Athlete Inspired Jewelry Giveaway!


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I’m so excited to announce that Jenifer from Athlete Inspired has offered to do another giveaway for your chance to win a piece of her super cute jewelry!!  As you might remember, last year she sent me a “Run” necklace and I have worn it nearly everyday since I received it!!

 

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After 26.2 miles wearing my Athlete Inspired “Run” necklace!

 

If you’d like a chance to win your own Athlete Inspired jewelry, you can click here to enter!

Which piece will you choose if you win?

Good luck!!

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The Project: IMMERSIVE FITNESS ™ by Les Mills


You’ve most likely heard of Les Mills, the creator of training programs such as BODYCOMBAT™ (martial arts), BODYPUMP™(weights), RPM™ (indoor cycling) and its recent LES MILLS GRIT™ Series (30-minute high intensity interval training). Now there’s a new exercise concept that they’ve developed with Reebok that’s like no other. It’s called Immersive Fitness™.

The following video stars Genevieve Aitken, a 25-year-old stunt performer and actress whose recent projects include Mad Max, The Hobbit trilogy and Evil Dead. Here’s a preview into what it means to be fully immersed in your workout:

 The Project: IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ surrounds participants with cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio. Instructors cue exercise moves synchronized perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. The new concept is the integration of technology, exercise education and creative design.

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Together Reebok and Les Mills are showcasing fitness in the digital age. The Project: IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ draws inspiration from live music performance technology and 360° cinema to take the studio workouts to the next level.

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“The Project adds a rich visual experience to music and group exercise choreography,” said Les Mills Program Director Les Mills Jr. “Participants taking part in a cycle class may find themselves riding up an impossibly steep glacier or sprinting their way around a digital velodrome. In a dance class you might be immersed in a tent at a music festival, where everybody’s dancing together.”

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Phillip Mills, Chief Executive of Les Mills said, “The concept of ‘Immersive Fitness’ is all about what the fitness community refer to as the ‘zone’ – that state of mind where people are performing at their peak; a place of focus, achievement and fulfillment. At Les Mills, we have been creating group workout environments that lead people to the zone for 30 years; through music, choreography and rock star instructors. The Project really takes the zone to the next level and we, along with our collaborator Reebok, are so thrilled to share this brand new fitness experience with the world.”

Following its debut in London, The Project: IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ will make a promotional tour of major European cities including Stockholm, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Milan, giving fitness enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the new program free of charge. A wider consumer launch in Europe and the United States is planned for 2015. Currently, there are plans for a US tour in 2015 that would feature pop-up, purpose built studios to allow consumers to try the experience.

The dates and cities of the tour are TBD, but you can receive updates. Sign up for updates here or follow along on Instagram: http://instagram.com/thepr0ject

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What do you think about this next level of fitness? I think this sounds amazing and is something that would be a lot fun to participate in!!

The next level of fitness is here. IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ surrounds participants with cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio. Exercise moves synchronize perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. Learn more!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Pure LYFT Review #CleanCaffeine


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Recently, I was given the opportunity to review Pure LYFT Clean Caffeine Sticks through #SweatPink. Since I am a coffee drinker, I was curious about how I’d like them and how they’d compare to my cup of coffee in the morning. I mixed mine with a glass of water and some lemon slices. I didn’t notice any taste/aftertaste that I’ve sometimes noticed in other drinks that have caffeine added to them and it seemed to give me the energy boost I was looking for.

 

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Here’s some information about their product:

  • Clean Taste
  • Can be used with a variety of different beverages from water to freshly pressed juices to coconut water
  • Vibrant Alertness
  • No artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives
  • Caffeine equivalent to one tall coffee
  • Zero Calories

Pure LYFT Energy Stir Sticks are a cool, new way to get all natural caffeine and stir energy into any beverage you’re drinking. The energy is derived from all natural green coffee bean extract and has vitamins A and B complex.  With 0 calories and a clean taste, it’s a perfect pre-workout boost, gets you over that 3pm slump, or to keep your energy up while you’re painting the town red!
It’s also the perfect alternative to sugary energy drinks and shots. And if you’re ditching soda, LYFT gets the caffeine (equal to one tall coffee) you miss without the chemicals and calories.  You can easily stash it in your gym bag or even a small purse, making it an easy, lightweight, on-the-go option for energy.

How to use: Simply peel down the label completely off the whole stick and remove it. Stir the stick into any beverage for approximately 20 seconds. Toss the stick or keep it in your glass.

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In my opinion, if you’re looking to switch things up or if you’re not a coffee drinker but looking for a caffeine boost, this works great! I can’t say that I’ll be giving up my cups of coffee but this is a great alternative to mix into a cold glass of water or lemonade –  especially on these hot, summer days in Mississippi!

You can find them on these social channels:

Website:  http://www.purelyft.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purelyftenergy
Instagram: http://instagram.com/purelyft/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/purelyft

 Happy Running!

 

 

Disclosure: I was given this product in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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How’s your Posture? Take the #PosturePledge from Backjoy!


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When I was  a young girl, my mom would remind me constantly that I needed to stand up straight, not only because it improved my appearance but because it was good for me. Even though I didn’t think much about it back then, I’ve since realized that she knew what she was talking about.  As a runner, I’ve learned that good posture is extremely important. I don’t always have correct posture when I run and I definitely notice the side effects of it.

May is National Correct Posture Month and Backjoy wants to help make you more aware of the benefits of sitting or standing up straight. They recently contacted me and asked if I’d like to participate in their #PosturePledge and were kind enough to send me a SitSmart Posture Plus and a Stress Roller to try out.

