#Spring4Prana: Spring 2017 Review & A Discount

I’ve been really fortunate to work with prAna and FitApproach for the last few spring & fall seasons to try out some of their new line and share with you some different looks from my normal running gear ;).

In the past I’ve reviewed the Meme Pant, the Prism Yoga pant and last fall the London Jean (which I wear all the time they are so comfortable) and the Devan Henley.

I was super excited to receive my new prAna gear last Monday, right before I was heading to Miami for work.  I choose to try the Mantra Pant & the Liana Sweater.  These pieces seemed the most me & were a few pieces that I fit my fitness aesthetic, especially the sweater.

I immediately had to try everything on, over the clothes I was wearing lol.  And it all fit perfectly. I got a size small in both pieces.

I really like the Mantra pant, it’s casual, but yet still nice enough I can wear them for work.  I wore them for a nice dinner and felt super comfortable.  I’ll definitely be adding them to my rotation for work trips.

The Mantra Pant comes in 5 colors, I picked Oatmeal and Smitha picked the Black Herringbone, which is also very nice and something you could wear in a biz casual environment as well.

From the prAna website the Mantra Pant is Soft hemp is blended with stretch fabric and trimmed with organic cotton, creating a naturally versatile pant. A relaxed fit, mid-rise, and straight leg are classically styled.

For the top, I chose the Liana sweater because it’s a nice, light weight knit top that I feel like I can wear over a yoga or run tank before or after a workout to kind of dress things up.

The Liana sweater comes in 3 colors, I picked Bora Bora because it was a nice springy color.

From the website, the Liana sweater is naturally beautiful. A wide neck, angled stripes, and asymmetrical hem create a casual feminine silhouette. A lightweight blend of soft hemp and organic cotton is conscious, comfortable, and moisture-wicking.

I do like this sweater and it looks cute on, but I do have to mention that I have already gotten a few pulls in the knit from my ring and there is no way I can wear this around the kitties or I’ll have so many pulls.  I think the asymmetrical hem is a little odd, but overall it’s cute.

Have you tried prAna?  What are your favorite pieces?

They have a lot of cute things out this spring, including some running shorts and yoga gear.  You can use code S.4P17RLB to save 15% on www.prana.com until Mar 28, 2017.

Friday 5 Workouts

As I mentioned in my goal post, one of my goals is to work on strength training and so I am happy to be working with FitApproach & Hedstrom Fitness on their Surge/Kamagon Ball campaign.

From the Hedstrom Fitness website: The Surge® is a specialized training device that utilizes fluid to create a “dynamic” form of resistance. This forces the user to challenge both traditional exercises, as well as sport and activity specific movement patterns. As a result, this training apparetus provides a very unique challenge to the joints and stabilizing structures to resist and control the unpredictable nature of the shifting water within this device.

The Kamagon Ball was designed to bridge the gap in functional fitness training. Most exercises target only an isolated muscle group and seldom teach the body how to utilize the core. The Kamagon Ball automatically eliminates both issues. The Kamagon Ball does more than simply train a group of muscles; it also teaches you how to use your body in the most effective and efficient manner. The Kamagon Ball is a destabilized weight that uses the principle of Hydro-Inertia™ to work your muscles while simultaneously training the nervous system. This is a key to strength, speed and overall fitness.

I just started testing out both the Surge & Kamagon Ball after we got back from Hawaii earlier this week.  I really like the Kamagon Ball, it’s kind of like a kettle bell but a little bigger and you can adjust the weight by adding water.  The ball I have goes from 1 – 13lbs.

Every Friday for the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing a few exercises that you can do using either the Surge or Kamagon Ball.  Since I wasn’t home last week this week you get a bonus video! I know you are super excited!!

In the first Friday 5, the moves I’ll be attempting to do are:

  • Squats with Overhead Press
  • Reverse lunge with oblique twist
  • Standing rows
  • V-Ups
  • Bicep Curls

And for video, the moves I’ll be demonstrating or attempting to demonstrate are:

  • Jump squats
  • Side Lunges
  • Tricep extensions
  • Russian Twists
  • Side Planks

Want to get a Surge or Kamagon Ball for yourself?  Head over to Hedstrom Fitness and you can get a 25% discount by using code: SPHF25 starting today, Jan 20 – Feb 28, 2016.  This discount is valid in either the US or Canada.

Review: Prana London Jeans & Devan Henley

I am on a roll this week and am knocking out blog posts left & right, LOL. I’m back with another review, this time I partnered with my friends at prAna and FitApproach to review an outfit from prAna’s fall line.

It was a 103 here in San Diego on Monday and we’ve had temps in the 90s ever since fall officially began but it’s much cooler in other parts of the country.

