Spotlight On: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones

Spotlight On: Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones

Disclosure: While I was not compensated to write this post, I did receive these headphones at no cost from Fit Approach on behalf of Aftershokz in exchange for my review on the blog.  As always, opinions and text are all mine - I genuinely LOVE these headphones and use them just about every day.  I hope you love them, too!

Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones

Music is everything when trying to push yourself during a workout, right?  It's the WORST when you're in the middle of a round of burpees with your favorite workout mix to pump you up and bam - no music in one ear.  Soooo frustrating, right?  Enter: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones.  These babies are LIFE CHANGING, let me tell you.  I've been using them just about every single day since I received them (not just for workouts either - more on that below) and I am OB-sessed.  Here's why...

Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones

The Trekz Titanium headphones sit just in front of your ears, not actually IN your ear, and use bone conduction from your cheekbones to your inner ear to transmit sound.  Sounds kinda weird right?  I know, I was skeptical too.  You mean there's nothing INSIDE my ear?  How will I be able to actually hear the music?  If they aren't IN my ear, there won't be anything blocking out the world around me so I'll be hearing everything which will distract me from my workouts!  Trust me, all these thoughts ran through my mind as I entered the gym trying these for the first time.  But you know what?  They pumped out my electronic mixes just fine, even with heavy weight lifters slamming weighted bars, and other loud sounds fitness clubs are known for.

In fact, that's the whole point behind the bone conduction technology of these headphones.  They provide really great quality sound while keeping your ears open to be able to hear your surroundings for safety.  This is especially awesome for all you outdoor runners, bikers, walkers, etc. who need to be conscious of traffic around you.  They're also amazing in the gym too when you want to blast your workout mix, but need to be aware of others working out around you.

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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium are wireless bluetooth headphones so they connect to your phone or watch without being tethered.  That's REALLY nice during a workout or when on a bike ride and you can't bother with getting tangled in the wire (or God forbid, drop your phone out of your pocket because your wire got pulled!).

I've tried these out in just about every workout scenario from cardio (jumping jacks, running, high knees, burpees, you name it) to strength & resistance training, and man, they're probably the nicest pair of headphones I've ever used!  Seriously.  They stayed put during my cardio sessions and sit comfortably on my head so they don't cause a headache.  The only downside to them that I can see is if you're doing any kind of work on your back where you have your head flat on the floor.  The back of the headband sits slightly away from the back of my head, so if I tried to lay my head down flat for, say, ab work, the headphones would push up off my cheekbones.  But that's not that huge of a drawback!  There are PLENTY of ab exercises you can do that don't involve lying down. :)

Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones

These headphones aren't just amazing for workouts and running either.  I've been using mine just about every night to watch Netflix from my laptop (Netflix & chill for real), and it's so nice to be able to get up and walk around if I need to while continuing to listen to the show.  (I'm currently working my way through The Ranch - anyone else watch that show??  I love it so far!)  

Also, one of the coolest features in my opinion is the ability to place and pick up phone calls, even in the middle of a Netflix show.  The headphones have a built-in noise-canceling microphone so you can chat with your friends while keeping your arms and hands free.  SUCH a game changer in my book! 

Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones

Readers: chat with me!  Have you made the switch to wireless headphones?  Have you tried these headphones before?  How did you like them?  What tunes do you usually listen to during a workout?  What Netflix shows are you currently loving?

[Terra Core Series] 30-Minute Upper Body + Cardio Tabata Challenge

[Terra Core Series] Upper Body + Cardio Tabata Challenge

It's time for another Terra Core workout today here on the blog!  You guys, I love love love this piece of equipment.  It's pretty much an all-in-one on the go gym that's so incredibly versatile.  If you haven't checked out my previous posts, read more about the Terra Core here in my intro, and if you're looking for another TC workout, try this 15-minute plyometric EMOM workout for your lower body.

Today's workout is all about the arms and upper body, along with some sneaky cardio thrown in the mix.  I love the Tabata style of this workout because it really makes you push yourself, but you get that nice 10-second rest in too.  Ready to work up a sweat??  Here we go!

[Terra Core Series] 30-Minute Upper Body + Cardio Tabata Challenge | In Fitness and In Health

Upper Body + Cardio Tabata Challenge Workout

What You'll Need: the Terra Core trainer and some floor space.  If you don't have a Terra Core, you can substitute a kettlebell and a Bosu ball for the workout (mentioned in parentheses next to each exercise).
What You'll Do: each Tabata round consists of 20 second of work followed by 10 seconds of rest.  You'll do that 8 times through (totaling 4 minutes) for each move, before moving onto the next.  Set your timers and let's get to it!

