Michael Phelps Testimonial

I have 23 Olympic medals to my name. I have competed in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and now the 2016 Olympic games. I have gone from young star athlete to national let down, to recovered alcoholic, and returned to the games as a mature competitor. There was a serious moment that I thought I might never enter a fifth Olympics, but with the help of others getting me in the right frame of mind, I have made my comeback.

For so long, I thought of myself as this kind of robot. Now that I see myself as a human being, it has changed my life. My fifth Olympics is not about me for once. This time, its about the people who love and care for me, the folks who have trained with me, and stayed with me along the way. This one means more than any of my previous Olympics because I can now set the record straight about who I am and what I stand for. I stand for the swimming community and for

After this Olympics, I will be taking on a project that I am excited about called Michael Phelps Swimming, designed to teach people of all ages and abilities about this sport. What is special about it is that it give me a chance to share swimming with others and create a greater community.

This chance to build a community is what draws me to make a bigger impact, and is what makes apps like Kazi an excellent opportunity to do so. Encouraging people to get together and be active is an amazing way to not only build up athletes and healthy communities but also to prevent situations like the ones I put myself in. We all can release energy in healthy ways with other like-minded people. Download Kazi , and get social, get active, and get rewarded.

*This article quotes but does not reflect the opinions and facts of Michael Phelps or Michael Phelps Swimming

Source Credit: Promises, USA Today, NBC Olympics

USA Women’s National Soccer Team Testimonial

Twenty-two ladies are attending the 2016 Olympics who know how to win. They are the women of the USA Women’s National Soccer Team. Many of these athletes have been part of a hugely successful women’s soccer program in the U.S., that includes a World Cup Championship last year and a gold medal from the 2012 Olympics in London. Their success comes at the hand of extensive preparation and dedication to the sport. Here’s what some of the ladies would say had they been Kazi users.

The Olympics is so much more than just soccer. It’s all these incredible athletes competing hard and representing their country with pride and integrity. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of. I wouldn’t be here without the huge family I have behind me.

I wouldn’t be here without the family I have behind me. This is a sport that I knew I loved, but being joined with so many other hardworking folks took my love for the game to a new level. All of those years we coordinated the team on Kazi every week to get together and kick the ball around and sincerely enjoy the sport while getting better together.  That’s what this is all about. Getting better together. Whether you are playing soccer or just getting together for an adventure, becoming a better version of yourself is always easier with a great group of people to do it with.

Becky Sauerbrunn, Co-Captain, and Defender

This is my third Olympics, and every time feels like a dream. Not to mention, no team has ever come from winning a World Championship to then winning an Olympic gold medal. It’s what we are set out to do, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Becky said it right when she said it’s all thanks to the community around me that makes us able to compete on such a high level. We have to work together, no matter if a player has had 3 Olympics under her belt, or was shocked to make the team for the first time, this is a group of people who are entrenched in this process. We all have our goals, both for the team and for ourselves. That’s why Kazi made it so easy to hold each other accountable. We all have been checking in on the app and tracking the days we need to meet for workouts and training. Don’t forget; we also have a very good time. We love using technology to prepare us to be our best selves, and it’s our preparation that will take home the Gold for the USA.

Carli Lloyd, Co-Captain, and Midfielder

 

Contributing articles and inspiration: High Expectations and Player Quotes

This is a fictional post and does not reflect the views of these players, nor the U.S. Women’s National Team

Tuesday Testimonial: CrossFit Champion

There are few active endeavors more gruelling than being a CrossFit athlete. There are also few workouts that push the human body to its limit like the CrossFit experience. Undoubtedly, there are few exercise types that gather so many people together in such a tight-knit community to become the best versions of themselves as possible. The CrossFit games have just ended, and now is the time to prepare ourselves to continue taking on our goals once more.

I have now been given the title of Fittest Man in History because of the insane combination of running, Olympic lifting, and pure strength contests that the competitors must go through in the CrossFit games. This is not the best looking, nor the most defined body title. It’s not about who can be bigger or more trim than others. This sport is all about the sheer will to take yourself to a level of fitness that is unmatched. 

CrossFit has a culture that promotes others’ wellness, as well as your own. It’s about bringing other people along on a journey to be your best self and the community around that mantra is incredible. CrossFit gyms have blown up across the country and offer a great meeting place for those who want to get involved in the workouts. If you are a solo warrior who can’t afford the often times spendy cost of attending a CrossFit gym, find others who are like-minded and want to get started in the sport. Look no further than and the Kazi App, and you can find a running or other fitness group that is encouraging folks to get outside. Not to mention you can facilitate your own group if that is your goal. 

At the end of the day, it isn’t whether you can do it all alone. Getting active and getting healthy is about what is best for your body. Though I have taken this sport and made a living from it, many of us are just trying to live a healthy, long life. Pursue a healthy, whether it’s CrossFit, or running, or playing ball at the YMCA, and pursue your passion with others. 

Ash Ketchum on Kazi

Ever heard of Pokemon? Of course! The new Pokemon Go app has become a craze that has helped bring me and the Pokemon world into a real life setting. I was ten in 1998 when the games came out in the U.S.  Now, I am nearing my 28th birthday as an icon to the Pokemon faithful. It’s incredible how far we’ve have come.

Many people who grew up with me on their Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advanced are now professionals. They have grown up to be their very best in careers they’ve chosen. This is the biggest and brightest generation we have seen in many years, and we fully expect them to be the best there ever was.

I believe that Pokemon transcends the little monsters in the game. It is a community of people who set goals for high levels of achievement. Some are trainers, others are researchers, but the one thing that binds all Pokemon enthusiasts together is the desire to be the very best; the best there ever was. This is probably the reason parents went from saying, “stop playing Pokemon and go outside,” to now saying, “stop playing Pokemon and come inside!” with the release of the Pokemon Go application. Pokemon has come to life in the streets, and now people can do as they watched me do and become a part of the real life Pokemon community.

