Clothes Strong Enough For An Alaskan Strongman

Clothes For An Alaskan Strongman

As retired mushers, Mark and I had numerous pieces of clothing from a company known for its “brown duck” pants and coveralls popular with mushing people and their handlers. Last fall, we set out to find a pair of bibs from the brown duck company and had a heck of a time finding a pair that was long enough for the big dude. After going from store to store, store to store, and…well you get the picture I was disappointed to find out most of the new styles for this season had a maximum inseam of 32″. With Mark being a solid 6’6″ a 32″ inseam would definitely qualify as “flood pants” for him! Although with as tall as he is, he usually can get by with a 34″ inseam, but only making pants to a size 32??? In the past we bemonaed Big and Tall stores were really just “big” stores. In the few stores we’ve tried to find pants to fit Mark, we can find pants with 50-60″ waists, but not with longer inseams. We always wondered where is the tall part of the store!

An Alaskan Strongman needs strong clothes!

Loyal Customers

For a good part of 30 years, when it came to getting Mark work pants or jeans to fit and be well made, we could count on the said Brown Duck company. That was until last fall when I went in search of the coveralls. Thankfully one of the stores in town had a pair left over from the previous year’s order and when he tried them on, they fit in his backside (all the squatting he’s been doing has made that grow!) and in length! However, for the first time in almost 30 years, he was extremely disappointed in the quality of the hardware on the snap and buttons. Each time he wears them, the worries they are going to break. I thought to myself, maybe it’s time to try something new…

As a haul truck driver, Mark spends 12 hours at a time behind the wheel if this bad boy and needs comfortable, durable pants!

The something new, really isn’t THAT new. I first heard of the company in the 90’s when they introduced The Bucket Boss, a handy canvas cover for a 5 gallon bucket to carry tools and then again in the early 2000’s when they introduced the Long Tail T, the cure for plumbers butt! They then went off our radar a bit when we moved to our remote cabin and lived without TV for 12 years and subsequently retired from sled dogs. Besides, Mark and I tend to be very loyal and stick with things we know and like. That was until the Brown Duck coverall issue.

Duluth Trading Company has been a long-time sponsor of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and we heard great things about their products from mushers and handlers. I thought I’d write the company a quick note explaining our disappointment in the other company’s bibs and asked if they would be interested in letting Mark test out some of their clothes. I was pleasantly surprised I heard back from Kate a couple of days later with a resounding yes! At the time they were extremely busy with Black Friday specials, new store openings and the Christmas shopping season. After a few emails back and forth, sometime in mid-January a huge Duluth Trading box was delivered to our front door. Mark texted me and said it was “like Christmas”! Not only did they send a pair of pants for Mark, they sent an awesome pair of insulated bibs and jacket, but they also sent some pieces for me too!

Something New; Pants From Fire Hose?

As soon as Mark tried on the pair of DuluthFlex Fire Hose Pants, he was SOLD! From the mouth of the dude himself:

What I like about my work pants is that they are so soft and comfortable right away. Not like (the other pants) where you have to wash the a bunch of times before they soften up. I also like all the belt loops; keeps the belt where it belongs! I like the ease of getting stuff in and out of the nice, big pockets. I like the quality of the construction. All in all, like much better than the last pair of (the other company’s) pants I bought. I will be a Duluth customer from here on out!!!

One of the reasons Mark wanted the bibs was his belt cutting into his back while sitting for 12 hours at time bouncing around in his haul truck. The back of the Fire Hose pants have a long channel as a belt loop, not just one little strip of fabric, that “keeps the belt where it belongs!”. (See photo below, courtesy of Duluth Trading) Since the Fire Hose pants entered his life, the bibs have been worn only once or twice, when I insist on washing them! We will definitely buying more of these in the future! (And this writer realized as she was writing the article, she didn’t get a picture of The Dude in his favorite pants! I will add to this posting at a date in the near future).

Duluth Trading DuluthFlex Fire Hose Carpenter Pants

Alaskan Hardgear Bibs Good Enough For An Alaskan Strongman

Unfortunately the jacket was too big for the Incredible Hulk (yep, he keeps growing), but when he tried on the Alaskan Hardgear bibs, he commented out loud “I wish I had a pair of these while running dogs!” Again, in the words of the Dude:

The bibs I haven’t worn near as much as the pants, but I like all the pockets and they are plenty warm. I wore them at the start of the Iditarod, at 20-30 below, and stayed warm being a spectator. Once I got them zipped and cinched up, they were pretty easy to walk in. Construction seems top notch. Will have to wear them more!!!

Duluth Trading Bibs

In the past, we had bibs custom made to fit his size. With him being broad in the chest, most bibs were too tight on top and too short on the bottom. As you can see in this photo with musher and Duluth Trading sponsored Nathan Schroeder (we knew this guy when he was a pre-teen hanging out at races helping his dad!) at the re-start of the Iditarod in Fairbanks last week. It was 20 below at the start and only warmed up to about 10 below! We were total spectators, not petting a single dog, not bending over to put on a single bootie and not scooping a single pile of dog poo! (There’s a blog already started on the spectator topic…watch for it in the next week or so).

As mentioned earlier, I received a few pieces of clothes as well. I LOVE them and I will share my experience in future post. As this product review comes to a close, The Aging Youthful Dude and I give Duluth Trading’s clothes two thumbs up! Check out their website or one of their retail locations (more are opening every year and we are waiting to hear when a retail store will come to Fairbanks! Thanks Kate and Duluth Trading, you’ll be seeing more orders from this Alaskan Strongman!