Overhead Swings (substitute kettlebell swings) - this one is similar to a kettlebell swing, but you're using the Terra Core and swinging it all the way up over your head.  Hold the Terra Core dome side down, and firmly grip the side bars.  Start in a squat position, Terra Core between your legs, and swing it up over your head in one fluid motion, standing as you extend your arms overhead.  Swing it back down between your legs, lowering down into a squat position.  Keep the swings going for 20 seconds, then take a 10 second break.  Do this for 8 rounds.

Hammer Curls (substitute kettlebell or dumbbells) - start standing, holding onto the 'power grip' handles on the underside of the Terra Core.  With arms fully extended to start, perform a bicep curl bringing the Terra Core up to chest level.  Repeat the curls for 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest x 8.

Push Up to Squat + Chest Press (substitute Bosu ball) - start with the Terra Core dome-side down on the ground, with a firm grip on the power grip handles.  Do 1 push up here, then in one quick motion, hop your feet up to meet your hands, and raise into a squat while picking up the Terra Core to chest level.  Maintaining the fluid motion still, press the Terra Core away from your chest and bring it back in immediately.  Reverse the motion back down into a plank, and go on to do another push up.  Keep going in this fashion for your 20/10 intervals x 8.

Upright Rows (substitute kettlebell) - start standing with the Terra Core perpendicular to your body, holding onto one of the bar handles with both hands, dome-side facing away from you.  Pull the Terra Core up toward your chin, flaring elbows out and keeping your shoulders down and back (i.e. not shrugged up towards your ears).  Lower back down to start.  Keep 'rowing' for 20 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds of rest x 8 rounds.

Pike Push Up to Plank Step Down (substitute Bosu ball) - start with the Terra Core dome-side up on the ground.  Get into a pike position with your hands on the dome and do 1 pike push up, looking back towards your feet, lowering the crown of your head to the dome (shown).  Push back up, then lower your body into a plank position.  From here, step one arm down at a time in front of the Terra Core (shown) so you end up in a plank with the Terra Core underneath your stomach (shown).  Reverse that entire move, so you press yourself back up onto the Terra Core one arm at a time, raise your hips so you're back up in a pike, and perform another pike push up.  Keep going in this fashion for 20 seconds of work, then rest for 10, and back at it for 8 rounds total.

Switch Kick Tricep Dips (substitute Bosu ball) - flip the Terra Core over so it's dome-side down.  Start in front of it with your hands placed on the flat surface.  With one leg bent, and the other extended straight up, perform 1 tricep dip (shown).  Then press yourself back up, and as you do so, push off the foot that's on the ground, switching feet mid-air (shown), to land back down on the other leg (shown).  Do another tricep dip here, then repeat the switch kick.  Keep going for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off x 8.

Suitcase Carrys (substitute kettlebell) - start holding the Terra Core by one of the bar handles with the dome facing out.  Keeping your upper body in one vertical straight line, walk forward.  Your body will want to compensate for the uneven load by leaning over to the side that isn't holding the Terra Core.  The key is to engage your abdominal muscles and trunk to keep your spine vertical.  Keep walking forwards (and turn around to go back the way you came) for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off x 8.  Alternate sides each round. 

Whew!  How'd that workout go for you?  Hopefully you worked up a sweat and are feelin' the burn in your upper body! 

Readers: chat with me!  Have you tried out the Terra Core yet?  If not, do you think it's a piece of equipment you would like to use?  What about Tabata workouts?  How do you like those?  What was everyone up to this weekend?  How are you planning to stay active this week?

10-Minute Do Anywhere Ab Workout

10-Minute Do Anywhere Ab Workout

Today I'm bringing you a killer ab workout that I'm really excited to share.  Everyone is all about the abs now that summer is (almost) in full swing, and I tried this one at the gym the other day - whoa.  My abs were on. fire. halfway through the first round!  I ended up having to take a break before round 2 because my abs couldn't take it.  And I have to say, they're pretty sore right now.  I'm excited about this one not just for that reason, but it's a workout that you can take with you anywhere.  Do it in your room, hotel, in your backyard, garage, or obviously at the gym... wherever you are, this ab workout is too! 

So let this be motivation for you to try it out, and save it to that Pinterest board for later, too!  (And if you're really into do-anywhere ab workouts, this one is a killer too!)  Ready to feel the burn?  Let's get to it!

