PRO Compression Marathon Socks Giveaway! {Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Edition}

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Today I wanted to share with you my favorite piece of post run/hike recovery gear! PRO Compression socks! Yes that’s right I said compression socks! I know what you’re thinking “compression socks are only for grandma and grandpa right?!” Wrong! Compression Socks are for anyone and REALLY big in the fitness world!Web_Lifestyle1_1250x400

A few months ago some of my favorite Blogging Runners were raving about PRO Compression in their ability to drastically help with leg recovery after running & hiking. It was from my very first introduction to PRO Compression that I knew I wanted a pair! I was beyond thrilled when recently I was given the opportunity from PRO Compression to try out their marathon socks! I of course jumped at the opportunity!

My first experience with PRO Compression:

When I put on my compression sock for the first time I noticed and immediate difference, yes they were tight but without being uncomfortable or awkward. They were awesome, tight and soothing in all the places that had previously been extremely sore. After putting them on it was like having immediate relief, I felt my tight muscles loosen up and relax!

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The PRO Compression socks are made from a super soft and lightweight material, which I LOVE! In the past I’ve worn a heavier style of sock so these were a very happy and welcomed change! It was funny because of the compression I actually had to lace my shoes tighter than usual!

Before PRO Compression after any kind of long distance run or hike I had a long rough recovery; I would have to sit down and put my feet up because my calves and ankles would be so sore or/and I would have swollen feet and ankles. Since receiving my PRO Compression socks that is a thing of the past no more swelling and no more calf pain!! In addition, my husband who is a very long distance runner was suffering from some severe pain, I got him a pair and he was SHOCKED the first time he ran with his compression socks, the aches and pain were relaxed and soothed and now just a few weeks later his pain is also a thing of the past!

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I wear my PRO Compression socks all the time and so does my hubby! We both wear them during runs and hikes, over night after particularly strenuous days, long car rides and of course as regular every day socks!

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  • Awesomely Bright Colors
  • The Sock of the Month Club
  • Full-length, graduated compression design for maximum blood flow
  • Non-slip design, even after hours on your feet
  • Lightweight construction for incredible feel
  • Blended materials provide maximum comfort and support
  • Moisture control keeps you dry during your biggest efforts
  • Made in USA

Although I’m writing about only the Marathon High socks I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that PRO Compression Socks come is a number of different styles:

Marathon High Socks

Mid Socks

Low Socks

In addition to their socks PRO Compression also has:

Compression Sleeves

Leggings and Tights 

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The moral of the story? Since I started running and hiking I’ve had a number of problems including, the regular post-run soreness especially in my calves and bottoms of my feet, calf cramps, swelling and charlie horses and man those are not fun for anybody! Before PRO Compression I had never used compression socks and tried to just deal with these issues. I remember as I waited for my first pair to arrive I thought if these socks can even slightly decrease the soreness that I feel after a really long run or hike then I am all in! Well, they didn’t just slightly decrease the pain they actually have change my life!

Will I purchase another pair of these? Absolutely! For me, my husband and in fact my mom who is 70 who has severe leg cramps and other calf issues is *ahem getting a pair for Christmas! PRO Compression socks are a quality product that really do what they say they are going to do. Honestly, I really love this company!

Are you sick of being sore, swollen or achy? I would highly recommend getting a pair {or 2 or 3 or 4} of PRO Compression Marathon socks!

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Oh but you’re not gonna leave here without something fun!

I am so thrilled to announce that I have partnered with PRO Compression to host awesome giveaway!!! One winner will win a pair of PRO Compression Marathon Socks!

WIN IT!

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Special Thank You to PRO Compression for providing me with these AMAZING socks!!

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Momentum Jewelry Giveaway! {Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Edition}

TLIB2014When it comes to my personality I am definitely a girly girl, I love to wear jewelry but when it comes to working out, running and hiking the last thing that I want is to have on a whole bunch of jewelry… Especially since I sweat a lot, jewelry and exercise is not a happy combination.

