Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An IV To Energy: Hydro-Clinic Atlanta

The past few weeks of my life have been nothing short of, well, hectic and stressful.  After running 19.3 miles in one weekend at the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge & Princess Half Marathon weekend then flying back to Atlanta, heading straight to work, and then to teach barre class, I needed a pick me up…big time. (I totally understand why celebs go to the hospital for exhaustion now..)

I got an e-mail from a friend asking me to try the latest recovery and hydration trend in Atlanta, Hydro-Clinic, and while I was pre-med in college and these things don’t make me squeamish, they always make me a little nervous. I needed something drastic because I was falling asleep everywhere (yes, everywhere).  I scheduled my hydration appointment for 4:30pm, giving me plenty of time to make it to SVELTE to teach my new 6:45pm class.  We’ve all watched the Grey’s Anatomy where Meredith gets drunk and when the emergency happens and she’s called back to the hospital, Dr. Bailey puts her on an IV and tells her to stay put until it’s done, and now I’ve kind of lived that in real life, except I wasn’t drunk, I swear.

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This is what an exhausted YIH looks like. I had my MPG sweatshirt on, so I wasn’t this bad of a hot mess all day. #justsayin

I walked into an extremely clean and well-kept office, lined with rooms and cubicles with leather recliners, flat screen TVs with thousands of channels, and really nice staff. They walked me back to a room with two chairs, I assume there are two chairs so you and a friend can go and chat about your drunken escapades what happened the night before and find an explanation for why you need an IV of fluids to survive the day.

The man who would be inserting my IV of energy sat me down and asked me if I had any allergies, etc. and when he read I have a heart murmur (nothing serious) he decided to check just to make sure everything would be okay. I really appreciated his thoroughness, and found out he was a paramedic full-time. I’ve never had an IV before for anything, but I have had my blood drawn and know how terrible some medical professionals are at finding veins, it’s always the part I hate, but he immediately found a vein and I had no idea he had even stuck me!

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My new paramedic/energy giving friend and I had chatted about my weekend and what I needed and as I yawned between every sentence he suggested the Kauffman Cocktail, a mixture of vitamins (magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins and vitamin C) in the Hydro-Life fluid that would go directly into my bloodstream and pep me up.  I was skeptical to say the least, but he hooked up my bag and warned me that I would probably get cold, so he could bring me a blanket when I needed one. 5 minutes later…I needed that blanket and I was chatting up a storm.

30 minutes later, my fluids were fully drained and coursing through my veins. I felt great! I could taste some of the vitamins (probably the Potassium) that had been sent through the IV, but that’s completely normal, so they passed me a mint.  Ask anyone in the office, it took me 20 minutes to leave because I was so chatty.  I think it worked and I even felt great the next day.

Post intense workout, post flight, post night of bad decisions; Hydro-Clinic is where it’s at.  And if it truly does cure a hangover, I’m just having UBER drop me off at the end of the night so they can drag me in and hook me up.  Don’t worry, you can even hit them up the next time you’re in Vegas.

Don’t believe me? The next time you have a headache go to their clinic and ask them to cure it.  Hungover? Try it. Exhausted? It works.  Just want to see what it is? Go for it, no harm in extra hydration.

Disclaimer: Hydro-Clinic comp-ed my treatment for this blog post, but as always, this is 100% the truth and my opinions of my experience.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Product Review: PUMA Fitness

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA.  All thoughts are 100% my own, and the product was sent to me on behalf of Fitfluential.

If you follow my Instagram, you followed me on my journey with some of the new PUMA activewear and Bubble XT sneakers from Finish Line, if you don’t, you’re seriously missing out.  I received the PUMA Gym ACTV Power Capri, the Loose Top and the Gym-licious sports bra.  I loved the colors and they went perfectly with the new Coach gym bag The Boy just bought me.  I felt so coordinated, so not my usual.  I was nervous though, the capris had rubber kinesiotaping cells down the insides, and I was terrified it would look like cellulite.  The tank was super cute, hot pink and mesh, with an open back and a great neck line.  I was sold on it and the basic, but cute sports bra.  The pants and I were going to have to have a chat…

Puma Fitfluential CampaignPuma ACTV Power Capri, PUMA Gym-licious bra, PUMA Bubble XT Shoe from Finish Line, PUMA Loose Gym Tank

I decided to show my sister, Danielle, the best (and harshest) activewear buyer in the industry, the product.  I wanted another POV.  There was hesitation, and the same thoughts as I had, “what were the rubber insets going to look like?”  Then I put them on.  The purple capris were pink on the inside, and when on the body, the fibers reversed and created a really cool iridescent look where the pink showed through, as did the purple.  The tracks showed through, too, and at first I didn’t like it (mostly because it was unfamiliar), but as I looked, they contoured my shape and laid completely flat.  If they hadn’t been visible, they might have looked like cellulite, but since you could see them, they looked like an interesting design feature.  I was sold, and Danielle said, “OH, I LIKE THOSE!”

What you don’t realize about those rubber tracks is that they are supporting your muscles and also massaging them, creating a recovery tight.  I love them, they are some of the best fitting capris I’ve worn to date.  Nice job, PUMA!

I also had reservations about the Bubble XT shoes.  When I opened the box, they didn’t seem very cute and it looked like there was a shoe with marshmallows on the bottom.  Again, PUMA and Finish Line proved me wrong, and when I put them on I fell in love.  They were so cute, and SO comfortable, and I’ve been sporting them all over town.  The best thing is that they are multi-functional, and in my life, I need all the function I can get out of something.  The design of the shoe reminded me of a jazz sneaker from when I danced, so I laced them up and headed to the Irish Dance class that I teach, and they were fantastic.  The range of motion I could get was perfect for dance, but also perfect for hitting a HIIT workout on the dreadmill.  The shoe was also one of the most lightweight shoes I’ve ever worn.  I was impressed.

I really thought this was going to be a scathing review when I opened the boxes, but PUMA is PUMA, and they impressed me from start to finish.  I’ve now got a cute new outfit, that I’m hoping comes in other colors because they need to #getinmycloset. (Just checked, and I’ll be purchasing the red and black ones, too. Awesome.)

Thanks to PUMA, Finish Line and Fitfluential for sending me the product for this collaboration.

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