Hydro Inertia Training With The Surge

16426277_1342033315848549_6104887067993813124_n  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.

What is The Surge??

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

If you’d like to learn more go to www.hedstromfitness.com/sweatpink.

If you’ve seen enough and want to buy your own Surge go to the link use code 💗SPHF25 to save 25% off your order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Review: BOSU Sport/BOSU Family pack

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.

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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).

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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!)

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(**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).

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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!

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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.

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Are you interested in incorporating the BOSU Sport into your family workouts?  Use code: BOSUSWEATPINK15. This will give you the following offer: Purchase a BOSU Sport and get the BOSU Sport-Kids DVD for FREE!!

Product Review/Giveaway: Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter

 
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!

  1. Add it to your favorite smoothie or shake recipe.
  2. 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!

 


Apple “Nachos”


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.
Recipe:

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):

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YjVjYmYwZWMwNDdkODExZmJmYmZiYjQyZjVjODIwOjU=/?

  • Follow @GoMightyNut on Twitter
  • Follow @GoMightyNut on Instagram
  • Tweet about the giveaway. Sample tweet: I would LOVE to create recipes with @GoMightyNut! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink mightynut.com
  • Pin a picture from MightyNut.com

 

 

#BOSUstrong Challenge Starts Monday 9/14/2015!!

Today I am embarking on a 4 week challenge with BOSU and Sweat Pink to prove to the world that I am #BOSUSTRONG.
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 I will squat, mountain climb, plank, push-up, lunge, crunch, and balance my way to a stronger core and leaner body.  And I will encourage my family, fit friends, and fellow challengers to join me on this fun journey because we are one big, happy #FitFamily.

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Being #BOSUStrong is not just about movement, sweat, or even owning a BOSU, its about being a leader, an inspiration to others, and sharing my own fitness journey with others. The 5 things that make be #BOSUStrong are:

  • My strong__determination__.
  • My ability to_persevere___.
  • My love for__health and fitness__.
  • My healthy __mindset__.
  • And my _desire to help others achieve their goals_.

So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me, @sarah_griff_fit in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

And don’t be afraid to get your family and little ones involved!  The great thing about this challenge is that anyone and everyone can participate!  I’m eager to use the BOSU to aid in my PT for my running injury (which, I’ve yet to mention on here–oops! I’ll update on that soon) and to combine with my favorite Beachbody workouts.

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As usual, little man is always eager to join me on my ventures and pretty soon he’ll be receiving his very own mini-BOSU (the BOSOsport) along with workouts geared towards kiddos. We’re lucky enough to also be participating in the #FitFamily challenge as well!

SO!! Are you ready??  Let’s get #BOSUstrong together and hustle for the muscle.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along HERE.

Week 1 Instagram prompts (9/14-9/18):

(Make sure you tag @Bosu_Fitness on Instagram & @BosuFitness on Twitter):

    • Monday, 9/14: It’s #MOUNTAINCLIMBMONDAY! Show us your favorite way to climb that mountain whether it be with hiking poles, in plank position or….? Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Tuesday, 9/15: #tempotuesday we want to see how you’re getting your heart rate up today. Tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: Show us your favorite tricep workout and tag #triceptuesday and #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Wednesday, 9/16: Drop down and give us some #BURPEES! Even better if you can make them #BOSUBurpees! Tag  #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 9/17: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body cardio move! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of the most brutal cardio workout you’ve ever done! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 9/18: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Put those forearms to work. Show us your BEST cardio move for #forearmfriday. Forearm plank mountain climbers, dolphin push-ups, forearm plank toe taps…something else? Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Notes: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down (images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge).

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.

Product Review & Giveaway: MealEnders

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.

 ****WINNER ANNOUNCED!  CONGRATS NICOLE!****

A few weeks ago I was awarded the opportunity to try out MealEnders signaling lozenges.   What are MealEnders?  They are toted as the cure to overeating and work by acting on our body’s physical and psychological cues to help you avoid overeating and master portion control.

 

According to the MealEnder’s website this is how they work….

