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Hydro Inertia Training: An Up and Coming Fitness Trend in 2017

The most common type of training that many people do, including myself, is using static loads. The weights we’re lifting never really shift or tilt without us making it do so.  But this makes applying this type of training to real world scenarios rather difficult.

Imagine taking your dogs (who, if they’re anything like mine, pull like crazy) for a walk and trying to handle their leash.  Or for you parents out there, imagine picking up a flailing or wiggling child.  Imagine a police officer attempting to restrain an assailant, who is most definitely not just a static load.

The Up and Coming Fitness Trend for 2017 is Hydro Inertia Training with the Surge #ad

In real world scenarios, the things we need to exert force on are often times not static.  They are constantly moving and shifting in weight.  So how do we train for that?

Cory Jones, creator of the Surge, found a way.  In his occupation as a firefighter, he realized the need for training with dynamic resistance.  Holding a water hose or pulling people out of burning buildings was not something that static strength training had really prepared him for.

The Up and Coming Fitness Trend for 2017 is Hydro Inertia Training with the Surge #ad

Active Resistance

The Surge is a hollow tubular structure with handles.  You fill it with water to whatever level you want, so you decide how much you want it to weigh.  The Surge uses active resistance, which “describes an exercise with a reactive shifting resistance, causing disruptions to the anticipated normal movement path of the exercise.”

Dynamic-Fluid Resistance (DFR)

Hang on now because we’re about to get all science-y up in here!  We’re going to talk about the difference between water resistance training and other forms of active resistance training, like sandbags.  Water molecules are strongly attracted to each other. “Unlike sandbags, the water in the Surge never truly settles.”  The water is always in some kind of motion, which you, the user, has to counteract. “The participant must execute their specific exercise while also continuously adjusting to accommodate for the constantly shifting water mass inside the Surge.”  With the surge, you are always working to stabilize the weight, in addition to performing the actual exercise.

Benefits of Training with the Surge

  • Greater balance, stability and coordination
  • Improved fundamental movement skills
  • Greater body awareness and postural control and movement efficiency
  • Improved performance and reduced injury risk.

Hedstrom Fitness, maker of the Surge, is offering us a discount code for 25% off all Surge/Kamagon products!  The code is SPHF25, and it is valid from January 20th, 2017-February 28th, 2017.

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Silver Fern Brand Review

Silver Fern Brand offer healthier versions of your favorite desserts and snacks, so you can enjoy your treats and sweets without the guilt or empty calories.

Hey guys!  I’m back today to share with you a new-found favorite product of mine! Silver Fern reached out to me asking if I’d be willing to try out their product and share my thoughts on here with you.  After careful consideration and some research behind their product, I agreed!

Silver Fern Brands ReviewSilver Fern Brand sent me some crazy addicting chocolate covered almonds, a blueberry muffin baking mix (How did they know about my love affair with blueberries and muffins?), brownie baking mix, their Ultimate Probiotic Supplement, and a copy of their Elevated Plan.

Let’s start with the blueberry muffins.  In addition to the mix, all you need are three eggs and applesauce.


Both of the baking mixes they sent me include some pretty interesting ingredients I have never heard of before.  They use a sweetener called Kakato.  Kakato is a sugar substitute made up of monk fruit extract, Stevia, another natural sweetener called Tagatose, and prebiotic fiber. img_0961

Silver Fern also uses something called Whole Algal Flour in their mix. Whole Algal Flour is free from allergens, vegan, not bioengineered, and gluten free.  It helps with the texture of the muffin as well.

The other new-to-me ingredient they use is called Acacia Gum.  Acacia gum is a natural dietary prebiotic fiber that also helps with texture.


In addition, the mix utilizes almond flour, oat flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour and whey protein isolate, to name the big ones.


These blueberry muffins made the perfect breakfast treat along with some egg whites for extra protein and sustenance!

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Each muffin contains 140 calories, 4.5g of fat, 17g of carbs, 8g of dietary fiber, 0g of sugar, and 5g of protein. 

From Silver Fern Brand’s mission statement:

Silver Fern™ Brand is changing foods, treats, snacks, desserts, supplements, and much more through creative innovation. Products are re-invented from the foundation up to be cutting-edge and unparalleled.

