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The Buddy Workout: Guaranteed To Keep You Motivated

BFF Sweat Sesh

Catching up with your homegirl over lunch or drinks is cool but in my opinion, girl talk during a sweat sesh is even better. The beauty of working out with your BFF; not only will you be spending the time together but you’ll also work out much harder than you would if you were in the gym solo. You can’t flake out! To help kick off your spring workout routines, we’re sharing a fun but fierce head to toe workout that will deliver results you will notice in just a few weeks.

What you’ll need: a medicine ball (you choose your poison, or shall I say weight), a resistance band and a friend that’s willing to get sweaty with you like my gal pal and SoSasha.com culinary contributor Kristen Vander Hoeven. Before getting down to business with your partner in crime, you’re going to need to do a short warm-up to get the body warm and the blood flowing. Run on a treadmill at a relaxed pace, skip rope or run around the block. Then go through each of the exercises below. Rest only as necessary and every third move, do a cardio blast exercise for 30 seconds (i.e burpees, high knees or jumping jacks).

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Rotational Medicine Ball Toss

Your partner rotates her upper body with the medicine ball completely away from you. Then immediately rotates her upper body towards you and releases ball. You catch the ball and execute the same sequence by rotating completely away, then back to her. Continue to pass the ball for 30 seconds on each side.

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Plank Jumps

One partner holds a forearm plank with shoulders directly above elbows, hands parallel (or clasped to make it easier). Keep core tight, back straight and hips level. Feet can be a few inches apart. The second partner will stand at the planker’s feet, jump laterally over her ankles to the right. Land lightly on her toes and immediately jump back to the left as quickly as possible. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch roles.

Make it easier: Rather than jumping over your partner, take a hop over your partner with the left foot and allow the right to follow. To go back the other way, simply take a hop with the left foot and allow the right to follow.

Make it harder: The partner holding the plank can alternate by moving between a forearm plank to a high plank throughout the 30 seconds. To do this, push up on the right forearm to the right hand, then follow with the left forearm up to the left hand. Next, lower the right side down back to the right forearm and subsequently the same on the left side and repeat.

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Overhead Tricep Extension with Bands

Stand a few feet behind your buddy. She should stand tall, feet high-distance apart, her arms extended overhead while holding the resistance band in each hand. Grasp the band pulling it taunt at shoulder height with your arms comfortably in front of you. From this position, your partner bends her elbows behind her, keeping her upper arms close to her ears. Then uses her triceps to press up against the resistance band extending her arms overhead without allowing her elbows to bend out to the sides. Continue for 60 seconds before switching sides.

– 30 seconds of cardio blast exercise (high knees, burpees, or jumping jacks) – 

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Reverse Crunch Leg Throw

Have your partner stand just above your head with her feet hip-distance apart. Laying on your back, wrap your hands around her ankles with your feet starting on the ground. Slowly lift your straight legs towards your her outstretched hands. The standing partner will gently push your legs back down to the floor while you engage your core muscles to bring your legs back down in a controlled manner. Make sure that your feet only hover the ground and don’t actually touch before raising them back up. Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch.

Make it easier: If you’re still working on strengthening your abs, allow your feet to touch the ground for 1-2 seconds before raising them back up to your partner.

Make it harder: For an extra challenge, allow your partner to surprise you and give your abdominals an extra workout by gently pushing your legs to on the right and left side in addition to the centre. Leave the decision up to her and allow your abs and lower body to react to direction in which your legs is being pushed to.

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Bicep Tug-of-War

Remember this as a child? Well although fun, this is an excellent exercise to help develop bicep strength and definition. Stand in front of your partner with a staggered stance. You should have either your left leg or right leg in front and your gal pal should have the opposite leg to you in front of her. Grab a towel or t-shirt in one hand (opposite hand of your opponent) and take turns pulling towards yourselves. You should be applying some resistance to the towel making it a challenge for your other half to pull towards her. Alternate bicep pulls for 30 seconds then switch arms and repeat.

