Marching forward - 2018

Lot's of events and milestones seem to come and go according to a 'universal' schedule which remains out of our reach. Say, for example, and old dude learning to play soccer. I was fifty four years old when I started playing. I was out of shape, overweight, wearing the wrong shoes, and worse. In my first two games i strained more muscles than I knew I had at the time, but I continued to arrive at the pitch and learn the game. That was fifteen years ago. Eventually i learned the game, and the goal keeper position, and earn my place with every game in a body better set for challenging younger athletes head to head. Who might have guessed that I can keep up on the field as I approach seventy. Yet, I do. Happily. Loving the "beautiful game."

The 'universal' schedule of ideas, how they flow from mental spark to fruition, is similarly interesting at Zippy. Starting August, 2012 all the bits an pieces for a new product (including the production of the product) were in place and we started selling on Indigogo. Five years later and seven thousand Zippy golf ball massagers released to users in the world, and we are beginning to see large purchases of Zippy devices delivered to customers for their clients and patrons. We look forward to more and bigger sales in 2018 as things progress. We will keep you informed. 


Starting in March we would like to hear from users. To do this we propose to give a $50 gift card for the best Zippy photo/video received by May first, as well as,  a $50 gift card for the best Zippy story/anecdote sent to us. If the submissions are significant we will draw names from a hat for the gift cards. There will soon be a new page or two and link for you to follow for your enjoyment. Open to all Zippy owners and users. You can submit your Zippy related story to "storyboard@zippyrbt.com" and your photo or video to "photoboard@zippyrbt.com". Thanks.


Erica Blackstock Image Zippy Rockers are here! 

Erica created an 'eyeball' image for Zippy, we put some on Zippy Rocker models,  and limited run ready to offer to you.

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You can purchase an Erica Zippy, now, here.

Support your artist. Sale proceeds are split 50-50 with the artist. Get your touch of Erica now.

"We are looking out for you"

"Looking for some relief?"

"Where have you been? Slacking?"

"Over two inches to the right.... ahhhhhh...."


BTW

  • Private label and co-branding sales have increased since the first of the year. Our latest large order will see five hundred devices shipping to a casino/hotel/spa near the geographic center of the united states. We can't tell you the customers name, but we can tell you that Zippy is to be included in their spa package program. Spa patrons will receive a Zippy Rocker with custom shell color and the spa logo on the ball when they arrive for their spa service. What a great idea, you say? Yes it is. This is the second spa in 2018 to have purchased for their patrons and marketing and we are anticipating at least one additional large order soon. 

  • Limited run of MIA/POW imprint devices will be ready later in the spring. Zippy devices have been popular with our military friends and we will be contributing a portion of each MIA/POW sale to veterans organizations. Keep watching this space.

  • We brought back the "5 for $40" bundle for the spring. Buy now!

Thanks again to all, ya'll.

 

When is a massage like an Angel?

Hello world, the holiday season is upon us and we have more holiday events to come. I have been thinking a lot about the impact of five thousand Zippys currently in the hands of folks in the world. Zippy products have been sent to New South Wales, Australia; England; Scotland; Amsterdam; Rome, Italy; Israel; Mexico; Columbia;, and demonstrated by Zippy-friends in France, Romania, Croatia, Thailand, and, hopefully, other countries, too. My thoughts are with everyone who has used and/or purchased a Zippy. Good health to you. I wonder how everyone is doing, and I wonder if their Zippy is helping them as much mine helps me. 

When is a massage like an Angel? When it's a chair rub.

I am grateful to be the one who successfully put a handle on a golf ball. Where I was struggling with sore feet and the aches and pains that come with doing the work to get fit and stay fit. Golf ball massage made a difference in my life in general as well as in training and performance as an athlete and a senior.  I recommend Zippy to everyone. #ilovemyzippy

 

 

44,278+ Views (and counting) What a great year ending for Zippy!

We thank all our customers and friends for their kindness and generosity this year. We continue to make Zippys because you keep buying them. So we shall continue. You buy, we make more. Bless you all.

