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Reebok Z-Rated Shoes & Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. 

Sometimes it’s not enough to just be fast. You need to be able to move quick. If your daily run is never running in a straight line, this shoe is your kind of shoe. Check it out!

reebok zquickReebok just came out with a really cool high-traction running shoe that’s made to move quick. If you like the natural feel of a super light shoe that gives you just enough cushion without losing the feel of the road, this shoe is for you! What I love most about this shoe (besides how light it is) is definitely the traction. Traction is out of control. The outer sole is designed for maximum ground contact so your foot really grabs the ground for quick switches, turns, jumps and stops. Not only is this great for running (especially when your route includes navigating around traffic, puddles, people, dogs and uneven sidewalks) I’m super excited about using these shoes on my functional training days. These shoes are going to crush sprints, box jumps, heismansShuffle Touches, and other exercises that require more traction.

Inspired by hi-performance, Z-Rated tires, the Reebok Z Run running shoe are like sports car tires on your feet. The Z-Rated technology delivers control, traction and speed – just like my Corvette!

reebok zquickHere are the things I like most about the shoe:

  • Super Light
  • Smooth No-Sew upper
  • Low-cut for mobility
  • Roomy toe box
  • Awesome tread for killer control, traction and speed
  • Super flexible midsole

Here’s a cool video on the technology of the shoe:

“These shoes will make you UNNATURALLY QUICK!” So set your timer and get ready to crush this workout!! Click on the workout name to see video demonstration of each exercise.

Today’s Z-Rated Workout:

Set your timer!!!
1/4 mile sprint

 SSS - Cardio, Conditioning, Lower Body

  1. 20 Skaters
  2. 20 Butt-Kicks
  3. 20 Squat Front Kicks (alternating legs)
  4. 20 Butt-Kicks
  5. 20 Shuffle Touches (quick switch)
  6. 20 Butt-Kicks

Complete 3 rounds

1/4 mile sprint

Dead Legs - Legs, Glutes, Hamstrings

  1. 20 Prisoner Squats
  2. 20 Mary Catherines
  3. 20 X-Squats
  4. 20 Crisscross Squats
  5. 20 Bridges
  6. 1-Minute Wall Sits

Complete 3 rounds

1/4 mile sprint and record your time.

How long did it take you to get through it?

The Shoulder Shake-Up Workout

Post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Cory Vines.

shoulder shake-up workout NOTE: Click on the exercise to view video instruction.

1st Segment: HEAVY
3 x 12 Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
3 x 10 Dumbbell Snatch (10 Right/10 Left)
3 x 12 Upright Rows

2nd Conditioning Segment: MODERATE
2 x 10 Step Up & 1-Arm Shoulder Press (R/L)

Super Set: (Right arm first)
1 x 10 1-Arm Step Up (arm stays up)
1 x 15 1-Arm Shoulder Press
(repeat Left Arm – no rest)
x 2

3rd Segment (Arms start shaking!): LIGHT
15 Dumbbell Lateral Raise
30-Second Elbow Plank
X 3 (no rest between exercises & rounds)

3 x 15 Dumbbell Rear Delts

I’M STAYING COOL IN CORY VINES

CORY VINES I’m wore my brand new Cory Vines racerback tank yesterday and loved it. It’s super soft, light, extremely breathable and has moisture wicking technology that allows sweat to evaporate quickly. It fit really nicely (somewhat fitted in the chest area, with a nice bit of light stretch), but a little looser through the waist so I’m not suffocating or feeling like every fat roll is showing through. Best yet, it’s not expensive! Get this tank.

MORE POWER: Power Yoga Workout

Feature Fitness Tool: MASS SUIT
Workout: Simple but POWERful yoga workout (do with or without the suit)
Goal: Strengthen, Tone, Burn More Calories, Challenge Balance, Gain Muscle Control & Improve Flexibility

Here is a yoga workout Steve Pfiester designed for MASS SUIT. You can go through this whole routine with or without it – but the MASS SUIT definitely makes it much more challenging! Give it a try and let us know how you like it!

