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With Partners in Pride, we hope to increase exposure to LGBTQIA+ causes 

With Partners in Pride, we hope to increase exposure to LGBTQIA+ causes 

Pride is a time to celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices, but 2020 offers an important reminder of Pride Month’s roots in protest. The event is a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, which sparked the modern gay rights movement. With its focus on equality for all LGBTQIA+ people, Pride 2020 has a poignant connection with the growing movement for racial equality happening right now. 

Although we delayed launching our Pride collection for 2020 out of deference for the Black Lives Matter protests, we do want to take time to recognize the significance of Pride and the ongoing fight for equality. We fully support a greater focus on black and brown members of the LGBTQIA+ community, which is why a portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to the Center for Black Equity.

For Pride this month, we decided to broaden our reach by collaborating with some of our partners that also care deeply about LGBTQIA+ rights. We’re calling this effort Partners in Pride, because the focus is on working together to spread awareness and raise funds.

We’ve worked with each one of our partners to create unique Pride jerseys that they can promote to their followers in the hopes that we can increase exposure to the cause. Stay tuned to our blog over the coming weeks, as we plan to highlight how each of these organizations works to support LGBTQIA+ causes. Our 2020 Partners in Pride include:

In addition to our partner jerseys, Savage has created two Pride offerings, including a light and a dark option. A portion of proceeds from the sale of these jerseys will be donated to Side by Side, an organization in our hometown (Richmond, Va.) that focuses on creating supportive communities for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Check out our full Partners in Pride collection here.

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Spikeballer Tori Farlow: Quarantine has been a healthy change and transition for me

Spikeballer Tori Farlow: Quarantine has been a healthy change and transition for me

We're all getting through this quarantine in different ways, and we love hearing updates from all of you on how you're staying healthy despite the circumstances. N.C.-based pro Spikeball player and personal trainer Tori Farlow (who we profiled on the Savage blog back in February) has been keeping us motivated with active and upbeat Instagram posts, so we tapped her to share some of what's gotten her through the past weeks. Take it away, Tori!

Quarantine life has definitely been a huge change for all of us, and not all of it has been positive — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for good.

Like I say to most people, including my clients, everything is transformed through perspective. Whatever you focus on magnifies.

Here is a glimpse into what my life has been like as of late, and things I have realized for my own positivity and health. No one is the same, so I’m not saying this will work for you, but I do hope that it pushes you in a direction or a realization that does help you!

Three things you can do to come out of this quarantine as a healthier person


1. Find a morning and night routine.

For me, this requires waking up without a screen. Whether that means making breakfast, doing yoga, or spending time with my dog, I try to allow my brain to wake up in the morning without screens, especially knowing that I work throughout the day from my computer or phone.

When you think about it, if we are looking through emails or social media right when we wake up, we are training our minds to wake up stressed. We see all of the work that we need to do, immediately compare our lives and bodies to others, exercise FOMO, and hype up our insecurities — all in a matter of seconds once our eyes open. Before we even get out of bed, we possibly have a feeling of less worth and joy without even realizing it. 

I have noticed a difference in my mood and productivity throughout the day when I wake up without these things, even though it’s sadly not easy. It had become such a routine for me to look at my phone as the first and last thing I did in the day, and I never saw it as an issue. I definitely didn’t figure this out on my own. It took me spending time with a very smart, seasoned, and loving human to even realize that’s what I was doing and that it would be in my best interest to make a change.

For me, the most trouble is in the morning, but it might be the night time for you. Allow yourself to be quiet, still, and present. My favorite way to cool down is with some jams, tea, and a lit candle. Find what soothes you the best!

Tori Farlow Personal Trainer

2. Move every day.

I am used to lifting weights 4-6 days out of the week, and lifting pretty heavy most of those days. I’ve been doing this for eight years now and my passion continues to grow. The most strict cardio you’ll find me doing is five minutes on a bike or stairmaster as a warmup because I prefer to get my cardio from playing sports. I coach soccer as well as play in multiple soccer leagues, travel for Spikeball, and play as many sports as I can get my hands on, so I stay pretty busy and active. With the feeling like everything got stripped away from me, this time of quarantine has been a test of my patience, determination, and creativity. I have had to come to grips with the fact that since I cannot change the current reality — there is no sense in being upset over it. The new question is, “what am I going to do to continue to try to be the best version of myself?”

I have done way more bodyweight and strict cardio workouts than I ever have before and I honestly think it has been a healthy break for me. I have been able to give my body rest when it needs, push my body to new and different limits, and show my body that different is okay. Most importantly, I’ve learned how to love my body through those differences. I’ve had to realize what I truly want out of this time and make the choice to be productive even though it’s much easier to sulk. 
Some of my favorite workouts during this time have been…

  • Various HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts
  • Riding my bike 
  • Yoga 
  • Banded exercises (glute kickbacks, creative lat pulldown, abductor walks, etc.)
  • Jumping to conclusions
  • Lots of squats
  • Sprints
  • Playing Spikeball in my basement

Tori Farlow Spikeball Player

3. Be willing to accept a new norm.

I graduated in 2018 with a degree in exercise science and have been a soccer coach and personal trainer since then. I started to lose steam with my training position because I wasn’t sure of the full value of what I was offering. I wasn’t finding my passion in it anymore. I was going through the motions, and while I felt like I didn’t deserve that, I was realizing more and more that my clients didn’t either. If you can’t show up for yourself, then you also can’t show up for others the way that you want or the way that they deserve. 

