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Inspiration Hub

Welcome to the inov-8 inspiration hub! We've teamed up with the experts to bring you training tips, home workouts, nutritional advice and more. Keeping you inspired and motivated.
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Cancer defying ultrarunner, Kevin

HOW TERMINAL CANCER DIAGNOSIS LED KEVIN TO START RUNNING ULTRAS

Diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2014, Kevin Webber was given as little as two years to live. Six years later, this inspirational 55-year-old continues to defy doctors, using an ultrarunning bucket-list to fulfil his dreams and raise awareness.

DAMIAN HALL SETS NEW SOUTH WALES TRAVERSE RECORD

72 miles, 18,000ft of ascent and 31 summits. inov-8 ambassador Damian Hall had to push hard to set a new record of 14hrs 13mins for the South Wales Traverse, shaving just 5 minutes off the previous best time.

Damian breaks South Wales Traverse record
The inov-8 Descent Race

82-YEAR-OLD RUNNER STARS IN RACE DOWN WORLD'S TOUGHEST SKI SLOPE

A daredevil 82-year-old runner was among those to tackle the 2020 inov-8 Descent Race, staged on the world’s most notorious ski slope.

Featuring an insanely steep gradient of 80%, the legendary Streif – on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbühel, Austria – is regarded as the toughest on the world cup ski circuit.

Designer's Insight - Making the ROCLITE PRO G 400 GORE-TEX

Our toughest-ever boot with Graphene, the world's strongest material, and ceramic technology tough enough to be used on the International Space Station.

We spoke to inov-8 Design Manager Graham Jordison to find out how to exploit all this toughness and still design a boot that remains light, flexible and agile.

Making the Roclite Pro G 400 Gore-Tex
Jay Morton

Q&A with new inov-8 ambassador, Jay Morton

Jay - a former SAS operator, two-time summiteer of Mount Everest and undercover DS on last season’s SAS WHO DARES WINS - talks to us about his action-packed life and future plans.

Kristian Morgan sets new record on UK's Longest National Trail

Ultra runner Kristian Morgan has run the 630-mile South West Coast Path, the UK’s longest National Trail, in a new record time of 10 days, 12 hours a d 6 minutes.

We caught up with Kristian, and previous record-holder Damian Hall, to find out more.

Kristian Morgan sets new record on UK's Longest National Trail
Alison Smog Graham

Alison Walker - first runner to complete 'The Smog Graham Round'

UK-based Malaysian ultra-runner Alison Walker has become the first person to complete the 'Smog Graham Round'. An epic 300-kilometre run between the highest peaks of all 32 London boroughs

We caught up with her before the challenge to find out more.

CrossFit Games 2020 - Round Up

A round-up of all the action at the 2020 CrossFit Games where inov-8 training athletes Dani Speegle, Sam Briggs and Jamie Simmonds put on superb performances and truly 'left it all out on the CrossFit floor.'

CrossFit Games 2020 Round Up
Sam Briggs

Sam Briggs - Pre-Crossfit Games 2020 Q&A

We caught up with CrossFit Games athlete, legend and inov-8 training ambassador Sam Briggs ahead of the 2020 CrossFit Games.

Top 10 Moments in the history of the CrossFit Games

A trip down memory lane. Discover the Top 10 Moments from the CrossFit Games over the years - from split-second wins, to crazy events and cameramen outsprinting even the best competitors.

Top 10 Moment CrossFit Games
Meet Sabrina

Meet Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, co-founder of Black Trail Runners

In July this year, Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, together with seven other black and bi-racial founders, set up Black Trail Runners. Their mission is to increase the inclusion, participation and representation of black people in trail running.

We talked to the inspiring UK-based inov-8 ambassador about all this and much, much more.

Fast-hiker James Forrest sets new Wainwrights Record

On Monday 24 August 2020, fast-hiker and inov-8 ambassador James Forrest set off on a huge self-supported challenge, going solo in an attempt to summit all 214 English Lake District Wainwrights peaks in one continuous round.

