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ZEM Fans Show Off Their ZEMs & Skills

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There is almost nothing more fun for us than getting some fabulous photos of ZEMfans in their favourite ZEMs and displaying how they live in the zone of #EndlessMotion!

Share your pictures and stories with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr!

There is a story behind the photo. Me and my fiancee Olivia live, love and adventure in Sedona Arizona! This particular trip we went to Submarine Rock off of the broken arrow trail. The pictures were shot on the top ofSubmarine Rock, it is such an amazing spot! The ZEMs I am wearing are the Split Toe Terra Tech size 12 in black and green. Olivia has a matching pair but in size 9. Me and my fiancee had just received our ZEMs in the mail the previous day and were dying to try them out. We are so impressed with your product we can’t wait to order more. The split toe is absolutely perfect for yoga, running, climbing and trekking all around in Sedona. The proprioception feed back provided by the shoes kept me balanced and grounded through out the entire journey. Not to mention they are incredibly comfortable and breathable. More pictures to come!

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ZEM’s Featured in the LA TIMES

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There are so many benefits to wearing foot shaped minimalist shoes that the LA TIMES is covering the upside of wearing shoes that are closer to your natural state and included ZEM’s in their coverage! Here’s what the LA TIMES had to say:

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“As a kid, having no understanding of fashion, I never understood pointy shoes. After all, the human foot doesn’t come to a point, which to me seems to explain the popularity in the early 1970s of Earth Shoes, which had a down-sloping negative heel and a foot-like shape with an almost-rectangular toe box. They were odd-looking but so comfortable that I always hoped they’d make a running shoe

 

In fact, runners’ feet get so beat up that over the years a twisted badge of honor for mega-milers became the acquisition of black toenails (from slamming your smushed toes into the front of the too-narrow shoe). Today, some hard-core athletes get their toenails removed.

Fortunately, that could be a thing of the past, as shoe makers have discovered the foot-shaped running shoe. The natural anatomical shape gives your toes room to splay out naturally. If you’re a runner looking for more comfort and balance, and you like your toenails flesh-colored, you might like these.

Price: $84 to 109. www.zemgear.com

 

 

The Ultimate Arm Wrestling Woman!

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Fun fact (or not so fun), if you do a Google search on ‘arm wrestling’, it is definitely presented as the sport of ‘manly men’, of course you know we’re about to tell you otherwise!

Our ZEMbassador Brenda Taylor is a phenomenal woman who wasn’t out to prove anything when she started doing CrossFit. Then, one fateful CrossFit Christmas party, she got challenged to an arm wrestling duel and won. Unbeknownst to her, a fellow arm wrestler would see a picture of that evening’s events and would begin coaching Brenda. She was later scouted from there at the fabulous age of 40 to become a contracted athlete at The Ultimate Arm Wrestling League.

Brenda shared with us that one of the important aspects of arm wrestling is that “when you arm wrestle, you must use your whole body. I need to be balanced and grounded…ZEMgear does the job for me.” Her ZEM choice is the Round Toe 360′s which she told us she wears everywhere drawing attention & questions from onlookers!

“I have competed in multiple CrossFit competitions and Arm wrestling tournaments in California, Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee…many, many in the State of Tennessee. I did them in my ZEMs! As matter of fact, my youngest son just competed in his first arm wrestling tournament. He went undefeated and did it in his ZEMs. I am proud to be a ZEMbassador.”

So, the moral of the story is you never know what direction life will take you in when you choose to live in the Zone of Endless Motion!

Good luck to Brenda and her son! We’re of course proud you’re both winners in ZEM’s.

Happiness is as Elusive as Unicorns?

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Via Mariam Demian (a ZEMspired writer, runner and producer)
 
Today we’d like to talk about something that’s important to all our lives! If you have been seeking happiness and thinking to yourself ‘my goodness, happiness is as elusive as unicorns and four leaf clovers’ then we, at ZEM have a story to help you out. Believe it or not, we’re not going to claim that any type of shoe will lead to happiness (of course we won’t deny that they help on the physical path to happiness…but that’s another story). Sit back, take 2 minutes of your time and let this sink in because if you’re like us, you might be taken aback and need a moment to think about how you’ll apply it to your journey towards fulfillment and happiness.

 

From Baisden Live & shared by Tiffany Moore:

 

Once a group of 500 people were attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

 

The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

 

At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

 

The speaker then began, “This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.

Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life…the pursuit of happiness.”

