Former Long Island firefighter Sarah Apgar develops firehose fitness tool Fitfighter, wins big on ‘Shark Tank’
Sarah Apgar, of Port Washington, is the creator of Fitfighter and the Steel Hose.
When Apgar joined the Halesite Volunteer Fire Department in 2012, she noticed the firehouse didn’t have a structured strength training program. Apgar served as a platoon commander in Iraq with the U.S. Army, so she was familiar with regimented strength and weight training programs.
She began using firehoses around the firehouse to train her colleagues.
Throughout the next few years, Apgar began developing a fitness device based upon the firehose. She used real firehose material and filled it with recycled steel shot. She called it the Steel Hose.
The longer the hose, the heavier it is. They range in weight from 5 pounds to 50 pounds.
Local gym owners and trainers started to hear about the product.
“It started to sort of snowball and we sort of thought, wow, I think we’ve got a really special valuable tool here that has applications far reaching beyond where we started for firefighters,” she said.
In 2019, Apgar, a mother of two young girls, sold $45,000 worth of the product.
When COVID struck last spring, Apgar developed an online training platform for the Steel Hose.
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In April and May, she did $40,000 in sales.
Around that time, Apgar received a phone call from producers of “Shark Tank.” They were intrigued with the product and with Apgar’s story. They invited her to appear on the show.
“It’s the dream come true, pinch-yourself-story that people describe,” she said.
The episode was filmed in August and aired November 13.
During the episode, guest Shark Daniel Lubetzky, the creator of KIND bars, bit on Apgar’s offer of $250,000 for a 15 percent stake in Fitfighter.
He offered $250,000 for a 25 percent stake.
Since then, sales have skyrocketed for the Steel Hose and thousands of people purchased memberships to FitFighter’s online training platform. Apgar has 10 trainers. She also leads virtual classes out of her warehouse in Port Washington.
Apgar said she is on a mission to change the way people think about strength training and make them aware of the benefits it can have on people’s physical and mental health.
“I just want people to start moving and moving with weight and learning the principals of strength training,” she said.
Apgar still markets the Steel Hose to fire departments.
She said the FDNY Fire Academy has been using them for the past five years.
“I’m really proud of that. It’s very really special me,” she said.
Apgar said the majority of the production of the Steel Hose will be moving to South Carolina, but some will stay in Port Washington.
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Black Friday fit gifts: Burn calories, get healthy with big deals on home gym gear, workout clothing, fitness trackers
Maybe you stuffed yourself at the Thanksgiving table or you’ve put on a few pounds during coronavirus stay-at-home orders. Don’t stress. Most people feel under motivated and overweight right now.
If you want to reduce your soon-to-be Santa belly, retailers are offering Black Friday discounts on top brand health and exercise equipment, athlete-endorsed workout clothing and motivational personal electronics, like Fitbits and other fitness trackers.
Have you seen fitness mirrors that can stream live workouts in any room of your home?
Here are highlights of Black Friday fitness gear:
Bowflex has strength and cardio equipment including a full lineup of indoor cycling bikes, Max Trainers, home gyms, treadmills and adjustable dumbbells. Use code FIT2020 for Black Friday specials, discounts and freebies at checkout through Dec. 2.
The Brrrn Experience offers an at-home fitness slide board that includes on-demand workouts. Use the code TURKEY15 to receive 15% off and a year’s on-demand subscription.
Echelonfit offers rowers, bikes, treadmills and smart mirrors to support at-home workouts as well as live and on-demand classes. Save $200 on the new EX-1 LE bike, on sale at $799 (regularly $999) that can be delivered by Christmas.
Hydrow has at-home rowing machines with live and on-demand, athlete-led workouts. Receive $500, $250 in accessories and free shipping with the Hydrow Black Friday Package ($1,995).