CLICK HERE to read the whole blog, complete with the written workout to follow.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mass Suit.

The Incredible Flexible Washable Reebok Skyscape

reebok skyscapeReebok Skyscape

Reebok did it again! They came out with the cutest, lightest (5 OUNCE!) , seamless, super comfy and totally machine washable (DID YOU HEAR ME???? I SAAAID MACHINE WASHABLE!!! how COOL is THAT?!) tennis shoe, perfect for daily wear! It’s call the Reebok Skyscape.

Sometimes you just want a cute minimal shoe that is cozy but doesn’t look like an athletic shoe for those days you want to be comfy but you don’t want to look like you are going for a run. If this is YOU, then you might want to try out this cool new pair of kicks.

The material is wild! It’s smooth, soft and stretchy material makes this shoe like nothing else I’ve ever put on my foot. Plus, it has a pillowy tongue with extra cushion so tight laces don’t cut off circulation or irritate the top of your foot. Basically, comfy was their focus and they nailed it. I wore it to work yesterday, knowing I was going to have to stand on my feet for several hours straight, and they didn’t let me down.

Check ‘em out!

sykscape

 

Next on my list are the purple ones! So stinkin’ cute! I’ll be sure to instagram & tweet out more pics, with the hashtag #livewithfire!

reebok skyscape

 

The Long Mile Cardio and Conditioning Workout

box jumps stars

Bored of running? Well here’s a workout that incorporates running and full-body conditioning all in one killer fat-burning calorie-scorching workout!

1/4 Mile Sprint
10 Tuck Jumps
10 Thrusters
10 Box Jumps
10 Push Ups
10 Wall Ups
4 ROUNDS FOR TIME 

If you try this workout – post your time below! I’d LOVE to see how you do! …and you can come back and do it again and see if you can beat your old time!

Here’s the matching graphic if you want to share what you did! :)

The Long Mile Workout

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Reebok Discounts & Giveaways! It PAYS to be a PFIT FRIEND! :)

Save 30% OFF ReebokThis Wednesday 8/14 through Sunday 8/18, Reebok.com is kicking off the Reebok Friends & Family Sale! The Friends & Family Sale (and you ARE my friend and we are practically LIKE family!) is one of Reebok.com’s biggest sales of the year, so make sure to take advantage of this great offer and get 30% off your entire order by using the code FF30 from Wednesday through Sunday!  (Note: Excludes Reebok CrossFit gear, items with $.98 price endings and custom shoes.)

Reebok.com has also marked down some of the hottest apparel and footwear in their Sale Section including Classic leather and Zigs in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes! Men’s, women’s and kid’s hoodies, jackets, shorts, sports bras, and t-shirts are on sale too! Don’t miss out on this opportunity and head to Reebok now!

Here are just a few popular items that are being gobbled up right now.

Men’s
Z03596_01

J99770_01

Men’s BlackTraining Pant Men’s RealFlex Running Shoe
Women’s

Z26159_01

J99621_01

Women’s Long Bra Women’s ZigTech Shark Running Shoe
Children’s

 J98609_01

 V48429_01
Girls ZigLite Rush Running Shoe Boys ZigTech Shark 2.0 Running Shoe

ReebokONE 30 Days of Giveaways Contest

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ReebokONE challenge

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  • Twitter: @ReebokONE
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Free to join, the benefits of being part of the ReebokONE network include:

  • 25% Discount on all Reebok product
  • Access to exclusive content
  • Customized URL and professional fitness profile
  • 10% Commission on all referred sales

**Contest runs from August 8th through September 6th.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Shoulders and Abs Workout

SHOULDERS & ABSThis was my workout yesterday.
Short, sweet and awesome! ;)

CLICK ON THE LINKS TO VIEW VIDEO INSTRUCTION.

SHOULDERS

3 TIMES, NO REST

ABS

3 TIMES, NO REST

Blogger’s Dream Camera: Samsung Galaxy Camera Review and Comparison

Dream Camera Sets Your Photos Free

Samsung Galaxy CameraI recently got the brand new Samsung Galaxy Camera. No, not the Galaxy smart phone. The Galaxy Smart CAMERA – complete with mobile technology for sharing and much more! If you follow me online and ever see #VZWFF on any of my pictures on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc., that photo was taken, and uploaded to social media, with this super cool camera.

