X2 Performance Review #teamx2

Disclaimer: I am a part of #teamx2 and was provided with free samples and compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  When I first started working out I was totally clueless when it came to supplements. Read more

Coffee Date

If we were having coffee today I would probably stare at the menu at Starbucks for like 5 minutes before deciding what to get. Funny how the more I frequent Starbucks the longer it takes me to figure out Read more

Level 1 Apparel Review & Giveaway

CrossFitters are know for a lot of things... knee socks, sweat angels, & epic shirts are just a few. When it comes to CrossFit shirts the most common ones are those with hilarious sayings that seem to be in Read more

X2 Performance Review #teamx2

Disclaimer: I am a part of #teamx2 and was provided with free samples and compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

When I first started working out I was totally clueless when it came to supplements. When I heard the word supplements I would think of the muscle heads at the gym drinking the mystery liquid out of a shaker cup, trying to get a good “pump” – Like I said, clueless.

Fast forward many years later and while I’m not a professional nutritionist or physician, and I certainly don’t know everything there is to know about supplements, I feel like I am far more knowledgeable about my supplements. After all, Knowledge is power!

One of the things I’ve been using is a Pre-Workout Supplement. I have tried several different kinds and found that I respond well to a milder form of pre-workout. It doesn’t have to make your skin all itchy and make you feel like your eyes are bugging out of your head! I work out in the morning so a little something to help get my body moving, and keep it moving, is all I need.

I was sent a few samples of X2 Performance Pre-workout supplement to try out. What is X2Performance?

X²PERFORMANCE® is a convenient, 2oz. natural sports energy product that can boost your training, workouts and competitive performance. It provides sustained energy to help athletes perform at their best.

Sounds good, right? Some pre-workout supplements can send me sky high. At one point I literally felt like I was having an out of body experience after taking some! X2 is a bit different from the pre-workout supplements I’ve taken before as it comes in a convienent plastic bottle already pre-mixed. It is great to grab as you’re heading out the door to the gym. Most other pre-workouts i’ve tried come in a large container of powder you have to mix, which can be a hassle. As far as taste goes, it is a bit on the sour side. Kinda citrus like? It’s only 2oz so if you don’t like sour you can down it pretty quick. With this pre-workout I never once felt overwhelmed or super hyped. It was more of a calm energy if that makes sense at all.


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I tried it out during several different types of WODs… Strength Focused, Endurance Focused, Short, Long, Light… I actually found on the longer WODs that I felt better than I did on shorter ones. It seemed as though it had time to sink in and really helped with my endurance level. The most notable experience I had with X2 Performance was on Open Workout 14.5 – A desending ladder of thrusters and burpees. I was dreading this WOD. Seriously, dreading. I took my X2 Performance about 30 minutes before starting the WOD. The timer counted down and I got more nervous, until go time. I smashed it. The average time on that was 20+ minutes and I hammered it out in 18!

 

Overall I was impressed with the product. I love that it was easy to take on the go and that I didn’t feel hopped up or any kind of crash. It was a steady release of energy. I recommend getting a free trial package for yourself! Just pay the s&h and it shows up fast so you can get your WOD on.

Do you use Pre-workout?

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Coffee Date


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If we were having coffee today I would probably stare at the menu at Starbucks for like 5 minutes before deciding what to get. Funny how the more I frequent Starbucks the longer it takes me to figure out what I should order. Back when I first started frequenting Starbucks on the regular I would default to one of the super sweet fluffy creamy dessert drinks… Like a White Chocolate Mocha. I loved it. I’d spoon out the whipped cream like it was Ice Cream. There is obviously more than a few good reasons why I ended up over 250lbs…. Anyway, recently my tastes have been changing and I just can’t handle sweet. I never thought I’d be the own to order a plain coffee at Starbucks… But apparently I am. Man, is this what growing up is like?

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I just recently started my hormone supplementation as a part of correcting my Estrogen Dominance. I will say that my afternoons before were a struggle. I had a pretty frequent headache that would come on after lunch time and stay through most of the afternoon. I would feel so foggy and just dream about laying in my bed. I can say now that even just on day 1, which happens to be my early morning, I feel so clear headed and not at all tired. This is HUGE. I’ll write a whole post about it once I spend more time on it. It is really forcing me to pay attention to my body and how it is working. For now let’s just say I’m feeling much better… and I hope all this helps my body start responding better to my meal plan and exercise!

If we were having coffee I would tell you how in addition to finally getting my body back in balance I think that the sudden appearance of SPRING! has made me a happier person. I’ll say it again, seasonal depression is such a real thing. the bitter cold hurts my soul. especially when it overstays its welcome. I noticed driving into our subdivision today that the trees have blossoms on them. YES! Our grass is green. It is warmer. The sun shines more. The hope of a new season is such a beautiful thing.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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Level 1 Apparel Review & Giveaway

CrossFitters are know for a lot of things… knee socks, sweat angels, & epic shirts are just a few. When it comes to CrossFit shirts the most common ones are those with hilarious sayings that seem to be in a foreign language (and may be slightly offensive to those who are unfamiliar with the terminology). Now, I’m one of the most immature people around and will be the first to make a “that’s what she said” joke but I can also appreciate a really well done graphic design. Level 1 Apparel goes beyond the hilariously inappropriate/motivational quote and incorporates some amazing graphic design into their apparel.


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When I first saw their work I was instantly drawn to all the detail. The neon Death by Barbell tank is just as comfortable as it is cool. I fit comfortably in a large. I paired mine with my pink Fabletics Lima Capris

I also wore it during a humid day when the WOD included bear complexes… so yea, it was nearly death by barbell… The tanks they print on are super soft and have a looser fit, so if you are between sizes size down.

They have guys apparel also! One of my favorite guy designs is the Bear Complex t-shirt


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I mean- how hard core is that, right? How can you not feel strong wearing something like that! Brian and his wife started this company in the Fall of 2012 after helping design shirts for their box. It turned out so well they started their own line and have continued to design for other boxes as well. I love what he has to say about designing apparel – “Our goal is to provide apparel for CrossFit athletes that includes more than just a catchy slogan, but is also a work of art. Each design is meticulously drawn and revised, with close attention paid to every detail.”

So if you are looking for a rockin tshirt or tank to wear during your next WOD be sure to hop over to the Level 1 Apparel site and check it out. Not only was Brian kind enough to send me a tank to try out, he wants to give away a gift certificate for one of you to pick out your own tank or tee from his line! Giveaway will be open through 4/15 and winner will be announed on 4/16.

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