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    A Day at the Lab: Lexie Brown

    A Day at the Lab: Lexie Brown

    The ISlide team welcomed a special guest to the lab yesterday. Lexie Brown came through to meet the squad and receive the complete ISlide experience. Lexie, a recent Connecticut Suns first-round draft pick from Duke University just wrapped up a college career full of awards and accolades including being a 3x Associated Press Third Team All-American. Some of you may also recall Lexie’s father, Dee Brown. A former Boston Celtic and NBA Dunk Contest Champion.


    This spring, Lexie became one of our first Ambassadors and today she got a first-hand look inside the brand she is proudly apart of. The team planned a fun-filled day, which started with her being introduced to the team and given a tour of headquarters. Shortly after, she sat down with one of our top graphic designers to customize a pair of slides and immediately add it to her collection on our website.

     

     

     

     

    Naturally, we couldn’t have a basketball player in the office without having a friendly competition on the court, so after Lexie finished designing her new pair of slides, ISlide Janitor and CEO, Justin challenged her to a game of M-A-N-T-R-A with 20 push-ups on the line. Stay tuned to see what else Lexie Brown created during her time at the Lab. 

    We are very proud to have Lexie be a member of the ISlide family and are looking forward to doing work with her in the future. You can follow her on Instagram @lexiebrown4, on Twitter @lexiekiah_4, and subscribe to her Youtube channel, lexie brown, which she recently launched.

    Top 10 Running Tips for the "Average" Runner

    Top 10 Running Tips for the "Average" Runner

    Love it or hate it, running undoubtedly has a plethora of health benefits. The most noteworthy include reduced stress, improved mental health and overall physical health. Whether you’re a marathoner or someone looking to begin running, the first tip we have for you is to set SMART goals for yourself. A SMART goal is one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. What ever you would like to get out of running, make sure your goals have these characteristics because they will keep you motivated, help you see results, and ultimately, help you achieve more ambitious goals.


    Here are tips 2-10 to help you make running easier and more enjoyable.

    2. Hydrate… then hydrate some more. Ever got a cramp from running? There’s a good chance it’s because you were dehydrated. To keep your muscles and joints lubricated, hydrate well days in advance.

    3. Warm up and then stretch! Even if you love running, nobody loves pulled muscles. Make sure you get a good dynamic warm up in and stretch both before and after your run.

    4. Change up your route. If you’re one who finds running boring, changing your route is a great way to keep things fresh. It allows you to see new parts of your town or city, and if you have time, you could even drive somewhere for even better scenery.

    5. Listen to something while you run. Nothing is worse than hearing yourself breathe heavily and get tired when you still have miles to go.

    6. Schedule time for your run into your day. No more excuses that running is too time consuming or you have other things to worry about. This is your health we’re talking about… make that a priority.

    7. Pace yourself. It sounds simple but a consistent pace throughout your run can be the difference between setting a personal record and failing to do so.

    8. Reward yourself. Yeah yeah… you should try to eat healthy, but let’s focus on making running more fun. You’re doing your mind and body a favor by running so you should feel good about having ice cream or a few drinks from time to time. You deserve it.

    9. Invest in a quality pair of running shoes. This is one of the most important steps in preventing yourself from injury. Quality doesn’t always mean expensive, so just make sure they are comfortable and in good shape.

    10. Wear custom ISlides after you run that allow you to stand in what you stand for.

    ISlide Welcomes 19 New Team Members

    ISlide Welcomes 19 New Team Members

    On Tuesday, May 29th, the ISlide team grew the most that it ever has in a single day. Five brand new full time employees and fourteen summer interns entered the lab for their first day with ISlide. We all know that the first day of a new job can be a dismaying and daunting experience for any young professional; however, within just thirty minutes of their arrival, the rookies were together, laughing and smiling with the returning employees during our weekly Monday morning stretch. “The Monday morning stretch is definitely a unique way for the staff to come together at the start of the week. It reinforces the fact that we are all playing for the same team here” commented veteran ISlide designer, Tom Williams.
    After the stretch, the vets went back to work and the rooks were assigned their first project: the ISlide song remix. Interns and new employees were placed into groups of three and told to create an ISlide-themed remix of a well-known song and then perform it in front of the entire company. “I’ll be honest” said summer intern Tommy Mobley, “I was kind of freaking out when they said we had to write and sing a song for everybody. But once we went off into our groups to write the song, we actually had a lot of fun with it.” Tommy’s group proceeded to perform “I Believe I Can Slide” — a spin-off on the R. Kelly classic featured in Space Jam.

    The rest of the day was dedicated to acclimating the rookies to their new departments. New employees embarked on their job training and interns were briefed on their short-term and long-term projects. Rachel Goose, an intern for the marketing department remarked: “From the moment I got here, everyone treated me like I was a full-time employee. They give me important work and take the time to teach me how to do new things.” Rookie or vet, full-time employee or intern, ISlide prides itself on receiving contributions from everybody. That is why they treat every member of the team with confidence, trust, and respect.

    At the end of their first week, all of the rookies returned to the stage to recite the ISlide mantra in front of the entire company— a rite of passage for every member of the team. After every rookie successfully recited the mantra, they became official members of the ISlide Summer team. ISlide closed the month of May in style, welcoming a historic, 19 new team members consisting of passionate graduates and ambitious interns. With the addition of such a driven, creative, and dynamic group, ISlide hopes to make historic growth over the 2018 summer. 

    National Slide Day Is This Thursday!

    On June 21st 2018 (three days from today!), ISlide will be celebrating the third annual National Slide Day. This is a fairly new holiday that not many people know about yet, however we want to promote this day in hopes of getting more slide owners to participate each year. Slides give people the ability to be comfortable and stylish everyday - and they also give people like us jobs, something we are very thankful for. So, on June 21st, we encourage slide owners world wide to join us in celebrating the wonderful product that is the slide.


    At ISlide headquarters, we will be throwing a party with drinks, snacks, cake, and decorations. Employees will have the chance to celebrate together and get a few more pictures in their slides to post on social media. We encourage you to do the same. If you're looking for your first pair of ISlides or looking to add to your collection, we will be having a storewide 20% OFF SALE all day on June 21st. We will also be doing a giveaway with multiple winners so stay tuned on all of our social media platforms to find out how to enter. Oh yeah… and if you didn’t already know, we are offering FREE SHIPPING all of June so don’t miss out!


    Next week, make sure to post pics of your ISlides and tag us to be featured on our Instagram. Happy early National Slide Day!