‘Charge’ Up Your Workout with Fitbit [Review & Giveaway: Ended]

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Fitbit sure knows how to keep Bostonians in shape!!

If you read the latest and greatest on TTT, you know I hit up the #freefitness event this weekend hosted by Fitbit. From a booty-shaping bootcamp to stretch and strengthening yoga flow, Fitbit brought out all the stops for their first Fitbit Local Boston event.

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Bootcamp with the always incredible Chad Flahive, founder of Public Body

 

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Namaste with the inspirational Cara Gilman

And to celebrate, I’ve partnered with the healthy tech company to review their latest product, Fitbit Blaze, and host a giveaway on my blog for the Fitbit Charge HR. Winner, winner chicken dinner? I think so.

Let’s start with the Blaze.

Fitbit Blaze, $199.95

Facts:

  • All-Day Activity Tracker: Steps, Miles, Calories, Floors
  • PurePulse Heart Rate monitor: BPM, Resting HR
  • Multi-Sport Tracking: Running, Biking, Weights, Treadmill, Elliptical & Workout
  • Connected GPS: maps routes and delivers real-time exercise stats on device like distance and pace (using the GPS from your connected smartphone).
  • Smartphone Notifications: Text, Call, etc.
  • Sleep Quality: Alarm, Stats, etc.
  • Timer
  • FitStar: Workouts on your watch such as “Warm It Up”, “7 Minute Workout” & “10 Minute Abs”

My Take: I just received this puppy on Wednesday and already it’s my favorite little gadget. From text alerts when my phone is in my gym bag to congratulating me when I hit 10K steps, the Blaze is a great way for me to be held accountable to stay moving throughout the day.

Now time for a giveaway …

Fitbit Charge HR, $129.99

Facts:

  • PurePulse Heart Rate monitor: BPM, Resting HR
  • Workouts and All-Day Activity Monitoring: Tracks workouts, steps, HR, floors climbed, active minutes throughout the day, calories burned and distance.
  • Caller ID and Watch: Time and call notifications with compatible devices.
  • Exercise Mode: Track exercises.
  • SmartTrack: Recognizes when you’re working out and syncs with your phone.
  • Auto Sleep and Alarms: Monitor sleep and set silent, vibrating alarms.
  • Wireless Syncing to your Smartphone

How to enter: 

1. Comment below telling me your favorite way to stay fit!

2. Share this post on social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and tag @fitbit and @trendytrainer. If you share, comment again that you did for an additional chance to win!

I will pick a winner via Random Number Generator on Friday, April 29th at 10 a.m. EST. Good luck!!

-TTT

Fitbit Local Boston & Why You Should Go This Weekend

It’s no surprise that I love [repeat, love] my fitness gadgets.

From trackers to apps I’m somewhat addicted. Usually they last a day, week or [gasp] month on my phone, but soon enough I’m pressing down on my iPhone screen waiting for that shimmying ‘X’ to appear as I delete the accountability application forever.

Something I’ve never tried? Fitbit.

Yes, you read that correctly. As a Bostonian and fitness professional I don’t own a Fitbit. Until now. [More on that in an upcoming post … cough, cough giveaway.]

Recently our healthy tech [and semi Hub-based] company launched a new series of free monthly fitness classes called Fitbit Local. Local fitness experts and community leaders, i.e. Fitbit Ambassadors, Cara Gilman and Chad Flahive will be leading the monthly program where all Bostonians are invited to join.

For FREE. Oh wait, did I already mention that? In bold?

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Chad Flahive, Owner & Founder of Public Body

This Saturday, April 23rd, Chad and Cara will be leading workouts at the SOWA Power Station from 8:30 – 11 a.m. Register today because, while it’s free of cost, 500 Bostonians are already going to be there.

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Cara Gilman, Running Coach | Yoga Instructor

And they’ll also be a Fitbit device raffle. Just sayin’. #freestuff #freefitness

To get y’all excited, I decided to chat with Cara and Chad about all things fitness …

The Trendy Trainer: What are you most excited about when it comes to Fitbit Local?

Chad: I have always been driven by fitness communities, and I love that Fitbit is all about fitness for everyone. Fitbit provides the motivation for all people to move more, so Fitbit Local automatically became an inclusive community.

There won’t be a giant leader board showing who has worked the hardest at our workouts, but everyone will be able to track their own progress and celebrate their own successes. I love that!