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Here’s what Backjoy says about their #PosturePledge campaign:

May is National Correct Posture Month and BackJoy is taking a stand—up straight, that is! Pledge to make posture top of mind when you sit, stand, sleep and move throughout the month and we’ll send you a FREE SitSmart Posture Plus in return.

Small actions, one day at a time, can have lasting, positive changes…and better posture will help you breathe better, lower stress hormones, build confidence and achieve greater focus and energy—not to mention you’ll have less back pain!

Pick your #PosturePledge action for May:

1.) Improve sitting posture at work
2.) Ditch the heels and invest in “zero drop” shoes
3.) Sleep on your side or back instead of your stomach
4.) Be conscious of “technology posture” and “text neck” – The 3 T’s: Texting, Tablet, TV (Gaming)
5.) Incorporate core exercises into your workout routine
6.) When you lift heavy things (weights, boxes, kids), bend at the knees, not the back
7.) Tell your mom “thanks”! She was right—sit and stand up straight.
8.) Consult with a posture professional (PT, chiropractor, ergonomist)
9.) Stretch—do pilates, yoga, swimming…
10.) Eat healthy and watch your weight

Here’s how it works:

Submit your name, email and mailing address in the fields below and tell us which #PosturePledge you’re committing to for the month.

Be one of the first 500 people to take the #PosturePledge and BackJoy will mail you a FREE SitSmart Posture Plus* (a $40 value) to help you on your posture journey and enter you to win the full suite of BackJoy products. Once 500 people have taken the #PosturePledge, any additional pledgers will be entered to win BackJoy’s grand prize.

 

I’ve decided that my #PosturePledge is #7 (Thanks Mom!) and #7 (I definitely need to work on my posture when I’m texting or on my laptop). What’s yours? If you’re ready to take their pledge, click the picture below and enter for your chance to win a SitSmart Posture Plus!!

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Click here for a few more tips from their blog about the 10 Posture Pledges. You can also check them out on Twitter and Pinterest!


 

 

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Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator #fuelyourbetter


 

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My husband and I are always looking for ways to improve our running and as you probably know, recovery is a big part of that. I was so excited when Vega Sport asked me to try out their Recovery Accelerator.

 

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Even though we aren’t currently training for a marathon, we are still always wanting to make sure we recover the best we can after we finish our speed drills or hill training during 5k/10k racing season. 

I received my box in the mail just a couple of days before I ran in our local 5k race, which has a very hilly course. I decided to try it out after the race that day since I knew that I’d be running really hard and dealing with lots of hills.

I will first say that I’m not vegan so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried it but was pleasantly surprised. The flavor was “Tropical” and I thought it had a really good taste and not a bad aftertaste either. I didn’t notice as much muscle soreness like I sometimes do when I race on hills.  My son, who also runs and bikes, tried it after a hard workout and noticed a faster recovery time.

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Here’s what Vega Sport says about their Recover Accelerator:

The first all-natural, plant-based recovery drink mix specifically developed to address all six key elements of post-workout recovery: muscle glycogen replenishment, muscle tissue repair and protein synthesis, hormonal support, soft-tissue repair, immune system support, inflammation reduction and rehydration.

The unique formula of Recovery Accelerator features an innovative blend of synergistic plant-based ingredients, like glucosamine, maca, devil’s claw, L-arginine and American ginseng, specifically selected to: replenish energy and electrolytes, reduce inflammation, muscle and joint pain, support immune system24 and protein synthesis, and reduce recovery time between training.

Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator also features a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, a combination shown to increase muscle glycogen re-synthesis – a crucial component of post-workout recovery.

 

All in all, I’d say it’s been working well for me and I look forward to using it more during my training – especially after some longer runs when we begin our marathon training again! 

 

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How about you? What do you use to recover after training hard? What’s holding you back from better?

 

Happy Running!

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: I received Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator in exchange for my review as part of the Fuel Your Better campaign by Vega Sport and Fit Approach. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Introducing Beamly!


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This isn’t running related but is something I think you might be interested in checking out!

Have you heard of Beamly? I hadn’t until recently but think it’s a really great concept! With a busy household, my husband and I don’t get to watch a ton of TV shows (unless it’s on one of the many children’s channels) but when we do, we like to find a really great series or two to watch. Sometimes, it’s just as much fun to sit and talk about what happened or what we think/wish would happen next on those shows!

With Beamly, you can do just that! It’s a social network for TV where you can go chat with fellow fans and get the latest news and updates on all of your favorite shows!

Two of our favorite shows are Game of Thrones and The Blacklist. (By the way, am I the only one that thinks Red, played by James Spader, could be also be played by John Lithgow??)

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For the next 4 weeks, I’m collaborating with Beamly and will be contributing in some of the rooms. I’ve already set up my profile and would love for you to follow me so we can discuss our favorite shows! (New ones or the old stand-bys like Seinfeld.) You can use it on your computer or download the free app for iPhone, iPad, or Android.

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What are some of your favorite shows to watch? Are there some that we’re missing out on and need to watch?

Hope to see you there!

 

Beamly is THE 24 X 7 social and content network for TV and TV fans. Join me today in TV conversations and get the latest juice and gossip about your favorite shows!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zeebox. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Gymdoll Tank Top Giveaway!


 

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Would you like to win this tank top from Gymdoll? Just follow this Rafflecopter giveaway link!

Good Luck!!

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