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Hula Hoop Inches off your Waist with the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop

As we enjoyed a day filled with the abundance and overindulgence of food we’re sure to be eating for the next few days (leftovers anyone), we’re sure many of you may not want to readily hit your respective gyms the day after Thanksgiving, hell most of us can barely move, so we’re proposing an alternate and transitional form of exercise…..Fitness Hooping (First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan). You can enjoy this fun exercise as your ongoing workout, or try it when you don’t feel like going to the gym. The best thing about this workout, it’s a lot of fun because it involves something we all enjoyed as children…..with a slight twist. Say hello to the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop, a hula hoop that comes in six sections, which clips together for easy and quick storage and assembly.

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That’s right, it’s a hula hoop you disassemble for convenient storage and travel capabilities, then reassemble whenever you want to have some hooping fun. The FXP Hula Hoop comes in several system starter kits with hoops available in three colors – teal, pink, and purple. Any of the system starter kits is sure to get you on the right (and fun) path to a slimmer, healthier you, using core, strength, and interval training with an exclusive “Easy Spin Technology” that lets you burn more calories and fat, as well as tones your muscles.

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There are five FXP Hula Hoop Starter Kits including the FXP Starter Kit (the kit we’re focusing on today, which is pictured above), Build Your Own Kit, FXP Cardio Sculpt Kit, Total Body Movement Kit, and Total Body Movement Kit Plus. As we previously mentioned, this wonderful workout tool breaks down and easily fits in a convenient carrying case for portability, allowing you to exercise anywhere and have fun while doing so. Thanks to the FXP Hula Hoop’s precise weight and size, you’ll soon see amazing results.

The FXP Starter Kit, available for $44.95, is specifically designed for those who are just beginning their fitness journey or who are new to fitness hooping. This kit comes with a carrying bag, non-slip mat, workout guide, and a level 1 DVD, featuring internationally recognized fitness trainer, Niece Pecenka, who has designed a proven workout program using low impact exercises to keep you motivated and having a blast while you tone and sculpt your entire body.

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Want to begin hula hooping your way to a flatter stomach and slimmer body? Take advantage of FXP Fitness’s Black Friday deal where everything is 25% off when you use code FRIDAY25. The offer begins now and runs through 11/28.

 

Unboxing FabFitFun’s New VIP Winter Box

If you’re not familiar with FabFitFun, you better get better acquainted with this standout, seasonal, subscription gift box, which is delivered every 3 months. If you live for monthly subscription boxes (or even if you don’t), you need this subscription service in your life. FabFitFun offers full-size, premium products in every box, but they go beyond that. Along with their amazing boxes, they also offer amazing tips and tricks to help you feeling good from the inside out. What can you expect from this jampacked box of goodies? A great mix of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products from some of your favorite, and sure-to-be favorite brands. We recently received their latest, the Winter Box, and we’re beyond excited to share the goodies we it contained.

Upon opening, we were greeted with a 60-min Zumba “Max” DVD, led by Zumba creator Beto, and a $25 apparel gift card to enjoy our Zumba workout in style (this gift combo has a retail value of $55.00); and a free, 3 Months membership to a world-class cooking education to SaltedTV.com (retail value at $29.97). We love Zumba and cooking, so this box is already hitting all the right notes with us.

Under those first two amazing gifts, we discovered the following goodies:

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive – get ready to say goodbye fine lines, wrinkles, and an uneven skin tone, and hello to a brighter complexion, with this certified organic beauty must-have that exfoliates and refines skin. Retail $39.00

Half United Fighting Hunger Necklace (in either Gold and Silver) – this very cool necklace, made from recycled bullet casings, not only looks good, it helps fight world hunger. For every necklace that is sold, Half United gives half of the profits to feed children in need. It retails for $34.00, which means $17.00 helps feed starving children.

Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose – winter, constant washing, and daily activity can do some damage to your hands. Renew the skin on your hands with this rich formula that contains cell renewing alpha hydroxy, and chamomile, evening primose, and lemongrass for luxurious soft hands. Retail $30.00

yourMinerals Assorted Eye Shadows (Brown Hypnotic Eye Glimmer, Lavender Dream Eye Shadow, Swedish Winter Eye Shimmer, Glistening Grey Eye Glimmer) – is the cold winter temperature destroying your eye shadow? Welcome these long-lasting, mix-able shadows from yourMinerals into your life and you’ll enjoy pigments that stays on no matter your activity and the temperature. Retail $44.00

Justin’s Classic Almond .5oz Squeeze Pack – you may recognize this name of this small pouches of deliciousness from our coverage of National Peanut Butter lover’s Month. Get ready for lots of protein, and healthy fats that can go anyway with you, thanks to its convenient travel-friendly package. For those of you who snack badly in-between meals, you need Justin’s. Retail $.63

Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake in Vanilla – there are times (mostly while non-stop blogging or editing) and hectic times like the upcoming fashion week, when we barely have time to eat, far less eat healthy. With this balance protein shake from Organic Valley, you can get the required nutrients you need to start your day. it’d also fantastic before and after your workouts. Retail $2.99

Special K Chewy Snack Bars (Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Pretzel Chocolate) – we all know the great health benefits and taste of Special K Cereal, now you can have that healthy goodness in a tasty medley. There’s no guilt when you snack on these amazing chewy bars. Retail (total of 6 bars) $2.62

Daniel Stone COCO Candle – have you heard of Daniel Stone COCO Candles? If you haven’t, you’re depriving yourself of a wonderful aromatherapeutic escape. Made from natural coconut, which allows the candle to burn cleaner than any other candle, these decadent scented candles indulgences the senses and relaxes the mind. Retail $42.00

Fashion Project $30 gift card with Free Shipping – could your winter wardrobe use a quick shot of style? Is your budget not ready for designer purchases? Do you love giving pre-loved and pre-owned clothing a new home? If you said yes to these question, fashion project should be shopping destination. Shop for what could become your favorite wardrobe staples

Passport To Beauty Tibetan Goji Berry Intense Anti-aging Eye Serum With Retinol .5oz – we’re always up late editing photos, writing our articles, etc, so you shouldn’t be surprised when we complain about our puffy eyes. With the help of “beauty food”, Goji Berry, we are ready to rejuvenate the windows to our soul with this advanced, anti-aging Eye Serum. Retail $88.00

This was an amazing box! More than well worth its price, and now it’s spoiled us for any other subscription gift box. Consider us completely hooked. There’s not many of these left so if you want to get your hands on one, do so ASAP. Now excuse us while we find out more about the Spring Box.

GOQii Life | More Than Just a Fitness Tracker

For the past few months, we’ve been upping our fitness level and overall healthier lifestyle with the combination of a fantastic advanced wearable technology device, the world’s leading experts, a great personal coach (hey Neha) that is not only an expert in the field of fitness and nutrition but are themselves are part of the program, and some Karma (more on that later) that allows you to #BetheForce for good. For the past few months, we’ve been living the GOQii Life. The GOQii Fitness Band is not just another fitness tracker; while other fitness bands just measure your activity and provide you with the information, GOQii Life is a community of health and wellness coaches advising and encouraging you, an app that helps you develop healthy physical activity, nutrition, sleep and stress management habits, as well as using your Karma points to help others.

The GOQii Fitness Bands are made out of silicone, are water-resistant (not waterproof  so no swimming), but it will resist rain, sweat, shower and a splash of water. The straps are adjustable and changeable to any of the cool colors – Passion Red, Power Black and Persistence Red+Black – with more color options coming soon. The GOQii Core can connect to your computer or device via Bluetooth and will automatically sync every time it is within 10-15 ft of your smartphone. Not only is your information updated on your end, your GOQii Coach is also automatically given your activity, which allows them to better advise and applaud you (it’s a bit like working out with a friend).

While other bands concentrate on your body, GOQii aims to bring happiness to your body, mind and soul. Our coach, Neha, has been our cheerleader, fitness trainer, and adviser on everything from our fitness routine, sleep patterns (we’re happy with anyone who tells us we need to take a nap during the day), eating habits, and mental well-being, with daily tips and encouragements. The GOQii Band does an amazingly precise job of measuring your Activity and Sleep. In the Active mode, it focuses on measuring steps, calories burnt, distance traveled, activity time and Karma points. In the Sleep mode, it measures time slept and quality of sleep. Additionally the GOQii Band will also display time and an envelope symbol when you have a message from your Coach.