Hyfit Gear has smart fitness resistance bands and guided workouts with professional trainers. Receive $168 off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
MYXfitness focuses on science-backed, motivational workouts with cross-training coaches and next-level at-home equipment. Take $250 off and receive free shipping and assembly (valued at $250). Sign up to receive the newsletter when you buy a MYX, and you’ll also get an exclusive welcome offer and a holiday gift bundle (valued at $75).
NordicTrack has treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowers and other strength training equipment. The Commercial X22i is discounted $200 to $2,799, which includes a year of iFit family membership ($468 value).
Schwinn has a lineup of indoor cycling, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, Airdyne bikes as well as high-quality, affordable cardio machines.
Sharper Image has a space-saving adjustable rowing machine with a hydraulic cylinder that you set the resistance level ($189) plus discounts of up to 20% cash back and free shipping on order of $99 or more (use the code SHIP99).
Backcountry has deals up to 60% off on men’s, women’s and kids clothing plus hiking, camping, biking, climbing, running fly-fishing and paddling gear. Take 15% off your first order.
Jenson USA has Black Friday sales on bikes, jerseys, shorts, shoes and helmets. The retailer carries mountain, road, electric and commute bikes, kids’ bikes and apparel, with free shipping on order of $60 or more.
Moosejaw has bikes, gear, cycling clothing and accessories discounted up to 30% off.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has deals up to 50% off on fitness and recreation equipment like trampolines, bikes, basketball hoops and ping pong tables as well as outdoor, camping and hiking gear for the backyard or the backwoods, plus golf, footwear and outwear.
Let’s face it, it’s been a challenge to get and stay in shape in 2020. Remember when gyms shuttered, and fitness equipment suddenly sold out in April? Luckily, over the past few months, brands have worked hard to restock fitness favorites that we’ve missed more than we ever thought possible.
Since many gym memberships remain in limbo, among the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are at-home fitness gear and equipment. Retailers aren’t holding back for 2020. We gathered the best Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday fitness deals on everything from gym equipment and activewear to fitness trackers, smartwatches, and other gear.
Whether you’re on the market for fitness tools, home gym equipment or a new pair of sneakers, the key to a successful Black Friday is to get most, if not all of your shopping done digitally. Ahead, we round up our favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to shop online right now. Just like in April, these deals will probably sell out soon, so we advise you act fast when you find a product you like. Whether you’re looking for a few accessories to spice up your home fitness routine or looking to turn your garage into an entire gym this year, we have you covered. Gone are the days of lining up on storefronts in the cold, haggling others, hoping to snag a doorbuster. Shop the best in fitness, ahead from the comfort of your own home (no shoes required).
Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike
Echelon Connect Sport Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike
Lifepro 4 Speed Vibrating Foam Roller
Hydrow Black Friday Package
Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike
Bowflex Select Tech 840 Kettlebell
LifePro Waver Vibration Plate
JAXJOX DumbbellConnect Adjustable Dumbbell Pair
Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill
Garmin vivoactive 4, GPS Smartwatch, Features Music, Body Energy Monitoring, Animated Workouts, Pulse Ox Sensors and More, Black
FITNESS REALITY 1000 PLUS Bluetooth Magnetic Rower Rowing Machine with Extended Optional Full Body Exercises and Free App
When we temporarily closed the dental clinic in March, we understood the profound impact it would have on our patients’ oral health. Most of our patients have moderate to severe dental issues, requiring several visits to address the multiple issues that have impacted their ability to smile, eat, and sleep. Lack of fluoridated water, inability to pay for services, and years of deferred or delayed care are just some of the root causes for the dental issues our patients experience. Our patients rely on our free services to address dental issues and alleviate pain so that they can get back to their jobs and families.
We also knew that when it was safe to re-open the dental clinic, we might not have dentists who could volunteer with us, at least not immediately. Those in private practice are focused on keeping their businesses going, meaning they often work on Fridays – the day most volunteer at Oasis. Because many of our volunteer dentists are over 60 and in the high-risk category, we weren’t sure if they would return. As a result, and for the first time in our history, we hired a staff dentist for eight hours per week to provide care to our patients. This, it turns out, has been one of the best things to come out of the pandemic.
