I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to share with you that I am now a Momentum Jewelry Ambassador! What is Momentum Jewelry? Only the most workout friendly shoe charms, necklaces, earrings, head bands, cuffs and wrap bracelets that will inspire you and motivate you to to BE YOUR BEST.
Last Christmas my Beastie (my bestie who is my BEAST MODE partner in crime) gave me this wrap and I was in love with it the second I put it on. The wrap bracelet is not only comfortable and light weight, but it is also washable and will not tarnish! And for someone who sweats A LOT in the gym, I was excited to finally find jewelry that could stand up to my workouts and could be washed after my sweat sessions without the fear of destroying it!
When I checked out their website I was even MORE IN LOVE. There are so many options of items with inspiring quotes to choose from. And, what’s more, you can customize your own jewelry. I just recently ordered another wrap, a cuff and a shoe charm and I can’t wait to share photos with you.
If you would like to order your own Momentum Jewelry, visit their website, sign up for their newsletter and you will receive 20% OFF your first order. And don’t worry – they only send out a few newsletters a year so your inbox won’t be over-run with hundreds of emails. It’s a WIN WIN!
Before even considering it, I checked out the website to see what the products were all about. After like 15 seconds on Unico’s website, I was in love with the company’s honesty:
“We are a supplement company. We don’t make magic pills. We don’t promise overnight transformation. We won’t try and trick you with foolish marketing gimmicks. What we will do is help you make yourself better. We are here to supplement your journey towards your fitness goals-whatever they may be.”
“The supplement industry sucks. We were founded to become the exception. We’re not going to make you lose 10 pounds. We’re not going to make you gain 10 pounds of muscle. We’re not going to make you run faster, lift heavier, or set new personal bests. You’re going to do that and we’re going to help.”
And with 125 calories, 25 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of BCAA’s, 75 mg of Omega-3’s, 2.5 grams of prebiotic fiber, 1 gram of sugar, no gluten, no fillers, no artificial colors, no questionable preservatives I was all….
When the products were delivered, it was perfect timing….30 minutes until workout time!!! I ripped open the box, grabbed the Athena 3.0 Intense Cherry Limeade Blast Pre Workout and mixed myself up a dose of the cherry and limeade goodness. I am VERY sensitive to pre workouts, so I only used 1 scoop. Like the website claims, I had lightning fast energy, dialed-in focus and NO JITTERS!!!! I was able to push a harder during my lifts and I still had energy in the tank afterwards.
After my lift was over, I grabbed the Apollo Delicious Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder and mixed up my post workout shake. Normally I mix my powder, 1/2 of a banana and water in my ninja because I HATE chunks in my shake, but I wanted to see how Apollo mixed in just a shaker. And, after a bit of shaking, it was smooth and creamy. The flavor was just as promised – delicious vanilla milkshake!!! YUMMMMMM!
I decided to give the pre workout and protein powder multiple tests so I could give it a full and complete review. I used the pre workout before a long run, an intense interval workout, a circuit style lift and the dreaded leg day. I was surprised that my energy stayed high and steady during each workout, even after a horrible night’s sleep. I also used the protein powder to make different types of smoothies to see if the claim that the “slow-digesting proteins” would keep me from starving to death 10 minutes after drinking it. Yep – they were right on that claim too. I made my favorite Frosty Protein Shake (I used chocolate protein powder in the original) and I have to say, I liked the Apollo version better than the original!
All in all I was pleasantly surprised with both products that I received from Unico Nutrition as well as Unico Nutrition as a company. To quote their Protein Promise:
“Whether you are training for a half-marathon, the upcoming-season, or building a better physique, your quest hinges on your ability to re-build your muscles stronger than ever before. Where several companies are cutting corners with amino spiking, and filler ingredients- we are standing strong. We promise to ALWAYS produce Apollo® right here in the United States using ONLY The highest quality proteins like grass-fed whey. We promise to always hold the quality of Apollo® first and foremost even in the face of higher costs. It’s our Protein Promise to you. And you can bet it will NEVER be broken. Ever.”
I am always proud to give my hard earned money to a company that stands behind their beliefs, had faith in their products and believes in keeping production in the United States. I’m glad I have found Unico Nutrition and I will be incorporating their supplements into my healthy lifestyle.
If you would like to give any of these products a try, use Promo Code FITTOGO when checking out and receive $5 off your order and free shipping!
Looking for STOCKING STUFFERS for the fitness minded person on your Christmas list? Here are 10 great fitness finds!
The Perfect Pushup takes the standard pushup to the next level. With rotating handles, you can use multiple hand positions to create a new challenge to your pushup or you can use the Perfect Pushup during exercises like planks and mountain climbers to help eliminate stress on the wrists.
