ActivMotion Bar Review

I was invited by Sweat Pink and ActivMotion Bar to test out their product and accompanying workout DVD’s.

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I will be honest, at first I wasn’t sure how this bar was going to help me get stronger. I was sent the 8 pound bar, so it was not very heavy. However, I quickly learned what makes it different and how it really helps you get in a good workout.  It’s filled with rolling steel weights constantly in motion as you move the bar, so strengthens your core and also helps with balance, which I am terrible at!

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The steel weights in the ActivMotion Bar create variable resistance which make you engage and hold steady for the movements. They call this disruptive training. Say what? The website says: it is “training that is based on utilizing the body’s experience of an unstable disruptive training stimulus”.

The ActivMotion Bar comes in five different weight sizes, ranging from 6 to 18 pounds, and also included a set of DVD’s which is what I needed. I had no idea how to do workouts with this thing!

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Another great thing is that the bar doesn’t take up a lot of space. I can prop it up in my closet and just pull it and my yoga mat out when I am ready for a workout!

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The movement library on the ActivMotion bar website also has some great exercises to try. I haven’t had a chance to try out all of the videos, but as I get better core stability and balance, I will be trying out the rest. Lots of room for growth!

QOTD: Do you ever workout at home?

This post was sponsored by ActivMotion Bar and Fit Approach, but as always, all opinions are my own.

WIN Detergent Giveaway and Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review Win detergent. I have been hearing about it for a little while, and was very curious since well, we sweat pretty hard in the Montgomery household.

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I would be lying if I said we have never had to throw out dri fit clothing due to a terrible stink that just won’t go away no matter how many times time I try and wash said clothing. it’s really sad, because my favorite shirts I wear most often…which means they get the most stink…and well, you get the picture. I don’t want to throw out my favorite workout clothes!

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I was sent two bottles of Win sports detergent, original WIN, and WIN green. I really like the smell of the detergent, and I have to say, my clothes DO smell better after using it! My only qualm is that the detergent is very very liquidy as opposed to the thicker formulas of other detergents. Because of this, when I try and pour it into the cap, I manage to get it everywhere! Maybe just a personal issue on my part, and definitely not a reason to not buy it, especially since it gets the job done!

Also, don’t think that just because it’s cold out that you don’t sweat and don’t need this detergent. When I wear lots of layers, I actually sweat a ton. Also, I don’t own as many cold weather running clothes so they get worn more = more stink. Another good reason to use Win in the winter is because we typically go indoors to the gym more in the winter and let’s face it, no one wants to be “the stinky lady/guy” at the gym!

WIN has given me the opportunity to do a giveaway here on the blog. One winner will receive a full sized bottle of each, the original detergent and the green. Also, if you don’t win, or just want to buy  it anyway, you can use the coupon code WINGIVE1 for $1 a bottle of WIN.

To enter the giveaway, please follow the Rafflecoptor instructions below:

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Disclosure: I was given product to review from WIN through Sweat Pink for this giveaway, however all opinions are my own.

Body After Baby: One Month

I posted Emma Kate’s one month update last week, and now it’s time for my update! I know these types of posts can be kind of touchy, so please keep in mind 1.) I have been cleared by my doctor for running, and 2.) These are MY personal feelings on my body, my progress, etc. Everyone is different, some people don’t care about working out again after a baby or losing the weight, but it is important for me to have goals and milestones to keep myself going.

I lost 17 pounds in the first ten days post partum. I was feeling great about myself and thought “hey, this isn’t so hard! I am still eating like I am pregnant and not working out, this is great!” But then..I stalled. From day 17 until now I have lost exactly one pound.

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I know this is normal, but it can still be frustrating. But, as they say, it took 9 months for me to gain it, so I just need to be patient.

It’s not as much about the way I look, but more about the way I feel. I am chafing in places I never chaffed before, feel heavy on my feet running, and can’t fit into any of my pants or shorts which makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m back in most of my regular tops, but still in maternity bottoms (and stretchy forgiving capri pants to run in!)

