Elevate Your Fitness With Hi-Tec

Men's Health put the Hi-Tec V-Lite Ox-Trail Racer to the ultimate test - a Cape Town winter. Plus, we’ve got a few training secret weapons for you to help raise your fitness game, and to come out of winter stronger, leaner and fitter than you’ve ever been.


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Winter has been extra cold and wet, but that doesn’t mean your fitness and body goals should suffer. You need a training partner that can handle any kind of training obstacle and outdoor terrain: Hi-Tec V-Lite Ox-Trail Racer.

We get it; it’s not easy training in winter, and the couch and TV make it harder to leave your front door. Even worse, you don’t want to queue for equipment at the gym or slog it out on a boring treadmill. The good news? You don’t have to. Nature is still the ultimate fitness playground, and best of all, there are no lines, membership costs, traffic, selfie-obsessed clients, or irritating gym soundtracks – it’s just you, some fresh air, and a healthy dose of endorphins. The cost of admission: a good pair of durable, versatile trail shoes that can do runs in the park, single-track trails and even some urban duty on the tar. The Hi-Tec V-Lite Ox-Trail Racer can do that, and more – and it makes it easier for you to get going on your goals: just pull the shoes on, tighten the speed laces – and you’re good to go.

Hi-Tec V-Lite Ox-TrailAnd even better, we’ve got a few training secret weapons for you to help raise your fitness game, and to come out of winter stronger, leaner and fitter than you’ve ever been. It’s time to elevate yourself.

Your Secret Fitness Weapons This Winter:

1. Hill Sprints
Do you want bang-for-buck results? They take up little time, but they burn fat fast and help you to build a big cardio engine. Our pick: a 100m long incline, done 10 times. Time yourself each time, and aim to stay within 2 seconds of the baseline in each split. Just make sure your shoes have proper grip – like these Ox-Trail Racers with their deep lug outsole that guarantees off-road traction. The advanced M-D Traction technology also makes sure you don’t lose your grip on any terrain, and even in the wet, as the chamfered lugs get rid of dirt and mud quickly. Whether you’re sprinting up or down hills – these shoes will keep you confident.

2. Weighted Vest Runs
Looking for more strength and to build some muscle? Run your trails with a weighted vest or a tough backpack with weights or stones in it. This added weight will help you to build strength and lose weight, but just make sure your shoes have proper support and comfort. Even though these Ox-Trail Racers are crafted from a revolutionary V-Lite lightweight design using reduced-weight components, they haven’t sacrificed support or comfort for lightness. It has an impact-absorbing CMEVA midsole which ensures long-lasting cushioning and support, and a moulded EVA footbed for comfort. The flex grooves also enhance the natural motion of the foot.

3. Bodyweight Blaster
Running and resistance training shouldn’t be seen as opposites – you can combine them to get the best of each one. For best results, pair some bodyweight exercises with your trail runs, and you’ll be able to burn fat and build muscle in the fresh air. Here’s one of our favourites: find a 5km long route, and then every 500m, do 10 push-ups (clap push-ups if you’re feeling strong). After the next 500m, do 20 air squats (40 if want more of a leg burn). Repeat this process, alternating push-ups with squats, until you have done your 5km. If you find a tree with a level branch, you can swap out the push-ups for pull-ups. This Blaster will take longer than a normal run, but the benefits will last a long time. Do this three times a week, and you’ll see results fast. Just make sure you choose a comfortable, flexible, and supportive pair of trail shoes: the Hi-Tec V-Lite Ox-Trail Racer has a high-performance nylon upper with a no-sew support structure for stability and snug fit. It also has a soft mesh lining for breathability and comfort. Both combine to ensure there’s less friction and more comfort, and help you to smash out those reps and sprint through those 500m markers.

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