If you feel so inclined, the GOQii app gives you the ability to share your updates via social media, interact with other GOQii Life users, and donate your karma points to great causes. You may be thinking, what exactly are Karma points. As we previously stated (and as you can see in the photo above), it’s a way to do good by help great charitable organizations. Essentially you earn points based on the number of steps you take in a day, these points can then be donated to any charity organization linked in the GOQii app. It gives you a great sense of happiness to know that just by walking, not only are you heading towards a healthier lifestyle, but you’re also helping people in need. In other words, you do good and feel good, and as GOQii says #BetheForce. What’s better than that?

Get connected to your health goals & healthy choices w/ walgreens #balancerewards

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that my clothes were fitting a bit more snug than usual, as a blogger, it wasn’t hard to find the culprit of this weight gain. I sit for hours on end on a computer, and although I try to eat healthy snacks, I sometimes revert back to old habits. However, I am making some headway in being more active. With the help of my Jawbone Up fitness device, Walgreens’s healthy snack offerings, and their #BalanceRewards app, I am well on my way to getting back to making healthy choices and earning points to continue on a healthier wellness and lifestyle journey.

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Thanks to the healthy choices program located in the Walgreens #BalanceRewards app, I am able to connect and sync my fitness device, mine being my Jawbone Up Wearable Device, to the Walgreens app to better keep track of the following: what I eat, my calorie intake, how long I’m inactive, how many steps I’ve walked, other workout activities, my sleep patterns, and my favorite notification – a vibrating reminder to get up and move around if I’ve been idle for too long.

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Along with keeping active, I’ve been trying to eat healthy as well and Walgreens is a great resource for finding what you need to. As you can see in the photo at the beginning of this post, I’ve been keeping my energy up with almonds, hydrating with water, taking a daily gummy multivitamin for overall wellness and tracking my steps with my Jawbone.

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Ever since I’ve started this regime, I find that I walk a lot more. I use my time between attending events to take advantage of walking the city. I’m very proud to say I have walked over 20 NYC blocks on several occasions, all for the chance to reach and/or surpass my daily goal of walking 10,000 steps. Some days I do get stuck behind the computer so I periodically get up to walk around the apt, go up and down the stairs, or do a little dance just to keep myself active, all while earning points towards my Walgreens Balance Rewards.

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Unfortunately I have only reached my goal of 10,000 steps (5 miles) once because this week has been what I like to call “the calm before the storm”, aka the week before NYFW, but so far I have earned 760 points and I know I will being earning much more towards my $5.00 reward.. I fully expect my step count to be triple next week, which means earning rewards faster. How much points you earn it completely up to you, all you have to do is be active, the more you walk, run, spin, etc, you more points you earn. What could be better than that?

Love, Sweat, and Gears | BFX Studio’s Ride Republic Spin Class

We are the first to admit we can sometimes get lazy and compliant when it comes to working out. This is mostly due to the fact that we sit in-front of a computer for hours on end without much movement, except when it comes to reaching for a snack. We’ve gotten to the level of forcing ourselves up from the couch, desk, park bench, etc just to show our bodies that we’re not petrified objects, so when we get an opportunity to get active, we try to take advantage….because it’s something that is desperately needed. That is why we were ecstatic to receive an invitation to check out the BFX Studio in Chelsea (more locations are coming soon). We loved spinning but hadn’t participated in a few years……today we tested our endurance.

We had a choice between the following classes: BFX Build (Eli Ingram and Amanda Butler), Classic Ride (Josh Taylor), BFX Barre (Michelle Demus and Colin Turek), and Fusion Ride (Juan Hidalgo), but because we haven’t worked out in quite a while, we decided to start with an easier class…..or so we thought. Securing a position and an in-breed Spinner® Blade Ion bike for the Classic Ride with Josh Taylor, we were mentally ready for the high-energy spin class…..physically ready was a different story.

The classicRIDE is spinning as it was meant to be – high-energy, motivational instructor, great music, and a heart-pounding experience. We recommend first-time spinners, and those who haven’t attended spin classes in a while (like we haven’t) begin with this one. For those of you who are more advanced than we are or prefer something more challenging, we present the following:

ultraRIDE – more enhanced than the classicRIDE, ultraRIDE offers extreme physical challenges on the bike with a rotating theme. No fear of stagnation in this 45 min class

epicRIDE – love spinning to specific themes and music? Then the epicRIDE spin classes are for you. Every class has a visually and musically supported theme and can go on for 1-2 hours. Epic indeed!

