The Creeps at the Gym – A Guest Post by Olivia Martin

May 14, 2013

Firends Talking at the gym

This is a guest post by Olivia Martin. Olivia is a frequent contributor to health and lifestyle blogs (whens she is not sweating it out at the gym). She lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband

I suppose you could say that I am a gym rat. I guess. If I’m not forward folding in hot yoga, I’m kettlebell swinging in the gym or push pressing in Crossfit. So yeah, ok gym rat.

Because of this, I’ve gotten a good survey on all of the gyms in my area and know which ones I like and which ones I don’t. I currently go to a major fitness chain in my area and have found that if I hit the one up near the mall, I will be surrounded by hot twenty-somethings (hey, that’s me!) covered head-to-toe in a $200 workout outfit (hey, that’s not me!). If I go to the one near the business parks, I will be surround by older men with superiority issues. And then there’s the one I go to. It’s smack dab in the middle of everything. It has some of the pricy outfits, some of the older dudes and then a whole lot of normal thrown about.

I skip the second gym because I don’t like being surrounded by higher ups who think they are entitled to their section of the gym at all times and I skip the first one because let’s face it, it’s a bone zone gym. People go there to hit on each other and look hot. I’m not into it. I don’t want to be talked to, let alone hit on while I’m in the middle of a 30 box jump set.

However, there’s something about pretty girls (like me and you!) who actually work out at the gym. It doesn’t really matter where you go, someone is going to bother you. They’ll come up to you right at that moment when your music is pounding and you’re about to vomit.

So for shigs, I thought I would compile a list of all the awful, weird and awkward things guys have said to me at the gym.
I wear Vibrams, you know those funky toe shoes (I know, the’yre weird, but great), so a lot of people approach me about them:

“Do those shoes make your toes smell weird?”

“Do you feel like a cave man wearing them?”
Sometimes, I do a little yoga before or after a strenuous workout to stretch out my muscles…

“I saw you doing that bendy thing awhile ago. It’d be cool if you and I did that together…”

“Wow, you’re sooo flexible” –insert creepy smile here.
I like to run on the treadmill before jumping into a workout.

“Are you ever afraid your boobs are going to hit you in your face?”
In the middle of a heavy deadlift

“Do you need a spot? You should really poke your butt out more when you get to bottom.”
Just plain odd…

“Didn’t I see you at Adam & Eve buying that sex swing the other day?”

“Wanna come get sweaty with me?”

“I really like that motion you’re making right now.” –referencing a hammer curl.
People are weird. I don’t think the gym is a place for getting dates, but if you’re going to do it. Just wait until the person isn’t panting to death, say hey and don’t try to correct their form. But really, if you want to hit on a girl at the gym, skip over the girl who is actually working out. Put your sights on the chick who’s wearing a full face of make up, on her cell phone and sitting at the leg press machine with the pin in at 30lbs, anxiously looking around to see if anyone noticed she did a full set. She’s looking for your attention; we’re not. Try again.

What weird things have guys said to you while you were working out?

Taking It All In Stride

May 10, 2013

My new obsession… The Stride Box

For the past two months, I have been subscribed to the Stride Box service. I’m in love. Stride Box is a monthly service that sends a box of running related treats to your door step. I know I have written about subscription services in the past such as Klutch Club and Healthy Surprise, but the Stride Box is the first one that I really feel is worth the investment – especially for runners and fitiness enthusiaists.

First off, you really do get a large and varried assortment of items in the box. To give you an idea, here are the things that I have recieved in the past two shipments:

  • Clif Bar Mini Energy Bar (Chocolate Brownie – yum!)
  • Clif Shot Energy Gel (Razz – yum again!)
  • Hammer Nutrition Vegan Recovery Bar in Chocolate Peanut (This item was so new, it didn’t even have finalized packaging!!)
  • Hammer Lips – Wildberry lip balm
  • Nuun Hydration Tabs – Cherry Limeade & Lemonade flavors
  • ENERGYbits – Chlorella & Spirunlina Algae Tabs
  • Barnana Original Organic Chey Banana Bites
  • Actions Wipes Full Body Wet Wipe
  • Light up Night Braclet
  • Betty Lou’s Just Great Stuff Bar
  • VFuel Endurance Gel
  • Perfect Fit Protein by tone It Up – Vanilla
  • Sport Beans – Energizing Jelly Beans – Assorted (yum!)
  • Honey Stinger Energy Chews – Cherry Cola (yum!)
  • Bonk Breaker bites – Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Pro-Tec Athletics Blister Bands
  • Clean Ethics Botle Bright Water bottle Cleaner Tablet
  • The Klitch – Foot Wear Clip (Can’t wait to test this one out!!)