In addition, I am super excited about how effective it has become in getting people outside and active. If you watched us tromp around Kanto and the other regions we traveled to, it was not easy work. Me and my various friends traveled far and wide as Pokemon trainers, and now we are seeing many more people following suit.

Next time you wanna take a walk in the park looking for the next Pidgey or Squirtle (both Pokemon types) consider opening the Kazi app and creating an event for others to join, or keep your eyes peeled for others’ meetups on the app.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the world around you while playing!

 

Tim Duncan Testimonial

After 19 seasons in the NBA, a career that included 1001 wins (five of them to win the NBA Championship) Tim Duncan knows a thing or two about persistence and success. More importantly, in his long career he has stuck with the San Antonio Spurs and played for the legendary Greg Popovich. If there is something Tim Duncan knows, it’s the importance of teamwork, and dedication to one’s sport. That is why this week, he is our featured Kazi testimonial.

I have a lot to be grateful for in my basketball career. I am grateful for my family and friends, of course. But, few realize how many poeple that actually includes. This is a dedication to them, and to the folks who helped build me and my career.

There is no way any of my MVP’s ever came because of what I did, but it was the effort of everyone on the team. Its not often that a player is surrounded by coaches and teammates that consistently push them farther and to be even better. In my 19 years, though, I have been so fortunate to have Pop and the team always behind me. I will miss them greatly.

Yes, I have been fairly quiet throughout my career. I may not have caused too much controversy but I definitely haven’t thanked my friends and family enough. These people are far and wide. I have competed against them, and competed with them. I have fought for them, smiled at them, sweat and bled for them. Now, I take this moment to thank them for their generosity.

The community that we have built is enormous. I hope we keep building this community. And that this community is active and heathly. Keep pushing yourself, and find others to do the same. Just like I mixed up my training every year, find new ways to challenge yourself to keep getting better. Go play soccer, go for a run, and always be on the lookout for pickup basketball games. Download the Kazi app and make it happen.

And with that, I bid everyone a fond farewell. Its no longer my time to shine, but it is yours.*

Photo and Article Cred: NBA.com

*Note: this is a fictional representation of a Tim Duncan testimonial. None of the thoughts or beliefs expressed in this article are actually from Tim Duncan or any affiliates.

Bill Bowerman Speaks on Kazi

Bowerman is an icon of the running world. He was an innovator in the creation of the largest athletic company on the planet. Bill Bowerman was also one of the best critics and coaches to the art of running to have lived.

He went to New Zealand with the University of Oregon athletes in 1962 and ran with his team and a local 74-year-old man who survived a heart attack. He returned to Oregon inspired to get Americans off their hind-ends to live healthier and more active lives. He then authored a book titled Jogging that helped spark the running and jogging phenomenon in America.

Sam Elliot said in Builderman, “more than any medal or title, we craved his approval.” We have all been impacted by Bill Bowerman and his influence on active lives and the equipment we use to do so. Though he isn’t around, we would have sought the Bill Bowerman approval of the Kazi App. Here’s the ideal Bill Bowerman testimonial on Kazi.

“Any person who has a body is an athlete. Any athlete should be using Kazi. We need to bring more inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world, and Kazi helps make that happen. It gives us a chance to get together and compete, motivate, and work on the mechanics as athletes. Heck, the real purpose of running isn’t to win a race,

Any athlete should be using Kazi. We need to bring more inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world, and Kazi helps make that happen. It gives us a chance to get together and compete, motivate, and work on the mechanics as athletes.

We need to bring more inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world, and Kazi helps make that happen. It gives us a chance to get together and compete, motivate, and work on the mechanics as athletes.

Heck, the real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart. Go out there and do that. Do it with friends and teammates.

Go out there and do that. Run with teammates. Teammates who are friends and are pushing themselves to be their best, too. You have a much better chance winning as part of a team than you do alone. That’s why Kazi is here to help do that.

Victory is in having done your best. If you have done your best then you have won. Find people to do your best, and you will be rewarded as a champion of your own potential”

If you want to listen to the wise words of could have been Bill Bowerman’s take on Kazi, download the app here.

The Story of a Future Olympian

We all have something to strive for. We test ourselves to gauge how far we’ve come and to ensure we are reaching our goals. That test is such a small part of what we do. 99% of the time we are working hard, training, and going about our daily lives. This is the weekend is the biggest test of my life. I get to chase my dreams 8 times around Hayward Field.

My dreams haven’t just materialized overnight. I grew up hearing about the Oregon greats as a child. Legends from long ago; Bill Bowerman and Steve Prefontaine, and more recently with Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton, have stamped themselves in the books of Tracktown lore. Their names are what inspired me to begin running in my early days of middle school and high school athletics. Now it’s more than beating my own times. It’s about the running lifestyle and staying active doing the things I love with friends.

I have loved the hours spent running with teammates, being taught by coaches and finding other ways to push myself. Furthermore, I have always looked for more opportunities to push myself even further. The Kazi app has let me do just that. I have been enabled to find more like-minded people seeking their athletic goals and became connected to an even bigger support group that helps others achieve their goals.

I always enjoy running with the incredibly active community in Eugene. Whenever Run Hub Northwest or Eugene Running Company hold group runs, you can bet I will be there. The environment is friendly, the training is excellent, and the knowledge of the staff at the events rivals that of the best collegiate coaches.

I know that when I run my race, my friends, my family, my teammates, and my coaches will be cheering me on. This is the moment we have all been waiting for. It’s time to become an Olympian.