Gold’s Gym Sliders are a fun addition to your fitness equipment. Sliders remove the impact of exercises like jumping jacks and mountain climbers and add resistance to lunges, pushups and ab exercises.
The Blender Bottle is a must-have for anyone taking any type of liquid nutrition (pre or post-workout). This shake bottle comes with a “BlenderBall” that does the mixing while you shake! Say goodbye to chunky supplement drinks forever!
The Max Flow Sports Cross-Grip Hairband is a great gift for anyone who is tired of having their hairband distract them during their workout. Most hairbands slip off your head as you exercise, but the Max Flow Sport hairband had cross-grip technology that keeps the band securely in place so you can focus on getting your sweat on!
Looking for something to get the foodie on your list? A My Oatmeal Gift Card is perfect!!! My Oatmeal lets you create your own custom blend of oatmeal. Start by choosing your type of oats- steel cut, rolled, gluten free – and from there the options are endless! Add protein powder, nuts, fruit, flavorings, sweeteners, whatever your heart desires. And if you just can’t decide what yummie goodness to create, you can pick from one of their creations.
Want a gift that gives back? Love Your Melon beanies will not only keep your head toasty warm this winter, but they will also keep the head of a child with cancer covered. For each item that is purchased from Love Your Melon, a hat is donated to a child going through cancer treatment. This is a gift that is close to my heart and my melon!
Max Flow Sports Cushioned Low-Show Women’s socks are the best cushioned sock on the market! Max Flow Sports socks are cushioned to keep your feet protected from impact and blisters and yet ventilated in just the right spots to keep your feet cool and dry.
An iTunes gift card is the perfect gift for the person who has everything. The iTunes gift card is the gift that keeps on giving because music is always changing and your playlist needs updating every now and then.
Cathe.com now offers Live Streaming of her Thursday morning classes and instant access to all of her 100+ videos. Cathe One Demand is a great gift for the person who likes to workout in the privacy of their own home and loves to be challenged. Cathe is very motivating and keeps you moving with a variety for workouts for beginner and advanced exercisers. Strength training, bootcamps, cycling, circuit training, HIIT, yoga, barre – Cathe offers it all.
My Favorite FITmas Gift for Day 4 is the PRO COMPRESSION sock line! When you think compression socks, what do you think of – hospital socks, am I right? Well the purpose of those ugly, one-size-fits NO ONE socks is to help the blood circulate in your legs and maintain blood flow. So, if those socks do all of that, why wouldn’t you wear them when you are working out? Well, I wouldn’t wear the ones I got while I was in the hospital during my workout, but I would wear a pair from PRO COMPRESSION. They are form fitting, comfortable and fashionable and they are functional. Pro Compression offers a full line of full length, mid length and low cut socks as well as calf and arm sleeves. You can also choose from socks that will keep your feet warm in the winter or cool and dry in the summer. PRO COMPRESSION also sells compression leggings!
I was never a fan of compression socks. As a girl, yes I can be a little girlie, I thought they looked silly. I would see runners wearing tall socks and shorts and think, “Wouldn’t it just make more sense to wear pants?” Then I tried a pair. PRO COMPRESSION sent me a pair of pink marathon knee high socks to try. They kind of had me backed into a corner when they sent me pink socks, I mean, they were cute so I had to try them right? So I did. I was shocked how great my legs felt during my runs, so I decided to try them out when I ran a half marathon. Normally, after a long run, my legs would cramp up a lot no matter how hydrated I was, but after the half my legs never cramped once. I WAS A BELIEVER!!!! Now I have close to 10 pairs and I refuse to run long runs without them.
If you are looking for a great gift for a runner, gym rat, someone who has circulation issues or just a sock lover, then the PRO COMPRESSION socks are a great gift choice.
My Favorite FITmas Gift of 2014 pick for day 3 is ANY of the APERA BAGS. I got my Apera bag back in January (see my review here) and I use this bag every day.
Apera Bags are the ultimate gift for anyone who carries everything and anything. These bags are roomy and they can keep all of your stuff organized. With compartments and pockets galore, you will never be searching your bag to find what you need. And what really sets these bags apart from the ordinary “gym bag” is the “non-funk-factor”. You know that sweaty smell that radiates every time you open your gym bag, you know what I’m talking about . THE FUNK of a gym bag – ish. Well, you don’t have to worry about being the stinky kid in the gym when you carry Apera Bags. Each bag is designed to be healthier – with built-in antimicrobial product protection to inhibit the growth of bacterial odors, vented compartments, separation of your wet, sweaty gear from your dry stuff, and venting air to keep your bag dry and suppress odor. TA-DA!
