Sunday, December 1, 2013
|The Up Couture T-Shirt in White: Gently reminds your posture to stay erect.|
|Up Couture T Shirts in black 3/4 sleeve and white short sleeve. Green Vesp by Vespertine.|
I don't think I have to reinforce how important good posture is for athletic prowess and your over all fitness but keep this in mind: You get a new skeleton about every 7-8 years. If you are somehow molding your spine in a hunched position, it will actually GROW that way. Slouching can also make you appear to have a potbelly even if you don't! Ballet dancers often have ramrod straight backs well into their eighties because they practice good posture everyday. Poor posture also crowds your chest cavity, inhibiting the free flow of oxygen into the lungs. You're out running up and down hills...do you really need THAT going on? It's pretty simple but unless we remind ourselves each day to straighten up, we may be rounding our shoulders and crowding our airways.
|Up Couture T-Shirt in a 3/4 Sleeve version.|
I personally wore the Black 3/4 Sleeved T-Shirt in the photo above for about a week. It is a size SMALL but fit me very well, especially for the intended purpose. It looks like a substantial, Spandex shirt but if you look inside, you'll see the posture-improving strips which make up the "framework" of the garment. The sleeves also gave my upper arms a nice firm support which made it perfect for weight lifting. You can feel the bands pulling your shoulders back gently throughout the day as a subtle reminder while not showing through the garment itself. If you have ever studied ballet, this shirt will remind you of the heavier Capezio dance leotards I would wear in class and for ice skating practice. Firm support and very elegant.
|Look closely and see the blue bands of film added to the garment for posture support.|
The Up Couture T Shirt Design Objectives from the Website:
1. an extra-thin film, which would be both sown and bonded to the garment, and
2. a film with perfect modulus and with a 100% recovery power – in spite of the fact that this version (100% recovery guarantee) was 5 times more expensive than the version which was losing 4% from initial point after each elongation
The Up t-Shirt had to be perfect, not close to perfection, in order to merit the gold medal in your closet.
Fashion Meets Function
This is definitely a quality Tee Shirt with just a little something more. If you are training in the gym, it will give you a bit of extra confidence to retain your form during a lift. If you are running, your shoulders will be encouraged to remain back which will greatly improve your breathing capacity. The same benefits can be had for cycling, hiking, skating, etc.
|Front and Back of the Up Couture White Short Sleeved T-Shirt|
Overall I am impressed with the quality and function of this shirt. No one can tell you have any "orthodics" going on but you will definitely feel more poised and elegant in your posture while wearing one. The fabric itself without the bands is very soft and thick. I've worn it in a number of activities and was very comfortable yet aware of keeping my back straight and shoulders back. These subliminal signals can even remain when you are not wearing the shirt which is the goal of any training device. Visit Up Couture Online to see more designs and details on their garments.
Monday, November 25, 2013
|Workout companions that make great gifts: Polar RC3GPS with Heart Rate Monitor and Sofee Extreme Training XT46 Clothing Line|
Polar RC3GPS with Heart Rate
This wrist worn unit listens to your body and tracks your progress via GPS technology. Easy setup and operation with screen light and intuitive instructions. Keep track of trends over time as well as daily/hourly stats as you upload the data to interface with your laptop via WebSync software.
|The Polar RC3 GPS in Red/Orange. This model comes with a Heart Rate Sensor. See more models and features at PolarUSA.com|
- Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS
- Shows GPS based altitude during and after training
- Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
- Running Index scores your performance
- Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from polarpersonaltrainer.com
- Compatible with Polar running and cycling sensors
- Rechargeable battery, 12h in continuous use with GPS on
Soffe XT46 Extreme Training Wear
I like this line for its edgy design and garment details like zippered pockets and weather friendly fabric. These XT46 Cold Weather pieces like the tee below are great for both indoors at the gym and outdoors for roadwork in the elements.
|Soffe Cold Weather Battle Ready Tee|
|Soffe All Weather Training Pants|
All Weather Training Pants Features:
• Inside key pocket
• Digital camo inserts and mesh pocket liners show your support for your military branch
• Reflective Soffe Training logo
• 2.5-oz. 100% polyester
• 33"" inset
|XT46 All Weather Training Pant Zippered Pocket Detail|
Polar Loop Activity Tracker
NEW! This unit is waterproof and non-intrusive enough to be worn throughout the day 24/7. I like the sleek design as you can have your fitness monitoring in stealth mode while doing other things like working or running errands. Has a cool Inactivity Alert and offers a FREE mobile App and web service unlike others that only give you a 30 day trial period. Since it is waterproof, use it for indoor winter fitness activities like swimming.
Polar Loop Activity Tracker Features
For anyone who wants to track their activity 24/7 and get guidance to reach activity goals.
- Activity Guide helps you stay active all day long
- Activity Benefit gives feedback about your daily, weekly and monthly activity
- Displays daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, time of day
- Free guidance with the Polar Flow app and Polar Flow web service
- Compatible with Polar H6 and H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensors
Sketchers Nite Owl GORun Ride 2 Running Shoes
If you are concerned about nighttime training on dark roads and pathways, take a look at these new athletic shoes from Sketchers. These come in models for both the guys and the girls but they both GLOW in the dark. Crazy right? Yes but really smart. Expose them to sunlight or even a very bright lamp before you go out. One charge lasts for hours. I experimented with mine and they were still glowing at 4 am in the morning!
