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Intelliskin Posture Apparel Review

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One of the reasons that my personal training clients come to me is to improve their posture. With my ballet background, they know that I have knowledge about proper posture. Let’s face it- when you’re not thinking about it, it is hard to constantly stand with shoulders back, chest up, etc. So we all eventually end up in a slump. Not to mention how our breasts can weigh us down as Women, forcing our shoulders to round forward. Enter Intelliskin Posture Cue™ Sports Bra.

I was fortunate enough to be able to try both sports bras: the Zipper Empower PostureCue™  Sports Bra (pictured above) and the regular Empower Sports Bra. These sports bras are designed to improve your posture as you wear them by supporting you in the front and the back. The unique “PostureCue” that this sports bra provides gently helps retrain and align your spine and shoulders.

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Back view of the Zipper Empower PostureCue™ Sports Bra

Sizing, Fit, and Feel- The Intelliskin Sports Bras are designed to fit snug, almost like second skin or Under Armour. They come in both black and white. I was between sizes and decided to go with the smaller size.  Immediately after putting it on, you will feel exactly what this product is all about. You will feel a more open chest, shoulders slightly pinched back (how we’re supposed to naturally stand). This product is extremely breathable and the mesh panels in the back not only ensure proper posture, but add to the breath-ability as well (pictured above). It looks great as well!

Function- These sports bras are great for everyone whether you are an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, or someone who simply suffers from shoulder and back pain. I have worn these sports bras for all types of activities like running, weight lifting, and even daily computer work. In all honesty, I didn’t want to take it off. My clients are always on the search for the perfect sports bra and, for me, I know that I have found it.

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Empower Sports Bra in white & Eve shirt in Black/Silver

Recommendations- As a personal trainer, I know that all of my clients can benefit from the Intelliskin Empower Sports Bras. It is great for those who sit at a computer, athletes, and gym-goers. These products are even Chiropractor approved! I took my gear to my Chiropractor this week and he commented on the great design and support. Advice for those of you with sensitive skin- Make sure you hand wash your garment in cold water before putting it on…my sensitive skin started to itch after putting it on straight out of the packaging. Also, if you are a small frame with larger breasts, I might recommend going with the larger size as the compression could be a bit intense on the girls and the sizing chart on the website does not mention cup size.

On a side note: As a fitness expert I receive numerous products in the mail to sample and test every month but never have I received a product that I love this much. I am looking forward to offering this sports bra to my clients, family and friends! For more information about Intelliskin check out their website http://www.intelliskin.net.

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San Diego Personal Trainer Top 5 Fall Fitness Gear

As a San Diego personal trainer and Women’s fitness expert, I know how important it is to have the right clothing, shoes and gear for your workout. These are my top 5 must have picks and products that I currently use while I workout whether it be at the beach or at my Del Mar personal training studio.

Best Running Short – Lululemon Speed Short – There is nothing worse during a run than worrying about your shorts riding up. The Lululemon Speed shorts stay in place and give you the feeling that you are running naked. With two front waistband pockets you can conveniently store your phone, ipod or keys and there is also a zip pocket in the back of the shorts for miscellaneous use. They come in lots of cute colors too. These are pricy but you have to try them to understand the true meaning of a comfortable run. lululemon.com $54

Best Sports Bra for Running – Nike Dedication II – This sports bra keeps the girls right where they need to be during a run. The unique middle insert piece keeps them separated, not smooshed, so you can have support without the uni-boob look. After looking at their website it seems as though Nike may be discontinuing this sports bra and replacing it with the Victory Shape sports bra. I’m looking forward to trying this new one out but definitely not tossing the Dedication II just yet. Nike.com $38

Best Socks – Adidas No-Show 3 strips socks – These versatile socks never lose their shape and have been a staple of mine for years. They hug the perfect spot on the achilles to prevent blisters and rubbing. There’s nothing fancy to them and they make no claim like some socks do. They’re also cheap. Costco 6-pack $12.99

Best Training Shoes – Nike Free XT Motion Fit – I always tell my clients that they should be wearing a different shoe for cardio than training. This shoe is fairly versatile and could almost get away with both. For a training shoe this one is super responsive, allowing for quick reaction while doing plyos and aerobic movement. Nike.com $90

Best Cool Weather Jacket – Lululemon Mind Over Matter Jacket – This jacket is perfect for those cloudy evenings when simply running in a sports bra and shorts won’t do. Adequate ventilation and mesh back allows for cooling while you sweat. It’s lightweight so it easily ties around your waist without weighing you down during a long run.  Lululemon.com (sold out) $128

Those are my top 5 Fall Fitness picks of the moment. Feel free to share your opinions and comments 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