FUSIONRIDE – if you want to experience a workout both on and off the bike, this two-part spin class is right up your alley. Get ready to spend part of the class riding, and the other part off the bike, in athletic conditioning and functional training. The result is a high-cardio burn that will maximize your agility, stamina, power, and core strength. Fusion offers three ride/training Time option: 30 min/30 min, 45 min/15 min, and 45 min/45 min.

The class was intense and we loved it…..even while thinking we were going to pass out. Our hearts were pounding, our energy was up, and we burned lots of calories. What more could you ask for, except for a refreshing drink, which we enjoyed post workout at the launch festivities which also included personalized mini training sessions, spa treatments courtesy of Mio, Sakara treats, and BFX Studio’s state of the art Fit3D body scan.

BFX Studio has a t-shirt that says pretty hurts, it really does but it hurts so good. We invite anyone who wants to add spinning to their fitness regime to check out BFX Studio, located at 555 Sixth Avenue (between 15th and 16th St) in NYC. We kinda want to work there now.

Know Thyself & Live Better w/ the UP by Jawbone Wristband

It’s a safe bet to say that the more you know about yourself, the happier and healthier you will be because you will know what is best for you. That is the idea behind the UP by Jawbone Wristband . This brilliant and fashionable little wristband that is available in three sizes (S, M and L), is a perfect example of wearable technology. It keeps you updated on what’s happening with you, instantly! Keep tabs on your sleep patterns, your activities, and what you’re eating.
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UP by Jawbone is designed to be comfortable enough to be worn 24/7 and to fit seamlessly in your life and daily activities no matter how laid back or active they may be. Available in eight colors (onyx, mint green, blue, light grey, navy blue, red, orange and hunter green), UP is a astute combination of engineering and design, custom-made for how we live – the result is an intelligent computer wrapped around your wrist recording all pertinent information for a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re sleeping, running errands or at the gym, UP is right there with you.

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To complement your UP Wrist Band, Jawbone provides an app that allows you to track your weight, map activities like bike rides, provides access to an extensive food library and also provides a detailed view on your UP sleep, movement, mood data, etc. Along with the above mentioned, UP also reminds you to move if you’ve been idle for too long, is water resistant no there’s no worries about removing it when showering, shows you patterns in your day-to-day activities, has a smart alarm to have you wake up feeling refreshed, along with other cool features.

UP bands retail for $129.99 and are available online on the Jawbone Store and Authorized Retailers.

VIPE Sportswear Spring 2013 Collection Launch

By now you’re deep into your fitness resolution, your clothes might be feeling a bit loose (go you!) and you’re possibly looking into more fashionable activewear or if you’ve really decided to actually start your new regime, you’ll need some amazing workout gear. Whether you’re in the former or latter category, you should get to know VIPE Sportswear ( which stands for VIP Exercise). VIPE Sportswear is an activewear brand created in 2011 by former Field Hockey star, Marlies Korijn, whose family has almost 100 years of knowledge and experience in the fashion industry. The chic styles, available in sizes XS to XL, are made with cutting-edge technology, designs, fit and silhouettes that is sure to revolutionize the traditional workout apparel industry.

The label features sports bras, tanks, capris, shorts, t-shirts, jackets and pants that are made with a soft, slimming innovative fabric called VIPE-vibrant, which works to control sweat while keeping you comfortable enough to wear during even the most intense workouts. The soft, lightweight, and absorbent fabric dries quickly to maximize your workout experience, keeping you comfortable, dry, and confident.

Some of my favorites from the VIPE Sportswear Collection includes:

The Accelerate Cover-Up $112.00, a soft functional stretch jacket that features the VIPE-Vibrant fabric, headphone hole underneath the collar and thumb-holes in the cuffs. The Cardiac Woven Packaway Jacket $122.00, a soft woven windbreaker featuring VIPE-Vibrant, mesh details which adds extra comfort and breathability, and headphone hole underneath the collar. The Energy Capri Tight $74.00, a soft functional stretch capri that features VIPE-Vibrant, mesh inserts for added ventilation and zipper pocket at the center back.

All of the very fashionable tank tops – which feature modern cutouts and mesh overlays yet are comfortable and tough enough to maximize your workout. Available styles include: Flexion Tank $58.00, Tech Tank $62.00, Barbell Crop $48.00, Dumbbell Spaghetti Top $62.00, Enhance Tank $58.00, Fettle Tank $58.00, Competence Crop $48.00, Power Tank $62.00 and H tank $58.00 – all are made with VIP-Vibrant.

