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Outdoor Online - Gives Armaid a Great Shout out!

If you’re an outdoor athlete, you’ve probably figured out that tennis elbow isn’t exclusive to tennis players. The pesky problem, known as lateral epicondylosis in the medical community, also torments. . . .

Jared Vagy, a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with a doctorate in physical therapy and the author of Climb Injury-Free, explains the mechanism behind elbow pain and how to bounce back.

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Abundance

The Seasonal Hiking of Blue Hill Mountain

If I didn't take near-daily walks and hikes, I'd be sunk.

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Athlete

Being Outdoors with Sean Clayton

Sean Clayton is an Armaid Sponsored Elite Obstacle Course Racer. He is a loving father and husband and a perpetual inspiration to us here at Armaid. Feeling cooped into winter in Maine and also being nature lovers we chatted with Sean about why he chose outdoor sports and obstacle racing, working out outdoors and why the outdoors is important to him.

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Healing yourself

Preparing the Therapist: Chronic Golfer's Elbow

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Abundance

Kindness

By Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

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Rock and Ice Gear Review

The pressure and massage of the Armaid is similar to what a sports therapist would apply, but instead of costing $75 a session, a workout with the Armaid is free (after the initial investment) and you don’t need to make an appointment. I am a do-it-yourselfer fan and was naturally attracted to the Armaid, but recommend getting an expert medical diagnosis before treating yourself in any way.

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Before Armaid

Before Armaid - Terry the Opera Singer

I’ve always been loud and could carry a tune. Louder than most people when they open their mouths.  And I’ve always been fairly articulate with pronunciation. Who knew that it would be a great combination for singing – loud, articulate singing that could reach the back of the hall. Throw in a 200 year-old musical score with words in a European language and we’ve got Terry doing opera.

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Training with Sean Clayton OCR - Sponsored Armaid Athlete

We interviewed Sean Clayton, Armaid Sponsored Athlete, American Ninja Warrior Stage 2 National Finalist and Elite Obstacle Course Racer on his training regimen.

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Alternative Therapy

NY Times Article - Me and My Numb Thumb: A Tale of Tech, Texts and Tendons

It took me a few months to accept that I had given myself tendinosis in my phone thumb.

It is a depressingly modern condition in which the tendons around the thumb inflame as a result of repetitive strain — in my case because I had, for hours a day over years of a life, tapped that right-hand digit onto the glass of my smartphone.

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Before Armaid

Before Armaid - Diving Story #2

One mid-afternoon in my third week of offshore life aboard the ship, the deck and air was at its tropical hottest and I was ready to take a dip into the clear, warm waters of the Philippine Sea.  But instead of just swimming along the surface, I decided to strap on a SCUBA tank and go a little deeper. I decided, in fact, to go all the way down to the bottom.

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Fun

Terry's Travels - Manuka Wood

On the smaller end of the physical scale is the Manuka tree, bush. It’s a shrub that can grow quickly from several inches tall to about 15 feet and under the right conditions it can grow into a slender tree of 30 feet or more.

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Before Armaid

Before Armaid - Diving Story #1

I was half way through my 10 year commercial diving career when I got a call to do some deep construction and maintenance work in offshore Malaysia on some oil platforms.  The job was to install pipeline connections to the platform and also cut off some steel vertical pipe that was 48 inches in diameter and had a wall thickness of 2 inches.

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Before Armaid

Terry's Travels - Kauri Spoon

Kauri only grows in one place in the world, the North Island of New Zealand and is among the most massive in height and girth, nearly as large and as tall as the Redwoods of Northern California.

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Fun

What We Do After Work at Armaid

Terry - Inventor/Owner
On Saturday mornings, I make it a point to spend some time at the Farmers Market in Blue Hill. 

Maura - Operations Manager & New Accounts
I revamped my life's flow last year. I wasn't living authentically.

Jessica - Fulfilment
After work every day, I do mom stuff. Different mom stuff on different days. 

Alix - Marketing
I work as a subcontracted staffer at Armaid, so actually Armaid is my "other". 

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Inspiration

Peace on Earth

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s life.”

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Abundance

Why Do We Give?

For us, as a company, and as individuals it's a wonderful aspect to being in our business that we can make a difference in someone's life without needing or wanting to exchange money in every instance.

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Community

Giving Guide

Below are the organizations we support individually, collectively and as a business. It is important for us to give back and support the organizations we believe in. As we start the holiday season we welcome the reminder to give to those who need our support.

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Abundance

We're Surrounded by Nature - Our Commutes to Work

We live, work and love in Maine. Each of us coming from different towns to get to Armaid Central, here are our views each day as we commute to work.

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Apples

Trees in Maine

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Climbers

Climbing in New England by Mike Morin

Mike Morin is the Northeast Regional Director of Access Fund. He works with local climbing organizations, advocates, and land managers to protect and expand climbing opportunities in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

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Climbers

Love on the Rocks

Rock Climbers and Why It’s So Cool to Climb

I like to call the sport, art, passion and the yearning to climb the original anti-gravity experience. Three things are at play. There is gravity, the weight of the climber’s being, and finally the interface to bring the first two forces together.

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Fun

Pong Night in Maine

When I moved to a small town on the coast of Maine over ten years ago, I had the good fortune to be invited to Monday Night Pong by a local farmer. I've been going almost every Monday since.

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Favorites

Armaid Staff's Favorite Movies

These are the films each of us has watched over and over, or can quote whole scenes from, or can sing entire soundtracks to. Movies are like music, in that they are deeply personal in their connection and transformative for each individual at that point in their life, forever changing the way the viewer sees the world.

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Fun

Interview with Ryan Tillotson - Filmmaker, Producer, Writer, Director

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Favorites

Musings on Movies by Terry M. Cross

“I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room & read a good book.” – Groucho Marx

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