Thanks to Instagram and Facebook a three second snip of this video has been seen over forty four thousand times. It's mind blowing! Sales are happening daily and customers are happy! What a great life! #ilovemyzippy

As December closes out the year 2017 we have many blessings to count and give thanks for and the pace of the thanks have accelerated over the last three months. One of the blessings was finding a vendor to provide printing on devices after assembly. With the grace of the universe being what it is we re-connected with a vendor with exceptional equiptment and print capability. Custom logo co-branding now can be accomplished with a few as one dozen Zippys of your choice and a minimal setup fee for the first order. We are a full service shop, dedicated to serving our customers, large and small, with the care we would like for ourselves. You are important to us and we are thankful for you every day.

No links in this entry. We wish you all the happiest of holidays, Chanukah and Christmas, for however you celebrate the season, and the best hopes for 2018.

 

3000+ Instagram hits

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#ilovemyzippy while playing in the snow

We have gotten over 3000 hits on an Instagram post below of the Zippy Rocker Handle. Not the photo on the left which was taken at Arizona Snowbowl during the lift ride back up the hill. Thanks everyone for your support. #ilovemyzippy

With snow sports about to kick in for a few months we are offering Zippy Rocker Handle devices for $6.59 for a limited time.

Click to buy Zippy Rocker - $6.50

 3000 + Instagram hits - Rocker Handle Zippy...  #ilovemyzippy

3000 + Instagram hits - Rocker Handle Zippy...  #ilovemyzippy

 

Christmas is coming, skiing and snowboarding are starting. Get a couple of Zippys for the gym bag, the ski equipment bag, the glove box, for gifts to your favorite athlete, and more.... Specially priced until 12-15-2017

Click Here to Buy a Zippy Rocker Handle for $6.59

What a great time to say, Thank you!


Zippy Inspiring Persons (ZIP) with Zing Partners and the Zippy family of friends begins.

Our First Special Edition Zippy will recognize an artist friend, Erica Blackstock.

Zippy will have it's first ever guest artist imprint. We are working with Artist Erica Blackstock to adapt one of her works for a custom imprint on Zippy Basic and Zippy Rocker Handle models. We will offer a limited number of signed and numbered run for Zippy family and friends. We are looking forward to putting art and humor in with Zippy relaxation. ZIP welcomes Erica to be our first member of the Zippy Inspiring Persons group.


Sales on Amazon are included in the BOGO promotion. Through 11-30-17 Buy a regularly priced Zippy and receive a Zippy Basic Free! 

Here are the Amazon links.

We offer sincere hopes of a safe and happy holiday season, for our friends and family of all races, religions, and traditions.


Buy One Get One Free Event - Winter 2017

Buy One regularly priced Zippy (Basic, Rocker Handle, or T-Handle) and Get One Zippy Basic for no extra charge. 

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School in full swing, headed for the holidays. College sports deep into the fall and winter season sports. Athletes are growing into Olympic dreams, some other are seeing a path, yet others shield the spark and nurture their inner flame as they grow toward podium dreams and hopes. Older athletes, now out of school and in the workforce train and compete within themselves to endure. 

Retirement from the 9-5 seems to be a natural for us. Stevie and I work out three times a week together to build and maintain strength and stay in a healthy, happy exercise group. Happy is important as we move into our later 60's. Happy seems to have a connection to healthy in our lives and we cherish every giggle, grin, and guffaw the universe brings our way. For those who might envy our lack of regular jobs (Zippy is an act of love, not a job) we encourage being happy where you are now. You have time to plan and grow, to change for better or worse, to be happy day by day. If you get along with your mate, happy seems to be a large part of "As you wish"...


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BUY Zippy T-Handle - Get Zippy Basic for Free!!

Stevie's ankle has been in near total pain mode for a few days. She advises that there will be some sort of weather change in a couple of days, as that is the lead time for her biological pre-weather alert system. Stevie had a tumor removed from her left ankle thirty years ago, or so. Since that time there has been restricted movement in the ankle and, what she regards as bone on bone contact. In addition, when she sits still and does not keep the ankle moving, the joint stiffens up immediately and must be 'primed' with micromovements before she can place weight on that foot. Her situation isn't like to change as the medical field has a limited number of options, and the 'best' options, so to speak, require with fusion, replacement, or temporary lube. With such limited choices, doing nothing more than otc pain meds has been the routine. 