I haven’t even scratched the surface of what this camera can do, and still have a lot to learn – but I am really loving it and here’s why!

1.  All I Have To Do Is Say “CHEESE”!

This camera is crazy cool! I mean, it even takes pictures for you! You don’t even have to press a button to snap a pic! How awesome is THAT? The camera recognizes voice commands like Cheese, Smile, Capture or Shoot. If you say “record video” it will start capturing video. Say “timer” and it will give you 10 seconds and take a photo. The same goes with changing modes, turning the flash on or off, or going to the photo gallery to view your pictures. No more hitting wrong buttons. No more stress. Just point and speak!

2. I Can Take It, Edit It, File It, Find It, Share It – Anytime I Want

Samsung Galaxy Camera With a normal camera, I’d take photos and then dump them on my laptop, and have to do all my organizing, editing and sharing there. However, with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, you can edit and share them immediately. Plus, you don’t need to dump and delete photos if you don’t want to – and you probably don’t want to if you want to be able to share them later. However, you don’t want to scroll through a thousand photos to try to find that one picture you want to share either, but with the Samsung Galaxy, you don’t have to! This camera makes organizing your photos easy. By organizing photos, I can access photos I’ve taken a while back quickly, to share any time I want. Since the camera comes with an 8GB memory, plus can hold a 64GB card – I don’t have to be so quick to dump and delete photos – and I have more access to all my favorite photos on the go! FREEEEDOM!!! Of course I back them all up on my laptop regularly, but I love having all my favorite photos with me where ever I go, which is a must for a blogger & FitFluential Ambassador like me!

3. I Get Best of Both Worlds

Samsung Galaxy Camera Have you ever taken a video and as you are taping, you realize you are missing a great photo opportunity to take a great still shot? OR, if you are like me, you’ve been videoing (and didn’t know it) and as soon as you hit the camera button, you realize you messed up and missed the shot? Well, with the Samsung Galaxy Camera you can do BOTH – video AND take a photo! Anytime while you are taking video, you can tap on the camera button and ALSO grab a great pic while you are at it! So, in those cases you try to take a photo and realize you are taping, you still get the shot you wanted too, even when you didn’t mean to record video.

4. My photos are print quality.

Even though I have to post photos for work, I also enjoy photography for fun – and if I get a great shot, I want to know I can print it so my memory can last as long as possible. The Samsung Galaxy’s photos are ready to be framed.

Are Your Photos Printable?

Unfortunately, in today’s world of technology, we take more photos than ever but fewer photos are being printed. While we may not choose to print a lot of photos now, that doesn’t mean one day we will (or one of our loved ones will!). Sadly, if we are all relying on our smart phones to take all of our photos, I’m afraid we will be disappointed when our kids and grandkids go to print off photos for their memory books and picture frames.

Comparing Apples to Raisins

Samsung Galaxy CameraHonestly, it’s not fair to compare the Samsung camera to the iphone 5. As much as I love my iPhone, they are 2 totally different devices. One is truly a camera, and the other is truly a phone with a camera option – big difference. Unfortunately, people use their smart phones as their primary camera all the time – even camera lovers like me.

If this sounds like you, you may want to think again. You can’t get those memories back and once you’ve snapped that pic, all you are left with is that picture – good or bad.

First, let’s look at the basic stats:

Samsung Galaxy CameraSAMSUNG GALAXY: 16 Mega Pixel Camera
IPHONE 5: 8 Mega Pixel Camera (Front Selfie Camera is 1.2MP)

SAMSUNG GALAXY: 21 X Zoom
IPHONE 5: No Optical Zoom (only digital zoom)

SAMSUNG GALAXY: Zenon Flash
IPHONE 5: LED Flash

SAMSUNG GALAXY: Aperture F2.8 – F5.9
IPHONE 5Aperture F2.4

Lights, Camera, Action!

Look at the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Camera (left) and  iPhone 5 (right).