Let’s move onto dessert, shall we?  Let’s talk about those German Chocolate Brownies!

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The brownie mix also uses Kakato, Whole Algal Flour, Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, plus the addition of Teff flour, flaxseed meal, dried coconut, coconut oil and pecans.

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The only things you need to add to this baking mix are eggs and some coconut oil.

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Out come your beautifully baked brownies!  Oh so chocolatey and there’s also a strong coconut flavor, which I personally love, thanks to the dried coconut and coconut oil.

Each brownie contains 110 calories, 3.5g of fat, 9g of carbs, 6g of dietary fiber, 0g of sugar, and 5g of protein.

So go ahead and have two!  You deserve it.

They have so many other baking mixes that I am dying to try now, like their chocolate chip cookies, strawberry blondie bars, cookies and cream brownie bars, and their chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

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Their dark chocolate covered almonds have been serving as a sweet treat to curb that dessert craving after lunch.  A few almonds usually does the trick, although it is always a struggle not to eat more.  These almonds were actually created by an award-winning chocolatier, Art Pollard.  Like their other products, these almonds are a great source of protein, fiber, prebiotics and probiotics.

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Lastly, that probiotic.  I think getting enough probiotics in our diet is SO important.  I have a bad flare up of microscopic colitis every now and then, so I know how important probiotics are to our gut health and digestive system in general.  This probiotic has many more benefits though, such as…

  • Improved food tolerance
  • Supports nutrient absorption
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Acidifies the digestive tract to support the growth of good bacteria
  • Reduces gas and bloating
  • Improves regularity of bowel movements

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Disclosure: While Silver Fern did provide me with free product, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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ShowerPill Review + Giveaway

Play Dirty! ShowerPill Review + Giveaway

ShowerPill has saved the day for me (and for those around me) many times!

ShowerPill Review + Giveaway

I always keep a ShowerPill wipe in my gym bag at all times for emergency situations.

…like that time when I went to shower at the gym after a hard, sweaty work out, just like
any other morning.  I turned the shower on and ice-cold water came just barely trickling out. Hell no. Bear in mind I had to be at work in 45 minutes. ShowerPill to the rescue!

ShowerPill Review + GiveawayJust a few weeks ago, I taught a spin class, and then had to go to a lunch meeting with my two bosses right after.  ShowerPill to the rescue once again!  All it took was a quick wipe down in my car on the way to the restaurant to refresh me!  In fact, upon meeting up with them, one of them said, “You smell nice!”

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Last year I attended IDEA World Fitness Convention and BlogFest, where my days consisted of workout after workout with no time to go back to my hotel room for a shower or a change of clothes.  Thank you ShowerPill! Else I would have been beyond disgusting by the end of that day and have made no friends 🙁

A few other times ShowerPill has come in handy for me…

  • coffee or brunch dates with gym friends after our workout
  • hitting the grocery store for weekly shopping after my Sunday morning spin class
  • going from my own workout to personal training a client at the gym

The list could go on and on!  You get the picture.  They’re basically a MAJOR convenience.

ShowerPill makes workouts even more convenient for us busy bodies who are constantly running from one thing to the next.  We don’t always have time to shower between workouts and errands.  Now you don’t have to worry about the person behind you in the checkout line smelling your post-workout stench!

For those of you who would like to make use of your lunch hour to work out, but worried about how you’ll shower after.  Look no further!

You basically have no excuse to not workout anymore!

ShowerPill Review + GiveawaySo what is a ShowerPill anyway and what’s so great about it?

  • It’s a thick wipe that you can use to quickly wipe down your entire body when a shower sometimes just has to wait.
  • Kills 99.99% of germs
  • Contains Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, & Witch Hazel
  • Paragon Free & Hypoallergenic
  • Doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your skin

So don’t be afraid to play dirty.  ShowerPill’s got your back!

Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win your own box of ten ShowerPill wipes!
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Full Disclosure:  Due to my organic love for ShowerPill wipes, I reached out to ShowerPill asking them to sponsor a giveaway on my page.  I also was compensated with product.

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