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fitness tracking with the EveryMove app.

10 Aug

[Disclosure:  I was given the opportunity to try out the EveryMove app through my #SweatPink ambassadorship.  All of my opinions are my own.]

I have been quick to jump on the fitness tracking bandwagon in the past — I recently purchased a FitBit and wore it with the goal of getting 12,000 steps a day.  I started to get frustrated when I didn’t hit that goal during bar prep – and by some weird fluke, my FitBit also fell off my wrist on July 4th – clearly a sign I needed to take a step back from compulsive fitness tracking.

That being said, it is nice and fun to get rewarded for logging those miles sometimes, and I track my runs through Nike+ (because, hello, they have excellent Instagram integration).  Enter: EveryMove.  This app allows you to sync your pre-existing fitness trackers (everything from FitBit and FuelBands to Nike+ and RunKeeper).

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After you’ve logged a few miles, you are given the opportunity to redeem them for rewards.  A lot of the lower-level rewards feature coupons for discounts for health products — but since a purchase was usually required to redeem those, I opted to donate my miles to charity.  I’ve so far kicked a couple of bucks toward the Make a Wish Foundation and toward cancer research through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Overall, the app is easy to use  — once you sync it with your existing apps, it does all of the heavy lifting for you!

Head over to the App Store to download EveryMove for iPhone here.

Weigh-in: What do you use to track your workouts? 

 

bondi band review + giveaway

3 Jun

Recently Bondi Band sent me a couple of headbands to review.

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Bondi Bands are thick headbands composed of a unique blend of nylon, lycra, and spandex. They come in all sorts of wacky styles and colors, and a bunch of them have great fitness-inspired sayings, which I love. Another awesome thing about Bondi Band is that they donate 10% of their pretax profits to charity!

I often run in headbands — I really like Sparkly Soul and BIC Bands, but was curious to try a thicker headband.  I received one that said “Suck It Up, Buttercup” and another that said “Run Like a Princess Today.” I HAD to give that one to my law school friend/gym buddy Alexis — her nickname at the gym is “Princess.”  I’m not sure how it got started, but ALL of our friends at the gym call her “Princess” — even when we’re out at a bar or something!

We sported our Bondi Bands last week in our 6 AM Body Pump class.  I loved the saying on mine – definitely had to live up to the saying when I was lifting at 6 AM!  Have you tried Body Pump??

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I liked the headband — it did a good job of keeping my hair back and kept the sweat at bay.  I haven’t tried it running — but it’s perfect for the gym!

I have a Bondi Band to give away — and it’s also perfect for when you need extra motivation!

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Enter to win the “Beast Mode” Bondi Band by doing any of the following:

  • What’s your favorite way to sweat?  Leave a comment! (I love to run, spin, and am slowly becoming more and more obsessed with Body Pump.  So I guess it’s a tie depending on the day!)
  • Follow @bondiband on Twitter  (and leave a comment telling me you did!)
  • Like Bondi Band on Facebook (and leave a comment here!)
  • Share my giveaway on Twitter (Leave me a comment with a link to the tweet!)

Good luck!

If one Bondi Band isn’t gonna cut it – use coupon code SWEATPINK at check out through June 28th for 10% off all items. (Does not apply to Bargain Bin, Design Your Own, or Custom Items).

[Disclosure:  Through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship, I was given two Bondi Bands for me and one to review in exchange for writing an honest review and hosting a giveaway.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Updated 6/7:  The contest is now closed.  Congratulations to @birdiebee52 on the win!

fabletics review.

20 Jan

[Have you entered my Clif Bar giveaway yet? Hurry and leave a comment on this post before Thursday and enter to win one of five Clif Bar gift packs.  Your odds are good!]

So if you’re like me and are fitness (and social media obsessed) you’ve probably heard of Fabletics. I normally resist subscription boxes (I don’t like being tied down, what can I say…) but I couldn’t say no when Fabletics had a deal for newcomers to get an outfit (two pieces, top and bottom) for $25.  That’s a steal in the world of fitness apparel — you can’t get one piece at Lululemon for that, unless it’s some crazy color no one wanted and is super sheer.

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source: Fabletics.com

Fabletics is Kate Hudson’s fitness apparel brand and normally works where you get to select an outfit (2 pieces) for $49.95 every month once you sign up.  You can skip a month before the 10th of that month — but if you don’t, you are billed $49.95 to use as future credit.  I don’t love that aspect of it, but I am keeping my account active so I can peruse the site and see if any must-haves catch my eye in the future. Check out Melissa @ The Valentine RD‘s post for a more step-by-step guide on how the site works.