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For month two I am going to focus more on what I am eating. I know I formed some bad habits while I was pregnant and I need to break them. Right now my biggest issue is time. I am so busy with my job and the baby I am having a hard time fitting in anything else. Working out is something that keeps me sane and calm, so when I don’t get to do it I am even more stressed. I am home alone with her all day, and sometimes Bobby works odd hours which can make it difficult to get a workout in other than walking the baby in the stroller.

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So how exactly are my workouts going? Slow, but I am doing more at this stage than I thought I would be doing which makes me proud. Last week I ran four times. Well, run/walked. 2 miles twice and 2.25 miles twice. Yesterday I ran/walked 3 miles, a new post baby PDR. It’s slow, but I am building my base back up for my upcoming races that I cannot wait to run, I miss it!

QOTD: When did you go back to working out after you had a baby? Do you struggle more with workouts or eating right?

My Post Baby Shape Up Plan

Now that I am three weeks postpartum, I have started thinking about my post baby shape up plan. Even though I had a pretty good tear during delivery, my doctor gave me the ok to start going on slow strolls when I got home, and slowly resume workouts after two weeks if I felt up to it. I went for one walk a week and a half after Emma Kate was born, and then another two days ago, for one hour with her in the BOB Revolution SE.

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Be looking for a full review of this awesome stroller in the next month. I am loving it so far, and luckily Emma Kate loves going for walks! It’s really easy to maneuver and is so smooth, but more on that later.

Up until about day 19 I was seriously questioning my ability to get back into workouts. I was still not feeling “normal” from the delivery physically, and was experiencing pain and pressure, but I can honestly say I just woke up and turned a corner the other day, and now feel more confident in my ability to get going again. So, here is my “plan” to SLOWY get back into shape. Please keep in mind I am in no hurry, am not frantic about losing the weight, but I do feel if I don’t have a true plan outlined I will just kind of flounder around not really getting anywhere, so here goes:

1.) Cut back on the junk: My very sweet friends from church and my family have been bringing us meals for the past three weeks. This has been SO wonderful, but now that it is ending I am going to have to get back into cooking again, and not eating so much junk during the day. I cut myself slack the first three weeks because I was sleep deprived, still learning this whole mom thing and what not, but it’s time to stop making excuses. I can still be sleep deprived and eat healthy!

2.) Walk every other day until four weeks post partum, then start walk/running 2-3 times a week: Going on my one hour walk on Monday really boosted my confidence. Granted, it was a SLOW walk, but I was pushing the baby in the BOB. I plan to continue to walk, especially since the weather is nice this week, and am hoping next week to start a Galloway-type run/walk/run until I am strictly back to running and not walking. I do have some races coming up in early 2015!

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new shoes make getting outside a lot easier!

 

3.) Join a gym at the beginning of November: When we first moved back up here in the summer, Bobby joined a local gym. I was getting to the very uncomfortable stage of pregnancy where all I was doing was walking, so I thought I would save some money and wait and join the gym after the baby came. By 4 weeks post partum I think I will be ready to start doing some light weight lifting and cross training. It will feel good to be back at a gym again!

4.) Keep track of my progress: If I don’t keep track of what I am doing to where I can see my progress, I am more likely to give up. I have been using my Aria wi-fi scale to track my weight, and will continue to do so and plan to go back to wearing my fit bit to help me keep track of what I am doing during the day.

QOTD: Any tips for getting back into shape post baby?

August Flashback to 2013 with Under Armour

Thank you so much for all of your encouragement, tips and advice on yesterday’s blog post. I am happy to report we went on the hospital tour yesterday, so one more thing out of the way woo hoo!

It’s Friday, my brain is fried and I am sure yours is too, so no crazy in depth post today, I thought I would keep it light with a fun flashback post to last August. These posts have become even more comical to me now that I am pregnant. The thought of doing some of the things NOW I was doing this time last year make me laugh. Let’s take a look.

This time last year, I had ben invited to Baltimore to hang out at Under Armour Headquarters for a couple of days, and I had an ABSOLUTE BLAST. I learned a lot, met a lot of great people, and got to go shopping! I remember being so amazing at how cool it was outside, I’m sure everyone got tired of me saying it!

