Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 Review

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

I love all things Reebok CrossFit, so I was super excited to have the opportunity to review the newest edition of the Nano shoe: The Nano 4.0.

One of the most fun things about being a blogger is never knowing what color/style the company will send you. It's a bit like Christmas!

I was sent the Flux Orange/Rebel Berry/White/Black. I would not have chosen this color for myself, so it really forced me to step-outside my clothing comfort zone!

I was wearing the Nano 3.0's and what I immediately noticed in the 4.0's was the difference in shoe weight. The 4.0's are lighter. Reebok re-engineered the duracage and changed the mesh, which made the shoe lighter.

I also noticed that my feet didn't seem to sweat as much. Makes sense since they also changed the mesh under the cage to allow for better flow during workouts.

One thing about me is that I will wear my Nano's out for all sorts of workouts.

I wore them for a workout at CrossFit En Fuego.

The shoes were light, and breathe-able, but I noticed that the tongue on the left foot kept slipping, so I tried them on a bike ride.

As you can see in the above photo, the tongue is slipping out of place. That allowed for some rubbing on the top and side of my left foot. It was bothersome.

Reebok had said that the 4.0 had an internal FITFRAME that allowed for a no slip, no move tongue. I guess my left shoe didn't get that memo.

I also wore the shoes on a walk with Matthew, the #BigYellowDog. As you can see, the tongue on my RIGHT shoe stayed firmly in place. 

I wore the shoes again today to a CrossFit WOD. Our WOD consisted of back squats, front squats, and slam balls. I finished, took a photo, and when looking at the photo realized that again, the left tongue did not stay in place and the top and side of my foot was irritated.

In my opinion, the Nano 4.0 shoes fit me more like the Nano 2.0 than the Nano 3.0, and I prefer the 3.0. Now, if they could just take the lightweightness and the open, breathable spacer mesh of the 4.0 and add it to the 3.0, I'd have the perfect CrossFit shoe!!

But both current CrossFit Games Champs Rich Froning and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet LOVE the 4.0's!!

 

Have you tried the Nano 4.0? Do you like them??

#ReThinkYourDay with a Polar Loop Giveaway

It's no secret that I love all my Polar products. They were, and are, the most important pieces of fitness technology that I own. Today, August 8th is my 43rd birthday, and I'm sharing some Polar Love!!

The Loop especially has become my favorite gadget. I love how it keeps me on my daily goal with a quick flick of a button. Even on days when I don't think I'm being especially active, the Loop is teaching me to #ReThinkMyDay.

Spending the day with the #TampaTrio at the beach was more active than I thought!! And mowing my lawn takes on a whole new meaning when I see how many steps I move while doing it!

But the Loop does more than just track my steps. It is a 24/7 Activity Tracker. Polar Loop keeps track of every step, jump and run. Climb the stairs. Ride the waves. Jump over the fence. Choose what makes you move. Polar Loop tracks all the choices you make during the day and shows how they’re good for you. It also reminds you when you’ve been still for too long. Living an active life has never been this fun and easy. Check the Polar Flow web service and learn how all your small choices and daily habits can make a world of difference.

The Activity Guide shows how active you've been during the day. It also tells you how much you need to do to reach the global recommendations for physical activity. With practical guidance like ‘walk for 50 minutes or jog for 20 minutes’ you can choose how to reach your daily activity goal. Meet your goal faster with more intense activities or stay active at a slightly more moderate pace throughout the day.

The most accurate calorie counter on the market calculates the number of calories burned. Calculation is based on your individual data: your weight, height, age, gender and the intensity of physical activity. Smart Calories are available in heart rate monitors and activity trackers.

I also LOVE how the Polar Loop starts tracking your sleep time automatically when you lie down and your body movements slow. The Polar Flow mobile app and web service tell you how much you slept in total and how restful your sleep was. By showing you the amount of restful versus restless sleep, it gives you a detailed look into how you sleep at night so you can see if it's affected by any changes in your daily life.

The Polar Loop also measures the distance you move throughout the day based on your activity. The Polar Flow mobile app and web service tell you how many kilometers or miles you've covered. The distance is measured based on your body movement.

And Polar wants to give one of my readers/followers a Loop of their very own!!

You can check out more about the Loop here http://www.polarloop.com/us-en/ And enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below! US addresses only, please.

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Race for the Cure-Florida Suncoast 2014

My mom is now an 11 year breast cancer survivor. Last year she celebrated her 10 year anniversary at the St. Pete Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The #TampaTrio and I were so proud to be able to stand there with her, our light, our survivor. We know how lucky we are to have her in our life. My mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer: Locally Advanced. It was a grim diagnosis.

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” My mom went and saw her general doctor, who told her she had an infected insect bite. Surprised After many many months of the "bite" not going away, she went to her gynecologist, who referred her out. It was then that we began the cancer road. She found out the results of her test the SAME day I found out I was pregnant with my first child. She was 51 years young.

We were so scared. But my mom held it together. She was so strong, despite being so sick. I never want another woman to go through what my mom, and my family went through, and neither does Susan G. Komen.

The local Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure began in 1999 in Pinellas County and has expanded to a six-county area. The Florida Suncoast Affiliate's service area is: Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. I currently live in Pasco County, my mom in Sarasota County, so this is OUR chapter. Please support us!

To date, the Affiliate has raised over $12 million through various fundraising events such as the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Up to 75 percent of funds raised are returned to the community through grants to non-profit organizations that are fighting to change the impact of breast cancer upon the women and families of the Florida Suncoast community, and 25 percent of revenue is directed to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program for research. The Florida Suncoast Affiliate awards grants in the local community for non-duplicative breast health services to non-profit organizations to support a variety of programs providing breast health education, clinical breast exams, screening mammography, and diagnostic evaluations for the underserved.

To find a program or services in your area visit Komensuncoast.org.

Please join us for a 1 mile, 5k, or 10k walk in beautiful Carillon Park in St. Pete on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30am. Carillon Park is easy to get to from anywhere around the Tampa Bay Area, and has PLENTY of on-site parking near the start and finish line!

I am proud to be a RAC Pack Ambassador and I received a complimentary entry to the Race for the Cure 5K in exchange for promoting and sharing my race experience.