I filled out the online profile which asks things like what type of activities you do, sizes, etc.  After perusing the site, I knew I had to have a pair of these leggings. I wasn’t obsessed with the top, but I did like the fact it crossed over in the back. I made my selection and a little over a week later my package arrived. It seemed to take a little longer than it should have, but I’m not complaining.

Overall, I LOVE the pants.  They’re comfortable and stylish, and cute enough to wear as non-workout leggings. They’re also relatively thick, which is a plus.  The top is fine — the material is a thinner fabric (read: cheaper) than I usually go for, but that came in handy recently in a heated yoga class.

Shout-out to my little brother who snapped these pics of me when I was home the other day for a dentist appointment. (Squeezing that in before I turn 26 and have a few awkward months without dental insurance. Cool.)

photo 1 (6) Total fail on showing off the back of the shirt, but you get the idea.

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Another thing I like about Fabletics is their marketing technique.  They have fitness instructors who serve as brand ambassadors (they call them “Masters.”)  I like when large companies connect at the local level — it makes me like the company and feel like I can connect with them.  Jason Wimberly is a Fabletics Master, as is Kristie LaTray over at YAS DTLA. I am so bummed SkinnyRunner was less than a mile from my apartment the other day at a Fabletics/YAS event and I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT!!! #tragedy.

Have you tried Fabletics? What did you think of it?  Has anyone tried rival Ellie

I haven’t tried Ellie and am curious about quality/fit/style, etc.!

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post and purchased from Fabletics because I wanted to.  However, this post contains affiliate links (if two people sign up using my referral link I earn a free outfit).  

brand spankin’ new workouts.

27 Nov

For those of you following along with #Elf4Health, today’s challenge is to do a new workout. Wednesdays are sort of  workout-filled to begin with me for me — I was at Back on My Feet this morning and will be teaching spin tonight, but I still plan to try this workout Cori @ Olive to Run posted earlier this week. Already dreading those burpees…rounds-of-workout-moves

I thought I’d share some of my favorite workouts you can do at home without much equipment.  I tried this one from Tina @ Carrots n Cake awhile ago and liked how it incorporated some cross-fit type elements with running.  Those burpees killed me at the end!

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I am a big fan of the Seven Minute workout (and I love the 7 Minute Workout app for the iPhone).

12well_physed-superJumboFinally, Karena and Katrina over at Tone It Up are constantly posting creative, fun, and challenging workouts. This one is great if you’re looking to specifically target your back.

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While my “something new” for today is a little on the DIY-side, there’s a bunch of cool, boutique style workouts in the LA I can’t wait to try as well.

Numero uno on that list? YogAqua. Yoga. On a stand-up paddleboard.   I need to try this, ASAP. Any takers?

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I like yoga, but I struggle with the whole zen, woo-woo aspect of some studios.  Enter: YogaHop.  Yoga, set to hip-hop music? I can get behind this.

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I’m spin-obsessed and have checked off most of the LA boutique studios, but I have never made it to Cycle House — and I used to live about a block from it!

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Elves — what new workout are you trying today?

Has anyone ever tried YogAqua, Yoga Hop, or Cycle House? Thoughts?

Favorite “off the beaten path” exercise?

monday mojo.

25 Nov

Happy Monday everyone!  I thought I didn’t have anything blog-worthy going on and then I forgot that I am really good at being over-dramatic and hyperbolizing things. Alas, a blog post was born!

Today is the first day of #Elf4Health — a healthy living challenge taking over the blogosphere (hosted by Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean  and Elle @ Nutritionella).  The four-week challenge includes a task or goal for each day, and we have two different “elves” we’re matched with (each one for two weeks).

photo 3 Today kicked things off with “Meatless Monday.”  I was at school almost all day (finals season), so my cooking “skills” didn’t get to shine, but I can’t wait to try some of the recipes I’ve seen floating around.

Speaking of meatless Monday, this is my latest obsession: three eggs scrambled with some kale, topped with avocado and pico de gallo. Get in my belly.

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It has been fun starting to get to know my “elf,” Nicole @ Fruit ‘n’ Fitness, as well.  I’m looking forward to “unsubscribing” tomorrow — I get SO much junk mail and love Cori‘s idea to use a website called unroll.me.

