We love FlexiFoot!

{*The original FlexiFoot posts was unfortunately deleted during a software update.}

ff5Gabbi received this beautiful Holo Pink FlexiFoot Advanced, she loves the color so much and it is SO sparkly! My little gymnast sure loves her FlexiFoot! 

Pink not your thing? No worries, the FlexiFoot Arch Stretcher comes in a TON of different colors and patterns…serisould just have a look HERE!

A bit about FlexiFoot before we get into it!:

FlexiFoot is an arch stretcher designed to improve foot and arch flexibility for dancers, swimmers, divers, gymnasts and synchronized swimmers. FlexiFoot is a ruggedly constructed stretcher with a raised and padded heel holder that provides comfort and increased stretch range. This product is for serious athletes. Pointe range will improve with use but as with all athletic pursuits, listen to your body and work your way up to full stretch. Warm up prior to use, and stop if there is pain. Consult your coach, instructor or physician about use. Never use on an injured foot. Use equipment at your own risk. Improper use can lead to injury

ff1We knew the FlexiFoot was going to be perfect for Gabbi for a number of reasons, the biggest being that she has very stiff muscles and little flexibility in her ankles and feet, making it very difficult for her to keep her toes pointed. She also has a very difficult time keeping her leg in a straight line…hip to knee to ankle to point, she tends to roll her knee and ankle inward.

She has been using the FlexiFoot regularly before and after most practices and we have seen a HUGE improvement! One thing that we noticed right of the bat was the foot/ankle strength she gained, especially on the beam. During practice warm ups in the past I would see her get fatigued fairly quickly. Now, it’s a totally different story! She is able to be up on her toes as long as she needs to be, her Coach was so impressed by the quick change that she even asked what Gabbi had been doing!

Her points have changed beautifully as well. She has so much more arch flexibility.
That straight leg line I mentioned above has improved drastically. Another coach even told her how much change she had noticed! YAY FlexiFoot!

Her over all leg flexibility and form has been improving as well. While using her FlexiFoot her toe stays in a point training her little legs to stay that way, while her foot is both in and not in the FlexiFoot. Having her foot in the FlexiFoot has helped to keep her hips square which is huge for her because that has been a big struggle.

We love the FlexiFoot so much…I even use it from time to time. I have severe arch issues and suffer from extreme tightness in my feet and ankles. I was surprised at how much the FlexiFoot help me and honestly help alleviate some of the pain!!!

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One of the biggest questions I get is “how long does Gabbi use her FlexiFoot?” This will defiantly range from athlete to athlete and ability. As it is right now she uses it most evenings for 3-5 minutes on each foot and before and after practice. She likes to read or watch TV while using it! She ALWAYS warms up before she uses it and stops if there is pain. The key is listening to your or your athletes body. Do not over stretch or you could end up with an injury. I cannot use it for nearly as long as Gabbi, but I’m getting there 🙂

Another question is about the FlexiFoot sizing, specifically if it only come in one size? No, actually the FlexiFoot Arch Stretcher comes in three different sizes

  • Youth: This size is for pre-pointe dancers and young athletes. The Youth heel is slightly lower and the stretch bands are closer to accommodate a small foot.
  • Adult: This size accommodates most athletes. The heel cradle is larger and the bands are further out from the heel section to allow for a larger foot.
  • X Large: This size is generally for men. The heel rest is larger and there is a greater distance between the band and heel rise to accommodate larger feet. The stretch bands are also slightly looser to allow a larger foot to be placed under the bands. For men, the Advanced model is recommended for stronger resistance.

It also comes in tow different styles

  • FlexiFoot: This stretcher has a double layer of extra heavy resistance Theraband to provide comfortable but strong resistance. This is excellent for new athletes with little point flexibility.
  • FlexiFoot Advanced with StretchLock: For advanced athletes that enjoy the Theraband resistance but benefit from the additional resistance of a hook and loop band that will lock in the desired place.

So finding your perfect fit it no problem!