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We worked out, we shopped, we met with lots of different design teams from apparel to shoes, and ate very well!

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We even got to do some rooftop yoga and have massages all at the Four Seasons where we were staying.

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I had never been to Baltimore, and although it was a quick trip, it is one I will never forget! Under Armour is a great company that gives a good, strong message to women, and I was honored to be a part of the weekend and become an ambassador. Now if I can only get them to make maternity gear…

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You can check out all of my Under Armour visit recaps below:

Visit part 1

Visit part 2

Visit part 3

Visit part 4

*Photos courtesy of Matt Ryb

WINNER of the virtual race giveaway is Tim Lollar! Please email heatherslookingglass@gmail.com! If you did NOT win, please please consider joining in the virtual race anyway or donating to the cause to help save these sweet pugs!

QOTD: What is one thing you learned when you traveled to a new city for the first time (like how I learned it’s COOL OUTSIDE in Baltimore in August!)

Weekly Workout Recap November 2013: Week 4

Morning folks! Who is still in a turkey coma? Not gonna lie, I ate my little heart out the past few days and it was so worth it. My workouts were non existent as in I worked out twice:

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Monday: 3 mile run and weights

Wednesday: stationary bike and weights

Yes yes quite sad. The holidays are tough and I fell off the horse, but getting back up today! Never give up!

I hope everyone has a good week. I have December goals coming up as well as a gift guide and some other fun posts!

QOTD: what do you do after a bad week of workouts?

Weekly Workout Recap November 2013: Week 2

Happy Weekend, and I am actually home for once! Still trying to get my house back in order (oh, the laundry!) from being gone, but things have pretty much calmed down. This coming week should be a “normal” week for me, which I haven’t had in awhile. Work, workouts, sleep, repeat.

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Can I go back to this?!?

I have been struggling with some toe pain since about a week before Wine and Dine, so I took it easy on the running this week. It’s weird, it hurts to walk (especially barefoot) and when I warm up, but once I got into a groove on the treadmill Friday, I barely noticed it. We will see what happens with it this week. Here is what I did this past one though!

Sunday: I finished the Wine and Dine half marathon after midnight Saturday night, so does that count as a Sunday workout?

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Recap coming up!

Monday: Walked around the parks most of the day and evening

Tuesday: rest/drove home

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: 30 minutes stationary bike, weights

Friday:3 mile TM run, weights

Saturday: 30 minutes stationary bike, abs

I need to do a long run next weekend of about 15-16 miles, so we will see what happens. Dopey will be here before you know it, eekk!

QOTD: Would you rather ride the stationary bike or workout on the elliptical?

*Don’t forget about the 24 day challenge! Lose weight and get toned by Christmas! Win money!

 

Weekly Workout Recap: October Week 1

The first week of October is already over. I can’t believe how close to Christmas we are, it’s mind boggling! I hope everyone had a great week of workouts. Since I had a race last night (more on that later!) I took it very easy this past week.

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Sunday: 20 minutes elliptical

Monday: 3 mile run

Tuesday: weights (legs, abs, chest, tri’s)

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: walked around parks

Friday: walked around parks

Saturday: Tower of Terror 10 miler.

Walking around so much before the race isn’t exactly ideal, but after I found out about the heat advisory for the race, I knew I wouldn’t be pushing hard anyway. I can’t wait to recap my race for you!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

Under Armour Visit Part 2: Great Things are Coming

If you missed the first post about my visit to Under Armour headquarters, be sure to check it out and then come back here and read this one.

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So I left off right before we were about to get our butts kicked in an awesome but tough workout wearing the new Armour 39 monitoring system. We did a circuit workout that went on and on with moves to tone the entire body. Although it was a nice cool day, I sure was pushing hard and feeling the burn.

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We finished off our workout with an Under Armour cheer (Will you protect this house?!?)

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#IWILL!!! Electra, me, Kasey, and Tasha

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Water never tasted so good.

