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Ercolina – Upgrade Your Fitness Routine

Upper body and core strength is the foundation of cross country skiing. The Ercolina is the perfect solution to increasing and maintaining your power and fitness through your off-snow season. Local CrossFit studio owner, Dave Prois, gave us insight into why he uses Ercolinas in his gym, CrossCut CrossFit.

 

“Our CrossCut CrossFit members range in age from teens to 80-plus. We like the Ercolina because it is adjustable for height, shoulder width and resistance, making it a versatile piece of training equipment for athletes with a wide variety of skills and needs.
 
Photo by Dave Prois
We found it particularly useful last year when our members trained for an international 1,000-meter ski erg contest. Several members, including some without ski experience, placed near the top of their age divisions after a few months of programmed training on  our two ‘Linas.’
 
The Ercolina’s adjustable resistance feature allows us to program distinctly different workouts, from strength workouts on high to tempo workouts on low, or longer endurance workouts at medium resistance.
 
The power readouts for each arm allow the athlete to quickly identify and adjust for disparities in strength between sides. The ability to use either single-pole or double-pole technique allows athletes to vary the muscles trained within any workout.
 
Our small gym is routinely packed with people and equipment, so the fact that the Ercolina is wall-mounted and takes little space when not in use is another appreciated feature.” 

 

 
Ercolina’s many features including a programmable workout monitor, adjustable resistance, travel bag, and mounting hooks make it the perfect piece of fitness equipment. Check it out at Newmoonski.com and call with any questions.

Dave and his wife Darlene moved to Hayward in 2007. Dave’s background as a police trainer, coupled with his long involvement in competitive endurance sports (triathlons, bike – and inline skate racing), drew him to kettlebell training. He holds many professional qualifications including CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Instructor, USA Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance, National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, RKC/FMS Functional Movement Screening, and Precision Nutrition coach. Check out CrossCut CrossFit  or their facebook page for more information about Dave, Darlene, and Hayward’s CrossFit affiliate.

Spring into Savings with Auclair Gloves

Auclair Performace Gloves have been a mainstay in Canada, sponsoring winter athletes since the 1970s. Auclair works directly with skiers like cross country ski champion Alex Harvey, getting their feedback on products throughout their off-season training and during in-season preparation for world-class competition. These insights allow Auclair to push research and development to new heights.

One of their sponsored athletes, mogul gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury says this about Auclair gloves, “I’ve been called the most accomplised mogul skier of all time, but that doesn’t matter. There’s always someone raising the bar. The point is to keep excelling, keep getting better, in all respects of your life. Auclair gets that, and keeps making gloves to match…Auclair has that winning attitude. They never stop trying to improve what they do.”

New Moon is proud to be part of Auclair’s mission of “Born to Perform,” whether you are taking first in your age group or taking your first ski. Auclair gloves “performed” tremendously at the American Birkebeiner this year. If you haven’t yet experienced Auclair’s state-of -the-art technology, protection, and comfort, now is the right time1! We are offering a variety of Auclair gloves and mitts at 40% off!

    First up is the Pinery! Whether you prefer a glove, split mitt, or glove, the weight and features of the Pinery will keep your hands covered. and cool graphics set them apart from the rest of your gloves. The Pinery is a midweight model with 70g of Thinsulate and thermal foam to keep your hands at just the right temperature. The wind-resistant layer on the back of the hand is laminated to the Lycra shell, so there’s no bunching or uneven protection. The lining is soft and brushed, not only providing supreme comfort, but allowing moisture to wick away from your hands, keeping them dry and warm. Other features include a nylon knit cuff with a bound hem, silicone fingertip grippers and palm/thumb reinforcement. Plus, you can’t beat the cool snowflake sublimated graphics! At only $36 or $37.50, it’s a great time to get on board with Auclair.

We’ve also got a lighter-weight model called the Capreol. The Capreol is being offered at an amazingly affordable $15! It has 40g of Thinsulate for a touch of warmth as well as a soft, brushed lining, acrylic knit cuff and reinforced index finger and thumb. Simple, solid lightweight protection.

Finally, we still have Gatineau models available in both gloves and split mitts. These are also midweight with 70g of insulation, similar to the Pinery but with different graphics.

Auclair athlete and Canadian skiing phenom, Alex Harvey.