Do you really need a arch stretcher if you don’t dance? Well pointed toes and ankle flexibility are pretty much a necessity in gymnastics. In fact gymnastics especially floor is incredible dance like {just youtube the floor routines for the Final 5 at the Rio Olympics} Pointed toes are need for handstand, splits, leaps and on and on.

Who would have thought she’d enjoy stretching as much as she does!

If you have a gymnast, dancer, swimmer or anything in between who struggles with foot flexibility I would defiantly encourage you to get your hands on a FlexiFoot!

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FlexiFoot is more than just their Arch Stretcher! They also have the Pointe Prefector {Gabbi want one so bad!} After seeing it you’ll know why!

Point Perfecter is a multi-functional resistance system that strengthens your ankles, legs, and for certain athletes such as dancers, gymnasts, and divers, it focuses your attention on improving your toe point. Use this in combination with your FlexiFoot Arch Stretcher for the perfectly sculpted toe point.

HOW TO’S:

How to use the FlexiFoot Arch Stretcher  

Hoe to use the Point Perfecter

RETAIL LOCATIONS:

Texas

Dancer’s Closet Westlake  (512)327-0200

3267 Bee Caves Rd, STE 133

Austin, TX 78746

Dancer’s Closet Round Rock (512)828-0800

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Round Rock, TX 78664

Movin’ Easy Dance Wear (512)474-0980

404 West 30th St

Austin, TX 78705

 

Arkansas

In Motion Dance and Athletic Wear (479)366-2307

339 N. West Ave.

Fayetteville, AR 7270

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Linda and Natalie at FlexiFoot for sending us this beautiful FlexiFoot!! I apologize for the accidental deleting of the original post, I tried for months to get it back :(! 

*Although FlexiFoot did send us this, I was not compensated for this post, nor was I persuaded in any way to give a positive review. All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & FlexiFoot.

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Christina Carlyle Booty Workout!

Who else loves Christina Carlyle? She is awesome and this workout from her site proves just how much she wants to help anyone achieve their fitness goals, anyone can do this workout not matter your size or fitness level!

I stumbled upon this workout a while back and honestly forgot about it. It just popped up again and I’m starting it NOW! Join me if you want some booty pop!

These butt lifting exercises use body weight and multi-directional movements so you can target all of the muscles in your glutes.  Together the best butt lifting exercises will perk up your booty quickly.

Plus, the rep count strategy we’ll be using will help lift and tight the butt, not build mass in your legs.

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Do 3 full sets – of all 6 exercises – to complete your workout – I like to do 30 reps each! Not exactly sure how to go all the moves? Head over to Christina’s website for a video of this workout! 

Christina has a bunch of other great stuff that she offers so keep an eye over the next few week for some other great stuff!

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Must Have Workout Equipment | Lebert EQualizer Bars

LEBERT_FITNESS_LOGO_FINAL_websiteWhat is your favorite piece of home workout equipment? My all time favorite are my awesome pink Lebert EQualizer Bars Marc Lebert (founder of Lebert Fitness) really know whats up!

What I love about the EQualizer Bars is the ability to workout anywhere {I mean seriously they take up very little space making the bars incredibly easy to travel with} The workouts you can do on the EQualizer Bars are pretty much endless, the bars are so versatile, you can do anything…really!

There are a few different options of EQualizer Bars

The original Equalizer bars that come in three different colors:

The Lebert Equalizer® Total Body Strengthener

Height: 28-1/2 inches | Width:25 inches | Weight: 8lbs per bar | Weight Capacity: 400lbs

Natalie Jill EQualizer Bars 

Workout with Natalie Jill with these GORGEOUS rose gold Equalizer Bars! I love Natalie Jill!


Natalie Jill Signature Series Rose Gold EQualizers

Height: 28-1/2 inches | Width:25 inches | Weight: 8lbs per bar | Weight Capacity: 400lbs

XL EQualizer Bars

These bars are three inches taller than the originals make the XL ideal for anyone over 6ft, or anyone wanting deeper stretches!

Height: 31 inches | Width: 25 inches | Weight: 9lbs per bar | Weight Capacity: 400lb

Chrome XL EQualizer Bars

Frank Medrano Signature Series Chrome EQualizer XL

Sculpt your body like Frank Medrano!

