My BKR bottle

Happy Wednesday my dears! I was flicking through photos on my phone and realised that I’ve never really written a post about my water bottle I got from Emma and her boyfriend John for my birthday. I’ve wanted a BKR bottle for ages as I think they’re incredibly cute and love that they’re made of glass. I have a lululemon glass bottle as well but it’s a bit big and heavy I’ve come to realise and since I got this bottle I honestly don’t use my big lulu one as much. It’s bigger so great if I’m going somewhere where I need a lot of water with me but for everyday use it’s a bit clunky.

I always carry my little BKR one in my bag because it’s really light and a great size to have either in my backpack or handbag. It saves me having to buy bottled water when I’m out on the go as well. First of all I absolutely hate the taste of bottled water. It makes me not want to drink water. Second of all, a bit less plastic for the planet. Having your water in a plastic bottle is really bad for you as well so having a glass one is better for your body as well.

I love the sensation of drinking out of glass and if you’re worried about it breaking, I can tell you that I’m one of the clumsiest people you’ll meet and it’s lasted me so far (touch wood!). The silicone sleeve helps keep it safe. There are so many beautiful colours to choose from. I absolutely love my pink one!

Thought I’d just give a little review since I’ve been using it for a while now. It’s become my partner in crime out and about and in the gym. I love it! Thank you again Emma and John for getting me this for my birthday. I know it was a while ago but still!

I slept on the sofa last night to try and avoid getting Jamie’s flu (paranoid? Yes!!) and I slept so badly haha. It was incredibly windy last night and the windows wouldn’t stop making noises so I kept waking up all the time. It also made me have nightmares so the sleep I got was very stressful. Not ideal but I’m just trying to make the most of it. I’m not feeling too bad yet. I’m quite good at functioning on little sleep. Think I’ve inherited that trait from my dad.

Today I’m getting some more work done on something I’ll be letting you know soon what it is. Sorry for the ambiguity once again! I just want it to myself a bit longer. Then I’m training tonight at G5. I’m intrigued to see what Stella puts us through today after yesterday’s class!

Have a beautiful day, M xxx

Flyknit


A little sneaky look of my new running shoes! Hopefully they’ll make me run super fast!

Hi my dears! I thought I’d upload a little picture of my new running shoes. I got them in the sale as soon as Stella mentioned we are going to start doing more running soon. My old runners are about four years old by now and are falling a part so I thought it was time to get an upgrade. I ended up going for the Nike Free Run Flyknits.

I’ve never had any of the Nike Flyknits before but always thought they looked really nice. They almost feel like wearing a pair of socks in how they fit your foot. They’ve been comfy to walk around in but I’m yet to try running in them. I like the colours of them and to be honest that’s why I kind of got them haha. I know you shouldn’t judge shoes by their looks because at the end of the day they need to perform well but I’ve had Free Runs before and thought they were alright. I don’t do a lot of running so for me they just need to do a better job than my Metcons when the runs are a bit longer.

What are all of you up to this Saturday? Instead of yoga today I mixed it up and went to Metabolic Mayhem at G5. It’s usually a team WOD where you go to different stations throughout and work like a crazy person. Today I was teamed up with Faye, MJ and Ange. What a team! We had a great time and cheered each other on. My arms were feeling a bit sore and tired but once the workout starts you don’t really think about your sore muscles and just focus on the exercise you’re doing.

I’ve just had lunch now and need to get showered (nope still haven’t showered since the workout finished hehe) and then I’m meeting up with my friend Alisha. Haven’t seen her for a while so I’m looking forward to hearing what she’s been up to!

This evening I think Jamie and I are going to the cinema when he finishes work. Now when I write that I realise I should probably book it. We want to see Coco (the new Pixar film). The preview is on today so we’ll see it there are any seats left for us!

Speak soon, M xxx

New in my gym bag


Speed rope and JAW grips

Mmm lovely rip in my hand but that’s life, instead look at how pretty my rope handles are!

When I was down at Rainhill I bought a couple of new bits for my training. There are some great vendors and stalls to browse about when you’re there.

Something I’ve been wanting to get for ages is my own speed rope. SGF Speed Rope stall was pretty much in front of your face when you entered the arena and they were on the top of my list for vendors to visit during our Rainhill day. Why you may ask? What’s so special about them? I’m currently and have been for a while, been trying to learn how to do double unders. Double unders are when you skip but do a double skip with the rope in between each jump. It’s so difficult and extremely difficult. A huge advantage is if your rope is the right length for your height. Therefore I’ve been wanting to get my own one for ages instead of borrowing others ropes in the gym.

