The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA.
A few weeks ago this clever little package arrived on my doorstep, delivering a pair of shoes to be tested and sparing me the task of recycling yet another shoe box!
Clever, indeed, Puma.
This bag contained a very lightweight pair of shoes to-be-tested on the walk, standing-desk and during new-to-my-routine strength training workouts. Puma’s Formlite XL Ultra Women’s shoe, to be exact. These gals barely feel like footwear – light, flexible, airy and sleek! According to Puma, the outsole design of the shoe was inspired by a feather.
For our first trick, we took a trail-walk together in Rock Creek Park:
You can literally twist, fold and move these shoes in any direction (i.e. they are built for 360* flexibility). The midsole of the shoe is built for comfort and stability with rubber pods, so you’re not compromising a thing (i.e. the callus status on the balls of your feet). This makes them great for cardio workouts, traversing trail obstacles and/or squatting, lunging, jump-jacking or planking. Pick your poison!
These are a great shoe option for on-the-go days in DC, standing-desk days at work, and the random bootcamp-in-the-park days during the week.
Speaking of which, our next trick involved a HIIT workout:
As part of the campaign, Puma also provided crops & a tank for a full-on workout. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve donned anything but lululemon threads, but when you get striped crops & a light silky tank in the mail? Nothing to complain about here:
I’m so used to luon and the Swiftly tech-tee fabric that I forget how anything else can/does feel. (Similar pair can be seen here.)
This tank is lighter than light – perfect for these late summer days – and just flows along with me. Both pieces are made with lycra (that I know!) and “ACTV technology” (using athletic tape in the garments) and powerCELL Level 3 compression – keeping everything in place while you move!
The moves? Those were up to me! I convinced Kate and Megan to join me for testing out what I dubbed the 4×4+ workout, with a few twists on the Tabata concept and a few things we’ve been working on over here:
This took us about 25 minutes to complete, with ~ 1 minute of rest in between sets. A few notes:
- Having the Tabata-timer app helps with the squats, but isn’t necessary! Tabata is 20-seconds ON, 10-seconds “rest” (but in this case, a squat hold) x 8 (4 minutes total).
- 40-20 arm exercises = 40 seconds on, 20 seconds rest.
- Ex: 40 seconds of push-ups, 20 seconds rest before starting the Tricep dips.
- Head/handstand holds (up to you!):
- Use a wall if needed! Safety first.
- 30-second hold, 30-second rest;. 40-second hold, 20-second rest…
- Remember to stretch after all of this!
Let’s just say it was a little ambitious to do this the day before running + working out with Tony Horton! My muscles had a big week, in a hurts-so-good way.
If you test out the workout, let me know what ya think!