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Post workout happiness!

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We took a look at our ipod touches to see what our stats were with Armour 39. I was quite pleased that I had a willpower of 8.58, I was working hard so it was nice to see the “proof” of that. We chatted a bit more about the intensity, heart rate, and other details of the system now that we had seen first hand how it works. It’s so awesome guys, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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Something that I learned from this workout is that I have NOT been pushing the intensity like I should, except when I run. When I am running I have no problem pushing hard, but on cross training days, I tend to treat them like easy days, and I shouldn’t. This workout proved that to me, so I will be working  lot harder now.

We headed back inside for a quick shower before lunch and meeting with a few of the amazing teams that work at Under Armour.

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I can’t share everything I learned with you, but trust me when I say some awesome things are on the horizon for Under Armour! I was so excited to meet some of the creative minds behind he brand, it got me so pumped!

Later that afternoon we headed to our hotel.

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We were spending the night at the FOUR SEASONS!

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More on that later, I will leave you in suspense until tomorrow. Smile

QOTD: Do you feel like you could up the intensity of your workouts?

*Photo credits to the awesome Matt Ryb who followed us around during our workout!

Under Armour Visit Part 1: Welcome to Baltimore

What a whirlwind of a week it has been! But, it has been an AMAZING one! I did something this week I have never done. I flew somewhere and then back the very next day. That “somewhere” wasn’t just anywhere, it was Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. I was a part of the What’s Beautiful competition through Fitfluential, and was chosen to go up for a visit. To say I was excited would be the understatement of the century.

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My day started off VERY early. I had a 6:00 flight because I wanted to maximize my time in Baltimore. This meant a 3:40 wake up call, and a 45 minute drive to the New Orleans airport, and a long walk from the parking garage with no coffee.

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My “why am I up so dadgum early” face.

I had a smooth and uneventful flight, and met my driver at baggage claim. I felt like a total dork, but I was super excited to have someone waiting for me with one of those little signs with my name on it. It’s the little things folks. My kind driver promptly took my bag and I thought I could certainly get used to this!

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As we stepped outside I immediately noticed the awesome weather. Low humidity and breezy. I could DEFINITELY get used to this! We took a quick drive to headquarters where I was dropped off at the front desk and immediately saw this on the giant TV above the reception area.

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I squealed and said “HEY THAT’S ME! Before snapping a photo. Poor girl at the front desk must have thought I was a loon. I then finally got to meet the fabulous Jami. I love this girl. She is so passionate about Under Armour and marrying real women/bloggers with fitness and health. Her enthusiasm is contagious! We walked through a gorgeous building with huge photos of athletes on the walls. I may have secretly wished one day it would be me up there!

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Electra had already arrived, so the first of many photos happened.

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We chatted and waited for the other girls Kasey and Tasha before heading over to the gym for a workout.

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We walked into the gym and each had an open locker with an outfit for our workout and an outfit to put on after our shower, plus some fun other things like a bag, water bottle, etc (AMAZING bag by the way, you all need one!) I instantly felt like a famous athlete with my own locker. Of course, we took pictures.

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We quickly changed and headed out to the lobby to learn all about Armour 39. Let me tell you folks, this thing is a beast, and so awesome. It is a performance monitoring system for athletes that does SO much and I can’t wait to tell you more about it very soon, but for now just know it’s pretty epic.

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Making sure I had the strap adjusted correctly before I put it on under my shirt.

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After getting all set up, it was time for our assessment to get the most accuracy out of Armour 39, so we did a quick treadmill run after meeting our trainer, Chris. After our assessment, we headed out to a gorgeous turf/field right on the water for our circuit training.

I am going to stop here for the day because I have SO many more photos to share and amazing experiences, and don’t want to make this post too long. Stay tuned! Here is a sneak peek of our workout. (Photos taken by the awesome Matt Ryb!)

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After I do my posts about the actual experience, I will be sure to recap what I learned and what this whole experience meant to me. I can’t wait to share!

QOTD: Do you own any UA gear? What is your favorite?