While we don’t have the fall temps here, there were fall temps when we were in Tahoe for Tahoe 200 earlier this month and I got a lot of use out of both of my new pieces from prAna.

prAna has 5 different styles of jeans for women.  The London, which I picked, are prAna’s most fitted jean.  They are a mid-rise, with traditional 4 pocket styling and come in different inseam lengths. Ignore Mr. Purrums head-butting me ;).

img_0242

The London jean is made out of organic cotton, with Sorona® polyester which adds natural stretch, durability, and allows the jeans to retain shape.

I reviewed the Meme Pant last fall and I got a size 6 which is my normal size, but they were a bit big in the waist so I decided to go with a size 4 with the London Jean so they weren’t too big.

The verdict?  I think they fit like a glove, but the waist is a bit tight when I sit down sometimes, haha.  But other than that, they fit just like a pair of yoga pants, they are sooo comfortable.

I rarely wear jeans, I spend the majority of my time, in running or yoga clothes, but I was really impressed with fit and comfort level of these.

img_9148

I picked the dark indigo color, and the London Jean also comes in Antique Blue (a lighter blue color).  When I got the jeans it came with a notice that I should wash the jeans alone a few times to avoid color transfer, which I did.

The London Jean comes in 3 different inseam lengths, short is 29in, regular 31in and tall 33in.  I’m 5’8″ and wouldn’t call myself short, but for some reason prAna sent me the short length.  I was expecting to have to send them back to get the regular length, but surprisingly they fit well.  I took a few photos and asked Smitha @runningwithsd what she thought and we were in agreement that they fit fine.

Now for the top, I originally wanted to try the Yarrah dress because it looked like it would be perfect for work.  As we’ve established, it doesn’t get very cold here in SD so I didn’t know which of the fall sweaters I would even be able to use.  I finally decided that the Devan Henley would be a good option.  It’s a cute hoodie and seemed a bit lighter weight then some of the other sweaters.

img_0240

Made of a mix of organic cotton and polyester, the Devan Henley is made to be layered.  It comes in 4 different colors, mineral green, vintage cobalt, winter & black and sizes XS to XL.

I got the mineral green color in a size small.  I’m not of huge fan of green, but it looked really nice on, if I had it to do over again, I would choose the vintage cobalt since I’m more of a blue girl ;).

img_0241

The Devan Henley fit pretty well, it was roomy and allowed me to wear a long sleeve jacket and a short sleeve shirt under it.  I probably would have gone with an XS if I wanted it to be more fitted.  It’s supposed to be a relaxed fit so I’m ok with a little looser fit.

Are you looking for some new casual clothes for fall?  Head over to prAna and check out their new fall line, it doesn’t disappoint.

And use code PFS16LEGS to save 15% until Oct 31.

It’s time to get our #sparklingdetox on!

**I am participating in the Gerolsteiner #sparklingdetox as part of a partnership with FitApproach, I was given a case of Gerolsteiner Natural Sparkling Mineral Water to participate in the detox. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.**

 It’s time!  Gerolsteiner’s #sparklingdetox began today! If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time. Head over to and join the Facebook Group and check out the store locator to find Gerolsteiner in your area.

All the racing, traveling, & French fry consumption (I swear every single meal in France included French fries lol) has taken its toll and it’s time for me to get back on track.  As I’ve mentioned before, I love doing little detoxes here and there and I’m so excited that this detox doesn’t restrict food, but I will be making a concentrated effort to find more healthy options and to limit my French fry intake significantly, which in itself will be a challenge, lol.

img_9117 I mentioned in a previous post that I’m going to be crewing for Sean at Tahoe 200 for the first few days of the detox so I’m interested to see how that goes with no coffee and little sleep, but I know after traveling so much in the last month I really need to make some changes with my diet. I’ve noticed that when I travel, I tend not to drink enough water so having to drink 2.5 liters per day is going to be interesting.

img_9116

Since I’ll be away from home and a kitchen, not that ours gets much use when we are home, I’ll be on the look-out for healthy options vs. the normal fast food fare. If you read my (very long) Tahoe 200 recap from last year, you’ll know that it’s a pretty easy race to crew and while there is a lot of driving & downtime, there are also quite a few spots around the lake where I can find decent food options. The detox doesn’t require any specific food choices, but since I’m using this as a way to kick-start a healthier diet, I’m going to look for better choices, even if it’s not super easy.

img_9021

Are you ready?  What’s your #sparklingdetox plan?

 

 

prAna & the #WeirdWorkout

I’m super excited to be partnering with prAna and Fitapproach as they debut their new fall line.

To kick off fall, prAna has teamed up with Organic Valley for a super awesome contest surrounding #WeirdWorkout.  You’ve probably seen a few of my photos on Instagram and some other on Instagram & Twitter.IMG_5429

So you say you want a chance to win $300 worth of prAna gear & a 2 month supply of Organic Fuel?