“MealEnders’ active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge.  First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal.  Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.  You can feel your MealEnder go to work instantly.”

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I wasn’t quite sure what to think when I heard of this theory, but figured it couldn’t hurt to give them a try.  I’m all for finding things that can help stop my brain’s hunger signals and popping a piece of ‘candy’ seemed easy enough.

TASTE:

Let’s first talk about taste!  These little lozenges were not what I expected. I imagined that they would just be straight up hard candy that I would suck on.  They’re not just hard candy though, they are coated in a creamy outer layer that is super decadent.  I loved each flavor, but my favorite was the Chocolate Mint.

Chocolate Mint:  These reminded me of Andes mints and they were delish!  The only down side is that they left me craving Andes mints!

Cinnamon:  These were not what I expected, the flavor is reminiscent of apple pie or coffee cake.  I unexpectedly enjoyed these.

Citrus: These reminded me of lemon custard or a creamy lemon meringue flavor.

Mocha:  These were my least favorite of the flavors, but they were still good.  I’m just not a huge mocha person.

EFFECT:

I wish I could say that these little lozenges are miracle workers, but I can’t.  I do think they aid in keeping your mind occupied after you’re finished eating a meal, but for me the first few minutes of tasting the creamy outer layer send me into craving mode.  I know this might not be the case for everybody, but I try to avoid candy like foods because they are triggers for me.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t think they had a positive effect.  I did find that waiting it out and getting to the end of the lozenge did help to stop my urge to eat more.  The taste of the lozenge changes as you work your way through and the unique tingling sensation at the end does help to turn of the urge to eat more.

I do like having them for days where I struggle with overeating, but I don’t feel like they are meant for me at every meal.  I might be more apt to use them when I’m dining out or indulging in foods that I am more prone to overeating.  I know that right now, with my current meal plan, I’m having a hard enough time eating all of the food on my plate (I’m in a higher bracket of the 21 Day Fix Extreme plan and it’s a lot of food!) and adding in a hunger stopping lozenge doesn’t make sense.

In short, I do sense the effect and have seen the most success with using them after an evening meal (when hunger cues are high).

OVERALL RECOMMENDATION:

I recommend these lozenges for your cheat meals or for when you have a hard time shutting off the hunger (when you know you’ve had enough to eat).  I don’t necessarily think they are good for people like me that struggle with craving triggers–for me these often left me craving more chocolate or sweets and for the 20 minutes I worked on them I couldn’t stop day dreaming about desserts.

I do feel like once you get to the end the effect is greater, but I find it hard to believe that you can’t achieve the same effect by brushing your teeth immediately after a meal.  I will continue to use the remainder of the product and hope that my view may change, but upon my initial uses I’m not extremely impressed.

I do think they would work great if you’re someone that doesn’t struggle with food triggers and would highly recommend them to you.  For me the triggering effect is too high and I felt like it outweighed the benefit.  I should add that on the days where the trigger wasn’t as bad I did notice a decline in my hunger cues, especially when used in the evenings.

GIVEAWAY:

If you’re interested in trying these out for yourself be sure to get entered into my giveaway!!  To enter visit the link below and get entered!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b5cbf0ec4/?

 

 

 

Product Review and Giveaway: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Hello everyone!   It’s been a long while since my last post, but I’m back at it again!  I’m finally recovered after 3 weeks of being sick and actually have the energy to get back to blogging and chatting about some of my newest finds and happenings.

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.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts and I couldn’t have been more impressed.  I honestly didn’t even know what hemp hearts were until I received my bag, but I figured it was worth a shot since I had so thoroughly enjoyed their Hemp Pro 70.

What are hemp hearts?  To put it simply, they are raw shelled hemp seeds and nutritional powerhouses.

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  • Great tasting – Hemp Hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut.
  • Easy to use – Simply sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package!
  • Nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
  • Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax

 

Now that you know what they are and what they offer let’s get talking about taste!  I love these things!  They might look like bird food, but they pack a lot of taste and of the many seeds and mix-ins I’ve tried this might top the list.  The flavor is nutty and reminded me of crushed walnuts.  It was perfect for topping on my oatmeal, yogurt, and on peanut/cashew buttered Ezekiel bread.