Frank Medrano Signature Series Chrome EQualizer XL

Height: 31 inches | Width: 25 inches | Weight: 9lbs per bar | Weight Capacity: 400lbs

Lebert also has some awesome workout DVDs!
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Lizatards Leotards on Sale!

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*This post has been updated: Links have been removed for items or products that are no longer available. I apologize for any inconvenience.

We are back from vacation…thats why I’ve been a bit missing in action! It was amazing and exactly what our family needed! YAY! It’s that time of year when the snow has finally melted {I hope it has where you live…I know its been trying to hang around in some parts of the country!} It actually starting to get down right hot! Today I wanted to share a some of Lizatards sale items…because I mean who doesn’t love a sale right? Let do this!

 

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Lizatards Leotard Lizard

 We LOVE this so much!
Lizatards Leotard Lime Loops

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Lizatards Leotard Lime Light

Lizatards Leotard Heart of Beast Velvet

 

Be sure to check out Lizatards website beacuse there are a bunch more on sale and follow them on social media

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GearBunch Legging Love!

GearBunch is the best place on the web to find the leggings you’re longing for. It’s with great pride that we offer all-over printed apparel and accessories of the highest quality — and for an affordable price. We start with the best possible quality of fabric and use high-end printers and machines to create leggings with an unmatchable level of quality and comfort. Browse our products below, and once you complete your order on our website, the printing process begins — and your all-over printed items will be at your door in a matter of days.

Who doesn’t love a great pair of leggings? I know I do! Recently I received a pair of Gear Bunch leggings and from the first wear I was in love!

Colorful Dead - Sugar Skull Leggings - GearBunch Leggings / Yoga Pants

What’s GearBunch? It’s a great online store that has TONS and TONS of different prints of leggings, but GearBunch is more than just leggings, they have hoodies, shoes and more!

unnamed-12I received these GORGEOUS sugar skull leggings! OMG! Swoon right? I LOVE the Day of the Dead and sugar skulls, I have them everywhere {my instant pot is even decorated in sugar skulls…its a serious obsession!} from the moment I saw these I knew they were meant to be mine.

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Every time I wear them I get so many compliments! In fact on more than one occasion someone who has inquired about them ordered right then and there!
These leggings are soft and comfy…like I’m talking you will want to live in them! My sugar skull legging are perfect for a gym workout, a grocery store run, a long car ride or just lounging with the kiddos watching Coco…again day of the dead and sugar skulls ;)!
There are a ton of to choose…colors, style and length!
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Some of my favorite legging categories:
Skull Leggings & Skeleton Leggings There are a ton of different styles to choose from!
American Leggings I LOVE the Ronald Reagan Leggings SO much!

 

Below I’m answering some very important legging questions!
The specs: 

Fabric is 82% polyester, 18% spandex
Four-way stretch
Squat Proof
Elastic waistband
Precision-cut and hand-sewn after printing

Squat Proof?

Yes! I tested with a dark pair of undies and you could a slight darkening, but my leggings are mostly white so I would NEVER wear colored underwear under these. Always opt for a white, nude or thong when wearing lighter leggings!

Camel Toe?

No! Because of the seam there isn’t any in the slightest! Don’t know what cameltoe is? Google it…#beaware

Sizing:

The Gear Bunch leggings go from XSmall – XLarge, and their sizing chart in my opinion is pretty spot on. So check your measurements and the chart and order your size from that! These leggings are full length and high waisted on me (I’m barely over 5ft so pretty much everything unless it’s super low rise is high on my waist.

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Price:

These are a bit on pricier side at $87.99 but I personally feel them are worth it!

Quality:

These are made with a 82% polyester + 18% spandex fabric with a really nice
Four-way stretch. These are honestly more luxurious than a lot of the other leggings I have. There has been zero seam splitting or fraying after all the wears and workouts they’ve been through. A pair of my very expensive, very well known brand frayed after just a few wears.

Some other favorites from GearBunch:

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Martina at GearBunch!!

*Although GearBunch did send me these leggings as a thank you, I did not agree to give a positive review no matter what I really thought and I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are © The Life in Bloom & GearBunch.

