Brittany Matthews is a former college and international pro soccer player. Playing sports her entire life taught her the importance of strength training, wellness, and maintaining peak strength to perform at an elite level. As a certified Personal Trainer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, Brittany has experience with all levels of fitness. She has created online training programs for people at all stages of their fitness journey. She also knows the value of having high-performing gear that’ll stand out at the gym. Here are some of her favorite products to break a sweat in.
Ashley Guarrasi is a personal trainer specializing in boxing fitness and functional movement. Over the past ten years she has become a well-known name in the boxing fitness community, establishing residency at the Equinox West Hollywood gym training celebrity clients, and leading health and wellness retreats around the country.
As a personal trainer with a boxing background, Ashley knows how important agility is to any and every athlete. Below are three of her favorite drills to enhance your agility and quickness.
Drill #1 – Fast Feet
All you need for this drill is four cones and a strong work ethic. Ashley utilizes this drill to get her heart rate up while helping improve her speed with quick and repetitive movements. This drill will also strengthen your joints, ligaments, and tendons.
Drill #2 – Toe Taps
Any drill where you combine footwork, speed, and movement in different directions is great for improving agility, but this one is especially easy to set up and perform. All you need is a line or slightly elevated surface to use as your baseline point. This exercise really helps your quick twitch muscles fire rapidly so you can create that burst of speed you need for any sport.
Drill #3 – High Knees with Ladder
This high knee drill exaggerates your running stride to fire up your calves, glutes, and hamstrings while promoting knee lift and encouraging rapid turnover. It’s a great way to practice running fast while improving your speed using efficient form.
Ashley relies on the top training gear to work as hard as she does in the gym. To see her top training product picks click here or visit eastbay.com.
ConqHER is about female athletes that are pushing boundaries every single day. These women and their stories inspire athletes and demonstrate that sports cannot be define by gender – only heart.
Adrianna Hahn has toughness ingrained in her DNA. The standout Villanova and Ursuline Academy alum had to overcome challenge after challenge during her prolific college and high school basketball career. But even through those hardships, Hahn’s confidence and drive to be great never wavered.
Hahn sustained her first major knee injury at just 12 years old. She tore her ACL and was convinced her basketball career had come to a screeching halt. But Hahn was determined to put in the hard work and build herself back up to the exceptional basketball player she knew she could be.
“It was tough. I had to start brand new and teach myself to walk again,” Hahn said. “But I also had to keep that strong work ethic and remember I was still the same Adrianna Hahn. And because I was behind, I had to work even harder and have more urgency to get back on the court and still be the most dominant person on the floor.”
Hahn went on to be a high school basketball star in Delaware, even while battling through two more major knee injuries that required additional surgery and extensive rehab. Colleges noticed that intense drive, paired with her insane 3-point shooting range and skill, and she became one of the state’s best prospects in recent history.
She ended up choosing to play basketball at Villanova and proceeded to create a major name for herself in the program.
After setting the Wildcats’ career 3-pointer record with 315 treys, it became apparent to Hahn that chronic knee injuries would prevent her from continuing her basketball career at a professional level. She felt like she could still play, but the insane pain after gamedays made it difficult for her to walk.
Hahn knew she couldn’t leave behind the game she loved so much. Basketball was entrenched in her identity and she wanted to give back to the community that she had been a part of for so many years.
She found her outlet in training and coaching. A perfect combination of teaching the game she knows so well and inspiring the next generation of players to be great.
Hahn knew how tough it was to be a girl playing a historically male-dominated sport. And she felt how important it was for young, female athletes to have role models and mentors to look up to.
“It is crucial for all athletes to give back, but it’s even more crucial for female athletes to give back,” Hahn said. “We need each other.”
Hahn notes that growing up as a girl whose life revolved around basketball came with a stigma. Because she didn’t try and fit into the traditional norm of being “feminine”, other students thought she was trying too hard to be a boy.
“People made fun of me for playing basketball, people made fun of me for wearing ‘men’s clothes’ like Jordans and high-top sneakers,” Hahn said. “I never had nail polish on, I wasn’t wearing any makeup or jewelry, and I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 20-years-old, so I got bullied.”
But Hahn’s confidence never faltered. She credits her belief in herself and drive to become great as the reasons she was able to block out those bitter people and become one of the best basketball players to ever come out of Delaware.
“I believed in myself and believed in my talents. If I allowed those hateful comments and negative opinions about me to affect me and my journey, I wouldn’t be who I am today,” Hahn said. “It’s important for all athletes, especially female athletes, to believe in yourself, believe in your talents, have confidence, and at the same time spread that positivity to other people.”
