I’m a professional hurdler currently working towards earning a spot on the 2021 Olympic Team, and my AGOGIE resistance band pants are an integral part of my training.
I first heard about AGOGIE when I was in college, and they were a very new business. I was so excited to see a product like them because so much of my training was with resistance bands, but I had never seen them in pants before.
I finally had a training tool that allowed me to train on my own with resistance without needing the equipment at school. I started using them for everything – tempo training, sprint mechanics, hurdle mechanics, treadmill work.
It was right around that time when I started seeing consistent drops in competition times. I would hit new personal bests almost every week. So I kept using them and finding new ways to integrate them into my training.
After I graduated from college in 2019, I had a big decision to make – stop hurdling and get a job or go after the dream I've had since I was eight years old to compete in the Olympics. I decided to go for it. I knew I had more to give to the sport, and I knew I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t try to pursue my goal to compete in a big-stage event. So back into training mode I went.
But not long after that, the same difficult decision came back into my life. What was supposed to be a season packed with competitions became a year of quarantine, canceled events, and more uncertainty about the path I should take.
Should I take the unprecedented pandemic as a sign I should hang up my spikes? I did a lot of soul-searching in 2020 to answer that question. Ultimately, I decided that this is the only time in my life when I can pursue something this big. It is now or never, so I chose now. I decided to follow the path that felt right to me.
Right around that time – and in perfect timing – AGOGIE released its new and improved design. And once again, they became a central part of my training. From running on the track to hiking a local trail, I wear my AGOGIE pants all the time.
They are still helping me decrease my time as they did in college. But lately, I have a whole new appreciation for them. They cause me to be more mindful of the movements I'm making. I'm much more dialed-in to my positioning, which is very beneficial for hurdling but also has me standing up taller and not slouching as much.
I know this increased mindfulness has my legs working harder because they feel more tired than usual after training. My awareness of every little move creates extra work for them and added strength for me. I also notice a difference in my heart rate after hurdle drills. I'm more out of breath, even after walking exercises! This proves to me that the pants are really doing something.
There has never been a product that teaches me to be super present in the moment. Track and Field is a very technical and mechanics-focused sport. Each movement matters because timing is everything. My AGOGIE pants are teaching my brain to consistently be more focused during training. That focus results in more precise movements, which means better timing, making all the difference during competition.
Yes, the pants are great for increasing strength. But I believe the real advantage is in increasing mindfulness. And this is a benefit that can be enjoyed by everyone. You don't need to be an elite athlete or even follow a consistent exercise program. The AGOGIE resistance band pants are so versatile that their benefits are universal.
- Tawnie Moore, AGOGIAN