The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
Anyone who knows me realizes that I have a long term relationship with fitness and a love for clothes. People close to me also know I have a huge addiction to anything “food”. I’m often asked if I “jones” salty or sweet. My reply is always…. YES!
Because of my complete love affair with deliciousness, it is a complete blessing that I love fitness and apparel so much to offset my weakness for food.
One of the huge perks of working in the fitness industry is the opportunity to try cutting edge fitness programs and products. Lucky me, because both clothes and food both fit into this category of bliss. So, now, imagine my delight as I drove into my drive way and discovered a package from rebok begging to be ripped open.
Secretly, I was hoping for a package from Cheese Cake Factory, but Reebok is definitely a close second. As I tore into the package, it became evident I was about to discover a new pair of shoes.
What jumped out was a sick pair of black and red Reebok Nano 4.0’s. Woo Hoo!
This was over the top because of all the black and red gear I have to accessorize with these new shoes. (See, I am comfy enough with my “mextroality” that I enjoy accessorizing my dibbs – and even my wife.) As I slid the first shoe on my foot I felt like Cinderfella. It fit like a glove. Now, all I had to decide is what kind of carnage do I want to impose them to?
Since the Nano 4.0 are pretty flat and a super stable shoe, this makes them great for leg day. The Nanos were made for squats, box jumps, dead lifts, double unders, burpees and lower body conditioning workouts – so legs & conditioning it is!!
The rest is history, and it went like this: (spoiler alert: the Nano 4.0 rocked the test)
Lower Body Conditioning Circuit
Round 1: 50 seconds on, 10 off
Round 2: 45 seconds on, 10 off
Round 3: 40 seconds on, 10 off
Round 4: 35 seconds on, 10 off
Round 5: 30 seconds on, 10 off
(Click on the exercise to view video instruction)
Alternating Overhead Walking Lunges
Once you’re done, don’t forget to stretch out, have a protein shake and post your workout on facebook! You know what they say, “if you don’t post your workout, it’s like it never happened”. lol
Here’s a matching graphic for this workout:
What would you consider the perfect shoe? Maybe one that compliments that perfect ensemble? A high heel that lifts your bottom and makes your legs look a mile long? , or maybe one that eases knee pain when you run, or add stability and traction on the field? Before you can define the “perfect” shoe, you need to know “Perfect for what?”. The real question is “perfect for what purpose?”. This brings me to your needs and goals. To help keep this blog short, I want to give a quick example and review of the craziest shoe I’ve come across in a long time, and I LOOOOVE shoes. (no homo)
Reebok just launched a new outdoor functional training shoe, called the ATV 19+, designed for all-terrain training, like trail runs and mud runs. When I first saw the advertisement for this shoe I laughed out loud as UFC fighter, Rampage Jackson, gave a quick monologue boasting of its many accolades. (Pretty funny commercial)
My passion in training is outdoor functional training. Bonnie and I are the co-founders of BCx Boot Camp, an extreme functional training program that focuses on aesthtics, performance, and nutrtuion. What makes BCx different from many other training programs is all the trainiers lead by example, many time teaching the class by doing it with them. With this philosphy in mind it is important that the trainers are able to continue this high pace, class after class, safely – running on all kinds of surfaces, rain or shine. The trainers have to be right in the thick of it with the members to keep them on task.
5 months ago when I was at our MMA club, I juked when I should have jived, and I tore my medial mensicus and sustained a 90% tear to my MCL. Not just my training, but my vocation, was compromised. How could I continue to teach, lead, and fight with a serious injury?
Stability for the Unstable
The last five months have taught me a lot of mental fortitude, but that is for another time. So here we are. My knee is better. I’ve gained about 70% of my strentgh back. I have 80% of my range of motion. It still hurts, but it is there all the same. What I am dealing with, that I can’t overcome, is the instability and “freaky” feeling I get when I walk on uneven sufaces. Imagine trying to teach 30 people how to climb a 12 foot wall and climb back down a cargo net, and then sprint across a muddy field to the next obstacle, all with no confidnce that your knee will hold you. It’s horrible not to be able to do what you love 100%.
Then, at my doorstep, arrives the ATV. My first time trying them on was indoors on a hard even surface. The ATV’s pushed my foot into a neutral postion, which I hated. It felt weird. I invert (or supinate) as I walk, so I walk on the outside of my shoes. This is how my body is and its comfortable that way, so these shoes pushed against what felt natural – until I got in the grass. This, my friends, is when the heavens opened up and light shined through the clouds. The stability I gained in the grass and mud was amazing. The shoe and ground combo allowed my foot to find that solid spot that is right for just me. No knee instability – and my confidence grew with every step.
I thought that a shoe with that much stability would be heavy and clumsy, but the ATV’s were the exact oposite. I tested them out on diffeent obstacles, different terrain, and different gates. I was impressed. I was able to run on my toes through the tires, jog through the mud, and run through the uneven grass field – and do it all with confidence.