James, who carried all his kit and camping equipment throughout, completed the epic 328-mile expedition in a mere 14 days and 11 hours.

James Forrest - solo Wainwrights
Jamie Simmonds joins inov-8

JAMIE SIMMONDS JOINS INOV-8

The 4 x Crossfit Games athlete, who was 3rd Fittest on Earth in 2019, is the latest ambassador to join the inov-8 training team.

We caught up with Jamie to discuss why she chose inov-8, get her thoughts on the CrossFit Games, see what she has coming up and more.

DANI SPEEGLE DOMINATES THE TITAN GAMES

inov-8 ambassador Dani Speegle recently won NBC's The Titan Games - a sports reality series hosted by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

We caught up with her to find out more about the show, how she prepared for the competition and more...

Dani Speegle Wins The Titan Games
Trail Runner Siviwe - The Lion King

MEET INSPIRATIONAL TRAIL RUNNER SIVIWE NKOMBI – ‘THE LION KING’

Hitchhiking to races, stabbed and robbed of running kit - life may not be easy for South African runner Siviwe Nkombi, but the commitment he shows to succeed is an inspiration to all.

JENNY TOUGH: RUNNING THE ROCKIES

Can you imagine fast-hiking, solo and unsupported, across a remote mountain range? Well, that is just what adventurer Jenny Tough has done... and even more impressive is that she is doing this on every continent!

Jenny Tough - running the rockies
Beginners Guide to ultra running

Beginner's Guide to Ultra Running

Ticked the marathon box and looking for your next challenge? Top ultra-runner & coach Damian Hall (268-mile Pennine Way record-holder, 1st Ultra Tour Monte Rosa 2019, 5th UTMB 2018) shares his thoughts on taking on your first ultramarathon, it’s not as daunting as you think!

Behind the design of the new TERRAULTRA G 270

Ever wondered what goes into designing and making a new inov-8 shoe? Go behind the scenes of the new TERRAULTRA G 270 trail running shoe with our senior footwear designer.

Making the Terraultra G 270
Q&A with Damian Hall

Q&A with Damian Hall, 268-mile Pennine Way Record Breaker.

inov-8 ambassador Damian Hall recently broke the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Pennine Way (UK), Great Britain’s oldest – and arguably toughest – National Trail. We caught up with him afterwards for a quick Q&A.

DAMIAN HALL'S PENNINE WAY RECORD ATTEMPT

At 6am, Wednesday July 22, ultra runner Damian Hall set out to break the record for the fastest completion of the 268-mile Pennine Way. Great Britain’s oldest – and arguably toughest – National Trail, incorporates around 37,000ft of gruelling ascent.

Damian Pennine Way Record Attempt
Small Improvements, Big Difference

Damian Hall - Small Improvements, Big Difference

In ultra running - small, seemingly insignificant little improvements can add up to a big improvement over the space of a long race.

inov-8 ambassador, top ultrarunner and coach Damian Hall shares his experiences and tips on how you can use the theory of marginal gains to your benefit.

BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CROSSFIT

Are you keen to start CrossFit but not sure how? Read our top-5 tips for taking on your first CrossFit class.

Beginners Guide to Crossfit - athlete standing over a kettlebell
Paul Tierney Wainwrights

Paul Tierney & The Wainwrights: One Year On

In June 2019, inov-8 ambassador Paul Tierney set a new record time for summiting all 214 of Alfred Wainwright’s UK Lake District peaks in one go.

The challenge saw Paul run over 328 miles - scaling the equivalent ascent of four times Mt Everest - in 6 days, 6 hours and 5 minutes.

One year on from his epic achievement, we caught up with Paul for a chat about The Wainwrights and more.

TIPS FOR RUNNING UP AND DOWN HILL

Looking to improve your ability to tackle those lung-bursting ascents or quad-trembling descents? Our essential tips for running up and down hills will help you do just that!