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Bodyweight Squats

Stand back to back with your partner and lock arms placing your hands on your hips. Slowly take 2-3 steps forward while bending your knees lowering your body until your knees are at a 90 degree angle. Hold the position for 30 seconds. Return to standing position. Repeat 4-6 times.

– 30 seconds of cardio blast exercise (high knees, burpees, or jumping jacks) – 

REPEAT THE CIRCUIT TWO TIMES

I like to throw in a bonus exercise at the end of my sessions. It’s amazing what you can do even when you think your tank is on empty. After completing the circuit twice, try executing the following:

Push-Ups with a Shoulder Tap

Face your partner and come into a high plank position. In unison, you’ll each perform a push-up, dropping your chest to the ground while keeping core tight and legs straight (for a modified version you can keep your knees bent on the floor). Push back up and at the top of your push-up position, lift right hand and tap your partner’s left shoulder, so you’ll be tapping the shoulder of the non lifted hand, straight across from you. Repeat alternating that shoulder you tap after each push-up. Perform 8 to 12 reps.

Degree #BeTheMovement Series – Fly Queen West Aerial Yoga

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One of my major rules to live by is making sure I move at least once a day. I can almost hear you say, “sure, that’s easier said than done!” but today as a society, we move less than we have ever before. Between commuter traffic, jobs that keep us strapped to our desks, and let’s be honest, freezing temps during the winter that makes us want to stay inside with a glass of red wine, it’s sometimes hard to find the time or motivation to exercise. Trust me, I get it, but this is actually the reason we have to make an effort to make fitness and wellness a priority for ourselves.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a self-proclaimed workout fiend or just the type to partake in an occasional sweat sesh, we all fall victim of getting in a workout rut from time to time. I am definitely in one right now. When I am feeling uninspired, I use it as an opportunity to look for cool and unique new workouts to try out that are so fun, I actually forget I am working out.  In an effort to get my Hannah Bronfman on, I decided to challenge myself to a session of aerial yoga at Fly Queen West.

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Whether I am running a 10k, spinning/cycling or doing a restorative yoga class my sweat does not discriminate, which is why my antiperspirant is one of the most important parts of my beauty regimen each day. After years of using the same deodorant, I was recently introduced to Degree Women ActiveShield Dry Spray Antiperspirant and now I could’t think of using anything else for sweat protection. Why does it work so well? With my lifestyle, I need an antiperspirant that can withstand my super busy schedule and keeping me smelling just as fresh at the end of the day as I did when I started it. This level of protection is only possible because of its 3 part anti-bacterial system to help control sweat and its MOTIONSENSE technology to protect from odour as you move. The best part, it goes on completely dry meaning no awkward white clumps under my arms or residue left behind on my favourite garments like this bodysuit from Adidas Women’s SS16 collection. Degree understands the importance of exercise in everyday life and I am teaming up with them this year as part of their #BeTheMovement campaign to help motivate and encourage others to keep moving so we can all enjoy the benefits that come along with leading an active lifestyle.

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Aerial yoga, also referred to by some as anti-gravity yoga, combines the practice of traditional Hatha yoga with beautiful silk hammocks that are suspended from a few feet off the ground. I may be a lot of things but I will admit, flexible is not one of them. I find it difficult to get into certain postures due to my lack of hip and ankle flexibility because of my injuries and the brilliant thing is – the beautiful silk hammocks in the studio actually served a purpose and just aren’t pretty to look at. Similar to a block or strap, they are intended to assist with alignment while executing more challenging moves, deepens awareness while also providing the immediate benefits of spinal decompression. Completely out of my element, which was a bit daunting I have to admit, I forced myself to relinquish my fear of solely relying on a silk sheet to stop me from dropping on my head during inversions. Once I let go, trusted my body and my amazing instructor Kaye to help guide me through the positions; something amazing happened. Tight muscles and joints began to slowly loosen up. I was able to get deeper into certain positions and I actually started to have fun. It was like some sort of therapeutic treatment that had me giggling like a 6 year old and ending on a complete high.