We’d love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite Duluth Trading products. One of mine, is their commercials. HELLO….they are hilarious!!! Leave us a message on our Facebook or Instagram pages with your faves.

Get Fit In 12 Minutes a Week?

The headline “Get Fit In 12 Minutes a Week” is not just one to capture your attention. As a fitness instructor and someone who doesn’t have the time  or likes to spend hours in the gym, I am always on the lookout for fast, effective workouts.

A Killer Workout in Four Minutes

When I first heard of the Tabata protocol, I thought to myself “yeah, whatever, how can a four-minute workout a couple days a week get someone fit?” One thing I’ve learned in my 50 rides around the sun, keeping an open mind is a way to learn new things to make life easier!

The History of Tabata

According to Active.com;

Dr. Izumi Tabata developed the High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, exercise regimen known as the Tabata Protocol while serving as head coach for the Japanese speed skating team.

Tabata and his team conducted research on two groups of athletes. The first group trained at a moderate intensity level while the second group trained at a high-intensity level. The moderate intensity group worked out five days a week for a total of six weeks; each workout lasted one hour. The high-intensity group worked out four days a week for six weeks; each workout lasted four minutes and 20 seconds (with 10 seconds of rest in between each set).

The results; Group 1 had increased their aerobic system (cardiovascular), but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system (muscle). Group 2 showed much more increase in their aerobic system than Group 1, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.

In conclusion, high-intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems.

What is a Tabata?

As mentioned earlier, a Tabata is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout four minutes long. Yes, four minutes. F – O – U – R. You read that right. When done right, four minutes is all you need. As the Active.com site states in the article referenced above “it will be the longest four minutes of your life.”

Group Fitness

I love using Tabatas the fitness classes I teach! The workout portion of my classes are usually around 30 minutes, with a minimum of a five minute warmup and cool down. One of the favorites I’m teaching right now is Monday Mix, 30 minutes of bodyweight HIIT intervals and/or Tabatas sandwiched between 15 minutes of a yoga-inspired warmup and cool-down stretch, including a long lavender-scented facial towel savasana. (I wish someone else would teach a class like this so I could take it!).

An Aging Youthful Tabata

Here is Tabata anyone of any fitness level can do. However, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure you are fit for excercise. Also, be sure to do a proper warmup before and cool down/stretch afterward. Give this little gem a go 3 times in a week, just be sure to have at least one (if not two) days in-between to give your body a chance to recover. Then come back and leave a comment or comment on the linked post on our Facebook or Instagram pages and tell us what you think.

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Easiest Meal Prep Ever

A while back I wrote a post on how to make a weeks worth of salads in 30 minutes or less to share how food – prepping CAN be quick and easy. Today I’m here to share the easiest meal prep ever: having someone else do some of the work for you.

With getting focused on my goal of competing on the stage at the Fitness America competition in November, it is time for me to get serious about my workouts and nutrition. I have been teaching six fitness classes a week, working full-time, blogging and sharing our superfoods nutrition, putting my food prep (not to mention my own workouts) on the backburner. I’ve been making most of my meals at home, but they haven’t necessarily been the proper macro-nutrients I need for optimal performance. As a result I started researching meal-prep services in the area and was very excited when I found Fit on the Go right here in Fairbanks….AND their prices are extremely affordable!

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Aging Youthful Back Online

Back Online

Mark and I are back online writing for Aging Youthful! I guess we haven’t really been off-line, Mark and I just set our writing aside for a while we were super busy working and training. In December I added teaching three more fitness classes to my schedule and Mark was trying to be busy training for a Strongman competition the end of January. However, the crud circulating around the world, knocked him down for most of December so we decided to take a little time off to get through the holidays, get him healthy and me get a little rest.

Not Writing But Not Resting

Despite his sickness, he had a great competition at The Frozen Northside Competition the end of January and proud to report he won his division once again! While he still didn’t feel 100% at the competition, as usual he gave it his all, set a couple of personal records (including the deadlift photo below from Teresa Sadler!) and qualified for US Strongman Nationals in June in Detroit! We have hired local strength and conditioning coach, Matthew Sadler to train him for the event, so we are hoping he gets over his most recent setback soon!

We are back online writing for you!

And Some More Sickness

On Saturday, Mark got violently sick and I ended up taking him to the emergency room. We are still waiting for the official results of the testing, but it is believed to be bad gut bacteria gone wild after a round of antibiotics for walking pneumonia at the end of the year. We are hoping for a speedy recovery so he can get back to training ASAP!

We’d love to hear from you to learn what you’d like to hear about. We are lining up a few awesome interviews of people who are living the Aging Youthful lifestyle by not letting their age define them and are doing some amazing things DESPITE their ages. Stay tuned as we come back online once a week with fun, engaging, entertaining, informative and inspiring stories!

Merry Christmas From Aging Youthful

We would like to take a moment to wish you all the Merriest of Christmases! We are taking a few weeks off from writing as we prepare for 2017. We are enjoying the holiday season as much as we can with our schedules that have us going in opposite directions most of the time. Thankfully we have Christmas Eve off to spend the day together and set goals, discuss what we want to share with all of you in the coming year. We will keep posting on our Facebook and Instagram pages over the next week and will be back to our weekly postings to add value to your life! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Aging Youthful