Monday, March 3, 2014

Sponsored Post: #PumaFitness Gear

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential, LLC on behalf of PUMA. As always, thoughts and opinions within are my own and in now way reflective of free product or compensation. I tell it like it is, y'all. You know this!

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to test out some fitness gear from Puma. I'm still loving my FormLite XT cross trainers, so this was an opportunity that seemed appropriate and worth it. As a fitpro, I geek out over good gear—and, of course, I want you to know about it, too. Especially if it's not worth your time. I'm not one to promote or hide the negative. So you can trust what you read here.

Back to the gear, here's what they sent me:

Totally, diggin' on all the pink and purple. I'll admit to being a girly girl. Names, and a few links to official product information, should you be interested. (These aren't affiliate links, I promise.)

1) Gym ACTV Power 3/4 Tights
2) Bubble XT Tribal Women's Shoes
3) Gym-licious Bra (similar)
4) Gym Loose Tank Top

Now, my opinions. Let's start with the pants.

You should know: I'm a super hard sell when it comes to fitness pants. I wear most of mine in front of a classroom full of people, so I absolutely cannot have them be see through at all. I don't need to give anyone a glimpse of my underwear (or whatever). So when I do find a pair of pants that I'm interested in, I give it the hand test before I even try them on:

If I can see my skin, then I'm out. It doesn't matter how cute they are. That type of embarrassment isn't worth it. As you can see above, you can't really see my skin, but you can see more of the pink. And the interior athletic tape.

Say what? Tape?
Puma integrates athletic tape into the entire ACTV line.

In theory, this helps stimulate active muscles and that, of course, should translate to better performance. Consider it compression technology taken up a notch. Here's my problem: I'm not sure how I feel about the visibility factor of the tape when worn. It's designed to be seen, and you clearly can:

The pink comes through quite a bit, too. I will say, though, that I could not see my underwear from behind...but the tape lines going up my hamstrings and around my glutes were still a bit distracting. So I still haven't worn these bad boys to the gym. Remember: I'm way paranoid about workout pants.

In the end, I think I'm going to file these away for my postpartum return to race training. Because let's be honest, I think I'll appreciate them more at that point anyway. Find a runner who's legs don't get sore on long runs and, well...good luck with that. I'm putting a lot of faith in the ACTV technology to relieve what will surely be tired legs.

Obviously I'm wearing the shoes:

Stylish. Lightweight. Comfy. And totally fun for basic training. I definitely do not like running in them, and I wouldn't advise doing any sort of distance training in them because of the broken sole, but again—for basic training and everyday cardio bursts in between things, totally great. And exactly what they're meant to be used for.

You can't beat a funky and functional shoe, really.

One last thing to share:

So cute. That's the back view of the tank...I'm filing this one away for postpartum fitness motivation, too. I will totally dig the flow and freedom this tank presents when I start logging miles in those hot summer temps. And the bra, I'm just waiting for a bigger size. My usual wouldn't accommodate my continuously growing, know. #pregnancyproblems

Can we all agree this bra will look fantastic under the tank? Until then, I'll wear it as a reminder that more running is definitely (hopefully) in my future.

Question: Are you picky like me when it comes to fitness pants? How do you feel about the Puma ACTV tights above? Is the visible tape acceptable, or totally not? Thoughts? Would you wear them?


Jess @dearhealthyness said...

I'm loving the colors! As you, I don't like to wear see through pants! I don't think people is interested in seeing my underwear!!

Mandy Nester said...

Good goals! I passed my BodyPump instructor training this weekend, so my goal for March is to learn my choreography so I can record my video and have it in the first week of April. Wish me luck! I'm not good with choreography and this belly is going to make it challenging. Is that ice cream up there? Yum!

adailydoseoffit said...

Congrats on the BodyPump cert! You'll have so much fun teaching it, belly and all! It's actually not ice cream! But it does look like's a Minute Muffin from Kodiak Cakes. Add water, microwave, healthy breakfast in seconds...

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