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 Why should you give aerial yoga a try? Here are 5 reasons…

 1) Total Body Workout: Due to the nature of the workout almost all body parts are forced to move and stretch. Toning, redefining, regenerating and strengthening the muscles and joints are happening during the workout.

2) Improves Balance: While going against gravity is obviously super fun, aerial yoga also helps with balance and stability in daily activities as well.

3) Aids Digestion: The different types of stretches and movements can help in healing various digestion related issues including constipation and indigestion.

4) Increases Strength: Aerial yoga also improves strength and flexibility, which is a huge bonus for those who run or cycle. The core workout is really beneficial for runners and helps them increase stamina and is the perfect active recovery exercise to help re-set muscles and joints.

5) Mood Elevator: The first thing I was told by one of Fly Queen West’s owner’s was, “I dare you not to smile during your entire workout!”  Well, that was a bet I was no doubt going to lose because it’s impossible not to smile while flipping upside down and hanging from the ceiling. It gets your adrenaline going and releases “happy” hormones like serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine, which boost your mood and gives you energy.

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Although not as intense as my typical HIIT (high intensity interval) style workout, I still managed to break a bit of sweat during my aerial yoga experience. As beautiful as these poses are to look at, don’t for one second think that it doesn’t require some strength and balance to execute properly. There’s no better way to get out of a workout rut than finding an activity that is so fun, you forget you’re even working out. For more information on this workout, check out FlyQueenWest.com.

Degree Women Dry Spray Antiperspirant is available now in stores nationwide. Use the hashtag #BeTheMovement and make sure to follow me on Instagram as I will be sharing more out of the box workouts and small changes you can make everyday to stay active, healthy and happy!

Quick and Clean Post Workout Fuel

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It’s shocking how many people overlook the importance of nutrition when it comes to overall wellness and weight loss. Truth be told, what we put in our mouths is more crucial than the time we put in the gym. One of the most common questions I get asked is, “what should I eat post workout that won’t cancel out the calories I just burned?”. Actually, this may be the best news you will hear this month but you you can’t cancel out calories you just burned off during a workout. When you work out, your body burns fat to be used as energy. If you eat right after your workout, those calories won’t be used to replace the burned body fat. Truth be told, your body only stores food as body fat when it doesn’t have anything else to do with the extra calories you eat. Post workout, your body needs to start restoring and repairing itself from your training, so in other words, it needs the calories.

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Your body uses the protein you intake to repair and build the muscles that were broken down during your tough workouts. Eating immediately post workout has a few other benefits. The calories you ingest will be used by your body automatically instead of being stored as fat. Eating after a workout can also increase your body’s insulin sensitivity or its ability to use carbohydrates, which is super important for weight loss.

What I eat after I workout depends on how vigorous the exercise was and at what time of the day. Sometimes, if it’s very early in the morning I may not have a huge appetite, where a protein packed shake and a cold pressed juice will do the trick or if it’s later into the day or evening, my body craves something a bit heavier. Here’s some easy options you may want to incorporate into your post workout routine.

The Go-To Salad: Belmonte Raw’s Moroccan Kale Salad

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When my time is limited post workout, I have several options close to Equinox located in “The Path” (or what I refer to as Toronto’s underground city). It’s kind of the best. Retail shops, liquor stores, restaurants, everything you could ever need and want without ever having to go outside into the freezing cold. My friends at Belmonte Raw recently opened a location there that services the Financial District and within 5 minutes I can scoop up one of my fave salads to go without skipping a beat. But when I have a little more time, I like to prepare something at home where I can also have the option of adding some sort of protein to the salad; tuna, salmon, chicken or steak; like this colourful Rainbow Chopped Salad (shown here without protein).