Until Zippy, that is. Since Zippy was invented Stevie has been using our golf ball massage device every day to relieve pain and improve circulation in her foot and ankle. I am very glad to say that my Princess Bride is very appreciative for Zippy and she tells me this quite often. I am a happy man.


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We have had a good experience with producing Zippy with custom logos for corporate customers who are using Zippy for promotional purposes. Our client is happy with the devices and their customers are giving great feedback to the client. The coins can have two sides. We have also had a less successful experience and have been unable to fill an order for a client, which brings this musing. We tried to provide custom imprint services in quantities too small to run through our production floor. I tried to find a solution where we could supply a few dozen devices but have failed. Our new policy will require a minimum of 100 pieces with 2-color logo imprint, six weeks lead. This an economical way to promote your team, business, a healthy lifestyle and self care, or any number of other purposes. Zippy is world class and will be fully functional for years under rigorous use.

We added gift cards to our product list.

Buy a gift card now!

Experience all three Zippy models with our special offer. 

$44.64 value.

Zippy Trio Set - 1 Basic / 1 Rocker Handle / 1 T-Handle  $24.44  


Best wishes for all! Thank you for your interest in Zippy products.


Buy One Get One Basic Free offer good from 11/06/2017 to November 30, 2017. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials and is limited to adding one Zippy Basic model to every Zippy Basic ($10.88 value), Zippy Rocker Handle ($16.88 vaue), or Zippy T-Handle ($16.88) purchased at full retail value. We will automatically include the free Basic when shipping to the customer.


Zippy Tip #1 - Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate


Content and offers copyright Zing Partners LLC, 2017.

If you would like to be a vendor or international wholesale buyer please contact us from the contact page or send me a direct email to: jim@zippyrbt.com

Harvest Moon Edition

The Jr PanAmDiving championships are over and Lily placed fourth in two events and fifth in the third event. We are very proud of the way the USA divers competed, especially Lily and Elena, in the 12-13 year class. Wonderful diving with poise and grit. Great work.

We have added Gift Cards to our product line. Send your favorite athlete a Gift Card so they can Roll With Us!

There was a surprise order from the mother of a Div 1 Volleyball player for multiple Zippy devices. Turns out I had seen the parents of the student (along with the squad) in an airport and i gave them a sample at that time. I mentioned that a sister school Volleyball team purchased Zippys in early 2017 and they should give them a try. Turns out that they did give them a try, and an order. Thank you.

We are searching for an economical way to add a customer logo to a completed Zippy. Currently it appears that short orders will effectively cost between $5-7 per unit to add an imprint to an assembled unit. We are looking at a variety of means to add your custom logo to the Zippy ball, including transfers, pad printing, and dry transfers. We love seeing your logo on the Zippy. #ilovemyzippy

Fall soccer season has begun for the MIMO FC league. We are looking forward to great games and lots of fun. This could be year 15 or 16 for our coed pickup league. Thanks for the good times MIMO mates.

Best wishes to all of you for the remainder of 2017 and hopes for a great year in 2018.

Stevie and Jim
Zing Partners LLC

Time Travels

Tomorrow we will arrive in Victoria BC for the 2017 Junior Pan American Diving competition that goes full swing Friday through Sunday. We are looking forward to representing for the family and the USA at the event.

On the train we met wonderful folk in the dining car including the Witley's from England touring the US by train, and Karen and Jim who were long time train enthusiasts who had been on almost every Amtrak line. It was great.

Best wishes to all the athletes currently training or competing in their chosen sport. Have a great year, we are!

Jim and Stevie

Adventure, sport, leisure, happy living

August 2017 is in the books and September looks to be a mammoth month for Mr and Mrs Zippy. We delivered our first eight dozen devices with the customers logo imprinted where we usually put our website URL. It is an exciting time. We are expecting the remainder of our new stock in a few days. The production department did an excellent job so we could get the devices out on our customers schedule. Thank you!

