn’t seem to be a word in his vocabulary, nor is it the path he chooses in any part of his life. Instead, he has the ‘never give up’ mindset that he takes everywhere, including inside the ring. He left Guadalaja Jalisco Mexico for Los Angeles, CA and has since been living in the Zone of Endless Motion.


gomez-boxing-web4Being a champion, literally picking the fights and making a name for himself in the tough world of boxing did not come without sacrifice and extreme discipline. When he took two years away from the ring, many thought he’d retired. And when he announced a ‘comeback’ his critics thought he’d have lost his skill level and that it just wouldn’t be the same for him; that he’d have ‘ring rust’. He certainly showed everyone what he’s made of when he chose to fight Ed Parades, ranked #3 in the world! In his own words ‘After months of hard training and an intelligent tactical fight, I came home with the victory.  Winning such a significant fight has opened many doors for me.  Doors that I will analyze and determine which one is better for my future.  As a family man, I have to be careful with my decisions inside and outside the ring because each move I make is impactful for my family.’


There is a possible November fight coming up for Alfonso, and ZEMgear will be right there with him, through his training, providing him with heightened awareness, improved posture, better balance and agility.


When it comes to Alfonso and his love for the sport, we could go on and on. He says that for his next fight ‘winning is the only option.’ Inspired yet? Let’s get moving! Find out more about the ZEMgear that keeps him light on his feet in the ring and follow him as he works towards the World Championship click here.

Kelly Schumacher’s Mad Skills!

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Via Mariam Demian (a ZEMspired writer, runner and producer)


Why does Skee-lo’s song ‘I wish I was a little bit taller’ instantly play in my head when I read about Kelly and Aurora’s noteworthy accomplishments?


Well, first there’s Kelly Schumacher, she’s is 6’5”, and this writer is a mere 5’4”. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that height alone did not get her to where she is in athletics. The words that actually come to mind when learning of Kelly and Aurora’s accomplishments are, tenacity, commitment, determination and of course, let’s not forget ‘mad skills’!!


Kelly is a two time WNBA champion, NCAA champion, Spanish League Champion who’s recently switched gears and entered the world of pro beach volleyball.


Then there’s Aurora Davis, member of the 2014 USA Beach National Team and 2014′s AVP’s Rising Star.


Did you raise your eyebrows in awe like we did?


image (1)As with any athlete going pro, there is undoubtedly an incredible amount of effort, sweat, blisters and pain that go into the kind of training it takes to get to the point these ladies are at! There is a lot of trial and error with gear when you’re at any level sport let alone on the professional level. In fact, Kelly told us since playing on horribly blistered feet, and pain so bad it kept her up at night she has worn ZEM socks that prevent blisters and help her focus on the game rather than the pain that could possibly throw her off her game. Or worse, have her end up getting surgery on her toes again! She said “It was a terrible experience that I do not want to re-live! So you can say I’m pretty strict about wearing socks now!’


It was quite wonderful to hear about what Kelly and Aurora are up to this Labor Day Weekend because they’ll be teaching skills to the youth at the Pros Beach Volleyball Clinic at Grand Sands in Loveland, Ohio following the AVP Cincinnati. The idea is to not only teach the youth, but to be able to ‘answer questions to kids and parents and help provide advice on what it takes to be collegiate and professional athletes.’


Being that ZEM is the choice footwear of beach volleyball players, we’re so glad to play a part in this clinic by being Kelly Schumacher’s choice apparel!


Even Spiderman wears ZEMs

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Via Mariam Demian (a ZEMspired writer, runner and producer)
August 8, 2014

If you have ever seen the lengths people go to at comic conventions then you know that comic con fans have serious passion for their favorite villains and heroes. Some show up with paraphernalia and others go to great lengths to transform themselves completely in homage to Marvel comic book. Just what are these great lengths you ask? It’s easy enough to buy a costume right?

Let us tell you about Luc Luzza. This man went out of his way and beyond to become Peter Parker, or as you might know him ‘Spiderman’!


Luc started attending fan expos like any other Spider Man fan, dressed like him and acting like him. But then Luc became a super hero, taking his passion for the Marvel Comic spider hero to another level! As he puts it, “After the first couple of conventions, I was left with a sort of void feeling, like I should be doing something else with these suits, that means more.
That’s when I decided to start using it for the kids.”

10299465_865339403480665_1926533376_nHe wanted to do more, however first, he had to deal with the issue of perfecting the suit! “Meet and greets are a great way to just make any child’s day the most memorable thing ever. I’ve had a kid cry and run over to me and hug me saying, “I am so happy you’re real, my brother told me you were fake”.
So, that inspired me to keep going and make more suits.”

So in hero-like fashion he went back to the drawing board a few times to perfect the ‘Ultimate suit’ so that his feet would stop aching whilst performing his regular ‘spidy’ duties such as climbing walls and jumping between buildings (or hopefully just lower platforms, we don’t want our Spider Man to get hurt after all). Luc used the 360 Round Toe and told us “This new suit should be finished soon as well, and I will also be wearing it to Conventions, Children’s Hospitals, and charity benefits here in California.

I’ll be using ZEMgear as my main choice of shoe to workout in AND use in all of my future Spider-Man suits. There’s just no beating them.”

We’re thrilled that ZEM can be part of something so very inspiring that bring joy to children. You make us proud Luc…oops, we mean Spider-Man!

That’s 50 miles folks!

Via Mariam Demian (a ZEMspired writer, runner and producer)
August 1st, 2014


As runners rack up mileage and feel the benefits of increasing their endurance they tend to want to get everyone else on board. I cannot count the number of times I have attempted with only about 10% success rate to get friends to sign up for races with the promise of ‘you can do it! It’s only 5miles!’. Of course what follows are answers that span from ‘I hate running’ ‘I like my toe nails’ and the most famous one ‘I have no time’. Then you hear of someone like Bren Tompkins and realize how running is a personal journey that no one person can convince you to take up.


After over a decade of smoking, back injuries, knee injuries, and not to mention being a busy father of two, Bren managed to run the Cremator 50. That’s 50 miles (80.4672km’s). So not only did Bren finish the Cremator 50, but he did it in 7:22:12 which in super human fashion is 3 hours and 43 minutes faster than his time last year! He was 3rd place finisher and 4th overall. How incredible!


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It takes years to shave off minutes let alone hours for some runners! As if this all was not enough, there was no shade in the South Carolina heat and humidity. He did this all wearing the U-Cross and says ‘I love this shoe. It is the perfect balance. It’ a great shoe for me!’

We hope that Bren’s ‘ZEM life’ and his ability to conquer the Cremator 50 will inspire you to live a life in the Zone of Endless Motion.