10-Minute Do Anywhere Ab Workout | In Fitness and In Health

10-Minute Do Anywhere Ab Workout

What You'll Need: nothing!  Hah!  Though I'd recommend an exercise mat if you're working on a hard surface.
What You'll Do: every move is done for 1 minute (in some cases, 30 seconds each side).  Easy enough - just work your way through the exercises twice, trying to rest as little as possible.  And don't be fooled by the short timeframe... this will get your abs fired up in no time!

V-Up to Push Up - start lying face up on your mat, arms extended overhead.  From here, V up, keeping your legs and spine straight (don't round your back!).  Go back down and roll over onto your stomach, placing your arms close by your ribs, ready for a push up.  Then, push yourself up off the ground.  Go back down, and roll back over to perform another V up.  Keep alternating in this fashion for 1 minute.  Trainer Tips: the keys to this move are: a) to keep your spine straight when you V up (engage those abs HARD), and b) lift your WHOLE body up at ONE time when pushing up off the ground.  Don't "roll" up from chest to toes, but rather lift yourself as if you are a rod that cannot bend, and think of sucking your belly button in toward your spine as you lift.

Knee Trace Planks (30s/30s) - this move you'll do for 30 seconds on one side, then switch for 30 seconds on the other (1 minute on a single side is BRU-TAL!).  Start in a high plank position, bringing one knee to meet the same side elbow.  From here, trace your knee up along your arm to your armpit, rounding your upper back and tucking your chin to your chest.  Then lower your knee down to your wrist.  Keep tracing up and down for the full 30 seconds each side, trying to keep your knee in contact with your elbow the whole time.  Trainer Tip: if high plank is too challenging, drop down to a knee on that stationary leg.

Up & Over Crunches - oooo, you'll feel the burn during these ones!  Start in a seated position, legs out straight and upper body leaning back with forearms on the floor.  From here, bring your legs "up and over" to the other side, lifting your upper body up to meet your thighs in the middle.  Try to keep your feet elevated off the floor at the bottom.  Trainer Tip: if keeping your legs straight is too much for the full minute, or if it's causing you lower back pain, bend your knees in to your chest instead of keeping them straight.

Thread the Needle (30s/30s) - another one that you'll do for 30 seconds per side.  Start in a side plank on your forearm with the opposite arm extended toward the ceiling (shown).  From here, lift your hips up and press your forearm into the ground while reaching your other arm underneath and through towards your ribs (shown; think of it like a side pike position).  Do this for 30 seconds each side.

Leaning Oblique Twists (30s/30s) - last one you'll do for 30/30.  It's easier to explain this one in terms of sides, so start in a kneeling position on your right leg, with your left leg out straight to the side, and left hand tucked behind your head (shown).  From here, lean to your right, engaging your obliques, creating a straight line from head to foot (shown).  Now twist your torso so your top elbow is pointed toward the floor (shown), trying to maintain work in that same plane as much as possible (i.e. keep your weight still, don't lean forward).  Reverse the entire move so you are back upright, pausing for a second in each position.  Trainer Tip: if you're doing these on a hard surface, I recommend folding over your mat so you get double the cushion.  This one can be hard on the knees.

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I got the chance to partner with HYLETE in outfitting today's workout.  I'm excited to introduce this brand to you because, well, I'm really liking their leggings so far, and I think they have something unique going for them.  They're an online-exclusive brand, meaning that HYLETE doesn't sell their products in retail stores, but rather only offers them on their website, and as such, can offer better pricing and exclusive discounts rather than retail markups normally seen.

Hylete tank and Invex crops

The leggings I'm wearing are the Invex II Crop in black/gunmetal (also offered in black/teal, black/gray, and plum/gray).  They're slightly compressive, and hug the hips nicely, and the contouring stitching on the sides is very figure-flattering.  They also promote these crops as being adjustable in the waist, meaning the waistband is designed to roll down if you want them lower on your hips.  For me, they hit just below my belly button, so rolling them down would be a little TOO low in my opinion. ;)  They stayed put during this workout, too, so no worries about them sliding down and having to readjust them mid-workout (don't you hate that?!).  I chose black because it's more versatile with what tops I have in my activewear collection, but I'm eyeing the black/teal ones, too! 

Hylete tank and Invex crops

As a special treat for blog readers, you guys are getting 40% off your HYLETE purchase using code HM4612 at check out!  Super stoked to share this with you because they have some other cute legging options (like these adjustable-length Nimbus Caprites) and tops (eyeing this tank, and this jacket).  Go get yourself some new activewear! :)

Readers: chat with me!  What new ab workouts are you trying?  Any new moves out there that you like?  How has your week been?  Anyone have any fun, active plans for the weekend/month/summer?

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