Check out all of our gloves, as well as other sale items online here. Award-winning cross country skier, Alex Harvey says it best, “Auclair has been there every step of the way-they get it like few others.” New Moon hopes to be there for all your spring skiing needs. Give us a call if you have any questions, and take advantage of the sale while supplies last!

 

 

Birkie Week Special Guests

Birkie Week at the Moon is always full of surprises, and 2019 is no exception. Outrageous sales…check; great camaraderie…check. We’ve even got some special guests you’re gonna definitely hang out with.

 

First up, is Leena Peltonen, CEO and Co-Owner of Rex Ski Wax. Rex is one of the most successful wax companies in Nordic, and with her at the helm, Rex has been on the cutting edge of wax technology. Leena will be in and out Weds. through Fri. talking wax, but will be sitting down with customers on THURSDAY FROM 3-6 for more of an in-depth audience.

 

Next, on FRIDAY FROM 4-6, JOIN GU Energy Labs for an inspiring and fun evening with ultra runner Rob Krar and cyclist Willie Stewart. Rob and Willie will both be competing in the Birkie on Saturday. Come learn how they fuel for endurance events. Enjoy beer from Angry Minnow and get a sneak preview of GU’s newest energy gel, launching March 1.

Lastly, on Sunday, New Moon invites you to be our special guests! Bring in your bib for a beverage and brat. Tell us your Birkie story, and enjoy some Birkie Love!

Can’t wait to see you here at New Moon over Birkie Week!

 

The Future of Glide Wax is Liquid!

Glide waxing is in the midst of a revolution. Recent efforts by regulators and wax companies to be more environmentally responsible with wax formulation have led to a rapid evolution of alternative and new options to hot waxing. The thrust of these efforts  has led in the direction of liquid or semi-liquid recipes which drastically reduce the amount of base waxes and additives required to adequately treat a ski’s surface. Using alcohol-based suspensions rather than petroleum solvents and propellants, production is more environmentally friendly.

Benefits for the skier are substantial, too…

First: Liquids are easy to use. Basically spray or rub on, let dry a few minutes, brush or cork a bit, go ski!

Second: They’re fast. Glide is outstanding – right on par with traditional  hot waxes.

Third: They’re durable. A common assumption with liquids is that they’re only good for 5 or 10K. New formulas, when applied to a clean ski can potentially last far longer, with some even being developed specifically for long distance racing.

Fourth: They’re “Techy”. For the wax techies, just as with hot waxes, there are base waxes, mid-fluoros, High-fluoros, top-coats, and so on. There is as much diversity available as you already have in your wax box.

Fifth: They’re also not too “Techy”. That works, too! Just want quick skis? No problem – there are affordable, simple universal sprays and perform as well as a good hot wax. Again: spray, dry, brush, ski.

Sixth and most importantly: They’re Simple. Temp ranges are broad and forgiving, elaborate equipment is not needed, and time requirements are a fraction of that needed for hot waxing.

New Moon has been testing and evaluating liquids for a few years now and are pleased to share with you a collection of those which we like best. View our Performance Liquid Gliders Here.

We can also take a look at application techniques from our suppliers. Note: these videos focus primarily high-end liquids, but the concept remains throughout the price performance spectrum, from top-dollar race liquids to low-cost training liquids…

Jusso Luikkonen from Rex Wax of Finland on HF Race Waxes.

 

Jusso demonstrates Rex’s amazing Glide Cleaner and Prep Liquid. This product is the foundation of All of New Moon’s waxing service.

 

Start Wax From Finland on Start Ultra Gel

 

Vauhti Wax shows the similarity of application principles – apply, dry, brush, go skiing.

For the performance-minded skier or racer, having a clean and porous base is key to good liquid wax adhesion. A freshly stone-ground base is ideal for maximum benefit from liquids. New Moon tech, Dusty adds that a grind followed up with a liquid-based waxing regime dramatically reduces inevitable base damage from hot irons, cold weather hot waxes, and solid fluoros.

Dustin inspects a stone ground ski base prior to liquid wax application.

Frequent, follow-up cleanings with glide-specific cleaners like Rex Glide Cleaner, featured in the videos above, in optimal condition for wax adhesion and “primes”  bases with a penetrating,  hard paraffin wax which acts as the base wax for subsequent layers.