Cara: One of the reasons why I love teaching so much is how it automatically creates a community among people. No matter where you’re from, what you do for work, how fast you run a 5K or do a downward dog, it doesn’t matter. Everyone in that room shares a common interest, a love.

TTT: How are your styles of teaching similar/different?

Chad: Ha. This is an awesome question. I come from a strength conditioning and dance background and there is very little that is zen about me. I’m so thankful to have an accomplished yogi like Cara as the ying to my yang. We both bring energy to Fitbit local in our own unique ways.

Cara: We balance each other very well in regards to our fitness backgrounds and what we offer in regards to class styles and class energy. The perfect yin and yang combo!

TTT: Fitbit is all about getting inspired and staying motivated to be healthy. Describe ways in which you do this.
Chad: I constantly remind myself that even when I’m feeling tired or unmotivated, somewhere someone who is less fit or less able than me is doing something a lot harder than me. Monday I stood at the corner of Hereford and Boylston for the Boston Marathon. That’s the final turn toward the finish line.

I stood there and watched so many people who are bilateral amputees, people who were blind running with guides, people of all ages, running toward that finish line. They’re so inspiring that I ugly face cried for most of the time I was watching.

They are the people that make me want to be a better and healthier person.

Cara: What I love about Fitbit is how it keeps me accountable to my health beyond the steps that I’ve taken, the miles that I’ve ran and the floors that I have climbed. It reminds me how important rest is and how it has a direct effect on my day to day energy.

As a full time yoga teacher and run coach, I’m fortunate enough that by nature I’m active. I run 3 or 4 times a week, practice yoga 5 times a week, meditate daily and teach anywhere from 15 to 25 classes per week (this includes classes, workshops, clients). My daily schedule is active and in order for me to be the best I can be, I need rest.

My Fitbit motivates me to go to bed earlier, and also is my guide to whether I need a day off from a hard workout by watching my resting heart rate in the morning.

I also love being able to monitor my heart rate during my workouts to see if I need to push myself a little harder or if I need to pull back a bit. This insight is so valuable because I’m constantly able to adjust and listen to what my body needs opposed to my expectations.

Balance is my constant focus when it comes to being healthy, and Fitbit allows this balance to take place for me.

So bottom line, I’ll see you at the event 🙂

-TTT

30 by 30: Yes, It’s a Thing

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Don’t worry. I did.

And now that my 29th is in the rear-view mirror, I got to thinking about creating a bucket list specifically designed to be accomplished before I hit the big 3-0.

I have to admit, this idea came from two sources — my mom, who put together a killer ’60 by 60′ list and accomplished to my knowledge all successfully, and Becki, an inspiring Boston blogger who I often see at fun fitness events in the Hub.

Before I get to my 30 ramblings, let me just tell you … this was a challenge. Try thinking of even 10 things you want to accomplish — within reason — and it’s a toughie. But I did it. And I have a year to complete.

So let’s get started.

  1. Travel somewhere solo.
  2. Do a triathlon
  3. Write one letter — snail mail, duh — to a friend each month. #RAK
  4. Grow a garden.
  5. Go skydiving.
  6. Donate to charity; friends running the marathon, volunteer time, etc.
  7. Run a 1/2 marathon. And PR.
  8. Take a road trip to somewhere I’ve never been.
  9. Get a new tattoo.
  10. Attend at least 3 concerts this year.
  11. Begin to write my book.
  12. Learn a language.
  13. Go hiking.
  14. Unplug for an entire day — I’m talking no phones/computers/TV for 24 hours.
  15. Learn how to drive a stick shift.
  16. Visit a brewery.
  17. Surprise my parents by taking them out to dinner.
  18. Stay at a B&B.
  19. Do 10 unassisted chin-ups.
  20. Go camping.
  21. Buy a coffee for the person in back of me in line.
  22. Deadlift over 200lbs. Again.
  23. Spend an entire day at the beach; sunrise to sunset.
  24. Do SUP yoga.
  25. Go zip lining.
  26. Try lobster (yes, my parents have a house in Maine. And no, I don’t remember ever trying it).
  27. Say ‘yes’ for an entire day.
  28. Pay off my credit card.
  29. Plant a tree.
  30. Start planning my 40 by 40 list 🙂

I’ll keep y’all posted as I start checking things off my list. Better get started …

-TTT