I hope you are having a great Thanksgiving week Brian’s family comes into town today and we cannot wait to get this holiday family party started
Now, it’s no secret that as a healthy living blogger I get to try some pretty awesome shoes, clothes, products, etc, but this time things are a little bit different…BRIAN actually is writing the review today about the brand new Saucony Triumph ISO.
So, without further ado….take it away Brian!
Hi Treble in the Kitchen readers! After years of being behind the scenes of #TITK (expert blog photographer/recipe taster/work out buddy), here is my debut entry on the blog. Lets see how this goes…
Over the years, I have been used to Tara getting goodies to try out for the blog, so when I heard that for the first time I was going to get to try out a new product, I was stoked. As many of you may know from reading the blog, I am not quit as in to health and fitness as Tara (not that that is even possible). With time, and lots of positive peer pressure, she has helped me make working out and eating healthy part of my routine, and I am very grateful for that. But that doesn’t mean I don’t LOVE binge watching Netflix and inhaling take out pizza. Anyways, back to the shoes. I received the new Triumph ISO Series by Saucony and my first reaction was “WHOA!” (Just look at the box)
As a relative newbie to the fitness world, I do not really know what I am looking for in a performance shoe, but cool colors do help.
I tried these bad boys on and immediately noticed how much more support they gave me than my previous shoes offered (the old shoes were very comfortable, but comparable to house slippers when it came to support). This was a good first sign. They were also very cushioned, but not in a bad way. More of in a “I think I could run a 5k right now and feel great” kind of way (not that I would do that on such short notice, but you know).
According to Saucony, “by combining a plush inner fit sleeve with a flexible external cage, ISOFIT technology provides a system that dynamically adapts to each individual part of the foot”. Well that is no joke. The shoes feel custom made (but remember, I’m no shoe expert, so take that with a grain of salt).
Long story short: I love them. They look cool, which is probably the most important part when you’re a poser fitness guru like myself, feel great, are super light (10.5oz) and will be GREAT shoes for the Turkey Trot here in Denver on Thanksgiving! Hope you all enjoy this shoe as much as I have. -Brian
Now for a workout! To showcase just how awesome these shoes are, I created a workout focusing on cardio and core (ab) movements that use only bodyweight exercises. That means this is another great exercise to pin for later and keep on hand for times when a gym/equipment isn’t handy!
As always, please make sure to talk with your doc before making any major changes in your exercise routine and modify as needed!
This is a tabata workout, so each exercise is performed for eight rounds of 20 seconds with a 10 second rest in between each round.
- Step-ups: Find a step, stairs, or a sturdy and elevated surface you can step onto. Place your right foot completely on the surface. Drive through the foot on the elevated surface, lift the left knee up while bracing the core to maintain balance. Gently place the left leg back on the ground and repeat on the other side.
- Plank jacks: Place your hands on the ground underneath your shoulders with your feet hip width apart (in plank position.) Brace your midsection by pulling the belly button into the spine to avoid any strain on your lower back. Jump (jack) your feet wider than your hips, then jump them back to starting position. Repeat this motion for each 20 second interval.
- Burpees: Begin by placing your hands on the ground outside of your feet in a crouched down position. Jump your feet back so that your body is in plank position. Jump your feet back into the crouching position, then propel yourself from the bottom up through your legs reaching your hands up above your head as you jump straight up. Land with soft knees and lower your body down into the crouching position to begin again.
- Leg drops: Lie flat on your back, with your lower back down towards the ground. Extend your legs up towards the ceiling (you can bend your knees if you have very tight hamstrings). Gently lower your feet down to the ground while maintaining a tight core. Make sure not to let your lower back lift off the ground. Bring your legs back up to starting position and repeat.
- Jumping lunges: Begin with each leg in a 90 degree angle in traditional lunge position. Push off with your back foot and your front foot, propelling yourself up into the air switching your feet at the midway point. Softly land in lunge position on the opposite side. Repeat on the other side and continue to alternate for the duration of the 20 seconds.
- Side plank with knee lift: Begin in side plank (hand underneath your shoulder with hips and shoulders stacked). Keep your hips high as you bring the knee of your top leg to your elbow. Return to start and repeat. Alternate sides with each 20 second interval. You can do this one your knee if needed.
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Saucony. Although compensation was received for this post, all opinions are 100% authentic!