IMG_6333

Head over here to enter.

There are six ways to play and 10 people will win.  The contest runs from August 15 – 31, 2016.  Ten winners will swing away with some awesome Organic Fuel swag, a two month supply of Organic Fuel and $300 in credit to use on prAna.com.

Don’t forget to post your #WeirdWorkout photos on Instagram – we want to see too!  Use the hashtags #WeirdWorkout, #SweatprAna, #sweatpink AND #prAnaFallStyle.

In September, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on 2 new fall pieces, both of which are made with organic cotton, the super cute Yarrah dress that I’m excited to wear it for work & London Jean (shown on the far left model in the second photo) if they are anything like the Meme Pants I already own, I’m going to be super happy.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you might remember that I’ve had the opportunity to review the Meme Pant & the Prism Capri, both of which I really like.

FullSizeRender FullSizeRender

Want to get some pieces from the new fall line?  Use code PFS16LEGS to save 15%.

Don’t forget to enter the contest and tell me what’s your favorite #WeirdWorkout?

Gerolsteiner #SparklingDetox

I am super excited to be partnering with Gerolsteiner & FitApproach for the #SparklingDetox Challenge in mid September.  I received a free case of water for the challenge, however as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  All information on the actual water is from Gerolsteiner.

First let’s talk about who Gerolsteiner is.

Bottled in Gerolstein, Germany directly from the Volcanic Eifel since 1888, Gerolsteiner is know in international markets as the “World’s No. 1 Sparkling Natural Mineral Water”.  It is sold in 40 countries.

Beach

What makes Gerolsteiner mineral water so special?

From Gerolsteiner: With many waters there are two criteria that are mutually exclusive. Either the water tastes neutral but contains only a small amount of minerals, or the water is full of minerals but tastes salty or bitter due to the sodium chloride or sulfate content. Gerolsteiner mineral water combines the best of both. It has its origin in the Volcanic Eifel – an area that offers soil conditions unique throughout the world: Gerolsteiner’s well-balanced water is the result of the carbonic acid of volcanic origin and the region’s dolomite rock, which is exceptionally highly mineralized. Thus Gerolsteiner neither tastes bitter nor salty – but pleasantly neutral and refreshing naturally. Not many waters contain essential calcium and at the same time essential magnesium as well.

The unique source, the Volcanic Eifel, with its naturally high mineral content means Gerolsteiner has almost 2,500 mg of mineral content per liter which is quite a bit higher than other brands.

Interestingly, the mineral water is bottled with carbon dioxide from natural springs.  This means there is no need to artificially carbonate the water.

Now that we’ve introduced Gerolsteiner Sparking Natural Mineral Water, I know you are interested in what the #SparklingDetox is.

Yoga Picture

It’s super simple, which is great for someone like me.  I love pre-packaged juice cleanses & trying new things that are easy.  Between all the travel, work and running, I just don’t have time to do anything complicated.

So basically all you need to do is, commit to drinking Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water for 5 days from September 12 – 16.  You can eat your normal meals, exercise like normal, but you’ll give up soda, juice, alcohol and coffee (insert crying emoji here, lol) &/or tea.

When I first saw the info on what was required for the #SparklingDetox I almost started crying because I’ll be in Tahoe crewing Sean at Tahoe 200 and I was like oh, no! I’m not going to be able to eat for 3 days I’m there? But then I read a little further and found out I can eat whatever I want, I just can’t drink anything else, super easy :).

Why do I want to do the #SparklingDetox?  It’s so easy, just drink Gerolsteiner water then eat & exercise like normal? How can you go wrong?

As an added bonus, Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water not only tastes good, it also contains 33% of our daily requirement of Calcium and 25% of our daily requirement of Magnesium (per liter), which means for all of us that don’t really drink a lot of milk or don’t want to take a supplement, we can get a good amount of calcium just from drinking Gerolsteiner.

I have always been a fan of mineral water and have always known that not all waters are created equal.  It’s fascinating to me that depending on what region, what type of bedrock the spring comes from, can really have an effect on the taste.  And let me just say, I am super picky about my water and always have been.

Partnering with Gerolsteiner has really educated me on how different water can be.  There are 3 different types of water, mineral, sparkling & purified.   So what does that mean?

Want to join me in the #SparklingDetox?

A How To in 3 easy steps.

  • Check out the store locator to find a store near you that sells Gerolsteiner so you can make sure to have a minimum of 1 case to drink during the week or sign up get the chance to win a free supply of Gerolsteiner Water http://bit.ly/SparklingDetox.
  • Commit to drinking only Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water for 5 days from Sept. 12 – 16.
  • Join the Sparkling Detox Facebook Group to meet others participating in the detox and hear their experiences.

How much easier can it get?  I’m so looking forward to how easy this detox will be and how good I will feel drinking a lot more water!