Dr. Flo Edwards started in early September and jumped quickly into action, providing almost $12,000 in free dental care during her first six weeks. She has delivered a wide array of dental services – comprehensive exams, extractions, and fillings – and our patients have been thrilled to have access to dental care again. My office is down the hall from the dental suites, and I have a front row seat to their smiles and calls of, “Thank you!” as they leave the clinic.
Being a dentist wasn’t necessarily the plan for Dr. Edwards. Growing up in Portland, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She headed to college in Illinois where she got a degree in biology and economics, minoring in classical studies. She had the prerequisites for medical or dental school and shadowed her parents’ dentist. But, teaching had appeal, and Dr. Edwards got her teaching certification from the University of New England. She taught at Bonny Eagle High School and worked at Spurwink for a while.
Dentistry, however, was still on her mind, and Dr. Edwards applied to dental school. Howard University’s College of Dentistry was at the top of her list. As a Black girl growing up in Maine, she had grown used to standing out and assimilating to those around her. The opportunity to attend a Historically Black University was a chance to be a part of and learn in a community with other Black students. As a daughter of a veteran, Dr. Edwards also decided to apply to the Army Officer Candidate School (OCS). As fate would have it, Dr. Edwards was accepted into both OCS and dental school. Through good advice and
Science is a game won with time and patience, through trials where errors far outweigh success. In the race against deadly diseases – COVID-19 among them – time is, of course, of the essence. And high-tech – specifically, high-tech platforms employing machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) – can help speed up medical breakthroughs.
Pfizer and Moderna have each reported that vaccines have been developed that act as effective treatments against the coronavirus. Beyond the initial excitement (and hope) that comes with the companies’ claims of the vaccines’ high effectiveness in the latest rounds of trials (at roughly 95 percent) come the additional ripple effects from how these vaccines were developed and what the tech-driven implications might be for future drug development.
As noted by The Wall Street Journal, the Moderna and Pfizer developments show that gene-based technologies can pave the way for a range of new therapies that take aim at scourges like cancer and heart disease. In terms of the science, the gene-based developments – in this case, messenger RNA (or mRNA) – coax cells to produce proteins that are similar to the ones found in the coronavirus, and then set up the body to produce an immune response.
And it is in the development in mRNA that we see the embrace of platforms (specifically vaccine platforms tied to gene sequencing) and the innovation that comes with those platforms, marked by scale and speed.
In Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, for example, comes the observation: “Various mRNA vaccine platforms have been developed in recent years and validated in studies of immunogenicity and efficacy. Engineering of the RNA sequence has rendered synthetic mRNA more translatable than ever before.” This implies that the “classic” system of drug development, focusing on a pathogen-specific approach to develop immunity, can be augmented (or sidestepped, perhaps) with platforms. The result is that promising drug candidates can be developed in weeks, not years.
In a paper published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the authors contend that platforms can use the same data to target more than one vaccine: Data is key.
As reported in Drug Development & Delivery: “Platform technologies are considered a valuable tool to improve efficiency and quality in drug product development. The basic idea is that a platform, in combination with a risk-based approach, is the most systematic method to leverage prior knowledge for a given new molecule. Furthermore, such a platform enables a continuous improvement by adding data for every new molecule developed by this approach, increasing the robustness of the platform.”
Moderna, for its part, has said that “if using mRNA as a medicine works for one disease, it should work for many diseases. And, if this is possible – given the right approach and infrastructure – it could meaningfully improve how medicines are discovered, developed and manufactured.” Against that backdrop, the company created its mRNA technology platform, which the company said functions in ways akin to computer operating systems
The Black Friday deals period is a great time to finally invest in a good Fitbit. Obviously, we’d recommend you invest in a good Fitbit at any point in the year, but with the festive season fast approaching – and an inevitable bout of over-indulgence following in its wake – there really is no better time to nab a fitness tracker and prepare for your New Year’s resolution.