A Q&A with Scott Panchik
The Covid Vignettes

BEN ABDELNOOR: THE COVID VIGNETTES

Ben Abdelnoor - a trail, fell, mountain and ultra runner - recounts his experience of the coronavirus pandemic in his brilliantly illustrated 'The Covid Vignettes'.

Q&A WITH SCOTT PANCHIK

The CrossFit games veteran and Wodapalooza Fitness-Festival 2020 team winner gives us an insight into his training, nutrition and much more.

A Q&A with Scott Panchik
Dani Speegle interview

UP CLOSE WITH DANI SPEEGLE

We caught up with inspirational fitness athlete Dani Speegle to discuss how she came to be an inov-8 athlete, her involvement in the design and development of the F-LITE G 300 trainer, her favourite cheat meals and more!

DAMIAN HALL’S MENTAL TIPS FOR ULTRAMARATHONS

Damian Hall (1st UTMR 2019, 5th UTMB 2018) shares his top mental tips for tackling some of the world's most brutal ultramarathons

Damian Hall Mental Tips for ultramarathons
Making the F-LITE G 300

THE MAKING OF THE F-LITE G 300

The Objective: To create the toughest and most versatile shoe in the training space.

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the conceptualisation and design of the world's toughest training shoe.

Top Tips for staying active and working out at home

In uncertain times, focus on the things you can control.

Read our top tips on staying active, keeping discipline in your sessions and getting your home workouts done.

Top tips to staying active and working out at home
Find the perfect fitting shoe

Beginner's Guide to Trail Running

Are you thirsty for some off-road action? Are you new to trail running and want advice? We've decades of experience and know our stuff about trail running. Read our beginner’s guide.

10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT INOV-8

Did you know that the X in X-TALON is actually pronounced ‘cross’?... and that the numbers in the names of our shoes represent their weight?

Scott Panchik Home Workout of the Day
How cycling can make you a better runner

How cycling can make you a better runner

inov-8 ambassador Brennan Townshend, a former professional road cyclist turned top off-road runner, shares how incorporating cycling into your training regime can make you a stronger runner.

Find the perfect fit

There seems to be a myth that all inov-8 shoes are narrow fitting. This is simply not true. Across all our categories, we have a variety of different fit options best suited to each activity and catering for all shapes of feet.

Find the perfect fitting shoe
home workout videos

HOME WORKOUT VIDEOS

inov-8's Fran Calvert takes you through 7 home workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home, with little to no equipment.

Damian Hall's Core Workout

Top ultra-runner & coach Damian Hall (1st Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, 5th UTMB) shares his top 9 core strengthening exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Damian Core Workout
Leg strengthening exercises

Damian Hall's Top Leg strengthening exercises

Top ultra runner and coach Damian Hall shares his top 8 bodyweight exercises designed to build leg strength for runners.

WHAT TO EAT TO STAY STRONG DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

We’ve teamed up with our friends at We Dominate Nutrition to bring you the latest nutritional advice - focussing on immune-boosting foods, designed to help you stay well-nourished and strong.

Nutrition article
Inspirational Fitness Films

OUR TOP INSPIRATIONAL FITNESS FILMS

We’ve rounded up some of our best CrossFit documentary films to keep you inspired and fired-up to keep doing those home workouts during lockdown

Sign up for Daily Home workouts

Stuck at home, self-isolating or just keen to keep on top of your training indoors - sign up to get a free home workout plan delivered to your inbox for 30 days.

Scott Panchik Home Workout of the Day
Top-10 running films

TOP-10 TRAIL RUNNING FILMS

10 of our favourite inspirational trail running films to keep you inspired and motivated.

Home workouts for runners

We bring you five workout videos that runners of all abilities can do at home. Each workout is less than 30 minutes long and is perfect for improving your running form, technique and strength.

Home workouts for runners
Find the perfect fitting shoe

Play Your Part

During these challenging times we are committed to playing our part and helping stop the spread of coronavirus. We need you, our community, to play your part too.

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PLAY YOUR PART

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