Even my three year old really enjoyed them!  After his first bite I asked him if he liked them. His reply, “No.  I REALLY, REALLY like them!  They are yummy.”

In short, these little nuggets of goodness are the perfect snack food.  I’m actually eager to order up a larger bag for when I run out (they are that tasty).

My favorite way to eat them was on top of my Greek yogurt!



 Let’s get to those giveaway details!  ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL WIN A FREE BAG OF HEMP HEARTS!!  To enter you must follow the rafflecopter link and complete the following tasks:

  • follow @ManitobaHarvest on IG and Twitter
  • tweet about the giveaway
  • follow @sarah_griff_fit @manitobaharvest on IG
  • follow @SarahGriffFit on Twitter

To Enter Visit:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b5cbf0ec3/?

Giveaway deadline is 3/17/15!  Be sure to get entered today!

 

 

Product & Workout Review: ActivMotion Bar

**This is a paid review, but my experiences and opinions are my own.  As a blogger and fitness enthusiast I do my best to provide true and honest accounts of fitness products and routines.  

 

A few weeks ago I was awarded the opportunity to review the new ActivMotion Bar.  Have you heard of it?

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What is an ActivMotion Bar?  Acting on the premise of stability training the bar is filled with rolling weights that move as you work to stabilize them all while engaging your core.  This action of engaging and disrupting movements is called Disruptive Training.

“Disruptive Training progresses people through three phases of training, with the end results being increased core strength, improved mind-muscle activation and awareness, and smart muscles that will protect and perform.”

The closest thing I’ve tried to this were fluid filled pvc pipes at a crossfit booth last summer.  I remember being thrown off-balance when I used the bar for the routine, the shift of weight made the overhead squats that much more of a challenge.  So when I learned about what this bar did it seemed like it would be a great way to boost my workouts.

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Upon initial receipt of the bar I was a little disappointed in the weight.  I like to consider myself a strong woman and figured that this 6 lb bar wouldn’t have much to offer in the form of challenging my body.  Let me tell you this, I was wrong.

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I had just started up with Body Beast and many of the exercises called for a standard weight bar (which I didn’t have).  After seeing Tony Horton use the bar in some of his routines I figured it would be just as easy to adapt it to my own program.

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It’s come in use the most during leg day and I’ve found it to be great for focusing on proper form during those hefty leg exercises.  I have weak knees so there is no need (or desire) for me to go heavy on the weights when lunging and squatting so the bar worked well to challenge my form.

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After using the bar to focus on form during my Body Beast workouts I decided to change things up and give it a go and test out some of the moves in the Movement Library.

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This bar is perfect for core work!  It’s something that I often neglect (unless it’s built into my routine) and I was glad to see moves geared towards building my core strength.

 

Moves that might otherwise seem simple were amplified when I added in the bar.  Hip bridges and heel touches never felt more challenging.  I stood corrected and was thoroughly impressed with the workout.

I’ve yet to get through every workout DVD that came with the bar, but liked what I have seen so far.  At home workouts are obviously not new to me so I have a lot to offer in comparison.

My only gripe with the workout DVDs that I’ve tried so far is that they are obviously low-budget production quality.  The first DVD I used had issues of blacking out a couple of times through the workout and there weren’t any bells and whistles.  This is not a deal breaker.  If you’re determined to get a good workout in, then these minor issues won’t bother you much.

I blame my bias for these DVDs on my overuse of Beachbody programs and the like.  I’ll admit, I always compare other workout DVDs to my BB collection and it’s a hard habit to break. I’ve been using their programs for so long and have become conditioned to the format.

I do however see the value of a great product and look forward to using this piece of equipment in the future and adapting it to my current Beachbody routines.
Screen shot 2015-02-03 at 8.57.53 AMFor more information on the bar and how to order your own be sure to visit http://www.activmotionbar.com to view their great selection of products.  The bar is available in various weight increments and there are great combination kits up for grabs.