Alex Coffin's Fitness Shop - Store News
Cross country running with the Saint John Track Club!! - 2016-01-05    

Cross country has started!!

Please phone Alex at 654-1823 with any questions. We have all levels and it is a great opportunity for both yourself and your children. The Saint John Track Club’s website is http://www.sjtc.ca/
 
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Fall Store Hours - 2016-01-05    

Coach Coffin

Store Hours

now at the PotashCorp Civic Centre

Call Alex for appointments 506-654-1823

Call me at the Centre at 506-432-6100 for my immediate availability. Appointments available on weekday mornings, Saturdays and Sundays.


 
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How to buy a shoe!! - 2008-12-11    


The unencumbered arch: With your shoe off, sit down and cross one leg over your lap. See how high your arch is. This is your natural arch. The shoe should fit to your arch unless you are going with a minimalist shoe.


The encumbered arch: Still with your shoe off, you mimic a stride pose with knee flexed and shoulders in front of the hips slightly. Have someone look at your arch on the balancing foot to see how much it collapses and how much your ankle caves in. The more the foot flattens out, the more structure is needed on the inside of the running shoes if you planning for more of a full foot plant. If the arch stays high, the less structure you need on the inside of the shoe.

Exception #1: Any runner who has a bow legged curvature to their lower legs will run on the outside of the foot regardless of type of arch. In this case, you would look for a bit of a lip on the outside of the shoe and a curved last.

Exception #2: Any runner who is stiff in the hips will run on the outside of their shoe regardless of the type of arch. This is a biomechanical issue and you need to work on hip flexibility. For your running style, you would need to lift your knees a little more.

Exception # 3: If you are a runner who is heavier, you will still need more structure on the inside of your shoe regardless of whether their arch stays high in a balance test. You can still work towards a minimalist shoe if this is your goal.

Exception #4: If you are a runner who runs fast, you want less structure as your foot speed and hopefully superior lower leg strength bypasses the need for structure. You still want to fit for the arch optimally unless you are going minimalist. Fast is relative as well. You don’t need to be an elite runner to have quick turnover.

Exception #5:If you are buying an extra pair for races and/or harder workouts, you will want less structure.

Exception #6: If you are a casual runner who does not run long, you can run with less structure as long as it is comfortable.

Misconception #1: A lot of runners believe that they are a forefoot striker or that they run on the outside of their foot but the reality is that most people hit on the outside of the heel unless they’re running on an incline or if their stride is 5 inches long. If  you are able to strike towards the midfoot, you will still shift from outside to inside. It is also very rare for someone to stay on the outside until pushoff. Your big toe area is your power position for pushoff.

Misconception #2: A lot of runners believe that they can’t wear a minimalist or racing shoe. Anyone can wear a racing shoe, you just don’t want to wear them regularly on pavement unless you are as light as a Kenyan and almost as fast!!

Important points:
The fit in the heel needs to be snug. Everyone should use the lace lock system.
Different widths are available so you shouldn’t need to compromise on width.
Parallel lacing is a great way to widen the fit if needed.
Someone who needs a lot of support will want a wider tread and a straighter shoe.
Someone with an orthotic will usually want a neutral shoe unless their podiatrist indicates otherwise.

 

 
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Used Shoes!! - 2008-05-18    
All at the West Side Store. Same return policy is in effect so no risk!!

Men’s 8.5 GT 2120 $69.99
Men’s 8.5 Supernova Cushion $59.99
Women’s 8 Supernova Cushion $59.99
Women’s 6.5 Gel Lightning $39.99
Men’s 8 Glycerin $69.99
Women’s 8 2A Cumulus $64.99
Women’s 10 Glycerin $69.99
Women’s 9.5 GT-2130 $74.99
Men’s 8.5 Wave Mercury $30.49
Men’s 8.5 Brooks Infinity $74.99
Women’s 9.5 Adrenaline GST $69.99
Men’s 9.5 Adrenaline ASR $49.99
Women’s 9 Grid Shadow $59.99
Men’s 8.5 Wave Elixir $64.99
Women’s 6.5 Trigon Ride $64.99
Men’s 9 Adrenaline GST $69.99
Men’s 8 Gel 1120 $58.49
Men’s 9 4E Addiction Walker $64.99
Boy’s 4 Gel 1120 $20
Boy’s 7 Gel Cumulus $20
Women’s 6 GT 2120 $69.99
Women’s 7 Saucony ProGrid Omni Moderate $64.99
Men's 10 2E Mizuno Wave Alchemy $69.99
 
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$99.99 Shoes - 2008-05-18    
All available at the West Side Store. Give us a call at 696-3812!

Men’s Mizuno Wave Inspire Sizes 8, 10, 10.5, 11, 14, 15
Women’s Wave Inspire Sizes 6, 7, 9, 9.5
Women’s Wave NIrvana Sizes 6, 6.5, 7, 11
Men’s Puma Complete Prevail Sizes 9, 9.5, 10, 11.5, 12
Women’s Puma Complete Prevail Sizes 6, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 9, 9.5
Men’s Puma Complete Phassis Sizes 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 12, 13
Women’s Puma Complete Phassis Sizes 7, 7.5, 9.5, 10
Men’s Puma Complete Tenos Sizes 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13
Women’s Puma Complete Tenos Sizes 6, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 10
Men’s ASICS Gel DS Trainer Sizes 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5
Men’s ASICS Gel Trabuco Sizes 9, 9.5, 11.5
Men’s ASICS Gel Enduro Sizes 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11
Women’s ASICS Gel Enduro Sizes 6, 6.5, 7, 8, 8.5, 9.5
Men’s ASICS Gel Solution Sizes 9.5, 11, 13
Women’s ASICS Gel Solution (D Width) Sizes 9.5, 10
Men’s ASICS Gel Equation Sizes 8, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 12
Men’s Brooks Beast Sizes 9, 10.5, 11.5, 12
Men’s Brooks Vapor Sizes 8, 11.5, 12
Men’s Brooks Trance Sizes 9.5, 10, 12, 13
Women’s Nike Air Assail Sizes 7, 7.5, 8.5
Men’s Nike Air 180+ Sizes 8, 9.5, 10, 12
Men’s Karhu M1 Sizes 9.5, 12, 13
Women’s Karhu M1 Size 7
Men’s Karhu M2 Sizes 9, 9.5, 10, 11.5, 12
Women’s Karhu M2 Sizes 7, 7.5, 8, 9, 9.5
Men’s ASICS Gel Sidewinder (4E Width) Sizes 8, 11, 11.5
Women’s ASICS Gel Sidewinder Sizes 6.5, 10.5
Men's MR902LW Size 9
Men's Mizuno Wave Precision Sizes 10,10.5,11
Women's Mizuno Wave Precision Size 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9
 