Rainbow Chopped Salad

Ingredients: 

1 large head romaine lettuce, cored and chopped

1 head red cabbage, thinly sliced

1 handful of parsley, stemmed and finely chopped

1 apple, chopped into cubes

1 asian pear, chopped into cubes

1/4 cup wakame soaked for 15 minutes, rinsed and drained

1 sheet nori, cut into thin strips

1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into small florets

1 cup of pomegranate seeds

1 avocado, peeled and sliced into cubes

1/2 cup of dried apricots diced finely

1.2 cup of sunflower seeds (optional)

3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper and your choice of protein (fish, chicken or steak) to taste

*Yields 4-6 servings 

Directions: Don’t feel you have to use this exact recipe. Feel free to remove or add ingredients as you see fit. You can think of this as the ultimate bowl of nutrient dense goodness. Add the simple vinaigrette or your choice of dressing, toss everything together and let marinate for at least 15 minutes before eating. SSFitTip: Make before your workout so you can devour right after your sweat sesh.

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I don’t think I’ve met a smoothie I didn’t like. I mean, what’s not to love right? Quick to make, you can pack in tons of nutrients, usually on the sweeter tasting side, making it enjoyable to drink. It’s almost impossible to get the recommended amount of folic acid from greens, so blending and juicing dark leafy green veggies like kale and spinach makes things a bit easier. Even those who don’t like the taste of green based smoothies, will love this Stevia-Sweetened Green Tropical Smoothie.

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Ingredients:

1/2 frozen banana

1 medium tangerine, peeled

1.5-2 cups of coconut water, preferably from young coconuts but bottled is fine

2 cups of kale, chopped

1.2 cup of frozen pineapple

8-10 drops of Sweet Leaf tangerine stevia

*Makes 1-2 large drinks

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients in a high speed blender, like a Vitamix, until smooth.

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If it wasn’t considered to be ridiculous, I could easily eat breakfast food for every single meal. There’s always been a special place in my heart for pancakes, crepes and french toast, but for the most part when you eat them at restaurants they aren’t the healthiest. I have come determined to find or create healthy versions of my favourite meals this year and these Red Quinoa Pancakes are pretty delish.

Ingredients:

2 organic, free ranged eggs

2 cups of coconut or almond milk

1.5 teaspoons of lemon juice

4 tablespoons of coconut oil

1.5 cups of flour (I prefer to use unbleached wheat or spelt flour as a healthier alternative)

1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon of sea salt

2 cups of red quinoa, cooked

*Makes 20-24 pancakes

Directions: Place milk in a small bowl and pour in the lemon juice. Stir once and let sit for 5 minutes. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix together. Place eggs in a mixing bowl and beat with a wire whisk. Add the coconut oil, dry ingredients and milk to the eggs and mix until combined. Add the quinoa to the batter and mix until combined (make sure to not over mix). Head griddle to medium-medium/high and grease with coconut oil. Pour batter onto the hot griddle (roughly 1/4 cup per pancake) and allow to cook for a minute or so, or until the top of the pancake has bubbled and the sides are cooked. Flip pancake over and finish cooking on the other side for another 30 seconds. Add desired fruit or other toppings and your fave syrup.

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When I workout later into the day, specifically in the evening, I finish feeling absolutely famished. If I don’t find something healthy and filling right away, it can lead to danger. I like to eat my dinner early so I need something that’s healthy and that will keep me satisfied until the next morning.Whether your a vegan or not, you must try this Green, Clean Lasagna with Kale Marinara Sauce.

Ingredients: 

olive oil cooking spray (for the baking dish)

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 yellow onion finely chopped

4 cups of sliced cremini mushrooms

2 cups of shredded lacinato kale leaves

2 cups part skim-ricotta cheese

3 cups of homemade kale marinara (recipe below)

6 no boil lasagna sheet noodles

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 ̊F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil cooking spray and set aside. In a large sauté pan, warm the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and shredded kale, and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly. Put the ricotta cheese in a large bowl, and, using a spatula, gently fold in the cooled mushroom-kale mixture until completely incorporated. Assemble the lasagna

Using the prepared baking dish, assemble the lasagna in six layers as follows: 1 cup Homemade Kale Marinara, spread evenly; 3 lasagna noodle sheets (arranged in a single layer); 3⁄4 cup of the kale-mushroom-and ricotta mixture, spread evenly. Repeat the layering a second time, then top with the remaining kale-mushroom-and ricotta mixture, and finish with the grated Pecorino or Romano on top. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake in the preheated oven, on the middle rack, for about 25 minutes.