In other news, I was the lucky winner of Whitney’s #Movember contest over at To Live and Diet in LA.  I showed off my Mustache Dache medal, made a dork of myself, and get to go to heaven Soul-Cycle for free! Thanks, Whitney!

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anything in the name men’s health and tapping. it. back.

On Saturday, my 7:30 alarm came mighty early —  Friday night consisted of my final trial in my Trial Advocacy class, a fabulous dinner with Aviva at Little Bear, and celebrating my roommate becoming a member of the CA bar!

I started the day by leading my DTLA running group in a 6.5 miler.  We met downtown, headed out to Boyle Height’s Mariachi Plaza, and high-tailed it back. We ran at about an 8:10-8:15 pace which was fun and relaxed. Noel snapped this great show on the 1st Street Bridge.

photo credit: instagram.com/nottirednoel

photo credit: instagram.com/nottirednoel

After my run, I scarfed down some oatmeal (with peanut butter + chocolate protein powder, a.k.a my daily staple) and headed out to teach a little spin. I LOVE when the class is full, the regulars are there ready to work hard, and people sing along.

Current favorite song for a seated hill? Sorry I’m not sorry…

I delayed starting the Wills & Trusts outlining fiesta by actually blowdrying my hair for once and taking a selfie.  The real star of this show is obviously my new iPhone.

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After logging 4+ long hours in the library teaching myself a lot of boring things, I picked up my friend Aviva and met my parents at a West Hollywood institution — The Troubadour.  My brother manages a band, Dewey and the Peoples, and they had a show there on Saturday (along with Cisco Adler and Radical Something).  The show was a blast and I had a great time.  It was also great to see my brother in his element.

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On Sunday, I logged some hours in the gym with body pump + spin, back to back. I love the regulars at my gym — they fill me in on the gossip and joke around, and push me to work harder.  A new friend of mine from law school happened to be in class so she suggested we grab smoothies at Juice Crafters afterward.

photo 1I’m all about refueling post-workout, and often opt for a smoothie from my gym’s smoothie bar (my favorite has banana and peanut butter, duh), or make the legendary Green Monster at home. Juice Crafters was pricier, but delicious.  I opted for the “Lily w/ Strawbs” which consisted of fresh strawberries, almond milk, dates, granola, walnuts, and probably something else delicious I am forgetting.

I spent the rest of the day hanging out at school — it is finals time.  The last two years I have been crazy-diligent about being on top of everything, but I have slacked more this semester.  I have two finals in early-mid December, so the next few weeks is Operation: Learn Everything I Should Have Been Learning Since August, and Haven’t.

Just a heads up my posting might be even spottier than usual…

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at least this is the view from campus…

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so much #fitspo.

29 Oct

The last week or so has been FILLED with fitness inspiration (#fitspo).

Last Wednesday, after my usual evening spin class, a student came up to me and said: “You’re an amazing instructor.”

That was probably the coolest thing, ever. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would be a legitimate fitness instructor.  Life is weirdly awesome sometimes.

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That compliment made my day, and also re-affirmed that I am passionate about fitness and need to continue this “side-hustle.”

When I came out of that class, my BFF Whitney let me know that Fitness Magazine had mentioned me in a short article about #FitBlogLA on their website. Too cool.

Check out the insanely good company I’m in in this round-up:

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On Saturday, I was inspired by the energy of the people in my spin class — seriously.  The dude who JUMPED on the bike with excitement when I played some Kanye, my two friends Whitney and Armita who showed up and worked it, and the regulars who are in the gym every day sweating it out.

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So here’s to re-affirming fitness as more than just as a hobby — but as a passion. I mean, let’s be real, it’s already a huge part of my life.

What’s your biggest source of #fitspo?

i went to the lululemon warehouse sale and lived to tell about it.

15 Sep

A few weeks ago, someone RT’d a tweet that mentioned a Lululemon warehouse sale taking place in Los Angeles.  I added it to my calendar and made a mental noted that my morning of Friday, September 13th would be spent at the LA Convention Center.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get up at 4:30 am that morning to get in line with the rest of the fitness population of Los Angeles. I got there around 9, stood in line for 90 minutes, and realized I would still have a good 3-4 hours ahead of me. I cut my losses and went and enjoyed the rest of my day. It was a SPECTACLE there on Friday. I enjoyed the tweets of @bretturig who was dragged to the event with his wife and was sort of poking fun at the absurdity of all of these people waiting in line for clothes they sweat in.

