Hi Friends! So last time I was here I talked about the workouts that are helping me lose weight. Today I wanted to share a little bit more about the tools that are helping me to lose weight. Back in January Gaiam offered to send me a few different workout products to test and use as part of their Get fit with Gaiam campaign. As a yogi, I’ve always been a big fan of Gaiam and all they have to offer. I’ve bought yoga videos, blocks, straps, mats and props from them and have been following them on social media for years. I love their philosophy, and I love their products.
I opted for the Gaiam Sol Natural Cork Block and the Banyan & Bo by Gaiam Premium Yoga Strap. I was pretty excited for the cork block as I have a foam block at home at it’s just not quite wide enough or sturdy enough for poses like supported bridge. This cork block is really wide and thick so I feel very safe and secure when using it for supported bridge or standing splits. I was actually thinking I need to order a second one so I can use them as props to help deepen my backbends or when working on splits. I also really liked the yoga strap, it’s nice and thick and doesn’t have any stretch to it. I’ve found that some yoga straps will stretch when I use them to lengthen my hamstrings or open my shoulders. This one did not do that at all and again felt really sturdy and supportive when using it. I’d definitely recommend both!
The other item I received was the Step360. I was hesitant about reviewing this as I was really worried it would be another workout item I’d never use. I have to tell you, I’m so happy I decided to test this out! With this winter being so cold and snowy it’s really given be another outlet to sweat it out. So what is a Step360? The step has 2 air inflated chambers with a solid surface on the top making it a combination between a step, a trampoline and a balance board. It was super easy to set up, I pretty much inflated the air chambers and was good to go. It came with 2 DVDs with a variety of workouts on it and a sculpting cord. I absolutely love the workouts. They are interval based and really easy to follow. The best part is they are 10 or 20 minutes long. The cardio based workouts do a great job of increasing your heart rate and working your agility. The strength workouts with the use of the sculpting cord really work your whole body. I’ve been sore after every workout! The Step360 has been really fun to use and has added a whole new dimension to my workouts.
A big thanks to Gaiam for letting me test out the Gaiam Sol Natural Cork Block and the Banyan & Bo by Gaiam Premium Yoga Strap and the Step360. They’ve definitely made my workouts more fun and helped me to continue to live a healthy life!