It’s quite cool because on their website and at the stall you just tell them your height and they create a rope just for you. You also get to choose your handles, there are so many colours and materials to choose from! I went for this red/pink colour, a little bit more expensive than their more basic handles but thought why not make it a bit fun? Then you also get to choose the colour of the bag you keep your rope in. It just makes it all a bit more special. So far since I’ve gotten my rope I’ve managed to do six jumps unbroken. It’s so difficult to get into the right rhythm to make sure you can flick the rope twice round during each skip.

Another company which had a stall there was Kitbox. They sell clothes, shoes, equipment and much more for functional fitness training. They are some of the few companies who sell JAW grips in the UK. JAW grips are small hand protectors for when you are doing movements on the bar. As you guys know, I’ve been struggling with my hands ripping a lot and JAW grips saves your hands a bit from that happening. Faye’s been using them and they’ve helped her loads. I wasn’t going get any but when they were quite a lot cheaper than online I figure I would get some as I will probably need then for Rainhill, their bars are rough and a few people from our gym have ripped their hands when they’ve been down competing. So far my JAW grips have been good, but as you see from the image above, they don’t cover your entire hand and I of course managed to somehow rip my left hand anyway haha. It’s much better than it was but they don’t cover you’re hands entirely, which means there’s still the risk of rips. However, if it was a full glove you wouldn’t get any grip on the bar, which means this is the best option! Unfortunately they only had green ones to choose from but they’ll do!

It’s Sunday and I’m just about to get ready to walk down to open gym. Little sis ended up sleeping over again and she’s fast asleep so I’ll see her once I get back from the gym. Jamie has been working very late these past couple of days and is also fast asleep. Christmas is his trade’s most hectic time of the year as you imagine.

Speak soon,

M xxx

Metcon 3

Hi babes! You might remember one of Jamie’s birthday presents for me this year was a pair of new Metcons! I was absolutely over the moon when I read the card saying I could choose whichever ones I wanted and Jamie would order them for me. I’ve searched and searched since my birthday in August but I couldn’t see anyones I wanted. Maybe I was being too picky, but from my experience with my first pair of Metcons and them being white in huge bits I knew I didn’t want a huge amount on white on my next pair. They have gotten so dirty! With all the outdoor running and crawling on the floor we do, I needed a colour that was a bit more forgiving.

I started thinking maybe I should just wait for the Metcon 4 seeing as I couldn’t find a single pair after weeks and even months of searching. I wanted something a bit fun and different. I even tried designing a pair on Nike’s website but I didn’t love the colours they had to choose from.

Eventually after a lot of browsing on the internet I came across this stunning pair! I was googling like a mad woman and came across them on Rogue Europe’s website. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them. They were perfect! Bright pink and grey. Two of my favourite colours. They were the most beautiful Metcons I’d ever seen and they had them in my size. What were the odds? I knew these were the ones. I sent the link to Jamie and he ordered them for me and they arrived just in time for Rainhill. I was so excited to wear them and I haven’t looked back since.

The Metcon 3 is an incredible step up from Metcon 2 that I had. First of all, they are comfortable to wear from the start. I got the worst blisters ever from my older pair when I first started wearing them. It hurt so much! I remember wearing blister plasters for weeks trying to wear them in. Not a pleasant experience! There have been no issues at all so far with them, and I always get blisters from new shoes.

Second of all, they are incredibly light to wear. A lot of us in the gym didn’t love the clumpiness of the 2’s. When you ran with them they felt heavy on your feet and you felt quite heavy in them. My new pink ones are so much lighter and they feel really easy on the feet. You barely notice them, they’re just there quietly doing their part in the workout. If you know what I mean. You don’t really notice them, as it should be.

Thirdly, well in my case with these shoes, I just love the colours a lot more than my previous pair. The previous pair I just bought because there was a good deal on Zalando for them and I needed a good pair of gym trainers when I started at G5. My old raggedy running trainers weren’t going to cut it anymore. I liked them enough to live in them because I needed them but these new ones are the prettiest shoes I’ve ever owned haha. Okay I’ve got a lot of other nice shoes but for what these do for my training, I love them. Plus they brighten everything up with the bright bright neon pink sole. Nike you need to get more fun colours in like this!

I’ve worn them for a couple of weeks now and can say that I love them! However, I’m really curious to what the Flyknit and the Metcon 4 are like. I know the Flyknit was just released but I thought the colours were a bit boring. I’m not sure if they feel very different from the three when you train. The 4 is released at the beginning of next year and those were the ones I was sort of waiting for until I came across my pink ones. Although the only ones I really liked had a pale pink sole and white all over. Not ideal! I’m looking forward to hearing how people get on with them and hopefully more fun colours will be launched.

I love a new piece in my workout wardrobe, it makes training so much more fun when you’re feeling good in your kit? Are you guys the same?