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Monday, May 20, 2013

Ultimate Sandbag Review

I received an Ultimate Sandbag for review a few months ago. I did quite a bit of traveling for work so it took me a while to find the time to really do some workouts with this great piece of equipment. Let me first start out by saying that this "bag" might not look like much but looks can be deceiving.The sandbag is so versatile that it's really the only piece of equipment you need for a full body workout. You can easily adjust how much weight is in the bag and you can use it for a variety of different workouts. The handles are positioned in such a way that you can do bicep curls, over head press, lunges, dead-lifts, you name it. The other benefit is that the weight in the bag is less stable than that of a dumbbell or barbell so it forces you to use your core and keep your balance. Using the Ultimate Sandbag is a great way to train to increase your core strength and engage muscle fibers you don't recruit with normal weights. There are proven benefits to adding instability to an exercise. This is why you see people doing curls and things on bosu balls. The big difference with the sandbag is that you are adding the instability to the load and the muscle you are working not just to your body as a whole. This greatly improves the effectiveness of the exercise on the muscle you are intending to work.   Trust me, you'll be a different kind of sore after training with this!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Phit Hair and Body Review

I received a shipment of Phit Hair and Body products to try and I absolutely love them. The daily use and detox shampoo both lather great and smell amazing. The conditioner coats well and you don't have to use a ton. These products are paraben free and made from natural ingredients like Quinoa. They are great for daily use without drying out your hair. This is a great benefit for people like me that get very sweaty in the gym everyday!!  Now aside from the hair products, I also received their lip balm and I am hooked. It coats my lips really well and is very moisturizing. I am somewhat of a lip balm addict and I think this may be my new favorite! Phit Hair and Body gets 2 thumbs up from me :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ripped Cream Review

I received 2 bags of Ripped Cream coffee creamer to try (Lean Vanilla Bean & Chizzled Chocolate). Both of the flavors are great and they mix really well. They "cream" the coffee without using a ton (I found I didn't even need to use 2 tbsp to get the desired taste). I'm more of a vanilla person so that one was definitely my favorite but the chocolate was good too. Since I'm not a huge fan of black coffee, I love that I can have my creamer and consume some muscle building protein first thing in the morning. If you're a person that needs creamer in your coffee, you should give this a try.  This creamer is high protein, gluten free, lactose free and all natural, it also contains 11 amino acids. Why use a creamer with no nutritional value when there is ripped cream?