Win a Fitness Prize Package (Facebook Giveaway)

Fitness Prize Package GiveawayWhat better way to start off the week than by winning free sh*t??! As promised, after hitting 5K likes on Facebook, I wanted to say a big “thank you!” to everyone who follows the page by hosting a giveaway. I wouldn’t be able to blog for a living if it wasn’t for you guys reading, following and sharing my posts each day, and there seriously aren’t words to express how grateful I am! Then again, who needs words when you’re giving away Fitbits and kettlebells, right?? Let’s get to the goods…

A Fitbit Flex | Giving this away reminds me that I still need to post a review of it! But bottom line, these things are fun. The Fitbit tracks your steps (it’s essentially a pedometer) and is such a huge motivator to get up and be more active. If you’re competitive like I am, you’ll find yourself walking EVERYWHERE and suddenly really enthusiastic about doing housework (anything to hit those 10K steps!). The one I’m giving away has a black wristband so it’ll match everything. These things are important.

A Kettlebell (weight of your choice) | This is my favorite goodie to include in giveaways because so many of the workouts I post here utilize kettlebells. They are hands-down my favorite piece of at-home workout equipment, and I love being able to give readers one of their own. You can pick any weight you want, and if you need help choosing a size, we can chat when I shoot you an email congratulating you on the big win. :)

Jabra ROX Wireless Earphones | Utilize the magic of Bluetooth technology on your next run with these bad boys. They retail at $129.99, but thanks to the generous people over at Jabra, I get to give you a pair for free. Not only is the sound quality great, but they’re water resistant, which is so clutch seeing as water damage and technology seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to me…

Two Yogadude Tanks | You may recognize these tanks from previous workout posts (worn here and here). They’re great workout tops, and when I was given a bunch, I put aside a couple thinking they’d be great giveaway prizes. The black top is a size medium and the blue is a size small—if they don’t fit you, gift them to a friend!

$25 Gift Card to City Sports | In celebration of their fitness apparel fall collection, City Sports is giving the winner $25 to spend. You can check out the collection here or browse the site/your closest CS store for all the other fitness goods they offer.

FEED Tote Bag Filled with Health and Beauty Goodies | The awesome folks over at Women’s Health Magazine and Feed Foundation put on the RUN10 FEED10 race and fun run series each year that helps fight domestic hunger. Every race registration = 10 people are fed. I ran this last year in Boston and had a great time (I wrote about it here). Check to see if there’s a race or fun run in your city! Boston’s is October 12th at 9:30AM starts in front of Marathon Sports on Boylston St.

Enter to Win

One winner will be randomly selected on Friday at 5PM. Everyone who likes the P&I Facebook page can enter using the widget below (if you don’t already like the page, the widget below gives you the option).

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Good luck! And a big thanks to all the sponsors of this giveaway–you (and your products) rock!


Kettlebell Double-or-Nothing Deck of Cards Workout

Kettlebell Deck of Cards WorkoutI did this on one of those days when you keep putting off your workout (but with full intension of doing it!) until all of a sudden it’s 8PM and anything not involving your couch and/or bed seems like an absolutely terrible idea. I figured a deck of cards workout would be a way to make it seem more like a game and less like a workout? Wrong. This was so hard. In fact, it’s pretty much the complete opposite of anything involving your couch and/or bed.

Kettlebell Deck of Cards WorkoutThanks to my friends over at Cozy Orange, I’m rocking some fun printed leggings in today’s tutorial. They’re super comfy and the material is perfect for these upcoming colder months as it’s warm and a little on the thicker side. They have a small key pocket in the waistband as well, so I can see these being on heavy rotation for my cold-weather morning runs! If you want to check them out online, these are the Juno Fitted Yoga Pants.

Kettlebell Double-or-Nothing Deck of Cards Workout

Equipment I Used (adjust weights to your individual fitness level):

  • 15-lb kettlebell
  • 20-lb kettlebell
  • 25-lb kettlebell
  • A deck of cards (you can also use an app like RipDeck)

Deck-of-cards workouts are fun! Each suit corresponds to a different exercise, and number on the cards indicates how many reps of that exercise you’ll do. Ace is 11 and face cards are 10. Go through the entire deck, flipping one card over at a time.

For this particular “double or nothing” workout, you’ll either double the number of reps indicated on each card, or do it twice, once on each side (left, right). For example:

8 of clubs = 16 kettlebell swings

4 of diamonds = 4 windmills on the left, 4 windmills on the right

Kettlebell Deck of Cards Workout

CLUBS | Kettlebell Swings (x2)

Start with kettlebell on the floor between your legs and lift it up to starting position with both hands, flat back, using your legs to lift. With kettlebell hanging between your legs, use your arms as a pendulum, and swing the bell to chest-to-eye level by thrusting with your hips while keeping your core tight as you stand up straight. Swing back down and repeat. Your knees should remain slightly bent, but the main source of movement is hinging at the hips—not so much squatting. I use a 25-lb bell.

DIAMONDS | Windmills (a set on each side)

Start in a standing position, feet wider than hip-width apart, kettlebell pressed above head in right hand. Your right foot should be pointing forward, your left foot pointing out to the side (perpendicular to the right). Slowly bend down, keeping legs and the arm holding the kettlebell straight. Touch the ground by your left foot with your left hand, keeping the kettlebell perpendicular to the ground the whole time. Slowly rise back up to starting position. A good way to maintain proper alignment during this is to look up at the kettlebell the whole time. I used a 15-lb kettlebell for these.

SPADES | Figure 8 Squats (x2)

Start standing with feet a little more than hip width apart, holding the kettlebell in one hand. Squat down, and as you do, pass the bell through your legs to the other hand, tracing half of a figure 8. Stand up, squeezing that booty and popping your hips forward. Squat back down, finishing the figure 8 shape around your legs as you pass the kettlebell through your legs to the starting hand. Here’s a video of it in action (fast forward to 0:43).

HEARTS | High Pulls (a set on each side)

Stand tall, feet about hip-width apart, with the kettlebell on the ground in front of you to one side. Squat down, weight in your heels, grabbing the kettlebell with one hand. This is your starting position. From here, power up to a standing position using your legs. As you do, pull the kettlebell straight up by your armpit, leading with the elbow. Bring the kettlebell back down to the ground softly, tapping it to the floor and going right into your next rep. I used a 20-lb kettlebell.

Kettlebell Deck of Cards Workout

WEARING | leggings: c/o Cozy Orange // top: H&M // sneakers: Nike

Have you ever done a deck of cards workout?


Necessary Clothing x Pumps & Iron (Part Two)

Necessary Clothing OutfitLast Friday I shared a couple outfits I styled with the pieces I picked out from Necessary Clothing, and up today are the remaining three! I purposely picked a cohesive bunch of items that could be worn together in one or two outfits, but was having way too much fun playing dress-up (i.e. NOT wearing workout gear for once), and ended up using each piece individually with other goodies from my closet.

I shared this last week, but here’s the round-up of what I picked:

Necessary Clothing

one. White High Waist Jeans $39.99 / two. Lug Combat Boots $24.99 / three. Plaid Bomber Jacket $39.99 / four. X Marks The Spot Tank $12 (sale) /five. Mullet Cross Over Top $17.99

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If you haven’t already, definitely check out Necessary Clothing. Trendy clothing at insanely reasonable prices—can’t beat that!