So, I redirected my attention to why I do what I do. I thought of the reasons why I was so drawn to coaching and it was because I was able to work with girls who trusted me with more than just their skill training. They trusted me with their home life situations, friendships, breakups, and all the worries under the sun. I felt purpose when I was being a mentor and realized a huge reason of why I even stay in shape myself and why I love exercise — it’s an amazing outlet with incredible mental health benefits.

So how could I bring all of those things together? With the help of some amazing people, I was pushed and encouraged to start my own online wellness business. It’s not just about the workouts anymore. It’s about full-body wellness and health. Most of the time I spend with my clients one-on-one is by working through mental perspectives and how to truly love our mind and body during the journey, not just the destination. It’s always about the big picture.

I’m not saying it is going to be easy, but I am saying it is going to be worth it. Once we can sit down, accept, and embrace life for what it currently is, then we are more able to move forward in a positive manner.

Whatever you focus on magnifies.

If you are interested in the personal program that I have created, you can get in touch with me on Instagram (@torefarlow) or through this link

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Tori Farlow is blazing trails for pro female Spikeball players

Tori Farlow is blazing trails for pro female Spikeball players

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 5, Savage is highlighting some of our favorite female athletes [like Ultimate player Jenny Fey] in some of our favorite sports throughout the week.

Today we're talking with pro Spikeball player Tori Farlow of High Point, N.C. She started playing as a student at UNC Wilmington, where she graduated with a degree in Exercise Science. When she's not dominating tournaments with her partner Olivia Jenkins as team Boboddy, Tori works as a personal trainer and soccer coach. Take it away, Tori.

Savage: How did you get into playing Spikeball?

Tori Farlow: I first saw Spikeball back in 2016 on my college campus. As someone who is highly competitive and has a passion for sports, I immediately felt the need to play. So, my friend group and I started playing and then created a club on campus as well as held our very first tournament. After discovering that there were nationally sanctioned tournaments we decided to use them as a fun way to hang out with friends on the weekends, but I never thought it would become such a large part of my current life.

My partner at the time was my friend Charissa Wright (Veinte Hamburguesas) and we had never played another women's team until we went to nationals in D.C. and played in the women's division. We surprisingly came in third place and quickly realized it was something that we were fairly good at and wanted to pursue.

Due to personal reasons, after the 2017 season together Charissa resigned from playing and I played one year with Jordi Vigna (Razzmatazz) and now starting my second season with Olivia Jenkins as team Boboddy for the 2020 Roundnet season. We are excited to compete at the top level and to hopefully be a part of the first teams to ever go to a Spikeball World Championship in Belgium.

Savage: What's unique about being a female Spikebal player?

TF: The unique thing about being a woman in Roundnet is that we are the elite of the few so it also means that we get the opportunity to be the original trailblazers of the sport. We get to put our view on rules as well as discuss new ones, and when you really think about it, we are shaping the new way and style of how people will play in the future.

Something about being a female playing Roundnet is that since we are so hard to come by it can sadly be difficult to create a women's division at every tournament, but this also creates a fun opportunity. When there aren’t enough teams to create a women's division at a tournament, we just play in advanced with a ton of talented men, which allows Olivia and I to do one of our favorite things: beat guys at a sport.

Savage: What's the hardest part about being a woman in Spikeball?

TF: The biggest challenge that we come up against is just finding athletic women who are also willing to travel.

Savage: Do you have any ideas for bringing more women to the sport?

TF: There have been many suggestions on how to grow the women’s side of the sport, and realistically I don’t think it will ever become equal to the number of men that play — which for me isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it's just how it is and it’s something to embrace. I think a better way to get more women involved is just raising the awareness of the game in a sports environment. I think introducing roundnet in colleges with intramurals or clubs and using it in high schools as a way to warm up for a different sport will yield more results for participants because these women will be athletes who are more likely to understand and enjoy it rather than introducing it to women who don’t have an athletic background.

Savage: What are your hopes for the future of Spikeball?

TF: I would love to see the sport continue to grow, but for that to happen I think there needs to be a couple of changes to the game to make it more of a spectator sport. I don’t think any sport flourishes without viewers. Right now, elite roundnet is almost so impressive that it isn’t fun to watch. There are minimal rallies and less room to see the big, fun athletic plays that people love to watch. The game has been so perfected at the top level, especially for men, that the game has been extremely shortened.

Savage: Who are some of your favorite female Spikeball players? 

TF: My favorite females in the sport include my awesome partner Olivia Jenkins, my friend Jordi Vigna, and the beast of a beauty Sarah Zook. These women are some of the most athletic girls I have ever met and have such great hearts.

Psst: Be sure to check out Savage's Women's Mystery Sale, running this week only. Also peep Savage's Spikeball Showcase featuring replica Spikeball jerseys and fan jerseys here.

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