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Lunge-Hour Workout

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

Reebok CrossFit GearNothing sculpts the glutes, inner and out thigh, and legs like lunges. Here is a killer lung workout you can do anywhere. NOTE TO LADIES: If you are sick of workout shorts riding up on leg day, these CrossFit Shorts totally rock. they have built-in undies (so no accidental flashing of pink parts, lol) and, while the fit flat and snug around the waist, they are loose around the thigh – and the stretch fabric lets you kick, squat and lunge without binding up or pulling. Plus, they don’t look like those running shorts that are so baggy they look like diapers. These shorts are all the same comfort, but much more flattering. :)

LUNGE-HOUR WORKOUT

Reebok

30 WALKING LUNGES
30 Seconds Rest

15 Static Lunges (right leg forward)
15 Lunge Kick (right)
15 Diagonal Lunge (45˙, right leg)
15 Stomps (right)
30 Seconds Rest

30 WALKING LUNGES
30 Seconds Rest

15 Static Lunges (left leg forward)
15 Lunge Kick (left)
15 Diagonal Lunge (45˙, right left)
15 Stomps (left)

30 WALKING LUNGES
30 Seconds Rest

REPEAT 3 TIMES

My newest Reebok CrossFit Gear:

CrossFit Perform Tank (what I am wearing today!)

Reebok CrossFit Tank

CrossFit Shore Training Shorts (the shorts I’m wearing in the above pic)

Reebok CrossFit Clothes

CrossFit Intensity Shorts (LOVE THESE!!)

Reebok CrossFit Clothes

CrossFit Endurance Training Jaquard Hoodie (AWESOME FIT!)

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CrossFit Skinny Strap Bra (super cool design!)

Reebok CrossFit Sportsbra Reebok CrossFit Sportsbra

 

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 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

 

Custom Reeboks Give-a-Way and Black Friday $avings

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

Win YourReeboks – Custom Shoes Designed by YOU!

grey and pink nano 2.0Check out the Black Friday Deals, including discounts on Nano 2.0s and BOGO specials!!
…..AAAAND ENTER HERE to WIN a Gift Card to create your very own custom Reebok shoes!!!! Just tell me what your favorite Reebok product is and I will announce the lucky winner Monday! 

Here is one of the custom Nano 2.0 shoes I’ve designed.
CLICK HERE to design your own shoes!

KILLER Black Friday Weekend Offers: 

Reebok Nano 2.0’s for $75.00 with the promotional code “NANO”

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Nano 2.0 Product Information

The next generation Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 is here! You the community have asked for more flexibility and breathability while maintaining stability in your footwear. The same low profile platform balances cushioning and low-to-ground feel so you can stay quick, safe and comfortable through the toughest of WODs.

Reebok Nano 2.0

• Breathable mesh upper for added ventilation
• Low-cut for added mobility, upper designed for lateral support and stability
• DuraGrip print along the toe cap makes it durable for a longer use
• High abrasion rubber outsole for improved durability
• Full length low profile with EVA midsole for cushioning and low-to-ground feel
• Forefoot flex grooves for added flexibility

Buy any apparel item, get a second 50% off. Code: “BOGO”
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Runs 7:00pm on Thanksgiving through Sunday, December 1st on www.shop.reebok.com.

Best One-of-a-Kind Christmas Gift for Fitness

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

ReeboksI love fashion. I may not always be the most “fashionable”, but I love to “play” with style. Since there are not a lot of accessories you can wear while working out, (I mean, it’s not like you can wear bangle bracelets, chunky necklaces and chandelier earrings), you’re somewhat limited to the actual clothes you have to wear to get your sweat on.

For instance, I have to wear socks, so they might as well be fun! I have to wear tennis shoes, so they might as well be colorful. I often have to put my hair up in a ponytail, so why not wear pigtails with matching rubber bands? Why not, right?

FUN SOCKS

I wear workout clothes for a living. After years of wearing black and grey, I was super excited about all the pretty color that entered into the fitness world. Then I discovered cute tennis shoes that didn’t look like bulky tennis shoes. Slowly, but surely, I started wearing more tennis shoes with everyday clothing – because shoes were so much cuter than ever before. Since I have so many flashy colored Reeboks, I was ready to get a more neutral pair for every day use – in or out of the gym. I have have very little that matches grey, and NOTHING that matches blue, so I thought I’d try designing my next pair of shoes!  Here are some of my custom Nano 2.0s (my favorite in and out of the gym tenny!). Now I’m just trying to figure out which one to buy – OR should I try a new color combo?

Which one do you like best?  

Pink & Grey Skulls

grey and pink nano 2.0

Grey & Green Tape

Grey & Green Nanos

Patriotic Skulls

Customized Nano 2.0

Girly Blue Camo

Blue Camo Nano 2.0

Blue and Red Tape

nano 2.0 blue and red tape

Navy Nanos (you can even customize the text on the shoe!)