Adventure - We will be taking our first train ride in Septermber and it's going to be fun. After a shuttle ride from the Phoenix airport to Flagstaff Amtrak station, we will be traveling to LA and then to Tacoma via the Coast Starlight. A couple of days in Tacoma with cousins and then we will be headed to Victoria BC to watch an international diving competition. The USA Junior National Dive team will be competing with divers from the Americas in the 2017 Pan Am Jr Championships, Victoria, Canada. We are looking forward to learning new things and seeing old things in a new way whilst enjoying the hospitality of Amtrak, our cousins, and canadian airbnb host.

Sport - Our cousin Lily Witte is on the previously mentioned USA Junior National team and will be the focus of our attention during the competitions. She stands tall, heeds the mechanics, listens to her coaches, and has the full support of her family as she trains and competes. She has inherited, and shares with her sisters, the trait for "Intrepid" from her mother. We are certainly looking forward to spending time with the extended family.

Leisure - Missus Zippy and I are officially retired from regular jobs now. We continue to manufacture our Zippy and look forward to reaching a wider audience and increased sales. We had the privilege of spending an extended time with children and grandchildren in Ohio and North Carolina in the spring and are grateful for our health, love, social security money, and the time to enjoy it.

Happy living - The Zippy device has been a refinement in my life for happy living. We were not unhappy before the universe floated the solution for putting a handle on a golf ball. Not at all. I was over 60, playing soccer once a week with co-ed players of various skills, growing into my role as a goalie, and, 175 lbs slowly losing weight and getting stronger. I was happy but my feet hurt. They hurt in shoes when I played. They hurt in shoes or flip flops the rest of the time. I was happy, but my feet hurt. Having Britton use a golf ball on my feet was revolutionary. It hurt and tickled and relieved my pain. After the rolling ball therapy with a golf ball I was even happier. My feet didn't hurt.

It was a good thing, hearing Britton mutter to himself, after dropping the ball six or eight times, wishing he had a way to hold on to the golf ball. Once again I say thanks to the universe for handing me the plan and energizing me to solve the puzzle. After using Zippy daily as needed for five years, my feet still don't hurt. On top of that I have a massage tool that travels in my carry on, in my gym bag, in the car, and can hang out in the freezer for cryoZippy treatment. Missus Zippy uses her Zippy daily to help relieve her ankle pain. It's said that a happy wife is a happy life and, with a Zippy in her hand I know this to be true. Our plan is to continue with our happy lives and share Zippy where we can.  #ilovemyzippy

Love to all, ya'll!

 

The summer 0f 2017

We have had an eventful summer so far and hope all is well with our readers.

We spent a few weeks on the road and are glad to report the arrival of our newest grandchild.  We had a great time with our kids and grandkids in Ohio and North Carolina and a wonderful visit with one of cousins in the Philly area. We attended the high school graduation of one of the grandsons and were pleased to see his committment to his school, to marching band, and to continuing his education. Congratulations Parker.

We spent a few weeks in NC, enjoying the rain and muggy conditions in June and early July as Phoenix was hit by the desert heat. We are happy to report that everything is good from that experience and we may have to consider doing it again. Maybe not as long. And, maybe we will need additonal time in Ohio next time, too. Fun to think about.

Anytime Fitness, Southern Pines, NC

One of our favorite repeated experiences in Southern Pines, NC was the Silver Fit class at Anytime Fitness. The instructors killed it. Their workouts were consistently challenging and fun. We highly recommend checking it out if you are one of oldies in that area.

Phoenix fitness spots

Our home fitness group is ActiveRX in Scottsdale. We get 45 mins three times a week with a combination of stretches and mat work combined with free weights and machines. Our secondary fitness group is the Silver Fit class at Anytime Fitness on Tuesdays. Working out together with Stevie is great. Our time together in the gym is fun and we challenge ourselves.