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Glute Activation Workout {with resistance bands}

Victorem mini loop resistance bands are my most recent obsession!
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{psst I’m giving FIVE sets of Victorem mini loop resistance bands away in my previous post…so you should enter}
These small but might little bad girls have a ton of different uses but one thing that I love to use them for is glute activation {basically warming up those butt muscles so you get the best workout and get that booty pop we all want!}
Quick Glute Activation Workout:
Place mini resistance band around your calves or right above your knees. I like to use the medium or heavy. Lets be real this workout BURNS and you don’t have to use resistance if you don’t want to.
25 Donkey Kicks {per leg}
  • Start on hands and knees
  • Flex right foot and press it up towards the ceiling or sky.
  • Squeeze Glutes
  • Lower the knee without touching the floor and repeat the lift.
  • Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.

 

25 Fire Hydrants {per leg}

  • Start on hands and knees
  • Raise your right thigh out to the side, keeping the hips still.
  • Squeeze Glutes
  • Lower your thigh with out touching the floor and repeat the lift.
  • Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.

 

25 Leg Extension {per leg}

  • Start on hands and knees
  • Flex right foot and press out straight behind you at hip level.
  • Pulse leg towards the ceiling or sky
  • Squeeze Glutes
  • Lower the knee without touching the floor and repeat the lift.
  • Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.

 

You should will be BURNING by the end of this workout. I SWEAR I see after only a week!

In my opinion this is a great workout on its own, it doesn’t have to be a pre workout. You could easily to 2-3 more sets and a have ridiculous amount of muscle burn…you know that hurts so good burn…my fave!

I love doing these workouts in the morning, it gives a wonderful boost to the start of the day!

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Victoria Gear Hip Bands and Mini Loop Resistance Bands!

Happy Good Morning and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Have you ever been so excited about a piece of workout gear or equipment you just can’t wait to use it again?

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That is EXACTLY how I feel about my Hip Bands and the Mini Loop Resistance Bands from Victorem! I cannot get enough of them, they are amazing!
Of course I’m going to tell you all about each set because I want you to be just as obsessed as me… but first…

I’ve never had anything like either of these bands before so I had no idea what to expect so I anxiously awaited their arrival. Wouldn’t you know the day they were set to arrive we were literally the last delivery of the day…past 9pm…ugh! I was so exhausted from the day but I couldn’t wait to rip into the box to check out all my goodies! I received the Hip Bands: Set of 3 and the Mini Loop Resistance Bands: Set of 5 two sets, {each set comes with a black carrying bag!}

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I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I opened everything! Even though I was EXHAUSTED I could not wait to use them…so I did! That first night I did…

Walking lunges and Squats with this little bad girl:

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Legs lifts with this small but might little lady:

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Honestly I was shocked at how much resistance each of these bands had, guys seriously I went to bed with sore glutes and thighs…which I loved!

I use both sets every single day and will be taking them on all our up coming vacations!

I thought about making a video but there is a bit more jiggle then I’m ready to share…I hope you understand ❤
Ok let me give you some more specifics on each set!
I love these! The mini loop bands are just like regular sized resistance bands but they are resized to fit perfectly around your legs and give you awesome resistance you didn’t know you were missing!
This set comes with five bands:
Extra Light
Light
Medium
Heavy
Extra Heavy
With the five different resistance levels you can add as little or as much resistance as you want to a TON of different exercises. Simply pull a loop up to above your knees, calves or ankles and get moving!
A few of my favorite works outs with these bands are…
Leg Lifts: 
  • I started out using the medium band but currently have been using the heavy and extra heavy!
  • Lay on your side with the band around your ankles, squeeze your butt and lift the top leg about 10-14 inches lower and repeat. I like to do 25-30 reps per leg and 2-3 sets.
  • Back Leg Lifts (I use the light band for this)
  • Start on all fours with band around your feet (I like to position it around the archea of my feet) extend one leg behind you. Lift the leg to hip level and then slowly lower it back down. I like to do 20 reps per leg and 2-3 sets.
Squat Side Kick:
  • Stand with legs hip width apart with band around ankles
  • Squat as normal the as you stand kick one leg out to the side,
  • lower leg and repeat squat and kick with the other side.
  • I like to do 20 reps per side and 2-3 sets
Bent Over Lateral Leg Raises: 
  • Start with a band of your choice right at or above the knees, on your hands and knees. Hands directly beneath your shoulders.
  • Place one of your legs straight out your side as show. Correct your balance with your other knee.
  • Tense your glute, raising that leg out until it is straight out to your side. Hold for 2-3 seconds.
  • Slowly lower it back down
  • I like to do 20 reps per side and 2-3 sets

