Posts tagged ‘NIKE’

January 13, 2014

What shoes to wear

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I am very passionate about shoes. Not just because they are cute, but because they are functional and can make all the difference in your training, your results, and more importantly your joint health. Running shoes are designed for FORWARD MOTION ONLY! They also have tons of cushioning and “support” that were designed to absorb the shock of impact when your foot hit the pavement after many consecutive miles. They were not intended for you to jump in, balance in, or move with quick feet in. Training shoes were meant and designed for LATERAL MOVEMENT. Stop and go, side shuffle, quick feet..agility and coordination. BALANCE and PLYOMETRICS. A good training shoe is flexible. You can bend and twist it into multiple directions. If gives your foot and your joints the ability to move multi-directionally. The traction on the bottom of a training shoe crosses and moves in many directions versus a running shoe where the soles of the shoe only point forward. The idea that you need a shoe with good support is FALSE! Your foot was perfectly designed to jump. You all know that I am an INSANITY master trainer and instructor. My favorite way to do all that jumping is as close to barefoot as possible. And guess what, that is what is healthiest for my joints. When I am closer to the ground I can land properly, toe-ball-heel and my foot can function as it was intended. If I am doing balance work my feet have grip to ground, and aren’t trying to get traction on cushion, which cause my  knees to buckle and ankles to waiver. When going to look for a training shoe, I don’t care what brand you get. Just go to the training section and look for the lightest, most flexible shoe. But for your convenience, here are a list of my absolute favorites for functionality of course combined with aesthetic appearance. 

 


Vivobarefoot Stealth
 
Vivobarefoot The One
 
Nike Free TR Fit 3
 
Merrell Vapor Glove
 
Nike Bionic
 
Vivobarefoot Evo Lite
 
Nike Studio Wrap Pack
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March 5, 2013

My shoe addiction….

Most women have a shoe addiction….however, my shoe addiction isn’t in the form of that signature red sole….it comes in the form of that classic swoosh. You guessed it, HI MY NAME IS DANIELLE, AND I AM ADDICTED TO SNEAKERS. 

But let me be completely honest with you…your sneakers do have a shelf life. Think of it in terms of your car tires…would you ride around on the same tires year in and year out, never rotating them and expect to stay safe and accident free? Of course not! The tread wears out (or whatever happens to tires when they get worn out) and you have to replace them. Well, the same goes for your shoes. Yes, tell your husband, alert the media, I am giving you permission to buy shoes. Your shoe is good for typically about 3 months depending on how often you wear them. Or think about 500 to 700 miles of wear. So, out with the old in with the new. Its a safety issue. 

Another reason I have so many sneakers is for functional purposes. Running shoes are designed for forward motion only and have extra padding to safeguard your feet from the impact of the pavement. Training shoes, however, were designed for lateral movement, stop and go and have little to no cushioning to give your foot more grip to the ground which provides balance and stability through plyometric and core stabilization movements. Wear shoes for their intended purpose…i promise your knees and ankles will thank you. 

So what do you do with all these extra shoes? I take the ones that are no longer functional for training due to their shelf life and move them into the garage. These now become my outdoor sneakers. They are intended for hiking and other such outdoor activities that might involve dirt! I then organize my closet based on the function of the shoe so if I know I am doing INSANITY then I am going to grab a training shoe, where as if I am teaching hip hop, I will grab my high top old school sneakers that are fun for dancing. 

Bottom line….if you can only have one pair of sneakers, then ensure that they fit correctly. Don’t be afraid to walk around the store in them, ask questions, and test them out. I of course am a huge NIKE supporter, but all brands have their pros and cons. Find your fit, and kick it!

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November 8, 2012

Fashionable Feel Good Workout Wear

Hello! I just bought a few new fall pieces for my work out wardrobe so his week I’m writing about workout wear.  It’s never been easier to look good working out than it is now.  Many retailers from affordable Target, to Victoria’s Secret Pink line, to high-end designer Stella McCartney’s line for Adidas and my personal favorite.. workout wear mecca… Lululemon all carry super stylish pieces that are sure to boost your work out.

My feeling is that cute and comfortable workout wear is just as important as having proper food fuel for your workout and/or listening to music while doing cardio.  The simple fact is, if you look good, you feel good and that goes for your workout in the gym, Pilates, barre, yoga, boot camp or any other activity. In the past I may have worn a shirt that was too tight, too big or just plain ol ugly and I felt uncomfortable so instead of focusing on my work out I was busy fidgeting with my clothing.

I’m very lucky now that my workout clothes double as my work clothes so let me share a few tips that I have discovered.

  • Most importantly choose quality clothing that wicks sweat effectively
  • Clothing must stay in place–no tanks or tops that roll up, save gym shorts for running or group exercise – be aware of any leg/crotch gaps and dress accordingly for your activity
  • Don’t wear any freebie, old, ill fitting t-shirts, invest in a couple of great fitted tanks and buy your favorite colors or any color that makes you feel good
  • Layer colorful tanks with cute t-shirts, scarves and hoodies to wear to and from
  • Black bottoms are essential so no sweat marks show
  • Gym clothes take a lot of wear, so go through often and discard anything this is sheer from wear or has lost its shape
  • Don’t dry your sports bras in the dryer and invest in a good bra for your body (another blog)
  • Now for the Icing – Complete your put together workout look with accessories
  • A great gym bag to hold your cute sneakers, a fun workout watch, hair ties like Emi Jay, ear buds, iPod, and through in some cute flip flops.

Now have a great work out….looking fabulous!

Kathy, Fit Fashionista

Work Out Wear

Sweatshirts and hoody
lululemon.com

Yoga top
lululemon.com

Havaianas flip flop shoes
$24 – asos.com

Nike
coveroo.com

Loop scarve
lululemon.com