Hiya, friends! Happy Friday to you! So here we are into the spring season. My week was a good one, including changing up my group fitness teaching schedule a bit (I added my own BODYPUMP class back into the mix after a few weeks hiatus), working and the usual stuff. Today, I’m going to share some of my latest favorites and offer one lucky reader the chance to win a new RumbleRoller foam roller — my FAVORITE kind of foam roller.
This weekend doesn’t have a lot on the agenda, (just like the last one), which is rare for us, but fine with me. Dave will be working at a couple of Warriors basketball games, and I’ll be keeping busy doing my own thing. Now on to the good stuff …
My favorite gear and A RumbleRoller GIVEAWAY
A few years ago when I was a personal trainer at a brand new Equinox gym in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco, I was introduced to the RumbleRoller foam roller. It is NOT your average foam roller. It is much more firm, has rivets for more self-myofascial release power and is majorly high quality. I was able to get my own for home a couple of years ago (and I even shared this foam rolling 101 tutorial, which I hope you’ll go back and read), and I literally cannot use another foam roller. Nothing compares to RumbleRoller.
Well, my friends at RumbleRoller reached out to me a few weeks ago to let me know that they launched a brand new product — the Gator. And the Gator is more than meets the eye. You see, this foam roller is firm, compact and has smaller rivets than the original RumbleRoller that I usually use, so it’s actually a more “entry-level” foam roller, in which people who aren’t able to take the pressure, can still use the Gator.
Yet, beyond the foam-rolling abilities, it has a proprietary cross-frictional massage ability. Preferably with bare skin or lightly clothed limbs, you lay on the foam roller, apply a bit of pressure, then slide your body part over just SLIGHTLY, so that the skin moves and the little rivets massage under the skin to loosen up tissue that’s too small to respond to rolling. If that makes any sense. It feels great, and I love it. It actually digs into the piriformis muscle (the butt) better than anything else out there!
Moral of the story: You can use the RumbleRoller Gator as a regular foam roller before or after your workouts to get the blood flowing and loosen up tight fascia (the coating of the muscles), or you can use it for a total self-massage, even when you’re just watching TV. I believe in foam rolling wholeheartedly and do it before EVERY single resistance workout. In fact, I’m sure people at my gym call me “the girl who always bring her own foam roller and carries it around.” Do you want to be that girl or guy too for BYOFM? Your chance …
GIVEAWAY instructions: How to Enter to win
This giveaway is open to those who live in the U.S. and Canada only. I’ll choose a winner from the comments on this blog post below on Thursday, March 30. And special thank you to the folks at RumbleRoller for sending me a complimentary roller and offering to send one to the winner.
To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. In order to leave a comment, click on the post headline, then scroll to the bottom. You have to put in your name and email, but your email will NOT be made public. Then you can leave a separate comment for each of the following items. The more comments, the more entries you get. Good luck! Leave a comment if …
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My favorite new photos
Last week, I woke up super early to meet my friend and fellow barre instructor, Tamalyn, to take some cool photos at the Lafayette Reservoir at sunrise. Tamalyn is a photographer, and you should totally check out her website. She does all sorts of shoots, and decided ours would be a mix of fitness and lifestyle.
Wearing this super-comfy Athleta top, which I just bought on sale last week.
I love the pictures, and you’ll be seeing many more of them on the blog coming up (including a couple taken NOT in workout wear), so thank you to Tamalyn for capturing some good ones. And for all of those of you who commented on how long my hair is: You’re telling me! I wear it in a bun everyday and forget that it just keeps growing. Perhaps a trim is in order. But I swear it’s the collagen in my daily tea that’s doing it.
My favorite new tasty treat
Dark chocolate is so good, but so different too, because it’s not super sweet. Here’s the thing — you definitely need to eat dark chocolate alone. If you try to pair it with milk or other sweets, then it tends to taste bitter in comparison. But on its own? Amazing.
I picked up this Divine dark chocolate bar before Dave and I went to see the cry-fest of the century, “Lion,” in the theatre last weekend. I was so moved the entire movie, I never opened the bar. But then, I had it the next day, and it was DELISH. Dark chocolate with at least 85 percent cacao also has beneficial antioxidants and is the purest form of chocolate — so basically it feels good to eat. I get it that it’s not for everyone, but I happen to love it.
My favorite reads from around the web
- So interesting to me! Here are some details on sprouting: how you can do it at home and why it makes your nuts, seed and oats more nutritionally valuable.
- More talk about food trends for 2017, so of course I enjoyed this one.
- This an excellent line-up of exercises to inspire your next workout.
See you soon, friends! If you know someone who would like to win this giveaway, be sure to pass this along. Have a great weekend and comment to win! And one more photo of a little guy who needs a haircut about as badly as me …Here's your chance to win a @rumbleroller and read other faves by fitness pro and blogger @apstyle ... Click To Tweet
P.S. Thanks to RumbleRoller for the free roller, and there are affiliate links in this post.
Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What part of your body gets the most sore from your workouts?
Do you currently foam roll? If so, how often?