As you can see it is quite the assortment of products, and not just food type items. The light up braclet is great to wear on night runs and I can not wait to test out the Klitch Clip on my gym bag this week.

The other nice feature of the Stride Box is the Stride Guide. The Stride Guide is a little flyer inside your stride box to tell you all about the items with in your box. It also gives you the retail pricing if you are interested in ordering more of a particular item.

The Stride Box subscription is only $15 a month. I highly reccomend all runners test it out. You might find your new favorite item in your next box! Sign up for your subscription here


It’s Almost Tiara Time!

February 22, 2013

That’s right boys and girls, its almost time for me to head down to Walt Disney World and run the Princess 1/2 Marathon!

Mickey & Minnie waiting for all the Princess at the 1/2 marathon finish line!

Mickey & Minnie waiting for all the Princess at the 1/2 marathon finish line!

I think I have been driving everyone I know crazy with my anxiety over this trip. With all the weather issues we’ve been having, I’ve been incredibly concerned over my flight and getting to Florida. However, it looks like there will be a little rain, but things should be pretty smooth tomorrow morning. Sadly I can’t say the same about my fellow princesses in the Midwestern states, they are getting hammered with snow. I hope their Fairy Godmothers can get them to the race on time!

The other day, Derek Jeter said in an interview with Steiner Sports CEO / Founder Brandon Stein,  “Everyone gets butterflies.  I get butterflies.  It’s a good thing.  It’s healthy.  If you don’t have them, you don’t really care about what you’re doing” My butterflies are enormous right now! I’ve trained so hard and put so much effort in to this event, now that its here my nerves are on edge. I’m going to go out there with my Tinkerbell shirt and skirt (pictures will come don’t you worry!) with my sister and our friends and do my best. I am not looking for a personal record (although it will be since it will be the first time I hit 13.1!) I know I’m not going to be first, and I really hope that I am not last! I just want to be able to say I did this. I finished, and finished strong!

Well Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! Try New Healthy Surprise Snack Subscription Service

June 6, 2012

I just finished eating the most delicious snack I have had in a while – Two Moms in the Raw Gluten Free Cranberry Nut Bar. It was filling and delicious and was delivered straight to my door thanks to Healthy Surprise.

What is Healthy Surprise? Healthy Surprise is a new snack subscription program that collects quality snacks and ships them right to your doorstep on a regular basis. Their products are all natural, organic when possible, vegan, and both dairy and gluten-free. As you may remember, I had signed up for a snack shipment program in the past – Lollihop. They have since shut down; so I was very excited to be contacted by Healthy Surprise to review their snack box.

So what do I think of Healthy Surprise?

I received their “Healthy” sized box which is supposed to accommodate 2-6 people, providing 32-40 servings. It consisted of:

  • 4 bags of Gone Nuts! Raw and Sprouted Nut Blends (2 In Thai Lemon Curry Flavor, 2 in Spinach Pest Flavor)
  • 1 bag of Go Raw Pumpkin Super Chips
  • 1 bag of Go Raw Pizza Flax Seed Chips
  • 1 bag of Myrna’s Skinny Crisps
  • 1 Two Moms in the Raw Gluten-Free Cranberry Nut Bar
  • 1 Oskri Coconut Bar in Cherry
  • 2 bags of Home Free Mini Crunchy Vanilla Cookies
  • 1 Bliss Bar in Honey Gold
  • 1 bag of Hail Merry Vanilla Maple Almonds
  • 1 bag of Happy Hemp  seeds
  • 1 bag of Bare Fruit Granny Smith Apple Chips

It is quite a robust collection of snacks! I am really glad I was sent this box! I have found quite a few new treats that I would definitely try again. As I mentioned earlier, I was really fond of the Two Moms Bar, as well as the Skinny Chips (they are kind of like Stacey’s Pita but they are gluten-free!), the Bare Fruit chips, and the Gone Nuts! (Thai Lemon Curry is a spicy treat!)

