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Nike Vomero 6 Running Shoe Review

Since I like to have a healthy, injury free run I change out my running shoes every 6 months. Over the past 6 months, I have been wearing the Air Pegasus 28 (which I also wrote a review about) and the Nike Free Run 2 (which I reviewed as well) but their shoe lives were up and it was time for a change.

I finally had the opportunity to test out the Nike Vomero +6 on a run this afternoon. My favorite running shoe was the Nike Vomero 5 so I wanted to feel out the differences in the updated model. The difference: none that I could feel. I felt the same reliability, response and cushion that I had loved so much in the Vomero +5’s. This is great!
Overall my attitude on the Vomero+ 6 is the same as the 5’s although I think the colors that Nike is offering now are much more attractive. Here is my take on the specs:

Size: Fits true to size. I have to go a half size up in other running shoes.
Width: Runs wide. The toe box is roomy, cushioned and comfortable. Although I have a narrow foot, I have always preferred a wide toe box.
Comfort: Extremely comfortable. I could wear these all day.
Durability: I expect these to hold up just as the Vomero 5’s did.
Support: Neutral. Since these shoes are so gushy and soft inside, there is a lot of room for error if you’re not a seasoned runner.
Overall Grade: A. These are soon to become my favorite running shoes for both the asphalt and the beach. The comfort, control and cushion that I have come to expect from the Nike Vomero Running shoes.

Have you tried out the Nike Vomero+ 6 running shoes? If so, how did they rate?

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Nike Free Run 2 Review

Today I am going to review the Nike Free Run+ 2 shoe that launched in the Spring of 2011. I have always been big fan of Nike running shoes because of their fit and durability and the Nike Free Run+ 2 is no exception. Here is how the shoe stacks up against the other Nike competitors.

I have primarily been running with the Nike Vomero’s or Nike Air Pegasus 28 so the Nike Free Run+ 2 is a huge contrast. The shoes that I have been running with are super plush and cushioned while the Nike Free Run is fairly stiff in the shank and neutral. As much as the Nike Free brags about the flexibility and freedom of movement, I actually tend to disagree when it comes to this particular model. And by the way, the Nike Free Run+ 2 is MUCH different than the Nike Free 3.0. I was expecting a bit more flexibility like the 3.0 would have.

As I have said in my other shoe reviews, I am a former professional ballet dancer so my foot sensitivity and awareness is high. Here is how I rate the shoe in the following categories;

Size: Fits true to size.
Width: Runs slightly wide, stretches with more wear due to the “slip-on” component.
Comfort: Medium. I wouldn’t want to wear these shoes for a long period of time.
Durability: So far no problems.
Support: Neutral. The shoe insert has an arch support which almost feels stiff like an orthotic (one that was not custom made) while the external and bottom of the shoe is flexible.
Overall Grade: B- While this is a solid shoe with a great design, I could take it or leave it. These shoes make running harder on my body especially asphalt running. My personal preference requires more cushion in a running shoe like the Nike Vomero offers. I will say that they are a great Nike Free entry level shoe if you are worried about the barefoot feel being too forgiving in the Nike Free 3.0 version.

Have you tried the Nike Free Run+ 2 shoes? If so, what was your experience?

Nike Air Pegasus 28 Review

Okay, I will admit it. I am a bit of a Nike shoe whore…Every season I replace both my running shoes and training shoes with Nike’s latest and greatest (or in some cases not so great).

I had actually been using the same running shoes for about 9 months and was quite content with them, the Nike Vomero 5. Being an educated San Diego personal trainer I know that you should replace your shoes about every 6 months so unfortunately it was time to move on. Instead of going with the same shoe in the newer, updated version (Nike Vomero 6 just came out) I decided to switch up my running shoe.

Nike Air Pegasus 28

I ordered the Nike Air Pegasus 28 and in the loudest, brightest colors that they came in. (Apparently I chose Florida Gators colors without knowing…)When my order arrived I was excited to see that these shoes did in fact look exactly as they are pictured on the Nike website. (Sometimes a shoe will arrive and you wonder how and why it looks completely different on the website.) Upon trying them on for the first time I thought that maybe they were a bit too small. Like the Vomero’s my big toe pushed the front of the shoe. Only a trial run would decide whether these shoes were the perfect fit or if they would be a victim of Nike’s 30 day return policy.