Camera

In these first two pictures, everything seems pretty similar. Both took a great photo that would look great on Instagram. Although the iPhone tends to cast a yellow tint to indoor photos at times, all in all, they both are clear and definitely postable. :)

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Zoom

I kept the same distance as the above photos (about 3-4 feet away) in moderate light and used the zoom to get closer to his face. I then cropped the photo to just show his nose to compare clarity when zooming. As you can tell, the iPhone 5 photo is blurry and soft, where the Samsung Galaxy is much more clear. Zooming on an iPhone will bring you much disappointment, so if you like getting a nice crisp close-up shot, you need to keep your iPhone in your pocket.

IPHONE vs SAMSUNG GALAXY IMG_6886B

Flash

Lighting can make or break a shot in a heartbeat. Here is an example of using the iPhone at night inside without the flash.

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This is an example of using the iPhone’s LED flash – always a disappointment.

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This is an example of a photo using the Samsung Galaxy Camera flash in the same lighting conditions. The result is super clear, crisp and alive. LOVE IT!

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Printing

Even if you do take a great shot on your smart phone, is it good enough to blow up and put on your wall? Here are some tips on how to figure out what size you need to print your photos.

Pixel Size for Print: Multiply the image height and width by 300 (8×10 = 2400×3000 pixels)
Megapixels Needed: Multiple the pixel dimensions together (2400×3000 becomes 7.2 million).

That number (7.2) is the number of megapixels needed to record a print quality 8×10 image. But, you also need to take in consideration you may want to crop the photo. In that case, you would actually be blowing it up bigger than the original 8×10 size to fill the 8×10 space, which means it will likely lose quality. While an 8 x 10 is Ok for some pictures, some pictures demand more attention and are screaming to be a centerpiece on the wall. The question is, will your photo make it or break it?

old rusty carsDon’t think you’ll ever want to blow something up that big? You never know! A few years back I was driving to my sister’s wedding and saw these old rusty cars on the side of the road. I hopped out and took a few shots. Luckily, I had my big nice camera with me (because I was taking wedding pictures) but, normally, I wouldn’t have that camera with me in the car. It turned out so nice, that I had it enlarged on canvas for Steve’s office. Sure, if I had my iphone, it would have made a great shot for Flickr or Instagram, but it looks even more amazing on our wall (pictured here above his couch to show the printed size)!

With the Samsung Galaxy, I can have the convenience of photo sharing without compromising on quality – plus it fits nicely in even my smallest purse! Needless to say, I’m loving it!

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lifestyles of the Fit and Fantabulous

The Day in the Life of a Fitness Blogger, Trainer, Gym Owner, Dog Lover, Picture Taker, FitFluential Ambassador…(ME!)

steve and bonnieMost of the time, when you read a fitness article in a magazine, you have no idea who’s writing it. You don’t know what they look like, where they live or how they act. That’s what makes bloggers a little different. We tend to come with a little more personality, a little more fun, more “reality” and, frankly, more honesty. No one’s editing my blogs. No one tells me what to write, or what not to write. My blogs are raw, real, fun and very much alive. Although you may know what I look like, and know my personality a little, nothing beats video footage – hence the world’s love for reality TV.

So who the heck am I really? I mean, many of you have never even met me or my honey “for reals” – live and in person. ;) Unless you’ve watched me on video, or you take Steve’s classes online, you probably don’t know that I have a southern accent or that I ride a motorcycle – and you haven’t had the ‘pleasure‘ of hearing Steve’s bad jokes (especially the “two talking muffins”) haha. You may not know my husband and I both play the trumpet (yes, we were band geeks) and that Steve’s main source of transportation in college was a unicycle (true story). Ok, maybe you don’t want to know that (that kind of information might not get us on the cool couple list! lol). Anywho, let’s have a little fun!

tutu on the head

As a blogger, sometimes it’s challenging to show your personality through words alone. Sometimes, readers just want to know the person doing the writing a little better. You may wonder what we really act like, how they think, how we talk, what we do – outside of the blogger world. Since the fitness business is so intimidating, many people may wonder if we’d make them feel comfortable if they joined our gym, or if we we take fitness too seriously (that’s a big fat no! Fitness is serious business, but it HAS to be FUN). And, maybe you wonder what the heck to gym owner people do anyway? Workout all day? haha! Nope! I can answer that one right now! ;)

bonnie pfiesterWell, here is a video that not only captures our training style and personality at the gym, but it gives you a little peak into our home and our marriage. I hope you can get to know us a little better (and I hope we don’t scare you off too bad with our dorky personalities! lol).

