As a trainer, I know the importance of adding various stability work to build on our proprioceptive abilities. Challenging our natural movements with The Surge® is a great way to accomplish this, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to be awarded the opportunity to try it out for myself.
The Surge is a portable piece of training equipment that uses water to create dynamic resistance, which will effectively challenge every part of your body as it works to stabilize the moving water.
It can be used in a variety of manners and is extremely versatile. You can go light or add more water (see chart below) to take things up a notch. However, you should be aware that you’ll want to lighten your load due to the added challenge of the moving water.
As mentioned, there are a variety of ways to use The Surge. The dual vertical and horizontal handles open up a whole slew of possibilities. You can do anything from deadlifting to jump squats.
In addition to these traits, The Surge also comes in two different sizes. The more compact 3.0 is great for core and upper body work.
This is definitely a great addition to my arsenal of training tools. I look forward to using this in my work with clients and within my own training plans. It’s going to get a lot of use.
Have you heard of The Surge? Do you see how it can benefit your training sessions?
How do you stay active with your four-legged family member(s)? Does your pup get as much activity as its furry companions? Are you doing your best to keep them healthy and moving?
Did you know there is now a great way to help boost both you and your pup’s activity?
The Whistle Fit GPS & Activity Tracker is a fun new way to get connected with your furball’s daily activity and to also keep a close eye on them (if they so happen to be escape artists who love to roam). This nifty gadget is the perfect gift for your family and friends who share their lives with curious canine companions.
So what in the heck does this thing do? Is it really like fitbit for dogs?
Whistle GPS Pet Tracker combines the best on-collar GPS tracking device with a simple mobile app, putting your pet’s needs and location right at your fingertips whenever you need it.
On-demand alerts – Receive notifications via app and text alerts when your pet leaves their home zone.
Nationwide coverage – Whistle uses cellular and GPS technology to track your dog’s location anywhere in the U.S.
Health monitoring – Track your dog’s activity and rest for key insights about their behavior and health.
Durable + waterproof – Designed to go anywhere with your pet.
Easy to use – Attaches to any collar or harness up to 1″ wide
In short, yes, it does act like a fitbit for dogs, but it has a few more fun features. The most important and usable feature (in my opinion) is the GPS location tracking.
The app allows you to designate a specific zone radius and if your dog leaves that zone you’ll receive notification of their whereabouts. I was able to stalk my husband on a walk one day and found him and Harley based on the live tracking feature.
You can also connect with fellow users to compare activity levels for similar pets. I noticed that dogs like Harley were slightly less active, so I specifically made it my goal to double his overall activity level in comparison.
I loved being able to see when Harley’s activity trends were highest and was fond of the daily updates. I’ll admit, I was a bit concerned when I saw the amount of rest time he was getting, but he’s still a pup and in my experience pups sleep/rest A LOT. In fact, I’m fairly certain this must be common of most dogs (considering how much more active Harley was than others).
Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty! What did I think? I’ve compiled a list of pros and cons for the device and would definitely recommend it.
Sturdy and waterproof
Long lasting battery life (I only charged it twice in the month that I used it).
Ability to add multiple users to the account.
GPS tracking updates for out of zone activity (easy way to find your runaway pup)
Easy to use app.
Brings awareness to your pet’s day-to-day activity (you can see how your life’s activities impact their’s).
Fun way to boost your and your pet’s daily activity.
Easy to set up.
Inconsistent in auto-updates for daily activity. I often needed to press the page button on the home base to get the tracker to update its activity in the app. I would prefer immediate real-time updates for his activity.
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Disclaimer: This is an unbiased review. As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products. I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.
So, I was busy watching (aka bingeing) on Friends episodes a few of weeks ago (thank you sick time) when I had an epiphany of sorts. Most of us are familiar with the popular sitcom and know that one of the main characters, Monica was “fat” in her younger years. In flashback episodes you get a glimpse of young Monica (in a fat suit).
The thing that got to me was the way her character was portrayed when she was fat; a person who lacked self-control and binge ate her feelings. It also poked fun at her in the scenes and showed her as the goofy “fat friend” who comically danced about and got stuck in bean bag chairs because she was too large to get up. Later in the series you learn that the reason she lost weight was because of a cruel comment she had overheard Chandler make on Thanksgiving.
A year later, her character was then transformed into who we see on the show now, a thin and beautiful woman. Overly competitive, meticulously clean, and well-disciplined (she’s a chef who doesn’t overindulge in her fare), she’s a completely different person. Yet, they do have moments when they sneak in some lingerings of “Fat Monica” and her insecurities show (i.e. the episode where she learns Chandler dumped a girl because she got too fat).
This is not the first and likely not the last time we’ll see something like this. Another favorite show of mine is New Girl. They too have a main character, Schmidt, who used to be fat and the flashbacks more often than not poke fun at his “fat person” status.
