One year ago, as 2015 was coming to a close I wanted to have a different kind of plan for my mat Pilates classes at the club I was teaching for at the time. So after a lot of thought I came up with a 6 month "syllabus" that included all of the 6 Pilates principles- one for each month along with a prop to help us explore each principle. I handed it out at the begining of the year so people knew what to expect when they came to my class. See the original post Here.
2015 eneded up NOT going as planned because my family took an unexpected move for a new job taking us from Nevada to Utah which left me skipping town mid-March! Since the move I spent much of time settling into life in Utah and studying for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer exam which I recently passed (finally!). I love this "syllabus" I created and thought since I'm currently not teaching regular group mat classes that I'd share this for your enjoyment for 2017! Happy New Year!
With the Utah winter well in swing I thought I should update on two of my recent favorite purchases from Athleta, the Powerlift Tight 2.0 and the Reflective Pom Beanie both with warmth and reflective detailing helping you stay safe and warm in the dark winter mornings and nights.
Here's my Fit, Feel, Function review on the tights:
Fit: The Powerlift tight seems to me to run a tad small. The top seam at the waist isn't very stretchy and makes it a bit hard to pull over my bubble bum. Otherwise, they stay put and hug nicely.
Feel: These are super soft and fuzzy inside, kinda poly-estery on the outside, but didn't start pilling after my first wear like the Wind Warrior Tight did.
Function: They kept me noticebly warmer on this morning's cold run as compared to just regular leggings. They fulfil the measure of their creation- warmth and comfort with some stretchy for mobility, which again, is superior to the Wind Warrior Tight which didn't have a lot of give in the "wind panels". Bonus: they have a deep and wide side pocket to stash your phone!
I would reccomend these if you're a wimp in the cold but hate being at the mercy of cold wheather for training.
The Athleta Reflective Pom Beanie is a super cute way to stay visible and warm in the dark BUT it's 100% wool and says "spot clean only, do not machine wash" on the tag. UM.......that is annoying, seeing as I'll be sweating in this. My fault, I should have read the discription better.
Fit, Feel, Function are as follows:
Fit: feels great. Not too tight. Doesn't fall over your eyes when you run. The pom feels a tad heavy for the lightness of the rest of the beanie.
Feel: Not itchy at all. Not too thick= sweat can breathe.
Function: Keeps the heat in, lets the sweat cool and the reflective detail is super cute and needed in the dark of winter.
I would reccomend, although it's a bit pricey.
This is my first full winter in Utah since I was 18 and I'm determined not to let the cold stop me from getting outside and a few pieces of good gear can make a huge difference.
How do you stay active in the cold? What gear do you love for cold running?
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