High Knees:

This gives you the benefit of sprinting without the space requirements. They’re simple to do, just sprint on the spot, driving your knees and your hands upwards alternatively. I like to use the heavy band and do this workout for 1 min. 1-3 sets.

There are truly a ton of different workout you can do with these little bad girls but I will let you find some of your faves!

These come in multiple color schemes you can grab them HERE or click the color scheme you like below!

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Hip Bands: Set of 3

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Oh my gosh I love love love love these! I’m obsessed!

This set comes with three extra wide fabric Bands (think extra wide elastic but way more durability) Just like the set above these babies fit perfectly around your ankle, knees or thighs and give you some serious resistance! The thick elastic band does not slip or roll during a workout so no stopping to adjust and ruining your pace, plus they are beautiful!

Here are a couple of my favorite workouts…

  • Donkey kicks: Place preferred band around your calves or above knees. I like to do 25 reps per side and 2-4 sets.
  • Reverse Lunges: Place preferred band above knees. I like to do 30 reps per side and 2-3 sets.
  • Squats: Place preferred band above knees and when I squat I like to press my knees out for a little extra burn! I like to do 50 squats and 2-3 reps.
  • Side Steps: Place preferred band above knees and literally walk from side to side. I like to walk to the left 25 steps then back to the right 25 steps and do 2-4 sets.

Both band sets are spectacular for:

  • Walking: With the band right above the knees begin walking (the more resistance in the band the deeper the burn) I like to take 20-30 steps then either turn or walk backwards. I do 2-3 sets
  • Side steps: Stand with legs slight apart with band above your knees a leading with your head thigh step to the side keeping the band tight the whole time. I like to step direction 10-15 steps then go back the other direction. I like to do 3-6 sets.
  • Squats:  Stand with legs hip width apart and squat. I like to do 50 reps and 2-3 sets
  • Walking Lunges: Stand with legs about hip width apart and band above the knees. Begin walking lunges. I like to do 25 lunges before I turn and walk again. I like to do 3-4 sets

These four pretty basic workouts alone will give you a burn you didn’t know you’ve always wanted!

These come in two different color schemes and you can grab them HERE or click the color scheme you like below!

 Hip Circle Resistance Bands

Resistance Hip Circle Band

 

I love these both styles of bands and HIGHLY recommend getting both sets!

Oh DUH! You probably want to know if I have had results, it’s only been about 2 weeks since these little bad girls arrived, but I can honestly say I am defiantly seeing results in the mirror…for sure there is more toning and definition every day! With absolute certainty I can tell you my legs are so much stronger and I feel the muscles more and more every day!

In all honesty I absolutely believe you will benefit from these no matter what your fitness level is…from ultimate beginner to hard core gym rat! These with give you the added resistance you never knew you always wanted. I rarely say “you need to go get this now” but guys honest you totally do!!

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Keep an eye out for my hip band glute activation post this week! 

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

THE GIVEAWAY!!!!! 

I stoked!! I have partnered with Nick at Victorem and together we are giving away not one, not two…not even three set but FIVE sets of the Mini Loop Resistance Bands! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this awesome opportunity to giveaway something I love so much! Click on the images below and follow the prompts to be entered in this great giveaway!
The winners will be selected on March 1st and contacted via email so be sure your email is correct. Winners have five days to respond before they forfeit and another winner is selected.
I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Nick at Victorem!!

*Although Victorem did send me some gear as a thank you, I did not agree to give a positive review no matter what I really thought and I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are © The Life in Bloom & Victorem.

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