I pretty much gave up any hope of scoring any sweet deals, but then I saw that one of my friends from law school had waited 15 minutes (at 5:30 p.m.) and walked away with a ton of cute stuff. I was going to try again.

On Saturday, I had my afternoon relatively unscheduled (after my spin class, that is), so I stalked the warehouse sale twitter account (@lululemonWHUS), and as soon as they said the wait was under an hour, I bolted out of my apartment and walked to the sale. I stood in line exactly one hour before I headed into the sale. I spent about 90 minutes perusing the racks. Some of the items weren’t THAT discounted, but as time wore on, the deals get better.

Day 2 prices.

Day 2 prices.

My best deal was the Vinyasa Before You Vino Bag for $29, a couple of cute crops (the pink ones were $9), a Fast Track tank in black, and the Puri Tee Short Sleeve shirt. I also grabbed a few things for my mom and a friend or two.

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On Saturday, I managed to snag 12 items for $300. I’d call that a success. The 12 items were:

– Gym Bag

– Warm-Up Jacket/pull-over (2)

– Fast Track Tank (2)

– Power Y Tank in Blue Laceoflauge (1); for a friend

– Pink Crops

– Amped Crop in Blue w/ Yellow Stripe

– Boogie Short (Pink)

– Puri Tee Short Sleeve

– V-neck tank

– Cream colored yoga pants

I am NOT a huge shopper. I would rather go to brunch and laugh over mimosas or go hiking than go shopping, just about any day, but I have been in the market for new workout gear. I use workout gear just about every day – and sometimes more than once. And now that I am teaching spin twice a week, I feel like it was time to upgrade my workout wardrobe.  Seriously, I was wearing old Nike shorts that I’ve had for 5+ years that sag when sweaty. TMI? Probably.

Anyway, the event was fun. Lululemon did a pretty good job of carrying the elements that make the in-store experience into the convention center – they had women on kangaroo jump type shoes, people doing yoga, break-dancing demonstration, and a DJ bumping some great beats. They also had people come around and take pictures of people standing in line so they could write a “goal” down and have a picture taken with it.

I like lululemon because I have had great experience with the quality, and look. Before this sale, I have owned exactly 4 lululemon items: a tank, a pair of shorts, a running skirt, and a different tank I bought for spin purposes.

fav tank + shorts. [seriously my fav things to wear running].

fav tank + shorts. [seriously my fav things to wear running]

running skirt convert on my first 20 miler.

running skirt convert on my first 20 miler.

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spin tank.

After my success on Saturday, I decided to monitor the Twitter account on Sunday. Since I live so close to the sale, I really didn’t have a reason not to go if there was no wait. Around 5:30 I walked back in. To my delight, I found that tanks were now 5 for $50. I also scored a super nice rain jacket for $19 (I know it never rains here, but maybe I will travel sometime to a place where it isn’t always sunny and gorgeous), a pair of bright yellow crops (good for body pump/lifting) for $9, a few running skirts for $9 (one for me and two for my mom), and a few tanks for friends. Lulu success Pt. 2!

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(I got more than what is pictured here, but you get the idea…).

I am not a lulu fanatic – in fact, much of what I have read about the company is unnerving and a little weird. (Remember the “Lululemon Murder” in 2011?). Some of the company’s ideology borders on cultish. That being said, I think some elements of the company’s marketing strategy is genius – they really have figured out the whole “aspirational brand” idea, and I love the fact that they offer great community events like free yoga, running clubs, and race support during local races. I also get that part of their marketing ploy is to make you feel empowered or inspired when visiting their stores, but I like the fitspo mantras and the fact their employees have vision boards and stuff.  A location is opening in Westlake Village near my parents’ home…and my fingers are crossed that a DTLA location is next!

Anyway, I had a great time scouring for deals this weekend and now look like a semi-legitimate spin instructor/”fitness professional.” Also, I signed an e-mail “Yours in Fitness” today…but that’s a story for a different day.

The rest of my weekend was spent trying to compensate for the overly girly activities of going to a sample sale 3 different times for cute workout clothes. I saw the Dodgers win the only game of the series against the Giants, watched them lose while drinking (grossly warm) beer with Armita at Public School 612, and drinking wine at Barnsdall Art Park.

Did you go to the Lululemon Warehouse Sale in LA this weekend?

Thoughts on the brand in general?