My goal is nothing more than for you to just get to know us a little better, and maybe have a giggle along with way!

Steve and Bonnie Pfiester own Max Fitness Club in Vero Beach Florida and are the founders of BCx Boot Camp certification and workout program offered across the globe. Steve is the creator of BCx Treadz, brand new innovative and exciting treadmill workout video series, just released this week.

As FitFluential Brand Ambassadors, Steve and Bonnie represent major fitness brands, creating fun and educational fitness content for a variety of brands including:

reebokReebok
GNC
Verizon
Designer Whey
Sears
Detour Bar
DualFit
Car National Rental
Polar
StrongerRX
Bodylastics
LiveExercise
LoseIt
Chobani
and many more…

 

The Ultimate Off-Road Running Shoe

rampage-jackson-reebok-atv-shoeNOTE: This is a product review. Although I am a Reebok Ambassador, I am not obligated to say great things about the product if I don’t like it. It  just so happens I love about 99.9% of their stuff. I choose to work with brands I believe in. Reebok is one of them. :)

It was nearly 5 months ago Steve got his first pair of Reebok ATVs. I was SO jealous! They were rediculously cool! Promoted big by A-Team (Mr. T) star and MMA fighter, Rampage Jackson, the news of this off-road shoe quickly became hot news.

Well, FINALLY, I got to join the dirty fun! I have to admit, Steve was pretty skeptical at first when he got his. But, after injuring his knee last year, he said the ATVs were the only shoe he’d wear outdoors because of the insane stability. They just made him feel safer. Well, that went in one ear and out the other…until I hurt my ankle shortly after. Then I wanted a pair!

Reebok ATV LadiesNow ATVs are out for women and I am proud to say I was one of the first to give them a try – and I love them. Not only do they have a cool looking design to them, they have all kinds of perks. Check it out!

1.) No more pebbles. If you are tired of picking rocks out of your shoes, this shoe is the answer. The sole design is a lot more open, and the rounded edges and overall design doesn’t allow for stuff to get wedged between cracks. This makes them easy to clean – and less likely to bring your dirty run inside your clean house.

2.) No more slipping. They have a super-gripping sole that can give you traction on all kinds of surfaces – dry or wet.

Space craft3.) No more twisted ankles. The lugs (the round knobby things on the bottom) are like kickstands in every direction surrounding the center of the shoe. It’s nearly impossible to turn your ankle because of this support.They kinda remind me of a space craft or a tripod.

It’s that wide stance (like an ATV) that gives the shoe such amazing stability.

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4.) No more slow runs. The 19 lugs dig into ground to give you better power and secure footing in sand, mud, snow and grass.

ATV 195.) No more boring runs. With the Reebok ATV, you are no longer confined to the sidewalk. You can run anywhere safely. Not only can you take more scenic trails, but they are great for nice leisure hikes too!

The hardest part of owning this shoe is getting it dirty! They are SO pretty – I have to admit, it hurt a little “breaking her in” BUT that’s why I bought Reebok shoe cleaner – and it worked like a charm! I took these puppies home, gave them a good scrub with the shoe cleaner (which has a built-in brush) and they came out as good as new. HOWEVER, if you plan on abusing these bad boys, choose your color accordingly!)

PS ladies, I have bought several pair of men shoes when I couldn’t find a color I liked and I couldn’t tell that they fit me any differently. So, it’s worth a try if you want one of the guy’s black pair so you can reeeeeally get them muddy!!

Here’s a great video explaining the technology of the shoe. 

Here’s a cool video of the shoe being put to the test.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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