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ASICS sponsoring Fundy Rocks - 2008-03-12    
Singlets will be available again for an extra $20 on the day with limited sizes. We will have a special speaker at the awards banquet. Thanks again to Joe McGuire for being our speaker in 2007! This is a real destination event and we hope you consider spending the weekend in St Martins. Accommodation information can be found at www.fundytrailparkway.com. Check out the photos and talk to anyone who participated last year.... it is an amazing event!!

More information can be found by going through the calendar link above to Run NB.
 
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Mizuno sponsoring Lancaster 5K - 2007-09-15    

$5 from each entry goes to PRO Kids, $5 goes to Kinsmen and $5 goes to St Mark's. The rest goes to cover run expenses. The entry fee for the younger children in the 400m is free. The older children (8 and up) can run in the 2.5K but are charged the regular fee. This will be the first race of the triple crown which will include the K-Park 5K and the River Valley Rave Run 5K. Age group prizes for runners who complete all three. A special welcome to PRO Kids as we are amalgamating Lancaster with the Neigh Day event. If you need child care, there is a $5 fee and they can run in a special 500m event for the smaller kids. Nordic Walkers and pets are welcome! For more information on this event, check the calendar link above to Run NB!!


 
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Brooks sponsoring Nerepis 30K and Grand Bay-Westfield 10 Miler - 2007-09-10    
First up is the Nerepis 30K on April 20. Just a 30K?? Absolutely. We want to keep the focus on this event on the aspiring marathoners who are training for a May event. Brooks will be sponsoring the socks again and we are expecting a big crowd. The views of the river are spectacular. Nordic walkers can start 30 minutes early if they like but this is not necessary if you prefer to start with everyone else.

Then....The big change!! The Canada Day 10K and the Half Marathon have now been combined for the brand new 10 miler. The turnaround is now just after the bridge. Both races will now hopefully finish on our brand new track!! Check out the routes in the links section (look to the lower left). There will be top prizes for both local and visiting runners. Cash prizes for the new course records in the 10 Miler. It will be an exciting year with the course change. This will help simplify the run course for safety reasons and will give us a better time cushion before the Canada Day parade. All race profits go to the new track. Children’s activities while you run will be supplied with a $5 donation to the Saint John Track Club. Special award for the top nordic walkers in the 10 miler! Brooks sponsored a red and white Singlet last year. This year ???????

Check out our race calendar link above to Run NB to get more information!!!

Alex
 
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Club/Clinic Schedule for 2008  - 2007-09-07    

Club fees are $60 for the year which gives you access to any of our club workouts at either store and a hat/book and a $20 gift certificate.

Aquatic Centre workouts will start again in June and involve a drop-in fee if you are not a member of the Aquatic Centre.

Starting April 21:
Monday at 6:30pm- Learn to Run (Valley Store)
Monday at 6:30pm- Power Walking (West Side)
Tuesday at 6:30pm- 10K/Half (Valley Store)
Wednesday at 6:00pm- Hill Group (Valley Store)
Wednesday at 6:30pm- Everyone Welcome (Valley Store)
Wednesday at 6:30pm- Learn to Run (West Side)
Thursday at 6:30pm- 10K/Half (West Side)
Thursday at 6:30pm at K Park with Daryl (Valley Store)
Thursday at 6:00pm with Alex at UNBSJ
Thursday at 6:30pm-Ed’s Group (West Side)
Thursday at 6:30pm- Everyone Welcome (West Side)
Saturday at 9am- Everyone Welcome (Valley Store)
Saturday at 9am- Marathon Group (Valley Store)
Saturday at 9am- Everyone Welcome (West Side Store)
Saturday at 9am- Marathon Group (West Side Store)Starting January 7:
Monday at 6:30pm- Learn to Run (Valley Store)
Tuesday at 12:10pm- Water Running (Aquatic Centre)
Tuesday at 6:30pm- 10K/Half (West Side)
Tuesday at 6:30pm- 10K/Half (Valley Store)
Wednesday at 6:00pm- Hill Group (Valley Store)
Wednesday at 6:30pm- Everyone Welcome (Valley Store)
Thursday at 12:10pm- Water Running (Aquatic Centre)
Thursday at 6:30pm- Learn to Run (West Side)
Thursday at 6:30pm- Everyone Welcome (West Side)
Thursday at 6:30pm- Marathon Group (West Side)
Thursday at 6:30pm- Half Group (Valley)
Saturday at 9am- Everyone Welcome (Valley Store)
Saturday at 9am- Marathon Group (Valley Store)
Saturday at 9am- Everyone Welcome (West Side Store)
Saturday at 9am- Marathon Group (West Side Store)
 
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