NAVY REEBOK NANO 2.0S

Here is a pair Steve designed earlier this year!

custom nano 2.0 nanos2

 

15 Different Styles – Endless Colors, Patterns, Fabrics, & Options

Your Pumps

Boost Your Workout With This 2-Minute Blitz

If you feel like you need a little oomph in your workouts, or maybe you just want to work on your conditioning. The 2-Minute Blitz is a perfect quick circuit to put in your existing routine.

The Blitz is only made up of 4 simple, but intense, exercises. The idea is to go as fast as you can for 10 seconds for each exercise, and repeat the circuit 3 times through (without rest) for 2 minutes. It will really get your heart rate going, and take your workout to another level. Give it a try!

Click on the exercise for video instruction: Burpee, Push-ups, Big Axe Jacks (minus the football stomps in this video) and Mountain Climbers.

2-minute blitz

The New Nano Speed – The Perfect Cross-Trainer

Reebok Nano Speed

If you are looking for a running shoe that is also a great cross-training shoe (perfect for blitzes like this one, and weight training), Reebok just came out with a new cross training shoe, called the Nano Speed – a part of their new CrossFit Speed Collection.

The Nano Speed has some of the same technology as the Nano 2.0 and Nano 3.0, but it made for longer runs. So, if you want to do a run, as well as hit the gym, this maybe just what you are looking for!

Reebok says, “There are plenty of running shoes that you can do CrossFit in, but we made the FIRST CrossFit shoe that you can run in.” You don’t have to do CrossFit to enjoy this shoe – anyone who lifts weights, does boot camps or sports conditioning will enjoy having a great cross-training shoe.

The CrossFit Nano Speed Is:

  • Lightweight (lighter is better!)
  • Durable (because we want shoes to last)
  • Greater traction (great for box jumps)
  • flexibility (mountain climbers)
  • Protects for feet for impact (plyos)
  • Rope Guard (for climbing rope)
  • 3mm heel to toe drop (for a natural feel)

Here is a video that talks about their entire Speed Collection, including their new Nano Speeds.

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

Reebok Nano 3.0 Product Review: 5 Things I Love

Nano 3.0People have been asking me how I like my new Reebok Nano 3.0s. Before I answer, I must tell you how much I love my Nano 2.0s already. I have to admit, I was a little bummed when I heard they had changed. I loved my old ones so much, I was worried I wouldn’t like these as much. However, like with anything else Reebok gets their hands on, they’ve made improvements.

It’s obvious they asked the pros what they’d like to see different, and better, and they did it. And, what I already liked, they kept. Here’s the lowdown…

5 Things I Love About the Nano 3.0.

Nano. 3.01. Wider toebox. This allows your toes to spread out for great balance. The Nano 2.0 already had a nice roomy toebox, but this is even roomier for even more stability.

2. 4 mm heel drop. This keeps your foot flat on the ground, great for heavy lifts when your heel should not be raised, but nice, flat and stable on the floor for maximum power production.

3. More durable. The rubberized cage that completely surrounds the shoe makes this shoe a lot more durable than the 3.0, as well as offers more support. They also used a stronger polyester on the outside of the shoe, called Rope Pro, specifically designed to be more durable during rope climbing.

nano 3.04.  Non-slip grip sole. This is great for all the crazy stuff we do in boot camp, or any other functional training program, like box jumps, mountain climbers, burpees, etc. It’s dependable gripping sole will help prevent you from falling on your face – cause, that’s no fun! ;)

5. Flexible sole for functional moves. Shoes that offer too much support can often be too stiff. As a result, they slip off the back of the heels when doing exercises like mountain climbers, squat thrusts, etc. This shoe has a nice easy bend at the toe box so your shoe and foot move together.

How do you know if Nanos are right for you?

  • Do you do heavy lifts, like dead lifts, squats, clean & jerk, split jerks, kettlebell snatches, high pulls, swings, etc?
  • Do you do sprints or short bursts of runs in your training?
  • Do you do a lot of plyometrics – like double unders, burpees, mountain climbers, tuck jumps, etc
  • Do you jump on tires, boxes, steps or other objects?
  • Do you climb rope or obstacles?
  • Do you like a minimalist shoe with a flat sole?
  • Are you tough on your shoes, where you wear holes in the fabric, side walls or toe?

If you are a marathon runner, these shoes are not for you. If you lift weights using only machines, it probably won’t matter what you wear. However, if you do any of the above training, these are a great cross-training shoe that allows your training to be versatile without having to change shoes for different exercises.

Here are what some CrossFit athletes had to say about the new Nano 3.0s.

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
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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

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

  • 25% Discount on all Reebok product
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**Contest runs from August 8th through September 6th.

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

6 Pain Prevention Tips to Keep You Running

bonnie pfiesterEarlier this year I developed tendonitis in my left ankle. It was so bad, I not only had to stop running, I couldn’t even walk. I went to Total Health Vero Beach for therapy, and slowly but surely it started improving. Well, after something like that gets you down, needless to say, you are a little scared to jump back in your running shoes.
with both feet.