I was thrilled when I was introduced to Momentum Jewelry!! It’s an amazing company they have created beautiful jewelry and is comfortable, stylish and inspirational…which I love!

I was thrilled when Amy (of Momentum Jewelry) offered me the awesome opportunity to give their Motivate Wrap and FootNotes a try and review on my blog! I chose the beautiful hot pink wrap with the saying “Stronger than Yesterday” (oval charm) and set of matching FootNotes to remind me no matter what I am doing to “Finish Strong

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I was so excited when they arrive I ripped the package into shreds to get them out!

Let me tell you a little bit about each one of the awesome items that I received:485755_441891582518968_1636487217_n

From the first day I wore my Motivate Wrap I have gotten compliments no matter where I am! People are always asking where I got my bracelet from and they ALWAYS comment the “stronger than yesterday” and how cool that is!

This beautiful wrap is made out of a very soft, stretchy fabric so whether I am lifting weights running or hiking it stays put and stays very comfortable… This is a big deal because I am not a big bracelet or watch person but since the day I got my motivate wrap bracelet I have worn it 100% (excluding showers of course)!!

STYI just love this bracelet, I love the hot pink, I love the “Stronger than Yesterday” quote that reminds me no matter what I’m doing to push through because I am truly stronger than yesterday! I have honestly felt myself lagging during a run and looked down at my bracelet and it honestly motivates me to push harder than I did the day before and beat my speed or/and my mileage!! I want one in every color!

I love the stretchy wrap of that motivate bracelet because it can be used more than just for a bracelet, I gotten annoyed with hair in my face and took my bracelet off and put my hair in a ponytail during a run and I’ve used it as a headband.KB

Because of my love for my Motivate Wrap I have decided that this is going to be my go to gift for all my athlete friends! I have a friends who Zumba instructors PiYo instructors, runners and those friends I have who have worked very hard and met some pretty big goals. I think the motivate wrap would be an awesome gift to show these friends and family members how special and important they are and momentum jewelry does a wonderful job of getting that message of encouragement out there…it a really beautiful and fun way!

So since receiving my Motivate Wrap I have worn it running, hiking biking, doing yoga, lifting, on vacation at the ocean, relaxing with the hubby, sleeping, working….ok so pretty much everything except showering and swimming! No matter what I’m doing it is a wonderful encouraging reminder! I love my rap so much that I am planning on ordering a custom version for myself I just haven’t decided what I wanted to say yet… I can’t decide between two different sayings/quotes so I may just end up ordering two customs!

I’m sure you want to hear all about the FootNotes too!

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I am in love with these little things! I love that they add a little bit of bling to my running shoes! But more than that I love that during a run or a hike when I am feeling like I just can’t take another step I look do at my shoes and I see that “Finish Strong” and just like the bracelet the footnotes push me too…well push on and finish strong! My husband and I have a favorite hike it we love to do every day (well, we try to do it everyday but when you live in the Pacific Northwest you learn to roll with the punches because you never know if it’s going to be a downpour or some other sudden weather) but on this particular hiking trail there is a hill about 2 miles in that goes almost straight up…I’m really short and it is a very difficult hill for me. The first time we hiked it with my FootNotes on I kept reading then and thought in my head Finish Strong, Finish Strong, Finish Strong and I pushed on and did not stop I kept my momentum and I truly finish strong! This may not be a big deal to a lot of people but for me it really was because this hill is a killer it is not my favorite.FN

 

I am absolutely in love with my new jewelry from Momentum Jewelry! I will be a forever customer and I think that if you try it out you will be too.

Are you looking for some awesome fitness jewelry? I would highly recommend getting your hands on some of the awesome stuff that Momentum Jewelry has to offer!

Oh but you’re not gonna leave here without something fun!

I am so excited to have partnered with Amy at Momentum Jewelry to host awesome giveaway!!! One winner will win either the Motivate Wrap or FootNotes (winners choice) how awesome is that!