New Moon’s wax techs are excited to share their knowledge of the liquid wax revolution with you. Call or stop in for the latest scoop!

 

Kids on Skis – Encouraging a Lifetime Sport

 

If you love to XC ski, but haven’t attempted to get your kids out on the trails, or if your family ski outing ended in disaster, we’ve got a few tips and tricks that can help you have an amazing time with the kiddos and instill them with a lifetime love of the sport.

First of all, take advantage of talent available to help with the learning and outfitting process. Consider one of the many groups or clubs that offer lessons – they can make starting up really easy, and more importantly, FUN! Whether your technique isn’t quite on point or you just need to escape the family drama for a bit (parents, you know what I’m talking about) lessons offer kids the chance to ski and play with other kids and learn from other adults who haven’t just told their kid 100 times to keep their mittens on.

 

Here in Hayward, that group is the Hayward Nordic Kids. Nordic Kids started as the Bill Koch Ski League as an after-school program in the early 90s. Their mission is to promote the sport of cross country skiing by providing a fun and organized teaching program for all area youth, encouraging children to develop skills in cross country skiing in a non-competitive atmosphere.

 

Currently, the program is capped at 150 students and is divided into 9 groups with at least one coach per group. Kids can start as early as age 3. Parents often stay to help out, and all the coaches are volunteers. Kids who sign up are able to affordably rent equipment that is fitted specifically for them. Beside the regular lessons, twists and events help kids stay encouraged and involved.  “We…have Treats On The Trail…where we hide snacks in a few locations around the loops, and the students have to find them to enjoy them. One week we encourage everyone to wear a costume. And Friday Night Glo Ski events happen 3 times a season at the lighted loops at OO” Salle Beckwith, previous Director and Board Member explains, “This is a fun way to practice skiing outside of the lesson setting.”

 

This year, Nordic Kids is joining forces with the American Birkebeiner. Kristy Maki is Event Director for the American Birkebeiner as well as having been a coach and/or Director of Hayward Nordic Kids for 12 years. “The Birkie is joining with Hayward Nordic Kids for a few reasons. One of the missions of the ABSF is to promote healthy lifestyles and Hayward Nordic Kids is a great way to start kids on the right path at an early age. The ABSF encourages youth programming and is happy to provide resources and support to a program like this…It’s important to the ABSF that the Hayward Nordic Kids continues to thrive and that kids in the Hayward and surrounding areas have a great platform to learn cross country skiing.”

Currently, registration is still open through the week for Hayward Nordic Kids, so get more info and get your kids signed up! Check out their facebook page and website.

 

If you aren’t located near a group, or just want to go it alone with the little ones, there are a few things to remember, the most important of which is KEEP IT FUN!  Here are some other tips:

Encourage indoor play on skis. Let kids practice inside without cold temps and bulky clothing.

Start without poles. They just get in the way at this stage and can be dangerous. Chris here at the shop agrees. This will usually spark protest from most kids, but, Chris reports, they just ski better and learn faster without poles. “Kids and adults will develop a natural striding rhythm and good balance by swinging their arms. This will start with simple shuffling and progress to a longer, gliding stride in time. Poles are for propulsion, not balance – add poles once the rhythm is ingrained.”

Ski on groomed trails. It is much easier and keeps kids from falling down as much and crossing their skis.

Play games to keep it interesting like I-Spy, soccer, tag, or sharks and minnows. Set up cones or obstacles on the trails. Go on a winter scavenger hunt. This gives kids a chance to work on their ski skills without even realizing they are learning.

 

Take short breaks with snacks. OK, this one is great for kids and adults.

 

Bring other kids along. It’s always more fun (at least for the kids).

The benefits of introducing kids to cross country skiing at an early age are undeniable. Kids learn balance and coordination and gain strength and stamina that cross over to any other sport they might engage in. Plus, they learn to appreciate the outdoors in winter.

New Moon can outfit all of your kids with skis—starting with Lucky Bums for kids 2 to 5 all the way up to top-end racing packages elite high school skiers.

 

Skiing with your kids not only encourages the love of a lifetime sport, it creates family memories that will stay with you and your kids for years to come. So get those little ones out on the trail. You may have to stop a few (dozen) more times and have a few more cups of hot chocolate, but, believe me, it will be worth it!

 

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