|Nite Owls passively soaking up some rays during the day to glow all night.|
- Ideal for low light or night runners
- Photoluminescent technology produces an intense glow effect in low light or darkness
- Short exposure to any light source causes the shoe to glow in the dark
- The more powerful the light charge, the greater and longer lasting the glow effect
- GOimpulse sensors offer traction control and responsive feedback
- Engineered to promote a midfoot strike
- Resalyte® cushioning with memory retention
- Agion® scent protection built in to combat odor
- 4mm drop keeps the foot in a nearly neutral position
- Lightweight: 6.1 oz in a women's size 6
- Breathable 4 way stretch mesh allows for toe splay
- Custom Fit insole: Wear without insole for a more minimal experience or wear with insole for additional protection and support
|Men's Sketchers Nite Owl GORun Ride 2 Running Shoes. See what else is new at Sketchers.com|
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|Bike Loot's November Box with a HUGE Mazamabar hazelnut-mocha bar and cozy hand warmers!|
|Vi Fuel Endurance Gel in Peach Cobbler and The Bee's Knees PB with Honey Spread|
I think the Bike Loot Dudes understand us cyclists need a few extra food items for the cold weather. In addition to the MASSIVE 3.25 oz Mazamabar High Performance Energy Bar which has a whopping 410 calories about half of which is yummy fat, they have the Vi Fuel and The Bee's Knees Spread. Since I like Peach Cobbler, I'll most likely enjoy the Vi Fuel Pack with its organic peach flavor. We've seen The Bee's Knees Spread in the store and it can be drizzled on fruit, crackers, celery when you're out and need a natural energy boost. No hydrogenated oil or HFCS, knead it a bit before using as the honey and PB can separate.
|Sqwincher Fast Pack for electrolyte balancing|
I was head of the first aid department for a major food packaging plant and remember using this same product to help employees who were suffering from heat and sun stroke. I'd purchase this stuff by the case and it worked! Guys with cramps, fatigue, etc. would take a packet, add it to water and be on their way. No caffeine and lower in sodium than Gatorade, it's definitely something to keep on your bicycle because it works in real heat stress & dehydration situations.
|Paper Shower, the wash and dry cycle|
I thought this was a brilliant idea. I usually carry Fresh Bath in my panniers and trunk but let's get real, unless you can dry yourself off, the cold winter chill will be a great deterrent from utilizing said wet wipes. First use the moist section of Paper Shower and then dry off with the dry towelette. Much better!
Hold Me Hand Warmers
These seem like a smart idea. No rubbing or crushing required. Just open the plastic and the AIR activates the heat reaction. There's two per package so slip one in each cycling glove and be happy. Nothing chemically toxic, these appear easy to use and work best in and enclosed area like your glove or shoe. Another great Bike Loot BOX! It's nice to know that they thought of everything a cyclist would need as the cold winds start to blow this November...and we're still on our bikes.
Monday, November 18, 2013
|Kobaya Coated Almonds means guilt free snacking for the holidays!|
With Thanksgiving & Hanukkah BOTH coming up next week, the holiday season is pretty much ON. So unless you are fine with packing on 10 to 15lbs average during said holidays, may I suggest a game plan which may help. Not only that, these snacks are loaded with protein, magnesium and flavor!
Kobaya Coated Almonds
These are California grown almonds, roasted and flavored with a rice coating in Japan. They are a low sodium, gluten free snack and a 1/4 cup serving, (that's about 23 almonds) has 200 calories and six grams of protein. You also get 3 grams of dietary fiber which helps make you feel full after eating them. Super crunchy!
These are really delicious and hit the spot for a late night snack when you might be tempted for something more fattening and less nutritious.
|Kobaya Coated Almonds come shelled and roasted in the shell. Both types are flavored.|
These almonds come shelled and in the shell but both varieties are flavored. The Wasabi is my favorite but other flavors include: Black Pepper, Lightly Salted and Authentic Smoke Flavor. Almonds are rich in natural calcium and magnesium and the Lightly Salted only has 15mgs of sodium per serving. Like nearly every other nut, almonds are also rich in fat but the heart healthy kind. No trans fat and the saturated fat comes in at only 1 gram per serving or 5% of your daily intake.
|In the shell Kobaya coated almonds are very easy to peel with just your hands.|
Friday, November 15, 2013
|NEW! Rudy Project's Nebula in Black Anemone with Multi-Laser Violet Lenses. A walk on the wild side.|
NEW Design for 2014! Looking for some edgy eye wear this winter? Check out the chilly violet hues of these Multi-LS Lenses from Rudy. On trend styling, never boring and technically cool. Extra large lenses for maximum UV blockage and clear visibility for a variety of outdoor activities. Frame is a beautiful Black Anemone pattern and comes with an airtight Two Year Warranty. A work of art, (just look inside the ear pieces...WOW)! Made in Italy (of course).
|The Nebula has been included in my Lucky Gift Guide as they make the perfect gift for the IT girl on your list.|
We all struggle with what to get people on our Christmas list. Believe me, your favorite roadie, hiker or mountain climber will be very pleased to get a pair of these! Lenses are fog-free and scratch resistant while being very comfortable and light on your face. You won't notice you are wearing them, but your eyes will thank you, (and Rudy), for the clarity and superior UV protection. One of the boldest designs I've seen from Rudy Project to date. Stop by their website and see what else is new for the holidays and 2014 at Rudy Project Online.
|Style, fit, comfort and superior optics....that's Rudy.|
The polycarbonate lenses ensure the best view and meet the highest optical standards. The mirrored Multilaser Violet lenses with approx. 15% light transmission offer a great look and protect even from bright to middle sunlight intensity.
These glasses may also be fitted with both the ImpactRx™ prescription lenses, top-level customized corrective lenses from the Rudy Project range (photochromic and shatterproof, guaranteeing maximum visual clarity and safety), and the Hi Index +1.6™, static ophthalmic lenses which are extremely light, thin and resistant, and ideal for the best prescriptions.