Any of the Apera Bags would be a great gift for anyone: gym rat, student, traveler, new mom (yep a client of mine uses it as a diaper bag) or just for someone who like to carry everything plus the kitchen sink, cause that will fit in the bag too!
Unfortunately the Performance Duffel is on back order, BUT all of the other fabulous bags are 20% off right now and Apera is also offering FREE SHIPPING!!!
Another one of my favorite FITmas Gifts for 2014 is the 6 Pack Bag. This is the MUST have gift for anyone who is trying to stay on track with healthy eating. With BPA-free containers, ice packs that keep food cold, insulated pockets that keep food warm and extra storage for drinks, vitamins or utensils, these bags have it all.
I use the Innovator for days when I need all of my meals, drinks and snacks for the day and the Plyo sling for the days when I don’t want to be the crazy lady carrying the chicken and broccoli around in my purse. No matter which 6 Pack Cooler or Tote you choose, know that you will have meals that will last and quality bag that will last even longer!
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Apera Bags to review one of their bags. I was given a choice of what bag I wanted to test out. Well, if you know me, I carry BIG bags and I don’t leave home without EVERYTHING that I think I could possibly need during the day even though I know I will never use 50% of it. But I always have that little voice in the back of my head saying “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”. (PS the “voice”, which sounds a lot like my mom, also makes sure that I’m wearing clean underwear when I leave the house in case I have an accident).So I checked out Apera’s super sleek looking website and I decided on the big daddy of them all – the Performance Duffel in Fuchsia (of course).
When I got the bag, I was pleasantly surprised how big and roomy the bag was.By looking at the website I knew it would have lots of compartments, but in real life – WOW!!! There are compartments FOR compartments!!!! It even has 2 vented side compartments to store my sweaty workout shoes and clothes so the gear in the interior compartment stay dry and odor free. AND THE BEST PART, the Performance Duffel keeps me organized. With so many pockets, I can keep all of my stuff nice and neat. No more searching and rummaging through my bag only to find the thing I was looking for at the VERY bottom corner. This bag has a spot for everything – even the kitchen sink. Seriously! I wanted to share with you how I pack my Performance Duffel just so you can see how much room it has.
What can I get in my bag? Well, an ipod, ipod speakers, jump rope, resistance band, workout clothes including a big sweatshirt, a towel, 2 pairs of shoes (a girl can never have too many shoes to choose from), water bottle, protein powder shaker, bootcamp binder, a hand dandy notebook, my wallet, tablet, gymboss and my shower/makeup caddy.
Not only is this bag functional, but it’s stylish. Since having this bag I have had numerous people ask me about it. Even a mom who said it would make the perfect diaper bag! If you are looking for a great bag that will last a long time and make your daily activities a little more organized, you have to buy an Apera Bag. Go to their website and signup for their newsletter and you will have the chance to win one for yourself!!!!Every month Apera will be giving away a different bag– how great is that. Now – go sign up for the newsletter for YOUR chance to win! I’ve got my fingers crossed that the winner will be you!
This year I had SO many great health and fitness items that I added to my life, I just had to add on to the Top 12 Fitness Gifts for 2013 and include a few more!!! I have used each and every one of these items and I highly recommend them for you or the health and fitness finatic in your life!
The Apera Performance Duffel was designed to carry EVERYTHING that you and still keep you organized and looking stylish! Every Apera bag includes antimicrobial product protection inside and outside, ventilated compartments, a water resistant base and wipeable linings keep your bag clean, dry and healthy. No more stinky gym bag!!! Use Coupon code holiday2013 when checking out and receive free shipping and 20% off any bag.
I fell in LOVE with these headbands the first time I ever used them. I can’t stand having hair in my face when I am working out and Sweaty Bands really do their job. Using a non slip grip, they stay put through your hardest workouts and no matter how much you sweat or hard the wind blows. And with over 900 patterns, you will have on trouble fining one you love. And if you can’t, you have the option of creating your own custom Sweaty Band.
Vitamix – Shimitamix! This blender could slice, dice and puree a concrete block! The Ninja Master Prep Blender is perfect for making smoothies and protein shakes. Toss in ice cubes, nuts, fruits, veggies, whatever and it will come out smooth as silk! A little spendy but totally worth it. It has become a staple in my kitchen!
The hair tie that actually doubles as a super cute bracelet. I wear a few at a time, one in my hair and a one or ten on my wrist. I am always losing the plain black hair ties, which is ok. They are constantly breaking, stretching out and breaking my hair. Mane Message hair ties stay put without breaking my hair and because they are brightly colored, I never lose them. Mane Message hair ties come in a ton of colors, variety packs and gift packs. But online and used coupon code HOLLY and get 20% off and a free gift.