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Review: CrossFit at CrossFitSlam

Disclaimer: I received a free session in exchange for a blog post from CrossFit Slam

CrossFit has had a bad reputation since it came out however despite all that it is a trend that as stayed. Even August’s delightful Peep Cashe does it with her son and I just had to try it out after all it was number 5 on my 5 extreme but fun workouts to try out.

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Review: EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation) Training at Bodytec

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called 5 extreme but fun workouts to try and I decided to try out the workouts for myself and see just how fun they might actually. I started with EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation) *definition below* which is number 3 on the list. I booked in advance and I loved that they not only confirmed my booking but called me to remind and even sent me on the day an email with a reminder to eat something before the session to be hydrate throughout the day.

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Review: My first #DDHike

Every Worker’s Day weekend for the last 2 years has been a hiking weekend, it all started with my 101 goals and has quickly become my favourite exercise. I’ve talked about it here and here.  So I thought it would be a great idea to include my readers in my favourite experiences and I planned an event via Facebook.

You will neverregret being kind.

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Event: #Jozimeetup- the one about working with brands

I’ve attended just about every meetup that SA mom blogs has organised since the very beginning you can check out the previous posts here,  herehere and here. I think for me this had to be the most important. My goal for my blog this year is to earn some money from it and the focus of this meetup was just that: How to work with brands.

WILDBERRY

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Review: Fitbit Flex

I was previously using an app on my phone but it wasn’t very accurate and I didn’t take my phone to the bathroom with me so I wasn’t able to track those steps. So I decided to buy a Fitbit flex to better track my workouts. I love my Fitbit Flex especially the sleep tracker I get to see how well I slept and can make the necessary adjustments.   I bought it at Clicks SA.

What I track

I love tracking my water intake, calories burned, steps taken and distance covered. I recently started tracking the food I eat too on the app and it app also show the macronutrients I consumed.

The app

Sharing to social media is really easy. Someone mentioned to me recently that I’m a show off and I over share, so this and I if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my fitbit updates. I love sharing my progress and it’s showing off then I’m sorry. not.

You can also track your water, food, weight and the app also shows your macronutrients. (I don’t what they are either).

What I love

The sleep tracker– I love my sleep and I love knowing about the quality of sleep I’m having. I even have a reminder for when to go to bed and when a silent alarm to wake me.

The steps counter- Tracking my steps is more accurate now because I always have my fitbit on me unlike when I used my phone to track them. On the app I’m able to see my calories burned, distance covered and active minutes.

After a week of low #fitbit #stats I ran, I mostly danced on the #loudest5k #musicrun #livethebeat

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Fitbit challenges– I love being able to challenge my friends and see who will take the most steps. These really help me be more creative in the way I take more steps sees as most of the friends I challenge are runners, you know running and I are not friends but I still get my steps in. (The only thing is they have to Fitbit users too)

Weekly email- I love the weekly email because I get to see my progress in a detailed manner.

Badges- You also get badges when you do well in a challenge or achieve a certain landmark distance. 

Since December I've covered 563 km. Imagine if I was running #fitbit #stats #tracking

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What I don’t like

I don’t like is the exercise tracker it only tracks runs, walks and hike. I do zumba and yoga sometimes and I have to manually log in to site to track these workouts. You also have to be online on your phone when you for you to track your exercise #DataMustFall.

The Fitbit also came with two wristbands of two different sizes, frankly I thought this was silly. What am I supposed to do with a large sized wristband? I was lucky enough to have a friend who also had a Fitbit and was using the large wristband and so we swapped. It would have been a real waste if I hadn’t swapped with him. The wristbands are also not very strong. The blue one is already slowly falling apart.

Question: How do you track your workouts? Do you have a fitbit or any other wearable fitness tracker?

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