Tuesday, September 18, 2012

#Mamavation #2weekchallenge Wrap-up and Arctic Ease Review

One of the things that gives me great motivation to work out is a good challenge.  One of my favorite challenges is the Mamavation 2 Week Challenge.  The work outs are straight forward and effective. The 2 Week Challenge head honcho, @MrBookieboo always includes videos on how to do the moves in each workout and this time around there was also a pinterest board with every workout video. So, so helpful.

Another reason the videos are important is because proper form while exercising is so important. Using proper form will help prevent injury, it will make your workout more effective and your body will transform faster.  If you are not sure, watch the videos a few times and practice in front of the mirror or have someone watch you and let you know if you look like the video. My husband is great for that!

2weekchallengeSo, even though I am aware of how important proper form is, something happened on Day 11 of the 2 week challenge.  I was doing “Scorcher” which consists of burpees, lunges, squats and mountain climbers.  My husband wasn’t home so I was indulging in some great, mindless, reality tv.  I may have been distracted by Snooki & JWoww and I lunged wrong and pulled a muscle in my thigh.  Lucky for me, this round of the 2 week challenge was graciously sponsored by Arctic Ease.

“Arctic Ease® wraps are a two-in-one solution that provides both cryotherapy and compression. Cryotherapy is just the fancy word for cold therapy. Compression helps by removing inflammation, whether from arthritis, muscle pains, strains, sprains, repetitive motion injuries, minor burns or bruises.

Once Arctic Ease® wraps are applied they'll stay where you put them. Arctic Ease wraps can be used before, during and after exercise. Arctic Ease® wraps and pads are odor free and contain no additives, medications, menthol, or alcohol. Best of all the Arctic Ease products stay at a temperature just above 59 degrees1 so that they can be worn for hours safely!”


Okay, I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical. I opened the jar and the wrap looked gooey, but it wasn’t.  It didn’t feel cold, but it was.  What was this magical thing? I wrapped it around my leg and pressed the end onto the wrap for a few seconds like the directions said.  It stuck together and stayed put! Magic. My leg still hurt but the cold felt nice.  I headed off to bed and when  woke up with the baby about 5 hours later, it was still cold. How amazing!

When I woke up the next morning, about 9 hours after I had first put the wrap on, it was almost completely dried out. But, it still felt cold! And my leg felt a lot better! I had my husband try it too.  His job is very physical and he always has aches and pains.  He loved it too!

Okay, so, back to the challenge.  Despite my small injury and some not-so-great eating, I still managed to lose 1 pound and 2 inches. 

If you are looking for some great workout motivation or you want to break through a weight loss plateau I would definitely recommend the 2 Week Challenge! Mark Segedie aka @MrBookieboo really does a great job putting it together and he is constantly evolving it to make it better.  Plus, he tweets you daily to motivate you to do the workouts and is very helpful if you need to make adjustments.  To date, participants of the 2 Week Challenges have lost a total of 798 pounds and 583 inches and those numbers don’t even include the challenge that just ended!

I received the Arctic Ease wrap for free for being a participant in the 2 week challenge. However, I was not asked to write a review.  I did because it worked great. As always, all opinions are my own.


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