The good news is, you don’t need to wait until 29 November to start hunting for Fitbit deals. Retailers such as Amazon and Currys have kicked things off weeks in advance, so you can beat the virtual rush and start saving early. Amazon’s early Black Friday sale is running from 26 October to 19 November, with deals on tech, home and kitchen, beauty products and more being released every day.
Below you’ll find a guide to some of the best deals on Fitbit wearables that you can grab right now. The Fitbit Inspire and Charge 4 have both been reduced to their lowest ever prices on Amazon, and Currys is currently running a cracking discount on a Fitbit Inspire 2 and Google Nest Mini bundle.
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Best early Black Friday Fitbit deals
Although it’s only a small update to the Fitbit Inspire, the Inspire HR is undoubtedly one of the best fitness trackers you can buy. You get a whole host of great features including a heart-rate monitor, VO2 max estimates, a guided breathing app and connected GPS, allowing it to work on the back of your smartphone’s GPS for improved accuracy.
All this for £90 is not bad at all, but the Fitbit Inspire HR is now even better value at just £60 as part of Amazon’s early Black Friday sales. That’s £10 less than the RRP of the regular Inspire, so it’s really a no-brainer.
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Given what we’ve just said above, we wouldn’t ordinarily suggest buying the Fitbit Inspire when the Inspire HR is just £20 more. However, if you’re in the market for some especially low discounted prices this Black Friday, then the HR’s cheaper sibling has been cut down to its lowest-ever price on Amazon.
If you’re happy to forgo the heart-rate monitor and some of the more sophisticated features that you’d get with the HR, then you can’t go far wrong for £39.
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The Fitbit Charge 4 is still quite a bit pricier than the other trackers in this roundup, but it’s certainly got a lot more to offer in the features department.
The addition of Fitbit Pay, Spotify playback controls and a new piece of fitness tracking tech called ‘Active Zone Minutes’ helps the Charge 4 to earn its place at the top of
Let’s face it, it’s been a challenge to get and stay in shape in 2020. Remember when gyms shuttered, and fitness equipment suddenly sold out in April? Luckily, over the past few months, brands have worked hard to restock fitness favorites that we’ve missed more than we ever thought possible. Since many gym memberships remain in limbo, among the highly-anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are at-home fitness gear and equipment. Retailers aren’t holding back for 2020—expect Black Friday and Cyber Monday fitness deals on everything from gym equipment and activewear to fitness trackers, smartwatches, and other gear.
It’s time to say goodbye to excuses and usher in a healthier version of yourself.
What is Black Friday?
Let’s start with the basics. Black Friday—which is observed on the fourth Friday of November—is regarded as the largest shopping event of the year. This year, Black Friday will take place on Friday, November 27. Whether you’re on the market for fitness gear or home gym equipment, the key to a successful Black Friday is to get most, if not all of your shopping done digitally.
While online shopping continues to grow exponentially, expect Black Friday to function differently this year. In addition to newly-implemented in-store crowd restrictions, don’t expect to line up and camp outside retailers as the clock strikes midnight on Black Friday.
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is traditionally the biggest one-day online shopping event of the year with digital carts overflowing after (the last!) guilty long weekend of eat, sleep, and repeat. But Cyber Monday is also changing with the times. We’re expecting retailers to reveal steep fitness web-exclusive deals earlier than ever before. Due to the increased emphasis on digital shopping, from both retailers and consumers, this year, we expect many deals to last well-beyond Cyber Monday.
Fitness brands and retailers are continuing to extend deals beyond Monday and into the week of November 30, best known as “Cyber Week.” Last year, brand and retailer favorites generously extended deals and discounts to the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, according to Salesforce.
What Type of Fitness Deals Can We Expect on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
There are plenty of great fitness deals to expect for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, whether you’re building out your home gym and on the market for fitness equipment, or you’re looking for activewear, sneakers, fitness trackers, or smartwatches.