After 20 minutes have passed, remove the foil from the baking dish and move the baking dish to the top rack. To finish, bake, uncovered, for another 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how you love your lasagna finished. Remove the lasagna from the oven and cool for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Ingredients for Kale Marinara Sauce:

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped finely

5 garlic cloves, finely minced

Two 28-ounce cans of unsalted organic crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup of fresh oregano

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

1 cup of finely julienned lacinato kale

Directions:

In a large stockpot, warm the extra-virgin olive oil over low heat. Add the diced onion and cook for about 10 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes on low heat. Add the crushed tomatoes and fresh oregano leaves and give the sauce a good stir. Cook on low for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. When the sauce has reduced and thickened, finish with the sea salt, balsamic vinegar, and julienned kale. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes and serve or use in recipes as needed.

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Cold pressed juices post workout can help your training through assisting you to stay hydrated and also offers essential nutrients to support muscle development, strength, and provides nutrients which can help reduce oxidation and inflammation due to strenuous exercise. Juicing is also ideal to alkalize your body after a heavy workout. The most significant thing to remember after a workout is that you have to get the vital nutrients back into your body in the easiest and fastest way possible. Then afterwards, have a meal which has fiber. I always turn to ELXR Juice Lab to nourish me with their cold pressed juices.

Post workout, my go-to’s are usually the Pina Vida). This refreshing blend assists with muscle recovery, it’s also an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing while providing an energy boost. Other faves is the brand’s Second Base; packed with tons of vitamins and minerals, Beta Rush because of it’s energizing properties that give me the extra push to get through the rest of my day and Support Group for it’s ability to stabilize blood sugar levels.

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There’s no better time like now to cleanse and detox. Want to start your new year with a 1, 3, or 5 day juice cleanse? Use my promo code “So Sasha” when you order your cleanse package from ELXRJuiceLab.com to receive 15% off your order.

For more lifestyle tips and style inspiration, make sure to follow @HudsonsBay on Instagram and Twitter or use the hashtag #HBNewYou for more of our wellness collaboration.

Hudson’s Bay Lifestyle Collaboration: Street Friendly Activewear

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Although I’m frequently doing checks and balances throughout the calendar year in regards to setting goals and making sure I stay on track to attain them, there’s something about the beginning of a new year that’s always extra special. It’s filled with so much hope and excitement of both the unknown and what’s to come. A few years ago I got in the habit of writing down my goals for the upcoming year on December 31st. Funny enough, when I started SoSasha.com I created a dream list of brands I wanted to work with and I’ve been extremely fortunate to collaborate with almost all of them. Until 2015, there were only a few that I had not yet knocked off my list and Hudson’s Bay, Canada’s iconic heritage department store, was on this short list. So naturally I was thrilled when they asked me to share some personal tips and tricks that I have up my sleeve to keep me inspired and motivated to achieve my overall wellness goals in 2016. For the rest of the month of January, you will discover what keeps me going from recipes, helpful fitness related apps and devices, beauty secrets, my go-to pieces for outdoor winter running plus my favourite workout and athleisure looks that get me to and from the gym in style. The timing couldn’t be better as Hudson’s Bay has just recently launched their active wear shop online.

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HBNewYouLole Look: Kavita Cross Back Top // Printed Running Tight // Java Jacket // Deena Duffle Bag

During the winter months, I have a tendency to dress in more muted or dark colours. Most likely a reflection of my mood due to the dropping temperatures. I’ve decided to shake things up a bit and jump on this “New Year, New Me” bandwagon, so I am trying to take a brighter approach to my workout wear this winter (pun intended), which you may have noticed as of late on Instagram. I may have actually gone from one extreme to the next, but I have added a few new killer tights to my collection; think bold and colourful patterns that can put energy in anyone’s step, no matter how gloomy and cold it is outside. My styling tip…when getting a bit crazy with prints on the lower half of your body, remember to keep it super simple up top. I usually opt for solid coloured bras and tops in white, grey or black in order to not compete with the pants.