The price of the box is well worth the money. Try buying this stuff at Whole Foods and see if you can get it for less – Good Luck! Rather than wasting your time, why not log on to Healthy Surprise’s website and enter the promo code “SOUZAPALOOZA” and get $5 off every Healthy Surprise purchase! At the very least, check out their blog full of intersting thinks to do with your snacks, like the “Coco-Loco” – Yummy!!

In a Klutch –

April 27, 2012

I found a new company I want to share with you guys. It is called “Klutch Club”. Klutch Club is a monthly service that sends the best in health, wellness and fitness right to your doorstep. It is a subscription based company dedicated to providing hand-picked selections of exciting products to help its members live a healthy, balanced life.
I decided to try it out. I signed up for a three-month subscription, and this week I received my first goodie box. April’s box had the theme of “Spring Clean Your Body”. In it was:

  • Kristen McGee’s Power Yoga DVD – “to improve my practice, cleanse my body and inspired me to get stronger and more balanced”
  • A $25 Gift Card to Yoga Hyde – an organic clothing for yoga store
  • Hydrive – a new energy drink mix
  • Zico – pure premium coconut water to rehydrate and add electrolytes to my body
  • Tea Forte – a “Skin-smart” tea that promotes and preserves the luminous appearance of skin by drinking antioxidants in this tea
  • Kind Bar – These are my favorite bars – they are full of fiber, protein, calcium and iron – and they are delicious!
  • Enjoy Life Foods – It is a seed and fruit mix. It is gluten-free and allergy friendly snack. (I am looking forward to having this today)
  • Barlean’s Organic Oils – so I can enjoy the benefits of Omega-3 oils without having to swallow those ginormous capsules they usually come in.
  • Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash – this product is make with whole herbs, oils, and seed with no artificial fragrances.

It’s a nice little box of goodies I look forward to trying our over the next month till my May box comes next month and I get my next shipment.

Has anyone tried Klutchclub or any of the products listed?

Check them out here

Sparkly Smile for Spring

April 3, 2012

Welcome to April!

Three toothbrushes, photo taken in Sweden

Three toothbrushes, photo taken in Sweden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you survived the April Fool’s jokes this weekend, I am sure you are ready to embrace April with full force. I have a lot going on this month, a work trip to the west coast, a visit with some good friends, my first Motivated Turtle Event, a very important ballet recital, a wedding, and my first race of the season – Run for the Wild. I’m a busy little bee!

So how am I starting April? By changing my toothbrush head. That’s right. According to the American Dental Association, you should change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Why? Your toothbrush rids your mouth of all the gross bacteria you collect over the day and some of that bacteria can collect on your toothbrush over time. Although studies have not determined if this bacteria can be harmful, it is still gross. In addition, after daily use, the toothbrush bristles can become weak or frayed so it is good to replace them to make sure you are getting the most effective brushing experience.

When you do your first brush with your new toothbrush tonight make sure you brush up and down (long horizontal strokes can cause damages to your gums) and don’t neglect the inner side of your teeth or your tongue (that sucker collects a ton of germs!)

Dr Oz 48 Hour Cleanse – 48 Hours Later

March 13, 2012

As I mentioned on Sunday, I decided to try Dr. Oz’s 48 hour cleanse. Here are my thoughts -

  • Although I got to eat on this detox, I was still hungry. Dr Oz gives you the option to eat fresh veggies like beans, cucumbers and radishes. I didn’t get hungry till after 7pm when Dr. Oz suggests not to eat. Go figure.
  • This detox did not make me spend a lot of quality time in the bathroom – nice perk. Some detoxes have that effect on people, this was a pleasant bonus. I did have a bit of gas after dinner though (noisy not smelly – hey I have to give you guys the facts!)
  • Quinoa & Prunes were good, Blueberry Smoothie was good, Pineapple & Kale juice delicious, Veggie soup was a complete fail. It smells nasty, looks grey, and I did not enjoy it. (My mom & Stepdad tried it too – their soup was purple because they used red cabbage)
  • Surprisingly, I lost 3 pounds. Not sure it this was coincidence or detox based but it was great to see the scale slide. I wasn’t expecting a weight loss since I really didn’t feel a significant change to  my body, but it was nice to see.
Red cabbage

Image via Wikipedia

Has anyone else tried Dr. Oz’s 48 Hour Cleanse? What were your thoughts and results?


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