For me, I need to keep fit enough to continue to enjoy the challenge of the weekly soccer game. Stevie is a driving factor with my health interest and the best partner ever. Sports and fitness and Zippy go together so well. I am glad I invented it. If only so I can have a lifetime supply. Lol!

Continuing Story - Divers and swimmers edition

This spring our cousin, Lily Witte, was chosen for the USA National Diving Team. Then, Lily broke a toe the same day one of her diving mates broke her foot. Lily continued to train and prepare and be ready. She was ready for the 2017 USA Nationals Diving competition became the 2017 USA Girls 12-13 one meter Champion. Hearty congratulations go out for the one meter win. Lily will also be competing on the three meter and platform this week. Go Lily!

Birthday

Zippy and Jimmy Zing had a birthday in August. The first Zippy devices shipped in August 2012 and we are finishing the fifth year of distribution. It would be great to say that we have reached a market saturation point at some level, but we are still about 40-50 million sales short of that goal. Happy birthday, Zippy! Hope your sixth year is a blockbuster.

Thanks to all our friends and family for their support and for continuing to use your Zippy!!

Jimmy Zing and Stevie Zing

Zing Partners, LLC

 

 

 

 

Champions. Intrepid Athletes. Going Forward.

Today we recognize two Champions who are moving forward in their lives with a trail of good humor, faithful practice, clear minds, and the heart to step into the light and compete at the highest level. We congratulate Lily Witte first. Lily is one of three intrepid sisters who love swimming and diving. Her oldest sister, Kaylee Witte, now a student at Michigan , graded the road, so to speak, swimming for three years and diving for four years for the Dexter Michigan High School team. Younger sister Lauren Witt is growing her skills too, following her sister's paths in sports. 

In 2016 Lily took top step on the podium in the Region 5 Championships and the Zone C meet on 1m, 3m, and 3m platform. In the 2016 Diving ATT National Diving Championships Lilly was National Champion in 3m. 

So far in 2017, Lily has taken the top marks for her dives in the Region 5 Championships and is headed to the Zone meet.

On top of that, Lily has been chosen to represent USA on the 2017 Junior National Squad. I am sure that the Olympics are on her mind as she looks forward to a world of hard work and opportunity. 

We salute Lily for her skills and effor, and her family for their support to make it all possible.

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Next, we salute Logan Melander, intrepid gymnist from WA, cousin to the Intrepid Witte girls, National Champion in the All-Around 2013, who has graduated from Ohio State.

Logan trained and performed to the highest levels on a team that earned back to back Big 10 Team Championships, 2016-2017, were NCAA team bronze medalists in 2016, and took silver in 2017. The Buckeye team has distinquished itself and we appreciate that the program is meeting it's goal of turning out excellent gymnists and better human beings. Logan is certainly one of the better human beings, and we congratulate him on finishing the Ohio State path. Go Bucks!

2017 has been a great year so far and there is more to come. We have provided Zippys to a twelve person Ragnar team running in June.  We are looking forward to getting photos and stories from that 24 hour race.

We are grateful to the Div I Strength and Conditioning coach who provided us a photo of Zippys and other balls and rollers on his craft table inthe gym as well as his description of how Zippy fits in his program for wellness and recovery.

We move forward to new adventures in our lives. Today, we salute Lily and Logan, two athletes, champions in their own right, who recently learned of their family connection, who share the spirit of good sportsmanship, training and study ethic, close family ties, sense of humor, and competitive natures. Regards.

For disclosure purposes, i should say something about how I know these cousins. I too am a cousin. The mother of the Intrepid Witte sisters is my First cousin, and she is intrepid too. Logan's mom is a fifteenth cousin (thereabouts). We are proud of our cousins and all the athletes in the world who train and compete at every level.

#ilovemyzippy

Stevie and Jim

Cousin Lily is going strong.

Lily Witte, working hard for it. Go Lily Go.  2017 USA Diving Region 5 Championships

Meet: 2017 USA Diving Junior Region 5 Championships

Date: Apr 28, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
12-13 Girls Platform J.O

Diver: Witte, Lily C - Legacy Diving (LDA)Place: 1  239.70

Meet: 2017 USA Diving Junior Region 5 Championships

Date: Apr 28, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017

12-13 Girls 1m J.O

Diver: Witte, Lily C - Legacy Diving (LDA)

Place: 1  297.45

College News

We received the following from one of our collegiate friends.