WIN IT!

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GYMBOSS Giveaway! {Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Edition}

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If you spend any time here at The Life in Bloom then you know that I absolutely love my Kettlebell, HIIT, Running and pretty much any kind of interval training!

Not sure what interval training is? Basically an interval workout is a workout where you have bursts of intense workout followed by a short rest . The two of the most common types that you’re probably hearing about are TABATA and HIIT. Each of these workout require a period of time of very hard exercise followed by a short amount of rest time {example: 45 seconds of burpees  followed by 10 seconds of rest repeated 5+ times}

Love interval workouts? But…are you like me, and have gotten distracted and lost count of your sets or reps? Then the Gymboss Interval Timer is something you need!

I have tried numerous timers, apps, stopwatches, and even watching the clock. Then I was sent a GYMBOSS  {from the wonderful people at GYMBOSS} Let me tell you, WOW! It is by far the best interval timer I have ever used! I love it and I’m never looking back!

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I really love it’s  basically a “set it and forget it” gadget! Once you start it there is are alerts to tell you start your workout or rest! With the GYMBOSS I didn’t have to worry about continuously looking at my phone, watch or clock. While using the GYMBOSS there is a countdown which I think is great and really helps motivate me to keep pushing on…especially during HIIT, Running and Planks! {Side note: how many of us have spent too time looking at the clock or watches on to realize we lost track of our reps…that’s really annoying!}

A few of my favorite features:

  • It’s extremely easy to use. I set mine up in about 90 seconds!
  • It’s really small, remember pagers? It’s about that size!
  • It’s extremely light and portable. It even has a clip so that you can clip it onto the equipment you’re using {like a treadmill} or you can clip it on your clothes!unnamed-3 copy I really like this option, previously I had been using an app on my iPhone…you know the whole sticking it in the bra strap, then it falls out or down your shirt. The GYMBOSS is certainly lighter and easier to attach to my clothes then my phone…AND it stays put!
  • It’s also water and shock resistant, which is really cool if you were a heavy sweater {*ahem like me}

As I previously mentioned I had been using an app on my phone. The first time I used my GYMBOSS I noticed something WONDERFUL…GYMBOSS does not time out. Seriously, when you’re  working hard there’s nothing worse than having your phone time out causing you to miss hearing the alarm or not see that you have completed that set…ugh!

Here’s the built-in features :

  • 1 or 2 intervals – 2 seconds to 99 minutes
  • Repeat up to 99 times
  • Beep and/or Vibrate alarm
  • Alarm duration 1, 5, or 10 seconds
  • Stopwatch function
  • Secure Belt clip
  • Compact Size (1 ¾ x 2 ¼ x ½ inches)
  • Water and shock resistant
  • AAA battery required

Final thoughts:

I love my GYMBOSS! Starting at $19.99 it would make the perfect gift {holidays, birthdays ect} for that fit fanatic in your life! Psst…I’m getting my hubby one for Christmas!

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There are so many great ways to use GYMBOSS that anyone and everyone will love it! How would you use a GYMBOSS?:

  • Kettlebell
  • Running
  • Cardio
  • Crossfit
  • Tabata
  • HIIT
  • Weight Training
  • Stretching and more

So far my favorite way to use my GYMBOSS it running interval training and Kettlebell workouts…and I decided to share a fun Kettlebell Circuit!

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How to: Do each move as many times as possible for 45 seconds, rest 15 seconds then move to the next move. Complete the all moves then repeat 5X

Sooooo, how will you time yourself during this circuit? Don’t have a GYMBOSS? Well, I can help!

I’m beyond excited to announce that I have partnered with GYMBOSS to giveaway a Gymboss Interval Timer to one lucky reader! The winner gets to pick the color {Check out all the colors!}
AWESOME right?!?

Click below to enter a Win a FREE GYMBOSS!!!

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Special Thank You to GYMBOSS for providing me with this AWESOME Interval timer!

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