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INJURY PREVENTION & RECOVERY

INJURY PREVENTION & RECOVERY
I always recommend that people listen to their bodies. Our bodies are beautiful machines and they have a great ability to heal themselves and to alert us of what they truly need. I believe that we  devote so much time to our sports and neglect the fact that recovery is just as important for us to advance and progress in our given sport or activity. Continue reading

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS
Our recommendation on gifts that keep on giving, because she deserves nothing less than to feel great every day of the year. Continue reading

STEAL THEIR STYLE: 3 CELEB-APPROVED ACTIVE LIFESTYLE MUST-HAVES

STEAL THEIR STYLE: 3 CELEB-APPROVED ACTIVE LIFESTYLE MUST-HAVES
What do Meghan Markle, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sincerely Jules & Lucy Hale have in common? Apart from their great sense of style, they are all really dedicated to their active lifestyle. It is no wonder, they have been spotted with our favorite products. Curious to find out more? See below their favorite water bottle, yoga mat and even ping pong table. Continue reading

IS YOUR OFFICE OR BUSINESS WORLD CUP READY?

IS YOUR OFFICE OR BUSINESS WORLD CUP READY?
After two years of home office it is time for office home and what better time to make your office feel homier than the year of the 2022 World Cup. After all it is proven that small game table breaks with colleagues foster team spirit, creativity and problem solving. Continue reading

NINJOO'S EDITOR ON NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS AND WISHLISTS

NINJOO'S EDITOR ON NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS AND WISHLISTS
Style and design are not something you immediately associate with sports accessories but there is a compelling reason why they are important elements. You do not mind keeping them in plain view for all to see and therefore you end up using those accessories more often because their very presence motivates you to use them. A plain case of "not out of sight, not out of mind".  Continue reading

WHAT YOU BOUGHT IN 2021

WHAT YOU BOUGHT IN 2021
The year is drawing to a close and along with that comes our very own anniversary. Ninjoo is turning one year old and as the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun. For the ninjoo team it is time to review the bestsellers and what motivated people to embrace them. So here is a recap of the products that made it into your hearts and into your shopping baskets.  Continue reading

HYPERVOLT COMPARISON

HYPERVOLT COMPARISON
Which Hypervolt is right for you? With three options to choose from, there’s a Hypervolt for everyone.The Hypervolt 2 Pro is Hyperice's most powerful percussion device ever, giving you five speeds controlled by a digital speed dial to help you warm up and recover like a pro. The Hypervolt 2 gets some serious upg Continue reading

PING PONG - THE GAME OF THE CREATIVES AND VIRTUOUS

PING PONG - THE GAME OF THE CREATIVES AND VIRTUOUS
Can you guess what 19th-century English upper-class ladies were up to when they were stacking up books on the dining table, ripping off lids from cigar boxes, and piling up corks from champagne bottles? Believe it or not this is how the game of ping pong started. Books were used as nets, cigar box lids as bats and corks as ping pong balls. Whiff-Waff, Pom-Pom, or Pim-Pam are just a few names they used to call it before Ping Pong prevailed. It was common for Victorian era parties to end with a good game of Whiff-Waff...after desert. What the English society realized 140 years ago is still valid today: nothing like a good game of ping pong to lift the spirits of a group of people.
 
 
With the emergence of manufactured equipment in the 20th century ping pong transformed from being a pastime activity of the privileged few to a popular sport for any age and social standing. It even helped bridge the divide between China and the US during the cold war period in what became known as the Ping Pong Diplomacy (google it). There is even an oldest player in the Guinness Book of Records, Dorothy de Low, was almost 98 years old when she represented Australia in the 2008 World Veterans Table Tennis Championships in Brazil.
 
Ping pong is a way to do physical exercise that has actual athletic qualities but is kind of contained. You do not run around tracks and you do not have large playing fields to cover, however, the short quick movements make it an intense exercise. Because of the confined area of action and the speed with which players need to assess moves, the game has also a real mental element to it by promoting strategic thinking.
 
Just like at social gatherings 140 years ago, ping pong can also help modern day organizations build and support culture; it is a great tool to help team members get to know and interact with each other. Moreover, a quick break of ping pong during the day has shown to help become more productive and creative, and even promote problem solving ability; no surprise it is the game of choice for people in the creative industry, especially for start-ups.
 