Now Hahn is spreading that attitude and inspiring young girls who are going through some of the same struggles that she went through. She wants to break down those stereotypes she faced and advocate that no matter your gender, basketball should be celebrated as a sport for all.
“It shouldn’t be a gender thing. As a trainer, I deal with boys AND girls of all ages,” Hahn said. “The footwork that I’m able to do is the footwork they teach NBA players, that they teach D1 college guys, and I’m capable of doing that same footwork and having that same skill set that they have.”
“I speak to everyone the same way. Basketball is all love. We are not just female athletes, we’re athletes. And we will conquer all those obstacles that we face.”
Eastbay and adidas teamed up to bring the heat to Houston last weekend at the adidas Stars & Stripes Showcase. The 2-day event featured some of the best basketball in the nation with top teams and players going head to head. Off the court, Eastbay and adidas created a ‘90s themed player’s lounge with bean bag chairs, arcade games, a dunk gif both, custom jerseys, and a recovery station.
The event’s ‘90s theme took inspiration from the new adidas Marquee Boost, which is designed with ‘90s vibes and outfitted to be the most comfortable shoe in the game. Players had the opportunity to test out the shoe in the player’s lounge while working out with NBA trainer DJ Sackmann and popular basketball influencers Filayyyy and Jay Jones.
You can check out all of the action from this weekend below, and stay locked to Eastbay’s social channels for more on the new adidas Marquee Boost.
While many people were busy doing Black Friday shopping over Thanksgiving weekend Eastbay x Adidas helped put on the Holiday Hoopsgiving Game down in Atlanta where some of the top high school ballers competed.
In front of packed gyms and some of the premier media outlets 30 of the top ranked high school teams put on a show for the more than 2,500 people in attendance. Jesse James (@filayyyy) and Devin Williams (@DevInTheLab) also dropped by to check out the action as well as some of the latest kicks. Check out the highlights from the action packed weekend below:
Earlier this month, we learned that Vince Carter, aka “Air Canada,” aka “Half Man, Half Amazing,” would be rocking his classic Nike Shox BB4 for the rest of the NBA season. The living legend is one of only seven to play 20 or more seasons in the NBA. He is known as one of the greatest dunkers of all time, and is still hooping – this year with the Atlanta Hawks. His first seven seasons with the Toronto Raptors were quite memorable, as he won Rookie of the Year and Slam Dunk Champion honors.
Also during that time with the Raptors, Carter donned the Nike Shox BB4. As most people know, and French basketball fans try to forget, it was the Shox BB4 that Carter wore when he dunked over 7-foot 2-inch French center Frederic Weis in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Australia. The dunk was one of the most incredible athletic feats ever seen, and Nike couldn’t have asked for a better marketing campaign. “Boing” was made.
Eastbay was one of the main sources for the Shox BB4, which originally released on Nov. 15, 2000. In that holiday catalog, there was a full page showcasing the men’s and women’s models, along with a breakdown of the Shox technology on the opposite page. Designed by Eric Avar, the BB4 was part of Nike’s Alpha Project – a series of sneakers intended to test the boundaries of design and technology and push the athlete to new heights. The BB4 definitely succeeded.
As the description in the Eastbay catalog stated, the BB4 was designed for the player who demands a high level of responsive cushioning and lateral stability. The molded, lightweight synthetic leather upper featured a futuristic, durable shell surrounding a form-fitting, performance-proven internal bootie. The Nike Shox cushioning system in the heel featured urethane columns for impact protection and energy return with an engineered thermoplastic plate to support the columns and provide a stable “footprint”. There was also Zoom Air in forefoot.
The Shox BB4 was so popular that professional and collegiate athletes were wearing them into the 2002 season, and Eastbay continued to sell updated colorways. Everyone from Jason Kidd, to Baron Davis, to Steve Kerr, to Elton Brand was rocking them. There was even an updated Shox BB4 “Mique” made for women’s basketball star Chamique Holdsclaw in 2002, with the same mold but a different upper. At the end of the day, though, everyone knew about the BB4 because of Vince Carter.
“It (the BB4) has all the needs in a shoe that an athlete would need as far as cutting, jumping, landing, changing directions, so it gives you support and another thing I like is it protects your ankles,” said Carter in an Eastbay quote.
Besides the BB4, Nike also created running and cross training models featuring Shox technology. Only the BB4 was worn by professional athletes, however, proving how good the technology actually was. And, the fact that Carter is bringing them back 18 years later demonstrates the staying power of the model. Now that VC is rocking them in NBA games again, the sneaker community is patiently waiting for a general release of this classic model. Hopefully nobody tries to dunk over anyone like Vince, though. Leave that to VC.