To my surprise my big toe tapping the toe of the shoe did not hinder or make my run painful in any way! The leather (?) or fabric on the top, sides and front of the shoe is very supple and soft. My toe hits the top of the Vomero’s too, but a half-size bigger is too loose for my taste. (Being a ballet dancer, I like a shoe that forms to or is one with my foot.) On the contrary, if you like a shoe that fits your foot more compact, DO NOT go with the Nike Lunar Glide 2…this shoe will bruise your toenails because of the plastic toe cap and narrowness of the toe box.

During my 3 mile jog both uphill and downhill I might add, the Nike Air Pegasus 28  felt perfect. Since I have a tendency to slightly over-pronate I felt that this shoe gave me the stability that I needed while not over correcting my natural running movement pattern. All in all it turns out that I like these much better than the Vomero’s.

Give the Nike Air Pegasus 28  try, I highly recommend them whether you are going for a run on the street or the sand!

Favorite Spring Fashion Trends

I always blog about fitness but lately I have felt like blogging about fashion. Living in San Diego I see so many people with individual styles unlike the cookie-cutter Abercrombie & Fitch look that the East Coast has embraced so permanently. (not knocking Abercrombie…I worked there as a teen) Southern California gives us the freedom to experiment with different looks and be whatever we are feeling for the day.

My Winter look consisted of mostly black or grey skinny jeans, military looking boots or sky-high stilettos and a black leather jacket with a McQueen skull scarf. I don’t want to stray from this look completely, but I am looking forward to adding some bright colors to my wardrobe.

While this spring I’m not going to even consider ditching my skinny jeans, I am going to embrace the return of the flare! Spring is all about floral and flare so I decided to pick up a pair of Frankie B Punkster Flares. I have always loved Frankie B as it is one of the few brands of denim that fit my figure perfectly. I picked these up at one of my Favorite Del Mar boutiques for $198. I plan on pairing them with a pair of Tory Burch Espadrille Wedges or Clogs (that I bought for fall but never wore…oops). My other Spring obsession is white denim.

Frankie B Flares

To top it off, I’m loving the animal print and floral shirt trend. I also love the look of plain, solid color shirts like the tri-blends from American Apparell or the inexpensive v-neck T shirts from Victorias Secret pink. Both long and short tees are in for Spring/Summer, and I’m definitely going to sculpt my 6-pack abs to perfection to sport a cropped tee.

Victorias Secret Pink Tees

My new favorite swimwear line is by B.Swim. I ordered a suit from this line that is colorful, punky, and glam at the same time. Check out their website…fabulous bikinis! P.S. I typically buy anything that this model, Rachel Bernstein, models. She always makes it look so good.

B.Swim Mohawk Bikini

For shoes when I am not wearing my favoite Nike’s of the moment, you’ll catch my in a pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars. I bought an awesome black studded tongue pair of Chucks last fall and have decided to get a white pair for Spring/Summer. For the evening I opt for sky-high platform pumps. I’m not a huge flip flop fan…

Converse All Stars

Of course my favorite handbag of the moment is my Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Berkeley bag, but I’m definitely going to look into making a new Damier Azur purchase this Spring. LV is classic and goes with literally everything. I don’t carry a handbag when I go out so for an everyday workaholic like me, I like a handbag that is practical, not too heavy, and durable.

Louis Vuitton Galliera

There are so many new trends for Spring that I love and somehow I managed to narrow it down to the four that come to me the quickest. What are your favorite new items for Spring? Colors? Brands? Be sure to leave a comment below!

San Diego Fitness Fashion Favorites

If you’re like me, you love keeping up on the new fitness fashion trends. With the weather finally warming up here in San Diego (it’s mid-August, I know) I want to make sure you are looking and feeling confident in your workout gear. As most of my personal training clients know, I love everything Nike so I’m offering some of my Nike favorites along with a few other fitness apparel brands.

