Brooks PureCadence Running Shoe Review

Brooks PureCadence Running Shoe Review

in Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

The PureCadence line will appeal to minimalist runners because of their natural foot strike.  Like a minimalist shoe, the PureCadence is lightweight and has high breathability.  The difference is a shoe that provides more support and cushion. 

Kate’s Real Food Review

Kate’s Real Food Review

in Featured, Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

You’ve seen and heard of Powerbar, Clif Bar, Gu Energy, etc…you probably haven’t heard of Kate’s Real Food.  You have now.  You can thank us later.  Developed by Kate Schade initially as a fuel source for her personal outdoor adventures, it has grown into much more and that comes as no surprise.  The bars are absolutely delicious!  Kate’s story starts with the creation of what is now known as The Tram Bar.  Friends became curious and asked to try, not long after businesses had interest and requested to purchase and sell at retail.  In a nutshell that’s how Kate’s became what it is today. 

Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves Review

Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves Review

in Cycling, Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

Have you seen someone out running or cycling wearing compression sleeves?  Did you ask them about it?  If you did, you probably got a response that raved about how great they are.  Were you skeptical?  If you were, then you were no different than I was until I received a pair of Zensah compression leg sleeves and tried them out myself.  I was back home in Chicago visiting with my parents and let my mom try them on…she didn’t want to give them back.  I didn’t want to part with them.  She said if I was going to keep them that I had to tell her where she could buy some.  We made a compromise.  She kept the navy blue pair I received from Zensah and she agreed to order me a black pair from Zensah. 

KOR Delta Water Bottle Review

KOR Delta Water Bottle Review

in Featured, Fitness & Nutrition by Katie Vaughn

I’ve been using the classic blue Nalgene water bottle for as long as I can remember and have always compared other bottles against it. The KOR Delta water bottle takes basic water toting needs and delivers a water vessel that is high performing and sexy all at the same time. This bottle is sleeker and more stylish than the Nalgene bottle could ever dream to be. The clear ice blue body (other colors are available) is wrapped with a clean, modern, white casing that delivers a personality upgrade to the basic water bottle. 

AVEX Summit Autoseal Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

AVEX Summit Autoseal Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

in Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

When is a water bottle more than just a water bottle?  AVEX is a company that has introduced a line of water bottles and travel mugs that feature revolutionary Autoseal technology.  Their products are priced at a great value and could easily sell for more when comparing to other similar products.  There isn’t a whole lot one can say about a water bottle, but we’ll do our best.  We think you will be intrigued enough to purchase one and give it a try yourself…for right around $20 you can’t go wrong. 

Elemental Herbs “All Good Goop” Review

Elemental Herbs “All Good Goop” Review

in Fitness & Nutrition by Laura MacWilliams

Elemental Herbs is a company I recently became familiar with.  They are founded on the principle of harnessing the natural powers of the environment’s purest, most elemental ingredients and organic herbs in order to offer natural healing products that are good for people and good for the earth. 

GripPro Trainer Review

GripPro Trainer Review

in Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

Erich Esswein, owner of GripPro Trainer sent us some samples to try out.  I’ve had a little over a month to try them out, but got some extensive use last week during a car ride from Illinois to Connecticut.  The short of it…they work.  As their website states, “GripPro trainer is an extremely effective finger-hand-forearm strength and endurance trainer.”  There are many different types of grippers out there, but I found a few advantages with the GripPro that others are lacking. 

New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail Review

New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail Review

in Featured, Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

A little over a month ago, a friend from college posted on Facebook a video link, “Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers really enjoys Chi Running“.  Being a fan of RHCP, I decided to check out the link and watch the video.  This led me to prompt a conversation with Shelly about minimalist running shoes and seek out some advice from her.  She is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at ChiLiving, Inc.  I’ve been an avid runner for years as a way to stay in shape, but as I age I’m finding it harder to keep unwanted weight off.  Prior to her post I had been looking into stepping it up a bit this year with my running regime.  As the weather started to warm up, I turned my focus to finding a replacement to my virtually indestructible Solomon XA Pro 3D XCR Trail Running Shoe.  I wanted to try a pair of minimalist shoes.

Shelly and I exchanged a few comments and messages back and forth on Facebook.  She was quite the resource for my new endeavor and got me pointed in the right direction.  After much research, I decided to purchase the New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail minimalist running shoe from the New Balance website. 

Warrior Dash 5K Race

Warrior Dash 5K Race

in Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

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Nutrition Bars Created by You; Provided by You Bar

Nutrition Bars Created by You; Provided by You Bar

in Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

A couple weeks ago I was contacted through this site by Anthony Flynn, the 24 year old co-founder and CEO of You Bar. Anthony introduced himself and his company to me and offered to provide me with some samples for review.

you-bar-energy-nutrition-bars-anthony-flynn-and-ava-biseAnthony co-founded You Bar in May 2006 with his mother Ava Bise after finding the mass-produced commercial energy bars unappealing and full of ingredients that didn’t support their health and lifestyle. The innovative company lets customers design their own nutrition bars that are free from preservatives and corn syrup.

You Bar gives consumers the opportunity to choose what goes into their bar and their bodies. By visiting the company’s website, consumers can create their own bar by following the easy step-by-step process. As you add or take away ingredients to your bar the nutritional content of the bar featured at right changes to reflect the changes you make. Taking personalization even further, You Bar lets consumers give their bar a name or phrases and greetings for special events. For the timid, You Bar offers several proven ingredient combinations such as “The Best” bar and “Honey Cashew”…the latter being my personal “proven” favorite.

Upon my review I noticed that each bar has an “Enjoy By” date, something most mass produced commercial bars do not have. Although I felt I knew why there was such a date labeled on the bars I wanted to hear the explanation from the CEO himself, so I asked Anthony.

“As for the enjoy by date, we try to keep our products as healthy as possible so we do not use products that contain the preservatives that allow other brands to have an 11 month shelf life. Also because of the customized aspect of our bars it is impossible for us to test the shelf life of every combination of products. Two months is the shortest shelf life we have seen in our products so while many of our bars last longer than the enjoy by date we always put the soonest possible date they could go bad.”

The average life span of a mass-produced commercial bar is 11 months. Per Anthony’s suggestion for a fun activity, I went to the local REI and looked at the expiration date of various bars, then subtracted 11 months from that date to determine the date the bar was baked. Most bars on the shelves were 3 and 4 months old. I then looked in the pack that I carry with me on all mountain biking rides…the two bars I had inside were over 6 months old!

you-bar-honey-cashew-energy-nutrition-barAs for the taste test…no other bar comes close. The bars taste as if you mixed them in your own kitchen just mintues earlier. I have never tasted a bar that features the freshness and flavor of these bars. For this review I only tested some of the proven favorites, so as you can imagine it can only get better by choosing your own favorite ingredients. A truely innovative product that this reviewer thinks will change the way you buy energy bars. In case you were wondering, You Bars start at just over $30 for a box of 13, give them a try, you’ll soon be hooked.