His character is now portrayed as a narcissistic ladies’ man who continually comes off as douchey. There are even a few episodes where he begins (secretly) dating his college girlfriend (from his fat days). BUT he feels like he needs to hide it and is ashamed of his feelings for her because he has his trophy of an ex to compare her to.
I could go on and on spitting out examples of how being fat is portrayed in the media. In the majority of cases it’s the butt of a bad joke or something portrayed in a shameful manner. I guess that’s part of the deal though, we’ve conditioned to laugh at it or look at it in disgust.
Is being fat (or shall I say having fat) truly a laughing matter? And why are these “ex-fat” people always written to turn into these type-A over achievers?
Is it all just for show?
I say yes and no. Many studies suggest that someone who used to obsess over food in an indulgent manner is also likely to do a complete 180 and flip the switch with an obsession of “the healthy life”. There is even a new eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa, which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.”
It can become a psychological game and ultimately end in disaster. This is why so many people struggle on the maintenance side of things or with disordered eating after they strive for a healthier lifestyle.
It’s finding that sweet spot that can be tricky, but there are ways to check yourself before you literally wreck yourself.
6) You’re adding more and more foods to your forbidden list
7) You’re skipping social functions
8) You have to cut your food into bite-sized pieces
9) Your workout is always your top priority
10) You’re always up on the newest diet craze
11) You check everybody out
12) You fetishize skinny pics
13) You have tricks to avoid eating
14) You’re a slave to Fitbit
15) You eat only 100% organic, 100% of the time
16) You beat yourself up for bad behavior
17) You love your selfie more than yourself
18) You feel more lovable when you’re thin
19) You bring your own salad dressing
20) You’ve lost your other passions
Where do you fall on the spectrum? I’ll admit, I have faced my moments of obsession when it comes to weight loss and body image, but I’ve become aware of these instances and things that trigger that mentality.
I’m a firm believer in finding the balance so that healthier habits can be maintained in the long run. Knowing that a five-pound fluctuation on the scale is normal and not acting like it’s the end of the world is healthy. But why is it still so hard to accept the triumphs without going overboard?
For one, we live in a society of smoke and mirrors. Social media has made it so easy for people to only share the highlight reels of their lives. It all looks so easy for them, they’re thin, they eat all of the foods, and never workout, but are also sporting abs.
Truth be told, those are just the snippets. I’m sure not every meal is a heap of fries with a 1 pound burger and I’m sure they are in fact spending some time in the gym (despite what they say). And, guess what? They probably have their fat days too and battle that same stubborn 5-10lbs like you. When they sit down they have a roll in those perfectly sculpted abs.
Smoke and mirrors.
What are your thoughts? Do you notice these “ex-fat” characters as well? Do you recognize yourself in them? Does it offend you?
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These are AMAZING! Not only are they organic and loaded with antioxidants, but they are also low calorie and taste great!
They’re perfect for any occasion—I carried mine along with me a couple of weeks ago when I ran in the Seneca 7 relay.
Aside from coffee, I’m not one to seek out flavored drinks. However, it’s sometimes nice to stir things up and try something new.
CORE organics has put together a product that offers the perfect solution to your hydration boredom.
So how do these rate on the taste scale?
Here’s how I would rate them in order of preference.
Pomegranate Blue Acai
I actually had a difficult time choosing my favorite, it was a very close tie between Coconut Colada and Orchard Pear. Both were equally wonderful.
I liked that they were both lighter and more refreshing than the others. Watermelon Lemonade fell in middle ground territory . I loved it, but it was definitely a flavor you needed to be having a hankering for. Kind of like when you crave watermelon sour patch candies.
I would pair the Peach Mango with the Orange Clementine as far as flavor spectrum. They are both a bit more sweet and the flavor a bit more powerful.
Last on my list, but on top of hubby’s list was the Pomegranate. He loved it! Me? It was a bit too sweet for my liking.
That said, I would definitely buy these again (hubby loves them). I appreciate that it offers a break to your normal hydration routine.
I only wish the 7/11 near me carried it!
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Now!! For the fun part! I’m giving away 12 free beverage coupons for Core products!!
That’s 12 free bottles of this refreshing libation.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Prana, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. We truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach/Sweat Pink community.
Have you heard of prAna clothing? Prana’s mission “IS TO INSPIRE HEALTHY, ACTIVE, AND FREE-SPIRITED LIVING”.
They create clothes for a healthy lifestyle that can be suited for all acts of daily living, from active comfort to dressy casual, Prana has you covered.
They are also a partner of bluesign systems to lower their impact on the environment. Bluesign ensures that the fabrics used in the manufacturing of their products meet the highest environmental and human safety standards.