The very fashionable T-Shirt Collection is cool enough to wear even when you’re not working out. Favorites include the Activate Tee $64.00, which features a crisscross front that adds additional support while the cutout back keeps the body well ventilated. and the Exertion Tee $58.00, an all over printed mesh back and front mesh scoop panel for added ventilation. Want to get some VIPE in your life? The collection is available at select spas and sports retailers nationwide. See more VIPE activewear styles via their lookbook at http://www.thevipe.com/lookbook.php.

Majesco Entertainment Launches Zumba Fitness Rush for Xbox 360 Kinect

Xbox 360 Kinect users rejoice! The amazing Zumba dance-party workout is allows incredible fun no matter experience with dance or fitness level. If you love dancing your way to a great body, then you’ll be addicted to Zumba Fitness Rush. This incredibly fun workout, which launched February 12th, features a technologically advanced, feature-rich interactive Zumba® experience. Encompassing exclusive content only available on Kinect (sorry Wii users), with lots of new features and improvements that amp up the dance-fitness play so you and your friends or family, can melt away the pounds as you party yourself into shape!

I had the opportunity try out Zumba Fitness Rush with their superstar instructors including Gina Grant, who is pictured on the game cover (above). Featuring 50% more content than Zumba® Fitness 2 on Wii: more routines, more venues and more instructors, plus voice control, online connectivity and post launch DLC support


Zumba Fitness Rush allows you to dance naturally hands-free with Kinect technology that enables full body motion tracking (see above circled forms in the screenshots above), for an riveting, freeing, fully-interactive workout. You fully get to use your entire body as your controller. Expect a new video cueing system makes the choreography easier to follow for new players. It also features a new Progress Tracker that records every workout statistic, including calories burned, achievements earned, overall rank and technique score, an accessible gameplay that features Low, Medium and High Intensity routines for all skill levels plus a full Tutorial mode. Get in on the fun action in the video below

Other Features include:

Get a total body workout with 42 electrifying new routines and music tracks (10 exclusive to Kinect), now featuring hits from today’s hottest artists including Pitbull, Nicole Scherzinger and Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP, along with contagious Zumba originals that let you lose yourself to the music.

Learn 24 different dance styles as you play (more than twice the number featured in the original Zumba® Fitness game). From fan favorites like Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia to new additions that include Axe, Bollywood, Ragga, Bachata, Latin Pop, Quebradita, Batucada, Pasodoble and more, Rush lets you experience a broad range of cultural rhythms from around the world. Check out the instructors trying out the Bollywood dance routine, which features Erica Pierce, a Zumba Fitness competition winner, who won her chance to be in Zumba Fitnesss Rush

Feel the rush with three different game modes you can play solo or with a friend:
– Single Song: Dance a single routine of your choice from the 42 included in game. The new song
preview feature gives you a feel for each rhythm before you dive in and lose yourself in the
music.
– Full Class: A work-out block of routines in 20, 45 or 60 minute formats. You can now create
your own custom workouts by saving a playlist of your favorite music and choreography.
– Learn the Steps: Revamped tutorial mode lets you learn at your own pace by breaking down the
four core dance styles into the basics. Slow down or speed up each module as you receive
focused per limb feedback that helps you master each move and build confidence.

Follow along as 6 superstar Zumba® instructors (3 exclusive to Kinect) guide you through each routine: Beto, Tanya Beardsley, Gina Grant, Kass Martin, Jason Thompson and Erica Pierce. New 3D avatars of each instructor make playing the game feel like taking a live class with Zumba® Fitness’ elite!
Get your party on in 10 dynamic environments: Miami Yacht, LA Nightclub, Rooftop, VIP Pool Party and Music Video Set–plus 5 Kinect exclusive venues:
Bollywood, Rio Carnival, Scandinavian Ice Hotel, New York City Street and Las Vegas.
Mirror your instructor’s moves accurately and trigger a Euphoria state with special effects, dynamic cameras and more dancers to grow your party.

Earn achievements and unlock exclusive behind-the-scenes videos as you play.
In game class locator lets you find an instructor near you so you can try a live Zumba® class and become part of the community.
Online Zumba® news feature keeps you up-to-date on brand information, events and promotions.
Post-launch downloadable content will offer new dance style packs and hit music via Xbox LIVE.