Favorite Shoes: Nike AirMax 2010

These shoes are the best all around workout shoe in my opinion. They have all the fancy and comfortable padding of a running shoe with the lateral stability of a training shoe. These are Nike’s most versatile shoe and are very durable and stylish. They’re gonna cost you though. These kicks will run you $160, but they are worth every penny.

Favorite Leggings: Hard Tail

Hard Tail is known for their soft, form fitting Yoga pants. These crop leggings that were released for Spring 2010 are both comfortable and colorful. (Don’t worry, they come in black too!) The great thing about these leggings is that they are just thick enough to suck in your legs making you feel and look slim. The cotton blend is very breathable. If you act fast, these leggings are 33% off at nordstrom.com!

Favorite Sports Bra: Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer

If you’re doing a lot of cardio, you know how painful and unsightly it is to be wearing an ill-fitting sports bra. Lululemon has created an awesome product that supports your “girls” without smooshing them down. (That’s right…no more uni-boob!) The best part is that sizes range all the way from 32B to a 38DD. If you haven’t heard of Lululemon, be sure to check them out online at http://www.lululemon.com. This sports bra will run you $58.00 and is well worth the post-run pain!

Favorite Shorts: American Apparel Interlock Running Short

I’m not going to lie. I have a lot of these. The great thing about American Apparel is that you can buy multiple colors of their clothes without annoying logos everywhere. The retro look is very in right now. Pair these shorts with some knee high tube socks and you’re the next Holly Madison. (I’m kidding. And that’s not me in the picture there…) You can purchase these at http://www.americanapparel.com. There are 25 different color combos to choose from!

There are so many new fitness fashion trends that I am loving right now so it was hard to narrow it down to these 4 favorites. When in doubt some comfy Yoga pants and a tee or tank will do, but do me a favor

Favorite Fitness Products of 2010

With all of the new fitness products that come out I do my best to test out as much as I can. I always want to have the best recommendations for my San Diego Personal Training clients. Here is a list of my favorite new fitness products that I’ve tried out this year.

1.) Reebok RunTone Shoes- After experimenting with the Reebok EasyTone shoes, Reebok was nice enough to send me out a pair of RunTones for my efforts. These shoes have all of the leg toning benefits of the EasyTones only in a lighter running shoe. Several of my San Diego Personal Training clients have already purchased these shoes on my recommendation and love them! Check out my product review here.

2.) Nike IPod Sensor- If you prefer Nike sneakers, Apple and Nike have made an awesome product that you slip right into the bottom of your Nike compatible shoe that will track and monoitor your workout progress. The data will transfer from the sensor in your shoe to your IPod or IPhone to tell you your mileage, heartrate, and speed. You can find it at nike.com or your local Apple store.

3.) Victorias Secret VSX Workout Clothing- Victoria’s Secret is no longer just for undergarments. They now have a great line of workout gear that is not only comfortable but it’s cheap and washes well. With the pricy workout gear these days, Victorias Secret has definitely combined a solid product at a low price. Try their Sports Bras too! Good news, they sell this online and in store.

4.) Norvell Sunless Tanner- Want to look beach bronzed without the burn or orange hands? Try the Norvell Sunless tanning system. Both a popular brand of celebrities and upscale salons, you can finally get that streak-free glow without the dangerous repercussions of the sun. You can only find their products here or from a distributor like myself.

Well there you have it, my favorite new products this year! Give them a try and please feel free to leave some feedback in the comment section below.

Reebok RunTones Hit the Beach

Here is what happened when I took my Reebok RunTone shoes to La Jolla Shores for a beach run…

As a San Diego Personal Trainer, I definitely recommend these shoes for my clients who enjoy jogging for cardio. They add a little extra “lift” to your workout!

Reebok Runtone Experiment

Reebok was nice enough to send me a complimentary pair of the Runtone shoes a few weeks ago, and I must admit that I’ve been slacking on testing them out. I was so hyped up about the Easy Tones that I didn’t get time to test the Run Tones! Here is what I think of these sneakers so far;

Thank you, Reebok!