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HBNewYouPhotography by David A. Pike for Hudson’s Bay

Adidas Look: Originals Mosc Printed Leggings // ClimaHeat Marled Zipped Hoodie // Aeroknot Burnout Tank // Arianna III Running Shoes 

 Need more tights-piration? Here’s a few more of my faves that can be found at Hudson’s Bay : Nike Dri-FIT Legendary Engineered Lattice Tights // Reebok Graffiti Yoga Tights // Stella McCartney Activewear Tights // YAS Graphic Cut and Sew Leggings

Head to TheBay.com for more legging and tights options and to preview the rest of Hudson’s Bay active wear collection. Make sure to follow @HudsonsBay on Instagram for more active wear trends and get more of my tips by using the hashtag #HBNewYou

3 Stripes. 2 Feet. 1 Passion. #RunMore10k

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When fall officially arrives and temperatures start to drop, it is difficult for most to keep up with a disciplined training and exercise schedule. At 2AM on November 1st, the clocks go back and we get extra hour in the day. If your schedule is as hectic as mine, I am pretty sure that you can think of a million things you could do with that time. Adidas Canada is challenging the Toronto community to do more with this extra 60 minutes by participating in their #RunMore10k race this Saturday night.

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Night racing isn’t anything I am used to but since my hip injury, I have been welcoming any opportunity to get these legs moving again. Unique in many ways, this will be the only race that ends with the runners going back in time and 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to help our athletes. A flat, out and back route along Martin Goodman Trail will easily allow new runners to pace themselves and it will give novice runners the chance to push their speed limits. Plus, with DJ’s, photo booths and beer/food tents, the finish line at Ontario Place will turn into the coolest post race party ever.

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RunMore10kAdidas Run More 10k Race Day Kits

My road to recovery has been much tougher and longer than I had anticipated. The last couple weeks has been all about increasing my strength with weights in the gym and getting a few low km runs in each week. With my next half marathon just around the corner, the Adidas Run More 10k is the perfect event to take some of my race day anxiety away. Having the right treatment team behind me and equipment has been integral part of the process of getting me to the start line. I have tested out roughly 10 shoes over the last month but my body has reacted best to the Adidas Ultra and Energy Boost running shoes during this time.  My hip and ankles have been responding very well to the extra foam cushioning and responsive energy of the BOOST technology.

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RunMore10kPhotography by Irving Dee @TheBrightestHour   TheBrightestHour.com

What I’m Wearing: Sequentials Climaheat Tights // Supernova Storm Jacket // Supernova Fitted Tank Top //  Energy Boost Running Shoes (similar here)

With the race just days away, registration is already full, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come out  to party and support those who are running. To learn more about the Adidas Canada Run More program and for all race day information head to RunMore.ca.

Adidas Stella Sport Spring 2015 Collection

Adidas Stella Sport Spring Collection

When I heard the news that Stella McCartney was collaborating again with Adidas, but this time on a collection focused to younger women at an attainable price point, I was no doubt intrigued. Over the last decade McCartney has created such phenomenal high end/contemporary fitness collections that I have drooled over for seasons, but the price point is only affordable for a select few. In the last few years, fitness and exercise has become a lifestyle and not just something people do occasionally. With an influx of young women adapting to a healthy lifestyle, there has definitely been a need for apparel to match this hip and youthful demographic.

Adidas Stella Sport

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The first drop of the Adidas Stella Sport collection launched in February of this year, in case you missed it you can check out my post here. Just in time for spring, the second drop of the collection has hit stores and online. With bold colour blocking and the “Athlesiure” trend’s go-to fabric, neoprene, Stella Sport apparel combines performance wear with just the right amount of city street style.