On the equipment front, Rogue Fitness typically holds their Matte Black Friday sale throughout the month of November. We expect that some sales this year will be limited due to higher-than-usual demand. Referencing previous years, we also expect deals from equipment brands like Precor, TRX, Titan Fitness, FringeSport and XD Fitness, among others. Like many of you, we’re also keeping our eye out for offers from interactive home gym favorites including Mirror and Peloton.
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — COVID-19 is surging among America’s children, according to leading medical groups.
As of Oct. 29, more than 853,000 children in the United States had tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began — 200,000 of them in October alone. In the week ending Oct. 29, an estimated 61,000 new cases in kids were reported — the most of any week in the pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Children’s Hospital Association reported.
“This is a stark reminder of the impact this pandemic is having on everyone — including our children and adolescents,” said AAP president Dr. Sally Goza. “This virus is highly contagious, and as we see spikes in many communities, children are more likely to be infected, too. We can help protect everyone in our communities by keeping our physical distance, wearing masks, and following other recommendations from our doctors and public health experts.”
Severe COVID-19 illness is rare among children, but more data are needed on longer-term effects. Those include ways the virus may harm kids’ long-term physical health as well as its emotional and mental health effects.
“Not only are children feeling the direct effects of the virus and becoming ill, but the pandemic has transformed their lives at critical stages of development and education,” Goza said in an AAP news release. “I’m very concerned about the long-term harms that children may suffer, particularly Black and Hispanic children, who are suffering a higher number of infections.”
Goza said this includes not only children who test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but everyone in these communities who are suffering disproportionate mental health harms.
Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chairwoman of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, said the new numbers reflect a disturbing nationwide increase of COVID-19 cases in all groups, especially young adults.
“We are entering a heightened wave of infections around the country,” Maldonado said. “We would encourage family holiday gatherings to be avoided if possible, especially if there are high-risk individuals in the household.”
The number of reported COVID-19 cases in children is likely less than the true number because they often have mild symptoms and may not be tested, according to the AAP.
“On every measure — new infections, hospitalizations and deaths — the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction,” Goza warned.
She called on policymakers to listen to doctors and public health experts, and not to level “baseless accusations” against them.
“Physicians, nurses and other health care professionals have put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” Goza said. “We can all do our part to protect them, and our communities by wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and getting our flu immunizations.”
SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, Nov. 2, 2020
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Honor has just teased its newest affordable fitness tracker, the Honor Band 6, and unlike previous models it looks set to arrive with an all-screen display.
The company posted a teaser naming the Honor Band 6, the anticipated follow-up to 2019’s Honor Band 5, on Chinese social media platform Weibo, along with a key piece of information about the new wearable’s design.
Apparently, the Honor Band 6 fitness tracker will be a ‘full-screen bracelet’ – that’s machine-translated from the original Chinese, but we assume it refers to the fact that the new Band will have a display that covers the entirety of the body.
Previous Honor Band models have had small screens, with physical buttons below them, as the picture above shows.
The Honor Band 6 is set to launch on November 3, and given the nature of this announcement we’d expect it to be a China-only launch initially, with a global one soon afterwards.
Not Band here
You might be aware of Honor through its parent company Huawei, and both have been subject to recent trade disputes – the biggest consequence of which is that smartphones from both companies ship without Google apps.
That doesn’t affect wearables though, as they don’t use Google apps, and we’ve found recent offerings from Honor to be very impressive. The Honor Watch ES is a great fitness tracker and smartwatch hybrid with loads of health tools, while the Honor Watch GS Pro is a feature-packed rugged smartwatch that we’re still in the process of testing.
The Honor Band line of fitness trackers are value options that give you all the core features you need (sleep tracking, step counting, exercise monitoring and so on), but in a small body and at a low price. They’re perfect for people who don’t need loads of fitness tools but want the basics to keep them going.
Hopefully the Honor Band 6 will again hit this low-cost, high-function tradition sweet spot, and we’re sure to find out soon. And when the fitness tracker gets launched globally we’ll bring you everything you need to know.