When these gorgeous, light-weight shoes arrived at my door step I was stoked. My previous running shoe of choice was the Nike zoom-sister because of its plastic outside shell and element durability. I have to say, I am a bit hesitant to get these new Run Tones dirty…I love the fit, the feel, and the breathability of these shoes. Since they are so hard to find, I would hate to ruin them in the sand…my terrain of choice when I run.

This weekend I plan on putting some miles in with the Run Tones, and with the Carlsbad 5k coming up, I’d better break them in. Stay tuned for the Runtone experiment, and a huge Thank You to Reebok for sending these! (next up, the Zigtechs!)

La Jolla Boot Camp Meets Reebok EasyTone

After a month of rainy weather, I was finally able to conduct my La Jolla Boot Camp on dry land! I had been waiting to test out my Reebok EasyTone sneakers on the sand of La Jolla Shores. After a long week of standing and product demos at the IHRSA convention here in San Diego, I have to admit, my legs were pretty tired. I wanted to test how effective the EasyTones would be in Boot Camp.

As I tested a few weeks ago, the first thing I noticed was just how hard it was to lunge in these shoes. (you can watch the video here) This was especially true at boot camp on the grass.  We also did a set of lunges in the sand which really challenged our legs. The dynamic warm-up in the grass along with the 30 minute workout went well. Now onto the next challenge…jogging in the sand.

Tide was on the high side this week, so we were forced to jog in the soft sand. This was an extreme challenge in the Easytones as the sand kept moving under the balance pods giving me a feeling that my feet were not completely touching the ground. A good workout for me, but something that I might not recommend for a beginner.

(And let me just warn you, working out in the Easy Tone shoes is not for beginners. It takes a lot of core strength. Keep in mind that these exercises are a bit difficult for me, a fitness professional.)

When I woke up on Sunday morning, my calves were sore. This is probably from trying to stabalize on the sand during the boot camp jog. Reebok has been nice enough to send me out a complimentary pair of RunTone shoes, so I am willing to bet that they will be a bit better for jogging.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for my RunTone testing videos and blogs!

Reebok Easy Tone Testing at IHRSA

It has been a very busy week, but don’t worry, I did it all with the Reebok Easy Tone shoes. I have definitely put some more miles on them. Here’s how the week went…

The most memorable part of my week was the IHRSA Fitness convention here in San Diego. I was hired by Marpo Kinetics to be a spokesmodel and to promote their rope training strength/cardio machines. Of course I saw this as the perfect opportunity to try out an experiment of my own. I knew that everyone who was everyone in the fitness industry would be at the IHRSA convention. I had to look my best.

At the Marpo Kinetics booth at IHRSA

My white and blue Easy Tones didn’t match my red and black convention uniform, but I was determined not to let it put a damper on my testing. For 5 hours on both Thursday and Friday I would need to be on my feet the entire time doing product demonstrations. The unique equipment that I was promoting primarily focused on using the upper body. My test was to see how my lower body would feel after day #1 of the convention.

Rope Training is a fun and effective way to get a cardio and strength workout in one!

I woke up on Friday morning sore…but not where I expected to be sore. I thought that my upper body would be sore from the rope climbing demonstrations. I was wrong. My legs were actually a bit more sore just from standing in the Easy Tones! Needless to say, Friday was a bit more difficult in the Reebok Easy Tones but I made it through comfortably.

I proudly showcased my Easytones even on Friday by wearing shorts. Afterall, since Reebok has acknowledged my efforts to create even more awareness of this product, I didn’t want to let them down! By the way, I saw hundreds of Women at the convention this week. None of which were wearing Reebok Easy Tones.

Sporting the Easy Tones with shorts at IHRSA.

So the result of wearing the Reebok Easy Tone shoes during IHRSA: Reebok Easy Tones are effective even while just standing in them for long periods of time! Oh, and the best thing about it…my feet never hurt! Hey, I even got a few compliments on them.

Check back tomorrow for my La Jolla Boot Camp blog. Yes…wearing the Easy Tones.