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Why, hello there! Monday again already? I can’t wait to catch you up on this weekend and all the birthday fun, but I still need some time to sort through pictures and the like. In the meantime, I have a fitness inspired post for you with ten of my current fitness faves – products, exercises, motivational tools, etc. For full disclosure, I did receive the Aurorae yoga mat in this post free for review. No other compensation was received and all other items shared are my own purchases. I would love to hear some of your current faves, too, in the comments!
Squat Push-Up Exercise. Lately, I’ve been doing Insanity workout DVDs with Peter some mornings of the week. Not the full program, but a few DVDs here and there. I’m enjoying their fast pace and challenging bodyweight exercises. In a recent workout, Shaun T did this crazy squat push-up combo exercise. It is harder than it looks and I love it. Fair warming, bootcampers…you just may see this as one of the advanced options in the later phases. Just saying.
And speaking of Best Body Bootcamp – the Facebook group is totally revving me up. With BBB participation, every member has access to a members only Facebook support group. I check-in through the day and always leave with an extra dose of motivation for my own workouts. That community keeps getting better and better.
Barre workouts. I guess in addition to all the heavy pounding and Best Body Bootcamp strength workouts, I’ve been turning to some lower impact but still effective workouts. Out of those, I’m finding myself a huge fan of barre work. I even ordered myself a few DVDs from The Bar Method as a treat to myself for my birthday. I’m hoping they live up to my favorite Physique 57 DVDs to give me some other choices to put in rotation.
Epsom salt baths. With all that working out, no wonder I need some good recovery for my muscles. I have taken a few epsom salt baths before, but don’t really have the patience for baths. Then, my sister gave me some lavender bath salts for my birthday. I could soak in those all. day.
Jay Robb protein powder. I’m a huge fan of Vega protein powders – especially the Vanilla Almondilla energizing smoothie blend. But it can be crazy pricey and a pain to always have to order online. In fact, I ran out and needed an option for my daily smoothies that I could get right away. I picked up the Jay Robb vanilla whey available at my local Kroger and have been a fan. It still doesn’t top my Vega, but it’s great for a more convenient and slightly cheaper option.
Under Armour workout tanks. When I received a coupon for a sporting goods store, I went to check out the gear and these tanks caught my eye. I now don’t want to wear anything else when working out. They are comfortable, long enough to not ride up, sweat-wicking, and come in fun colors. An all around win!
IDEA Fitness Journal. The only “fitness magazine” I need. I always liked reading fitness magazines for the occasional good exercise idea or fitness topic, but the standard ones are often so watered down with “fluff” as I’ll nicely put it. Entertaining, yes? But I much prefer the loads of information I get from the IDEA Fitness Journals I receive through my membership with them as a CPT. Plus, can’t beat the CECs from them.
New Balance 890 running shoes. I’m running a lot less lately (more on that in a future post), but I’m happy to report that my old favorite shoes are BACK. I ran in the first version of the New Balance 890s my first year running and had zero issues. Then, their second version caused some problems for my feet and I never found a just-right pair since switching from them. Now, with the third version, I find them just as fabulous as before. I even broke them in with an eight mile run and had no issues whatsoever.
Cathe workouts and sliding discs. Yep, still Cathe obsessed. Her stuff never gets old. It amazes me how she always comes up with new ideas. I know the sliding discs aren’t that new, but I’ve used them in a few of her workouts recently and they work muscles I forgot I even had. Ouch! In a good way.
Aurorae Yoga gear. Ahhhhh, yoga. What used to be a workout I looked down upon is now easily one of my favorite workouts of the week. I’ve picked up a hot yoga practice, attending one to two times per week, and couldn’t be happier. Well, at least now that I have this new Aurorae yoga mat.
I’ve been a fan of Aurorae products since trying them out years ago back when I blogged at Faith Fitness Fun – who here remembers that site? Their original mat served me well for years, but I found myself slipping and sliding a lot during hot yoga. I’m a sweaty beast (and seriously believe I sweat more than anyone in that class ever). When looking at yoga towels, I immediately headed to Aurorae’s site. I emailed to ask about their mats and thanks to the previous partnership, they kindly offered me a new mat for review.
In addition to the new mat, they sent along one of their oversized (and super plush) sweat towels and a tank from their new line of yoga apparel – perfect for yoga as it moves with your body and doesn’t get all bunched up in weird places. If you’ve done yoga, you know what I’m talking about. As for the mat, I received a special yoga towel and mat hybrid they feature – the Synergy mat.
A few key details about this mat:
- slip free microfiber towel as top surface of the mat (perfect for hot yoga)
- 5mm thick mat with non-slip surface on bottom – for comfort and protection
- 72” long (extra long mat) to fit all sizes
- light weight
- easy to care for (machine washable)
My thoughts after using it about a month? I would tell anyone looking for a quality mat to look no further than the Synergy mat. Even if you don’t do hot yoga, this mat still works well for general practice. Namely because you have a much better grip, it’s super comfortable on wrists and knees while holding poses, and you can wash it in the washing machine. I love that – once again, considering my beast sweat mode. So, thank you Aurorae!
And you can thank Aurorae, too, because they are offering a giveaway for the Synergy mat as well! Follow the directions below. You have until Thursday evening at 11:59 pm EST to enter. I will announce the winner in Friday morning’s post. Good luck!
Tell me a favorite fitness item of your own these days! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!