Gear Review: New Balance Printed High Rise Transform Crop 2.0

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For my Foam Rolling video shoot with Best Health Magazine I was sent a pair of New Balance’s new Printed High Rise Transform Crop 2.0 in Galaxy and I love them!

The navy crops have rose gold and navy taping zig zagging across the calf and thigh which gives these pants a very modern look with the perfect pop of colour. They are styled here with the Captivate Tank in Himalayan Pink and the FuelCore NERGIZE shoes in Magnet – they also have a pop of rose gold on the heel.

The high waist band helps to keep that core feeling supported and the high waist band even has a small pocket.

From yoga to high intensity training, the contoured waist band of these crops helps them move with you and keep you cool with power mesh for breath-ability. The fabric of these crops is stretchy NB Dry fabric that wicks sweat away while and contains NB Fresh anti-microbial coating to resist odors so you can go from your workout to brunch confidently without a change of clothes.

You can grab them online from New Balance Canada for $94.99.

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What’s Hot This Spring at New Balance In SportChek

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of traveling across Canada with New Balance Canada as a blogger stylist as part of my ambassador role as they celebrate the launch thier new Flex Space with SportChek. This Flex Space is an enhanced women’s only area in 18 SportChek stores across Canada connecting to the metropolitan women and consisting of not only technical fitness gear but also attire that will get you to and from your workout in style. It’s a stylish collection that’s designed by athletes but made for everyone.

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What I love about this Spring collection is that it really does take New Balance’s fitness attire to the next level, launching with some of the hottest trends this season – mesh, high waist bands, and white!

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So far I’ve had the pleasure of educating and styling Amanda Phuong from Style Democracy, and Bloggers Bonnie Lang from Bonnie Lang Fitness and Rachel Antony from Frankly Ray.

Meeting these ladies, investigating how the sweat, and styling them with the perfect New Balance outfit from SportChek for their lifestyle needs was a dream and really confirmed my passion for athletic wear fashion and styling.

Here are a few pieces I pulled together from SportChek that these bloggers absolutely loved and I’m sure you will too. (Also these three together would be a super cute outfit – so go get it!)

NB Pulse Bra

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The NB Pulse bra offers a unity of support and style. Its T back features attractive lines that manage weight distribution to help keep everything in place, aided by removable pads for modesty and shaping. The NB Pulse Bra also displays a flying NB graphic which means this sports bra looks great if you want to remove an outer layer during your next spin class.

$54.99

Elixir Tight

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The Elixir Tight has very quickly become my favourite New Balance tight for both yoga and every day wear. This tight features adaptive stretch fabric and an on trend high-rise waist band made for stylish movement. It contains a mesh trim at the hem towards the knee offering the ultimate in studio style, while the second-skin fit moves with you.

$89.99 (At time of publishing these pants are on sale for $67.49)

Fresh Foam Zante v3

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The Fresh Foam Zante have become one of my go-to running shoes as I’ve trained and raced two marathons in them and just love the light weight feel and Fresh Foam cushioning. Built for high speeds, the Fresh Foam Zante v3 women’s lightweight running shoe features an aggressive toe spring and a comfortable no-sew material application for a sleek fit. Taking inspiration from iconic ‘70s and ‘80s models, the sleek profile on this render lends a modern look that leads the style pack.

$139.99

It’s A Hill, Get Over It! 4 Tips For Running Uphill

With the Around the Bay Road Race days away runners are well aware that “THE” hill, as in Valley Inn Rd has returned. I spent Tuesday morning with the team from CH Morning Live chatting the race and sharing tips to rock the hill. Watch it here and read my 4 tips to conquer the hill below.

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Four tips to dominate your next hill workout.

1. Keep your chest up and open. The most common advice you might have received is to “lean into the hill”. Unfortunately, this causes many runners to hunch at the waist to lean forward. This constricts your airway and makes it harder to breathe deeply. You do need to lean forward, but make sure you lean at the hips, not the waist.

2. Keep your head and eyes up. Dropping your head  leads to a slouch in your form and restricts how much oxygen you can take in. So  instead, drive your arms straight forward and back using them like pistons. Keep your elbows bent in a 90-degree angle, and swing them straight back and forth, and not across your body.

3. Drive your knees up off the hill and not into the hill – think of this as your knee drive. Work on landing on the ball of your foot to spring up the hill.

4. Bend your ankle. Think of yourself exploding off your ankle and using that last bit of power to propel you up the hill with minimal energy expenditure. Focusing on plantar flexion can save you a lot of energy and really help you get up the hill faster and with less energy.

What are some tips and tricks you use to power up a hill?