I am a Division I strength and conditioning coach. We have been using the Zippy RBT for several months and have found it exceptionally beneficial. The device is small enough to easily be carried in a backpack and can allow for very precise spot work of muscle and fascia. We actually had a sport purchase one for each team member so they can have them available at all times. Some of the team members use them prior to practice to get ready while others use them after practice to relieve sore and tired muscles. I have even heard some team members mention having used them between classes or while at home before going to sleep. I believe the Zippy RBT could be a positive addition to anyone’s soft tissue “toolbox”.
— Div I Coach

Our "Using Zippy" page is still broken, but we hope to have it working by early next week.

Thank you for rolling with Zippy.

Zippy Loves Athletes. Athletes, Trainers, Healers Love Zippy

Amateur, high school, collegiate, professional. Swimming, diving, cross country, ultramarathon,  soccer, baseball, gymnastics, skiing, and snowboarding competitors alike, like their Zippy. 

Zippy devices are seen in the deck bag of the U11 USA Champion Diver on our gallery page. This diver's intrepid sisters are champions in their own right, one with her own gallery photos. Zippy is proud to add them to our personal list of Zippy Important Persons.

We have a new device in development and we are researching new production methods for small batches of what we call The Soother. The Soother is a Patented multitool created to provide an almost infinite toolset of "thumbs and fingers" intended for releasing pressure points in nearly any muscle set. The device was developed for a therapist who thought a tool of this sort was necessary for his personal use, for the deep and complex, and persistent pain. We've worn out two silicone molds with hand production of thirty or so devices. The Soother is wonderful for quieting and removing pressure point pain and it's also one of the best devices i have used for 'scraping'.  The arched surfaces can be angled to span/reach quads and delts and calf, or wrist/hand/foot/ankle with equal ease. Each of the four fingers permit one to find previously unknown level of comforting "hot spots" and offering pain release for nearly every muscle group. The Soother is Zing Partners first design patent. Our second, for a new handle model that can be adapted for single, double, or triple Basic combinations.

We are in discussion with a university strength coach regarding a need he has in the gym for hip flexor tools. The university bought a dozen devices for his program. We are happy to be working with coaches, trainers, and therapists across the United States to make our products better and bring new applications to the world.

Life is good at Casa Zippy. We salute every athlete at every level who give it their best, at every level. Thank you. Zippy loves athletes. We salute every massage therapist for the work they perform to make this a better world, one massage at a time. We are very happy that Zippy can provide a wonderful level of release for a variety of muscle groups in the upper body, hands, and arms for the personal level release needed after a long day at the massage table. We don't know how many therapists use Zippy for their clients, but we would like to know. Please drop us a line if you are a massage therapist and let us know if you have been able to incorporate Zippy in your practice.

Send us photos for our Gallery and Where in the World pages as well as thoughts and suggestions to make the world a better place through Zippy.

Thanks. Zing Partners LLC>

Vacations are good

Greetings,

The Zing Partners LLC team, Stevie and I, just returned from a trip to Ka'anapali beach area on Maui and we have an interesting story.

While we were in Maui an order came in from a state university athletic department strength training coach. We had enough devices with us to make the shipment from the Lahaina Post Office on Monday so a package went out pronto.. Being able to serve our customers while we were thousands of miles from home was fantastic and we were in a great mood when we went to Sunrise Cafe on Front St. for some Loco Moco (me). 

Our server, Anthony, noticed the Zippy I had been using on my shoulder and asked me about it. Turns out that he had been experiencing painful cramps/issues following his weight training sessions and he was being treated by a physical therapist for the condition. Less than fifteen seconds after first using the device he'd purchased it from me, telling me we'd made his day.

Truth told, Anthony made a great day even better. Mahalo Anthony @ Sunrise Cafe.

We love Zippy.

Stevie and Jim, Zing Partners LLC