My dinner last night was a mess of a stir fry.
Pork, cabbage, broccoli slaw, a zucchini cooked in coconut oil and a little sesame oil with a whole mix of garlic, Chinese five spice blend (not a huge fan), ginger, crushed red pepper and a few random sugar free sauces thrown together.
There’s no soy in the Whole 30 plan so these Coconut Aminos come in very handy when you want a little soy sauce type taste.
I’ve also seen them used in a whole bunch of different Paleo based recipes.
Um, and not that I’m counting or anything, but today is DAY 26 of the whole 27 Day STUFT Detox. Not quite sure what I’m going to do when it’s done. I better figure that out, yes?
So yesterday the boys and I went to Nordstrom Rack to buy shoes to go with their tuxes for my sister-in-law’s wedding this weekend.
I’m fairly certain they don’t want us back in their store anytime soon. I’m also fairly certain that I will have to go back there within the next week to make some returns because instead of taking our mayhem to the dressing room, I bought a couple dress choices for myself to choose from.
And no. we did not buy those high tops. We did get those “special black wedding boots” though for less than $10 a pair. Not too shabby.
So I’ve been teaching this cycle and turf class at the new gym. We spin for about half an hour and then we do a little boot campy style circuit workout on the turf.
It’s pretty darn awesome.
(Got this picture from Facebook.)
My favorite moves we did on the turf Wednesday were these:
BOSU burpees/bear crawls
BOSU push-up/medicine ball bridge (in picture above).
This ball bridge just might be my new favorite move. It can be done on a stability ball too, but is
harder much more fun on a medicine ball.
Keep your legs together and hold it for a minute with both feet on the medicine ball. It you need more stability put your arms straight out to the side. If you want to challenge yourself a little more, put your arms up to the ceiling.
It’s darn fabulous. Your hamstrings and glutes will definitely let you know just how fabulous it is.
So, I‘ve said this before, but I think it’s really important to wear the right shoes when you’re training inside. Depending on the class or workout you’re doing you should really be wearing cross training specific shoes. I know a lot of people just use their old running shoes or wear the same shoes for all the different activities they do (to run in, take classes in, etc.).
Friends, it really is best to have cross training shoes when in the gym. They will give you the lateral support that you need for side to side and plyometric type movements. Running specific shoes do not provide the same thing- they are made for running.
Just the other day I got these RealFlex Strength TR shoes to try out from Reebok.
I actually requested these specific shoes from them because I love the RealFlex ones I have and wanted the extra support these were supposed to provide for agility movements in my classes.
Some specifics on these shoes (besides the fact they come in 6 different really cool colors):
A training shoe designed to move and flex with you as you train, with additional support and stability elements to meet the rigors of agility movements. RealFlex Strength TR- is natural movement, perfected.
- Synthetic, lightweight mesh upper provides comfort, fit and durability
- Independent, multi-directional outsole flex nodes promote flexibility and natural movement
- IMEVA midsole delivers extraordinary cushioning
- Removable PU sock liner, accommodates orthotics
- Carbon rubber heel strike for durable traction
I really like the snug fit frame that seems to keep the shoe in place. I didn’t realize they had this when I was looking at them online.
The flex nodes on the bottom provide quite a bit of cushion and support for plyometric moves without being too heavy.
I wore them last night to teach my HIIT class and strength training class.
I actually liked them more than I thought I would. They stayed in place and felt pretty supportive without being heavy.
I always know right away if I like a shoe with my Y50X class because there is so much jumping around. I’m pretty picky about the cross trainers I wear. I guess I’m a gym shoe snob.
The heel cushioning is also key and the toe box is pretty wide to give your foot a little extra room (great for those of us that have really flat feet).
I kept them on for my strength training class too.
It’s not as important to wear specific cross training shoes if you’re strength training, doing more static type moves and not doing a lot of side to side plyometrics, but I would still recommend wearing good cross trainers whenever you can.
Running shoes are made specifically for running. Cross trainers are made for training.
After a couple of classes breaking these in, my feet were still happy, but my darn body was tired.
Oh hey. Good thing you can’t smell through the picture. Ha ha ha.
Well, I did not get cat food or a misto bottle, but I did drive home in the dark in style.
I got it with my ReebokONE discount.
(If you’re a fitness professional you can apply here and get a bunch of great perks including a 25% discount on Reebok workout gear.)
It’s pretty cool.
a nice medium weight
and a slim fit so it doesn’t look like you’re trying to hide a kabocha in there.
The black color helps a bit with that too.
And, well, I’m off to a little more prolotherapy. Not looking forward to getting stabbed a couple times with the big needle, but am looking forward to having to take it easy for 24 hours afterwards.
Do you wear different shoes for different types of workouts?
Have you ever been shopping at Nordstrom Rack with two toddlers? (If you haven’t I wouldn’t recommend doing so.)
*I was compensated by FitFluential LLC for this post. All opinions are my own.