Category: Gear

Superhero Inspired Reebok Nano 3.0!

Last month the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at Disneyland sold out in under two hours…it was pretty incredible.  The popularity of super heroes has had a constant presence in pop culture.  Super heroes speak to all of us and tell a great story of overcoming adversity to create good in the world.  And really, who wouldn’t want super powers?!  It’s so great to see that move from pop culture into the athletic world!  

Well this week, Reebok announced the pre-sale of the Nano 3.0 Superhero Pack. Donned with the colors of the mutant almighty (DC Comics AND Marvel), these shoes feature a Dual Density platform that provides the perfect combination of forefoot cushioning and heel stabilization for lifting cars, dodging bullets and leaping tall buildings.  Check out these great colors!

Reebok Nano 3.0 Superhero Pack for Men

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Reebok Nano 3.0 Superhero Pack for Women

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I’m going to take a guess that the men’s colors represent Superman, Spiderman and The Hulk, but I can’t for the life of me figure out the women’s colors.  Any guesses??

I don’t have a pair of Nano 3.0s, but I LOVE my 2.0s.  This purple pair just might change that.  Actually, I think The Hulk shoe is my favorite.  Do you think you will be able to do The Hulk Smash when wearing them?!?  

Right now they are available for pre-sale online and will ship on 4/23, but you had better hurry if you want to be the first defender on the block to have these killer kicks!  Which superhero would you like to see inspire a shoe?  

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Rethink Your Day With the Polar Loop

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

How much do you move during the day?  Probably less than you think.  Well at least that’s what happened to me when I got my first step tracker.  So when I was given the opportunity to test out the brand new Polar Loop activity tracker, I jumped at the chance.  I know I’m fairly inactive during the day because I have a desk job that involves sitting at the computer and working on spreadsheets and other lovely documents.  So I wanted to see how this new tracker could help me get moving and rethink my day!

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My first impression was that the Loop was chunky and bulky.  It felt heavy compared to my FitBit Flex.  But the more I’ve worn it, the more I really like the design.  The Loop can be worn 24 hours a day and since it is waterproof, you can even wear it in the shower.  It is designed to accurately capture all movement and exercise with the ability to distinguish between varying levels of activity.  

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Polar Flow is the online tracking service and iPhone app (Android coming soon) that syncs up with the Loop via Bluetooth Smart.  This gives you a ton of charts and graphs to track your performance over the days, weeks and months.  You have the ability to monitor five levels of activity: running, walking, standing, sitting and lying down/sleeping.  Look at the difference from a day that I exercised and a day that I didn’t:

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Polar Flow allows you to track your progress over time to so you can see where you can make improvements.  For me, I know that I need to make an effort to get up and walk around during the day more or maybe just do some air squats at my desk.

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What I really like about the Loop is that it suggests activities for you to achieve your daily goal and how long you will need to do them for.  For example, at the end of a typical work day, my activity level is pretty low.  The Loop tells me that I need to go jog for 45 minutes to reach my goal…pretty cool!

The iPhone app will also notify you when you’ve been sitting down for too long and tell you to get your butt into gear!  Well, it’s a bit nicer than that 🙂

Probably my favorite thing about the Polar Loop is that it has the ability to pair up with a heart rate monitor.  The Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitor has BlueTooth Smart technology to pair with both the Loop and Polar Flow.  It will tell you what zone you are in based on your heart rate (fat burning vs. fitness) so you can scale your workouts based on where you want to be.  The soft band is so comfortable that you could even where it all day.

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While many of the features of the Polar Loop are great, it does fall short in a few areas.  First, the band is not adjustable.  Before you can wear the Loop, you need to fit the band to your wrist which is an involved process as you can see by this video.  I often wear wrist wraps at the gym, which obviously makes my wrists thicker.  When I first adjusted the band I made it loose for that reason, but it would be nice if it could just be easily adjusted.

Second, syncing problems via Bluetooth.  The Loop does not easily sync to the iPhone app or pick up the heart rate monitor.  It will after a few minutes, but it definitely takes a while.  Also, after a few emails back and forth with the company I was told you must have the most up to date software installed on your phone (which I didn’t).  And actually, once I updated to iOS7 it still won’t sync to my phone.  I had to sync it to B’s phone to test the app out.  There are definitely some glitches that need to be worked out there.

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Third, I wish there was some sort of vibration or sound that would notify you when you reach your goal or if you should get up and move.  Now that it’s cold here in CT, I’m wearing long sleeves so I don’t see any notifications that might pop up.  Plus, while I’m at work I’m not always looking at my phone to see if the app is telling me to move.

Even with the few shortcomings, the Polar Loop is a great activity tracker.  It really does help you #RethinkYourDay and get you moving more…something we all need!  This model is now available from Polar…a perfect holiday gift for the fitness buff in your life!  I also hear that a pink version with white LEDs is expected in early 2014.

What do you think of the Polar Loop’s features?  Do you see one in your future?

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An Open Letter to Lululemon

Oh hey there Lululemon…

To be honest, I’ve never bought any of your clothing because I have always heard how expensive they are, but I have admired them on others.  Cute tops with unique designs, super flattering cropped pants, jackets with thumb holes…I seriously LOVE thumb holes!  I always said that if I could justify spending the money, I would have an entire Lululemon wardrobe.  

But it wasn’t until I entered your store in West Hartford, CT a few weeks ago that I realized I wouldn’t be able to have a Lululemon wardrobe even if I was a millionaire.  I was actually ready to spend some of that hard earned cash on some fancy workout clothes (because I deserve it, damn it!) but was stopped in my tracks upon looking at the first rack of tanks.  The largest size available was a 12 and for many items the 10s and 12s weren’t even available.  Same situation for all of those nice cropped pants…well hopefully the ones that aren’t see-through.  So sadly I walked out of the store empty handed and a little peeved.  Why couldn’t my big thighs and 38D sized chest enjoy some of your cute clothes?  

Then I saw this article on Huffington Post about the conscious decision to shun plus-sized shoppers and was further saddened by your lack of support for the ENTIRE fitness community.  Your vision is “to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness” but judging by your sizes you must be thin to do this.  I’m active, I run, I do yoga, I lift heavy things,  but apparently that’s not just good enough to wear your clothes.  I’m not plus-sized, but I’m not thin enough to wear your clothes either.  I’m a size 12-14 and have some giant quads from my years of horseback riding.  They are now getting even bigger from running and my current routine of heavy squatting, things I am DAMN proud of.   Wouldn’t an athletic company like yours embrace that?

In a world where we are trying to encourage more people to be healthy and active, this is discouraging.  What exactly is the message you are trying to convey to athletes out there who are working their butts off, but just might have a different body composition than the super lean yogi who practices for 20 hours a week?  Did you know the average dress size in this country is a 14?  Where does the average woman fit in?  

Personally, I rather be strong and have the muscles to show for it rather than shed the pounds to wear your clothes no matter how many cute jackets with thumb holes you make.  I just wish there was a way for us “big but not so big girls” to not feel shunned when we walk in your store because we are NOT mediocre, we are GREAT.  Thankfully there are many other companies that are welcoming and support ALL athletes.

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