Now that you have hopefully learned something new today, this editor needs a creative break from writing. I am setting up my ArtNet ZigZag to engage in friendly combat.
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THE SUSTAINABILITY EDIT

THE SUSTAINABILITY EDIT

There is no such thing as guilt-free consumption, even our most mundane daily choices (think waste disposal) have an impact on the world, our environment, and persons around us. Many of us strive to improve as persons, products, or organizations but it is often very easy to dismiss our own impact in contributing to sustainable consumption. No matter how little we each contribute, when aggregated to society level our individual actions produce results. The 21-year-old third millennium will be the age when humanity transitions from carefree consumption to a smarter, more environment friendly way of approaching everyday life. As a global society we are still far away from leading a totally sustainable life but hey, the first flight of the Wright brothers only lasted 12 seconds and 36 meters and 120 years later we can take showers over the Atlantic (yeah, I know…not exactly a sustainability example but it shows the progress mankind can make when we put our minds to it).

At ninjoo we try to embrace sustainability any way we can and we know that we are far from perfect but Rome was not built in a day, and in the end long-term developments are all about the right mindset, and that ninjoo has. When we look for products we always look at the story behind them, their creators and the passion these individuals put into realizing them, and one passion that always catches our eye is sustainability. Especially when it comes to the luxury segment we believe products have a responsibility to leave as small a footprint as possible on earth since by definition they are…well luxury. 

Sustainability can have different faces, sometimes not easily recognized as such. RS Barcelona, for example, sees durability of a product as the essence of sustainability and their commitment to the planet and society is to manufacture top-quality, hard-wearing items through environmentally friendly production processes that last a lifetime. Bredder, a small brand from Germany known for its high-quality handmade balance boards, uses only regional and certified suppliers, and embraces a holistic sustainability approach down to the corrugated cardboard packaging that ensures there is no plastic in the entire production journey. The Swedish paddle/tennis brand Nordicdots, in true Scandinavian spirit, makes a point of respecting the environment and its inhabitants and therefore incorporates sustainable eco-friendly innovations in everything they do. They go as far as recently endorsing tennis player Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia because he is an ardent advocate of sustainability and eco-friendly innovations. 

Ninjoo’s take on sustainability: one small step for each one of us, one giant leap for mankind (credit to the first man on the moon).

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PADELICIOUS

PADELICIOUS

Build a glass or Perspex cage with two opposing open doors on either side, throw in a Tennis net in the middle, let two players (more commonly couple teams though) use rackets with solid hitting surfaces rather than strings combat each other, and mix up the rules so you can bounce the ball off the walls or even attempt to stay in the game by running through the doors to catch a ball that was knocked out of the ballpark…sounds crazy, right? Enter Padel!

Most easily explained as a mix between Squash and Tennis with a twist, Padel is developing an almost fanatic following in the Middle East and is a fast-paced, high-energy sport that challenges a player's skills and endurance to the maximum. Unlike Squash and Tennis, you can actually credit the invention of Padel to one single person in Mexico. In 1969 Enrique Corcuera decided to modify the Squash court at his home in Acapulco with elements of Tennis and when his Spanish friend Alfonso Hohenlohe-Langenburg tried it in Enrique's home he took the sport to Spain to create the first Padel court in Marbella in 1974…and the rest is history.

How does Padel work? The court is 25% smaller than a regular Tennis court, the net is 88cm high, rackets are without strings, to add speed balls are more pressurized than in Tennis, and the ball is allowed to bounce off the wall and can even be played from outside the court as long as it doesn't bounce twice on the field. All this creates incredible, sometimes crazy ball exchanges and is equally interesting to play and to watch.

Naturally, the sports industry has picked up on the trend and most tennis racket brands have their own offering of padel rackets and at ninjoo we could have picked any racket for you, but we wouldn't be…well ninjoo, if we didn't have our own opinion on the subject. For us, the element of style and design is a must-have complementary element to playability and technical specification. We wanted rackets that are equally professional equipment and distinguished design to help our customers stand out from the crowd, and the usual padels in the market just didn't make this cut. Random design patterns with oversized brand logos on the playing surface maybe great for a brand's visibility on court but they are not a showcase for individual style; and that is how Nordicdots caught our eye. True to the Scandinavian design principles of minimalism and functionality Nordicdots designs are mainly based on color and texture with complete absence of bold random patterns, and discreet branding that is visible on close up encounters but does not turn you into a flag-bearer for the brand. Also, and in true Scandinavian spirit, Nordicdots makes a point of respecting the environment and its inhabitants and therefore incorporates sustainable eco-friendly innovations in everything they do.

Nordicdots is a young brand, driven by the passion of its creators, and many of you will know by now that ninjoo has a weakness for passionate creators as these are the true pioneers that go where no man and woman has gone before (credit to the all-time classic captain Kirk).

 

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