In the last month I have a done a few short “test runs”. So far, so good, although I still had a little twinge in the ankle following the runs so I continue to be cautious – knowing that I could irritate it if I wasn’t careful and be right back where I started.

So you can understand how hard it was to hear that a bunch of peeps from our gym were going to run, what we Veroites call, “the loop” – a 5.6 mile run that goes over both our two bridges (our only real hills in our town) over the waterway to the beach. It’s a great run! It’s scenic, it’s fun, and I didn’t want to miss it! So, I decided I’d just do what I could, and if my ankle started acting up, I’d just turn around, slow down or walk if I needed to.

Team Max

Reebok DMX SkyTo my surprise, I had literally no pain. I was running in my Reebok DMX Sky running shoes which have a ton of cushion and support. I honestly think that helped a lot. I typically wear a minimalist “barely there” shoe that’s pretty flat but, since my injury, I’ve felt I needed more of a lift in my heel, as well as more cushion for a softer impact. So far, I’ve only tested my runs in this shoe and I’ve experienced no pain while running. (below i’ll talk about post-run injury prevention)

sunriseAs we reached our halfway mark, overlooking the pretty water, enjoying the view, I was not just on top of the bridge, but I was on top of the world! I had no pain, I felt great and, I was ready for the next half of the run.

(This was the view at the top of the bridge. The water was like glass – just pure beauty!)

So off we went! I was SO excited! I ran the whole 5.6 mile loop without stopping (except to take these pictures! ha!) WOOOO HOOOO!

Girls running

As finished up our last few steps and approached our cars, I looked at my running app to check my pace, distance and all that jazz, only to find my app quit tracking my run at 2.9 miles! Ughhhhh!! DARN IT!! Since my running app and Jawbone UP app syncs with my LoseIt app, I get super bummed when I miss out on a posting calorie burned or increased activity of any type. It almost gives you that feeling as if you didn’t do it unless you can see it, sync it and share it. lol

funny facebook fitness cartoon

It reminds me of this silly facebook cartoon I’ve seen floating around facebook. I know I’m not the only runner in the world that has these silly technical error moments. However, I’m so thankful for all the fitness toys, and social media, made available today because it holds us accountable, gives us clear goals and makes fitness more fun.

For those of you runners who have had this happen to you, I made this graphic for you! ha :)

running app funny

Post Workout Injury Prevention Tips

Sometimes we feel great DURING our workout, but pay for it LATER. Here are a few tips to prevent pain and problems that can slow a runner down.

6 Tips to Fight Injury

Running Injury1. Prevent inflammation. Take anti-inflammatories to prevent inflammation. Once inflammation sets in, it’s much harder to manage. Don’t wait until you have noticeable pain and swelling.

2. Manage swelling. If you feel you are the least bit swollen, ice the area religiously. If you can control the swelling, you can control the pain. The problem is, people HATE to ice. No one likes to be cold – and ice can be downright painful. I use these Hot Socks to keep me cozy. They really helped me endure the ice and make it a lot more comfortable.

3. Stretch. Now that it’s 2 days after my run, I can begin to feel my ankle tightening up due to tight calves and achilles. If I want to prevent issues, I need to keep those muscles and loosey-goosey. This is going to be key for me if I want to run on a regular basis again. Most injuries are due to tight or weak muscles. I am SUPER tight, so this is something I really have to work on. Here is a good video on how stretching can prevent (or help heel) common foot issues. These are the stretches I do that also help my ankle.

4. Listen to your body. Allow your body to recover before you beat it up again. Don’t rush things. It will be tempting to want to jump right back to your old routine, but going slow at first can prevent you from having to stop completely.

5. Don’t stop rehab. Most people quit rehabbing their injury when they quit hurting. The same way we shouldn’t wait until we have a bad injury to stretch or ice, we should continue the steps that helped us to heal as preventive measures too.

Athletic Shoes: The Sole Purpose6. Consider your footwear. If you started having problems suddenly, think of what changed. Was it new shoes? Is it old shoes, and time for new shoes? For me, I believe it was going from a shoe with a greater drop to a flatter shoe (which I loved, but I don’t think they loved me).  Most running shoes raise the heel 22-24mm off the ground while lifting the front of the shoe only 10-15mm off the ground. They call this ratio the “drop”. This tiny difference was enough to add more stretch in my Achilles, calves and surrounding ankle muscles/tendons with each repetitive step. This doesn’t mean I can’t go back to them, but not until I stretch more and get that area more flexible. Personally, I believe this also has a lot to do with wearing heels all these years – and then going to running practically flat-footed. So, this reinforces my need to stretch.

NOTE: Often times I say that running injuries can be due to shoe choice – but I don’t just mean poor shoes, I mean not the right shoes for YOU. Just because I love a shoe, doesn’t mean you will too. Reebok recommends rotating between 2-3 pair of shoes to avoid damage due to repetitive action. 

CLICK HERE to Learn More About Choosing the Right Show for You 

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

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.

atv

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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