A few weeks ago, through my affiliation with Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I was awarded the opportunity to try out a pair of Lennox Leggings in black.
Straight out of the packaging, you can see the high quality of the material and its solid construction. The material is thick and the stitching sturdy. The detailed panelling on the legs adds a beautiful accent to set these leggings apart from your standard black pair.
I must say, I am a fan! The number one thing I look for in leggings is how well they conceal and hold everything in. No one wants a pair of leggings that act like tights and no one likes a waistband that accentuates the mommy tummy.
These leggings fit well and the wide mid-rise waist band is very flattering and comfortable. I’ve used them for daily wear and received many compliments (I’m all about the athleisure clothing trend) .
Do you want to get your hands on some of the new Spring Prana styles? You can use this discount code (PSSS16SMMR) through March 30 to save 15% off your purchase.
I’ve got my eyes on this gorgeous sweater! Isn’t it perfectly spring?
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BOSU, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. We truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach/Sweat Pink community.
As you all know, we love our at home workouts and we love to find new ways to spice them up! Enter the BOSU Sport and BOSU Sport Kids Workout DVD. The BOSU Sport is perfect for your favorite tiny workout buddy! My son had a blast following along for a short while, but I don’t think he’s quite ready for the full length workouts that are featured in the DVDs (he’s only 3.5 years old and the DVDs are for ages 6-12).
Ideally, we would have attempted more routines during the campaign, but we both kept sharing some nasty bugs and it made it difficult to schedule workouts in between dinner and bed time. I am actually hopeful that we can work on putting together a few more workouts and videos, especially since I plan to work on sharing more Mommy and Me inspired workouts (keep an eye out for those, the BOSUs will make a comeback for sure!)
(**Note: please do not use the BOSU without shoes! We foolishly got eager this day and didn’t strap them on. Shoes are a necessity while using the BOSU to prevent slipping or injury)
The DVD moves were quite a bit advanced for my little guy so we often improvised and did our own thing. From planks, to jumps, to squats, he thoroughly enjoyed himself, but as you may have guessed he wasn’t always thrilled to workout with the BOSU (as seen below).
He’s three and he knows he has a reasonable amount of free-will. I can’t force him to join me with every routine and that’s okay. I don’t ever plan to forcefully push my kiddo to do something he doesn’t want to do, but my positive influence does transfer onto him!
There were many times I would catch him copying movements he had seen me perform. Like these BOSU tricep dips! He was actually able to dip himself and push himself back up…ALL ON HIS OWN! (I supervised of course). I look forward to finding new ways to incorporate the BOSU Sport and BOSU Balance trainer into our Mommy and Me routines.
As for me? I think my favorite moves are a tossup! I love the side lunges and squats, but I am also a huge fan of planks and core work.
This month, as a Sweat Pink Ambassador with Fit Approach, I was awarded the opportunity to test out Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter. These products were provided to me for free and though I will be compensated for my review the opinions and experiences expressed are my own.
If you know me then you know I am a huge peanut butter fan!
Add peanut butter to nearly anything and it makes it exponentialy better! My personal favorite ways to use peanut butter are in my morning oats, as a flavor boost in smoothies/shakes, or with apples or carrots as a quick snack.
The only downside to PB?? It’s a calorie and fat dense food and I can only enjoy it in limited quantities. That’s where the powdered stuff comes in!
Packing 85% less calories from fat, powdered PB can be enjoyed without the guilt.
Here are two quick and easy ways to use Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter!
Add it to your favorite smoothie or shake recipe.
Make a quick and healthy snack like apple ‘nachos’.
Simple Chocolate PB Shake
1 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2-1cup water (to thin)
1 scoop of your fave chocolate protein powder (I used Shakeology)
1 handful of ice
2tbs Mighty Nut Powdered PB (I used chocolate)
1 handful of frozen spinach
Mix ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Thickness will vary depending on protein powder type and which liquid you use (I find my shakes with coconut milk are always thicker). Enjoy!
This next recipe is another quickie! You can use a mandolin to slice your apple or do it the old fashioned way with a knife.
1-2 small apples or one large
2tbs Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter (original) mixed with 1-2 tbs water to get to a runny consistency that canbe drizzled over the apples.
Sprinkling of dried cranberries.
Simple. Three steps and you’re ready to head to scarf town!
I’m still working on getting a bit more creative with my uses and plan to use the original in a savory dish. Perhaps something a little Thai inspired? Mmmmmm spicy peanut sauce and chicken! I think I need to get back in that kitchen!
Are you a peanut butter fan? Do you like to use powdered peanut butter? Well here’s your chance to get your hands on your very own stash of Mighty Nut! I’ll be giving away one container to a lucky winner!
Entry rules (follow the rafflecopter link to complete):