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Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Experience

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential.

I spent a large portion of my life on the volleyball court in Mizuno volleyball shoes and have always had an affinity for this brand. When my running mileage picked up, I coincidentally started my first collaboration with Mizuno, helping promote their blank shoe. You can check out that post here.

These shoes are just downright comfy. Mizunos never disappoint in terms of feel and style. At this point, I can just trust that it’s going to be a solid shoe when I open a box from Mizuno.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 strikes a good balance between having a real feel (not too bulky on the bottom) and also providing enough support and bounce to feel like they are adding some extra umph to my stride.

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The appearance and color combination of this shoe are completely different than what I would normally choose for myself, but I am happy about the change of style. The past two colors were more bold (a greenish blue and an electric blue color). I love seeing what Mizuno comes up with. Each new model looks unique enough to get excited about it. What’s consistent is the performance and fit. You couldn’t ask for a whole lot more in a shoe.

I am only running a max of 10ish miles a week right now, as my main mode of exercise is CrossFit, but they are substantial enough to deal with many miles; I just don’t need them for that at the moment.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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prAna Apparel Experience

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Use code FFJCF17 for 15% off prAna apparel + gear to outfit your adventures 🌲

b i g g e r p i c t u r e s t u f f:

OUR PURPOSE – The Why Pursue sustainable, traceable, and responsible action to protect our environment and inspire the adventurous spirit.

OUR MISSION – The How Inspire, educate, and outfit our audience as we strive to fundamentally change the way clothing is made.

OUR MANIFESTO – The Promise We’re not in the business of making clothes, we’re in the business of setting the adventurous spirit free. We design with a purpose to inspire our audience to do as they will. We distill trends, fit, style, and performance to satisfy our audience’s basic needs, then get the hell out of the way so they can enjoy their own brand of experiences.

OUR VISION – The Way Transcend the Trends We’re more than makers; we’re doers. Our designs are inspired by our own experiences and built for our shared journey. We strive to make clothes that help us all thrive in any environment and embody our collective adventurous spirit so we can focus on what really matters. Whether you’re commuting to work or wandering the globe, rest assured we’ve been there and used those moments to design a better product

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My Experience:

No exaggeration; working with prAna is a dream scenario as a blogger. Ever since working in women’s apparel a few years back, I’ve been crazy about this brand. Not only is the fit exactly what I’m looking for, but I appreciate their commitment to sustainable fabrics. Don’t know what I mean, you can read a bit more on that here.

They are truly so unique in what they’re doing. They’re not sacrificing anything on their mission to create beautiful clothing while being mindful of where it comes from and how it’s made.

Even before being asked to participate in this campaign, I am the owner of 3 pairs of prAna jeans, one of my all-time favorite tank tops and close to 10 prAna dresses.

The Caraway Tight and Filament Tank were both two new items for me to try. I was immediately drawn to the Caraway Tight mainly because of the high-rise feature of the pant; I also thought the pattern had a subtle uniqueness to it that is rad.

Wearing a tank that has such beautiful detailing and is somewhat fitted was a new concept for me. I wouldn’t normally pick this tank out because I typically go for a loose fitting top and a skin-tight bottom (after typing that out, I realize how weird that sounds).

That said, I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised with how this one performs and feels. Though it lets your figure show, it’s not so tight that it feels uncomfortable, restrictive, or like it’s cutting in. You can tell there must be quite a bit of design work going into creating these pieces.

As a taller gal with long legs (almost disproportionate to my torso), I really have to rely on a high rise pant to have the top of the pant sit where I’d like it to so that I’m not tugging on them the whole time I’m working out. I love that prAna came out with a pant that has a higher rise. They provide a good amount of compression that’s flattering on the body and also pulls everything in tighter for workouts.

Learn more about the empowering message + information that prAna is spreading in these inspiring videos: The Not Impossible Mission of the Conscious Consumer and Why Hemp Matters.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PrAna . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Blonyx Beta Alanine Experience

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Blonyx Beta Alanine

Overall Rating: 4-stars

About:

BETA-Alanine is a clean and simple supplement that will increase muscular endurance during short to mid-range, high intensity training. It is ideal for athletes wanting to squeeze a few extra reps out of a 10+ rep set or a few more meters / calories from their short interval sprints.

High intensity training causes a build-up of lactic acid in the muscle. This results in a burning sensation in the muscle, a loss of power and eventually fatigue.

In muscle cells, BETA-Alanine is combined with the amino acid histidine to create carnosine. Carnosine buffers lactic acid build-up slowing the onset of fatigue.

BETA-Alanine is a modified version of the amino acid alanine. It can be made in the liver and is then transported via the blood to the muscle cells for carnosine production.

We need to top up the BETA-Alanine we make by getting it in the diet. BETA-Alanine is found in foods like meat and fish.

Research shows that supplementing the diet with an additional 6g/day BETA-Alanine increases muscle carnosine levels resulting in an increase in muscular endurance from acid buffering.

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Beta Alanine performance benefits:

-enhances rowing performance at shorter distances (500-2000m)

-improves cycling capacity and sprint performance

-extends time to exhaustion when training at high intensity for short bouts (up to 5 mins)

-can increase power output when doing high intensity interval training like Airdyne sprints

-when doing strength based training, BETA-Alanine increases the volume of training (number of reps), an athlete is capable of achieving

-may also be an antioxidant and have other health benefits

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The Science

-When training at high intensity, we rely on anaerobic metabolism to provide energy.
A byproduct of this is lactic acid which, if intensity is high enough, will build up in the muscle cells

-It is widely thought that the pH changes caused by lactic acid build up causes muscle fatigue.
-Increased carnosine levels in the muscle through BETA-Alanine supplementation therefore slows the onset of fatigue
 

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My Experience

Ever since I first started lifting weight and regularly doing Crossfit, I’ve found that my nutrition is ultra important in order for me to recover properly and not feeling endlessly sore through weeks + months of consistent training.

When training volume and intensity are high, I think many people assume they can afford to eat a bunch of junk because they are “burning a lot of it off,” when in reality, you’re body’s need for clean fuel is even more prevalent when you’re going hard.

For me, when I’m fueling my body up well through macro-balanced nutrition and good supplementation, I feel like I have superpowers, especially during exercise.

Regularly taking this Blonyx Beta Alanine before workouts, I can definitely tell a difference in my ability to perform. Not only do I have a surge of energy, but I feel like I can do more reps and last longer at a high level of performing. I can definitely feeling the science working. That lactic acid build up fee

I like how portable the little container is, it’s super easy to throw into my lunch or gym bag.

Something noteable to mention (while not necessarily a bad thing) is the tingly feeling on my skin that I get when I take beta-alanine. It feels like light touches all over. It’s a little strange, but it doesn’t hurt at all. It generally adds to that energetic feeling that this supplement provides.

This brand is making a big splash in the Crossfit world, as I’ve been many athletes trying it out and incorporating this product into their routine. It’s definitely worth looking into if you’re looking for a little extra edge on your workouts.