 

Sun, Sand, Water and a Killer Workout

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Sun, sand, water and a killer workout. Stand up paddle (SUP) boarding just got real with Paddle Stars! Stand up paddle boarding can be done for calm, leisure and by almost anyone that can stand up on a paddle board, which I’m repeatedly told is wide & that I wouldn’t fall off – that has yet to be determined. Then again, while you can be leisurely, why not take it to the next level and be a pro SUP athlete like Matt Arensman! Of course, we’re not suggesting it’s easy to go pro, but that going the next level at anything can lead to some amazing things.

 

3This summer we met Matt at the Daytona SUP Paddle Stars event. At this unique inaugural race, the grand prize was a cool $10,000, but it wasn’t going to be easy! To win the cash, competitors had to race three grueling races, a 1/2-mile sprint, a 4-mile technical (obstacle) course and a 7.5-mile open ocean race. Remember, this is all while standing up on a paddleboard…hence the name of course!

 

Matt is his team’s rider and manages a SUP store that ZEM is very proud to be sold in soon!

 

Waiting for summer all year is something we all do, but we really cannot wait for the next SUP Paddle Stars event 2015!

Tennis on The Beach? Yes Please!

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

 

We’re all familiar with the sports volleyball and tennis. Both sports are excellent for cross training and for getting a good cardio session in with a friend or a group of friends. They’re both so inviting that recently while at the beach, we witnessed one man approach another and say ‘hey, we need another player if you want to join in a round of volleyball’. They then shook hands and proceeded to the nets; a great testament to the importance of team sports in sociability!

BeachTennis1So naturally, when we met up with a beach tennis team, it felt like the excitement was popping as though it’d been trapped in a ‘jack-in the box’. What could possibly be more fun than combining tennis and volleyball and the beach? Well, actually, you can play beach tennis on any surface, but since playing on sand in ZEM’s to protect these players’ feet has served them well, we’ll stick with our love for sports on sandy surfaces.

 

Beach tennis is easily becoming one of the more popular sports around and frankly, I can’t wait to try it! With ZEM’s, players maintain their agility on the sand, turf or anywhere else they may have put up a net! It’s a win win for everyone!

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.

 

Beach Tennis

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ZEMgear is sponsoring four Beach Tennis tournaments this summer. Beach Tennis is growing, it is fun and played everywhere.

ZEMgear footwear was initially developed for sand sport so it is natural that the Beach Tennis players have adopted wearing ZEMs and love it. We encourage YOU to also try on a pair of ZEMs for your activities on and off the sand.

ZEMgear was also featured in the Beach Tennis magazine where Christina Bracken, ZEMgear founder, was interviewed about the idea behind and the benefits of ZEMgear shoes.

To learn more about the Beach Tennis tournaments that we sponsored, see the links below.

Website for LI Tennis Magazine: www.longislandtennismagazine.com

Website for NY Tennis Magazine: www.newyorktennismagazine.com

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Guinness World Record

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Brothers set Guinness World Record for trampoline bounce

Our friends at Flippinout Productions were featured on NBC’s Today show on April 8th while trying to break the Guineess World Record for highest trampoline bounce! See the video here: http://on.today.com/1hxlnyS

Flippenout feature world-class athletes who perform extreme trampoline shows for the NBA, NFL, NCAA, NHL, WNBA, campuses, fairs, festivals, parades as well as for corporate messaging, marketing, and motivational events. They have found that ZEMgear shoes help them with their stunts and trampoline jumps. This emphasizes our goal of creating shoes that move with you for maximum flexibility.

Flippenout Productions Defy Gravity in ZEMs

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Flippenout Productions feature world-class athletes who perform extreme trampoline shows for the NBA, NFL, NCAA, NHL, WNBA, campuses, fairs, festivals, parades as well as for corporate messaging, marketing, and motivational events. Flippenout’s Extreme Trampoline Shows are unique and explosive entertainment that appeal to audiences of all ages.

Flippenout Athletes broke Guinness World Record for Highest Trampoline Bounce (Team) on July 13, 2012!spider450x450

Flippenout Athletes recently discovered ZEMgear footwear while looking for shoes that would support their dynamic movements without hindering their performance. ZEMgear shoes provide just that. As ZEM stands for Zone of Endless Motion, we pride ourselves in designing and manufacturing shoes that support and protect while also being light and not cumbersome. Proprioception describes the sensory feedback that is passed on from over 250,000 nerve endings in the sole of the foot to the brain. Information travels more quickly and directly from your foot to your brain when there is Less Shoe and More You. We can just imagine that Extreme Trampoline Athletes would appreciate that!

 

To find out more about Flippenout Productions, visit their website: http://www.flippenout.com

They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter

 

To see them in action, checkout their upcoming shows:

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