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Portable Pilates Studio from Empower {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

I feel like every day is either an “I’m really motivated to go to the gym today” or a “There’s no way I want to drag myself and the kids to the gym today” kind of day.  For days that sound more like the latter, I’m all about home gym type equipment, especially things that don’t take up prime real estate in tight quarters.  I also love equipment that comes with dvds or other instruction because if you just handed me a barbell and said “exercise”, I wouldn’t know the first thing to do, and I would get bored.

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Add all this together and you can see why the Portable Pilates Studio and I are a good team.  This ‘kit’ comes from Empower, who supplies all sorts of work out equipment along with videos, many of which I’ve reviewed and all loved.

With that, here is the Portable Pilates Studio, sold for $24.99, which contains one bar with bungees and attached foot straps:

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The two pieces of bar fit together very snug, and I highly doubt I’ll ever be able to get them apart again, though I think that is what the white circles are intended to help you do.  The seal is so tight and so strong that I’m not going to bother.  The contraption is very well-constructed and I don’t have a sliver of fear that this will ever come apart while in use.  The bungee cords are thick and very well secured at both ends, and the straps are large enough to fit any tennis shoe while also being totally comfortable with bare feet, which is how I’ve been using it.

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For the most part, I really like this workout.  Pilates, by nature, isn’t very sweaty or aerobic from the get-go, but if you’re doing it right, a few minutes into it you’ll really feel the burn and start to sweat.  This video workout does just that.  My first time through, I found myself bugged by all the time spent sitting and listening to explanations, but I can see how the next time, I can jump straight to the exercises and get more toning in the same amount of time.

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The instructor, Gin, is helpful and kind and easy to understand.  There are four different sections to this workout video, each focusing on a slightly different area.  The actions are simple and easy to follow, and provide much more of an arm workout than I anticipated.  IMG_0485If you’re a home-gymer, this is a great set!  You can purchase this on the Empower website for $24.99, along with MANY other products for all sorts of toning and exercise.

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

 

 

 

Affirmats Yoga Mats {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Ahh, the power of yoga!  The first time I tried it, I thought it was kind of ridiculous!  I was a string-bean high school teenager, already quite flexible and on the cross-country team, so taking time out of my “busy” adolescent schedule to breathe deeply while holding a pose for over a minute seemed like a waste of my time and abilities.  Now I am singing quite a different tune!  I am NOT the stringy girl bursting with energy and attitude I once was.  I am a tired, not-so-flexible, energy-strained mom who longs for a little soul-searching moment of silence every once in a while!  Yoga is a saving grace!

Untitled-1At these times when I feel worn down by the weight of motherhood, and a little yoga is in order, a little positive message goes such a long way, and what a cute way to be told–on your yoga mat!  A little note of affirmation right at your feet!  Look at these charming mats from Affirmats!

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These charming mats are made from dark earth eco-pvc blended with biodegradable jute fiber.  This creates a terrific non-slip surface and a cozy comfy texture.  These measure 68″ x 24″–standard adult size, but a little wider than some mats I’ve used in the past.  Love that.  I don’t enjoy feeling like I’m balancing on a place mat.

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I love my mat!  The neutral, earthy color looks great with the bright pink!

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Look at these grippies!  This guy is completely non-slip, and surprisingly just as comfortable as thicker mats I’ve used in the past.

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Affirmats also makes towels with these positive messages.  How friendly and how nice to see right when you need a pick-me-up!

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I really like that these mats are eco-friendly and made from biodegradable jute.  There is just something fulfilling about feelings at one with Mother Earth while you’re standing on something made from the earth.

One lucky duck will win their own Affirmat!  (Sold for $64.00)

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 16th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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