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20 Jul

3 things to GIVE UP this week

In Fitness,Self Care by AleahS / July 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

3 things to GIVE UP this week:

1. Getting thirsty. If you’re thirsty, the body is already dehydrated. Make water intake a habit.

2. Sitting for long periods of time. Now don’t go wondering around your flight when the seat belt sign is on, but when you can!

3. Slouching – practicing good posture is healthier for your body and expresses self confidence to others. Win-win.

What are you giving up this week? Share below!

-Aleah

12 Jun

Motivation Tips

In Fitness,Self Care by AleahS / June 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

Motivation ebbs and flows!

Some days you’re going bananas crushing life and other days you can’t seem to get there. This is human nature. Here’s my advice to keep yourself motivated:

+ Set a S.M.A.R.T goal – specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound

+ Tell a partner, friend, or publicly proclaim your goal – knowing someone (or all of instagram) will be holding you accountable to your goal is huge!

+ Stay inspired & positive – read books or listen to podcasts on the topic, put reminders of your goal around your house/office, keep a positive mindset

One of my recent goals is to foam roll at home 2+ times per week for at least 10 minutes. What’s yours?

17 May

Gym Bag Essentials

In Fitness,Nutrition by AleahS / May 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

Let’s chat gym bag essentials!

I’m always dragging around a whole bag with my entire life in it, who’s with me?

I pulled these things straight out of my bag #realness top to bottom:

Nike sports bra

New balance Flywheel tights

Nuun – electrolyte tablets, makes water taste way better and keeps you hydrated (clean ingredients)

Burts bees – I’m a psycho about chapstick and always have one of these handy

Powerbeats wireless headphones – music is life

RX bar – for when you’re hangry and don’t want to go hulk on people

Sunnies – these ones are DIFF, they give a pair of reading glasses away for every pair sold #giveback

Good vibe bracelets from @themothermanifestor

Lululemon headband

Mini band by Perform Better– for muscle activation pre-workout (stay tuned for more of this on a future post)!

What’s in your gym bag? Share your secrets on what I need to add!

25 Apr

Indoor Cycling Shoes Decoded

In Fitness by AleahS / April 25, 2014 / 0 Comments

Hello world,

Today I’m here to help you decode the mystery and wonder around indoor cycling shoes or spinning shoes. Do I need cycling shoes for indoor cycling? Why are cycling shoes better than regular shoes? What clips should I buy? What’s the best cycling shoe to get? My friends, read on.

Do I need cycling shoes for indoor cycling?

First off, if you’re taking indoor cycling classes more than once a week – buy yourself some shoes. I’m not saying if you have never tried indoor cycling before that you need shoes before your first class. However, if this is something in your weekly workout regimen, and you can make it work financially, the investment is well worth it. Bonus: they will last you a very long time. Some boutique studios, like Flywheel Sports, have shoes available for you to use because they recognize the difference this will make in your results.

Why are cycling shoes better than regular shoes?

Take out a pair of your tennis shoes, cross-trainers, or running shoes and see what happens when you try to bend them around. Pretty malleable right? All of these shoes are designed to be pliable in different ranges of motion that make it comfortable for you to walk, run, or jump all over the place. I can bend the toes of my Nike bionics to touch the heel – which is awesome for burpees, jump squats, and plyometrics – but if you’re doing those on an indoor cycling bike… you’re going to have more problems than just choosing shoes.

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Cycling shoes have a smooth, rigid sole made of composite or carbon fiber. The stiffness of the shoe allows for more energy transfer into the pedals. This is also why cycling shoes will last years when running shoes have to be replaced every few months. In addition, cycling shoes allow you to pull up on the pedal, which allows you to generate more power and work more muscles. Who doesn’t want to work more muscles?

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What clips should I buy?

First off, call your studio and ask what type of clips the bikes use. Most gym bikes will only allow for SPD clips on their bikes – no need to read further.

Studios with higher end bikes these days usually have a dual pedal. This means it allows for 2 types of clips, usually (1) SPD and (2) LOOK DELTA (one on either side of the pedal). In that case you can prioritize:

  1. Do I want to be able to walk around in the shoes easily?
  2. Do I want to be able to clip in and out easily?

(1) SPD clips look like this: *Get these if you want to walk around in your shoes*

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SPDs are small clips and therefore are sometimes difficult for a beginner to clip in. On the other hand, if you want to be able to walk around in the shoes, this is the clip for you.

(2) LOOK DELTA clips look like this: *Get these if you want to clip in easier*

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LOOK clips are larger and easy to clip in. They also provide a large surface area to push against, which some people prefer. The downside is you cannot walk around in these shoes on anything but rubber flooring.

WARNING: There is a different clip called “LOOK KEO” – these look exactly the same as look delta, but they are SMALLER and will NOT fit into most indoor cycling bikes. Danger, Will Robinson, danger!!

 

Oh my, can you just tell me what shoes to buy already?

Shoes generally cost between $100-400. You can chose how much to spend depending on your budget and how often you will use the shoes. Shimano is a GREAT brand were you can get a shoe around $100. Sidi is a higher end brand used by triathletes, which will usually cost you upwards of $200-300. I personally use Sidi’s exclusively, but I wear the shoes for over 10 hours a week!

If you want an SPD clip compatible shoe you can walk around in, just check the bottom of the shoe, you will see ridges on the sides of the base like this:

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If you want to use LOOK DELTA clips, the bottom of the shoe should look like a surf board:

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Remember clips are sold separately. Feel free to send an email on the contact page with any other questions!

Happy Shopping!

-Aleah