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I’ve been an athlete my entire life but for 15 years my focus was only in one sport – tennis! Over the last two years I’ve been exploring all different types of workouts in an effort to keep my body moving and to avoid boredom – running, boxing, dance, yoga, tai-chi, pilates. With so much of my time dedicated to fitness and working out, clothing that can hold up against my sweat, movement but still be super cute is the holy grail. My collection obsessions right now…the red neoprene varsity jacket is in heavy rotation and I can’t get enough of this season’s super flattering tights.

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Adidas Stella SportPhotography by Nathalia Allen amillionminds.ca (@amillionminds)

Select pieces from the collection are available now at SportChek locations in Canada. To view the entire collection, head to Adidas.ca and be prepared to want literally everything!

Adidas x Stella McCartney Launch Stella Sport

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To celebrate a decade of success collaborating with Adidas on her original designer workout line, Stella McCartney has launched a new line of athleisure apparel and accessories aimed at a younger female audience and I am beyond thrilled to have partnered with the iconic global company as a Brand Ambassador. With my extremely active lifestyle, I gravitate towards pieces that allow me to perform my best while looking good from the fitness studio to the streets. McCartney has earned her sportswear credentials as she was one of the pioneers of designer-sportswear collabos and brilliantly created a 590 piece kit for the 2012 British Olympic team. Her success has no doubt has inspired other collaborations, including the upcoming 2015 launches of Beyonce x Top Shop and Tory Burch’s sportswear collections.

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The debut collection consists of graphic tees and tanks, tights, sports bras in Adidas Climalite fabric, accessories, footwear that feature open meshed uppers for increased ventilation in addition to “trankini” pieces and a signature onesie. With bold colour ways and prints (Rumour has it, McCartney screened one of her father’s album covers on a tank and cropped pull over) Stella Sport offers a blend of sportswear and street wear allowing young ladies to express themselves both during and post workout, “The Adidas Stella Sport girl is young, current and vibrant, looking to make a statement and stand out. We wanted to bring that to life within the collection and fuse performance with style to create performance pop,” explains the designer.

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Adidas Stella SportPhotos by Vanessa Cesario of The Brunette Salad

I was extremely lucky to get my hands on the above pieces before they dropped and anxiously awaiting for the remainder of the collection to be available next month,  you can preview the full line here.  From yoga, swimming to training, the new Adidas by Stella McCartnery collection continues to push the boundaries of style and performance. The collection is now available for sale in Canada online and select Sport Chek locations. *Not all product shown in the video is available.

What I’m Wearing: Stella Sport Padded Bra //  Stella Sport Tech 3/4 Capri Pant // Stella Sport Pull Over Jacket // Stella Sport Tech 7/8 Tech Pant // Stella Sport Graphic Tank // RayBan Matte Black Wayfarers // Le Chateau Faux-Melton Coat // Adidas Adizero Feather Prime Runner Shoe Lay Down Items: Stella Sport Graphic Tee // Stella Sport Poly All Over Print Tech Tank // BKR “London” Water Bottle 

Are you digging the Adidas x Stella Sport collection as much as I am? Share your fave looks on social media using the hashtag #StellaSport. Get social and make sure to follow @Adidas @AdidasWomen and @SportChek on Instagram and Twitter 

Collabo Alert | Mary Katrantzou for Adidas Originals

Addidas x Mary Katrantzou

In recent years I have become somewhat of a slave for capsule collections and collaborations – even suffering an injury or two in attempt to secure a highly covetable item. As of late, Adidas has been back on the fash scene radar ever since Celine’s Creative Director Phoebe Philo was seen wearing a pair of Stan Smith’s. Now, Editors and “It-Girls” alike are rocking these classic whites with just about everything in their wardrobe.

Off the heels of the brand’s announcement of their eco-friendly sneaker and apparel collabo with Pharrell Williams and the upcoming sneaker line with Kanye (allegedly dropping in June), they revealed earlier this week they will be teaming up with London based designer Mary Katrantzou next. Known for her epic kaleidoscope prints, florals and tons of colour, it will be interesting to see how she incorporates her aesthetic into the line.

The Mary Katrantzou for Adidas Originals line is available November 2014 – and I’m more than happy to suffer a few bruises in order to secure a couple key pieces!

 

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