From Jenn

Introducing the First-Annual Fitties!

Welcome to the FBG One-Year Celebration Week! We’ve been talking about it all month, but it’s finally here! And Erin and I couldn’t be more excited and hope that you are, too. Every day this week we have something fun and special planned, along with an EXTRAORDINARY GIVEAWAY EVERY AFTERNOON. So stay tuned and check back often. The fun is going to be fast and furious (minus the bad car chase scenes).

To kick things off right, Erin and I are each unveiling our top five products from the past year. And by “top,” I mean can’t live-without, want-to-marry, kiss-the-creators’-feet good. We really, really like this stuff (with no advertising influence of course!), and we think that this stuff should get some special attention. Hence “The Fitties.”

There was no formal voting on the Fitties. Erin and I each set out to independently choose our own list of five rockin’ awesome products. Although we have no little gold man to give out, we are giving them eternal FBG glory (hey, it’s something) by declaring them the best, and believe me, we each labored over who should get the title (hence the runners ups listed—too much good stuff). So, without further ado, I give you, dear readers, the first-annual Fitties in no particular order!Jenn’s Fitties
1. Vega.I made no qualms about my love for the Vega smoothie powder. This stuff is pricey and hard to find, but I guarantee that it’s worth every pretty penny. It’ll make you feel grrr-eat each and every day!

2. The TRX. My love of this one is also well publicized. Since I wrote about the TRX system last month, I’ve been using it consistently for the majority of my weight training, and I’m loving the results. The system hits your core like no other. In fact, if I had to choose between not having a TV or not having the TRX for a month, I’d probably give up the TV. And that’s saying a lot since both So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol are in season.

3. The Biggest Loser Workout: Weight Loss Yoga. Because Bob Harper isn’t a product, I couldn’t really choose him for a Fittie (although boy is he fit!), so I found the second-best thing: The Biggest Loser Weight-Loss Yoga. Even though I like all of the BL DVDs, this one is Bob’s best one in my opinion, and it’ll turn anyone who thinks yoga is “easy” into a ripped yogi convert. It’s challenging, rewarding and makes you feel good by the end. Oh, and did I mention Bob’s in it?

4. Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave. Many of our readers may not know about this one, since I covered it last June, but it’s by far my favorite healthy eating cookbook. Every recipe I have ever tried out of it has been delicious and surprisingly easy to make despite its high-class ta-da presentation. Ellie’s Dark Chocolate Mousse is a staple at all of my hosted dinners, and it always gets good remarks. Oh, and everyone freaks out when I tell them (after they’re done eating it) that there’s tofu in it. Hehe.

5. Puma’s Running Tights. During my three-month training for the half marathon, I had one pair of running tights that beat the heck out of any pair of pants, shorts or capris: the Puma three-quarters length running tights. These were PERFECT for training, and now I wear them for all of my workouts. (I used to save them for just my runs so that I wasn’t doing laundry every night of the week, in fact.) I seriously think I run faster in these. It may just be psychological, but I’ll take it, and my big calves look fly in them, so I bet yours will, too!

Jenn’s Runners Up:

  • Vitatops. Low-cal and tastier than you’d imagine for the nutritionals!
  • Tamilee Webb’s Best of DVDs. This veteran knows her stuff and leads a near-perfect workout.
  • Element AM PM Yoga. This will make you a better, more relaxed person. Period.

Erin’s Fitties
1. Core Fusion Body Sculpt. This DVD, and its sister DVD, Core Fusion Pilates Plus, are now staples in my workout routine. If you don’t think it’s possible to get a good burn in 10 minutes, these will have you changing your mind in a hurry.

2. Gracie’s Gear Pocketed Sports Bra. This sports bra is awesome for stashing a key, a driver’s license, or even a cell phone if you’re so inclined. No more hiding the key under a flower pot or tying it on your shoe—this bra will give you peace of mind that your valuables are safe and sound.

3. Mindy Mylrea’s Action Packed/Interval Express. These may be two of the toughest DVDs I’ve ever done, and they’re tops in my book because while you can always tone down a workout and make it easier, it’s much harder to amp up your energy level when the workout is lame. And these DVDs are anything but lame. They combine high-energy step aerobics and hi/low for an awesome cardio workout (and you don’t even need a step). Plus, Mindy’s sense of humor and attitude are contagious.

4. lucy Capris. These capris fit me really well and are super flattering and comfortable. Plus, I love the foldable waistband, and they never stretch out.

5. Nike Sister One Shoes. These training shoes are super light and flexible, and they finally got me to stop wearing running shoes for every activity.

Runners Up:

  • The Jyze. This product gave me the biggest laugh of the year, only because of the difficulty my hubby and I had figuring it out at first. And really, it’s not as embarassing to use as you’d think.
  • Mindless Eating. This book makes you stop and think about all of the factors that go into why you go back for seconds. A must read!
  • Britney Spears: Circus and Lady Gaga: The Fame. I rocked out to these albums more than any others while running.
And there you have it, the first Fitties! Congrats to all winners, and, please, tell us in the comments below if you agree, disagree or have your own Fitties that you’d add to the list! —Jenn


Comments

  1. Stephanie says

    Happy Birthday FBG!!!!!!! Since I discovered your blog a few months ago it has become my regular routine to come home from work, turn on my mac- and check out FBG! Congratulations on the big 1 year!!!!

  2. roxana's world says

    CONGRATULATION “Fit Bottomed Girls” on this wonderful and successful 1st Year.

    We wish you all the best!

  3. tfh says

    Happy blogiversary! Thanks for reminding me of a few things I’d vowed to try after reading about them here but never gotten around to…looking forward to the rest of the week!

  4. Jody - Fit at 51 says

    First, so excited about your 1 year! I found you not too long ago so lucky me! Also, a quick question, I am a west coast girl so curious when we have to post a comment/email by, time wise, THX!

    As for the Fitties… I has not heard if Vega so I must read about that! I have been wanting a TRX ever since I read about it at least a year ago if not more… wish I had the money but I will enter to win one from you! I also love Ellie & had first seem her on FoodNetwork. Have not seen the book though! OK, Puma running tights. I don't have a lot of money so my money usually goes to new running shoes & all my wear items otherwise get worn till there are whole! I might have to check out these Puma tights! PS: Afraid to buy VitaTops because I might eat them all in one sitting! Now, I have to check out the Gracie Gear bra & the lucy capris. Not sure my budget will like that!! My big ole flat, bunioned, wide feet don't seem to like Nike unfortunately since all my friends like Nike running shoes! And OMG, the Jyze.. did you see the MizFit on that!Don't think I will go there. AND, I am true to mindful eating!!!

    As for me, I have been reading about the foam roller for tight muscles forever but finally added it to my stretching routine & what a difference it has made! That is a fittie for me! I posted about that! I don't have money to try new equipment but I did invest in the foam roller because at 51 & as I age, no matter how much I stretch/do flexibility, it is not like when I was young & foam rollers help!

    Thx for the cool info and CONGRATS AGAIN!

    What a great post all around!

  5. Ifey says

    Congratulations on your birthday. I read your blog everyday I get to work. I am going to try out the Mindy Myrlea DVD and Core Body Scuplt

  6. catiechurch says

    I love that you guys put together your favorite things. Good resource for those of us that are new to this stuff!

  7. angiesappetite says

    Congratulations! I am new to the blogging world and just finding your blog! I Love several things on your list- LOVE Lucy capris, I love Mindless Eating…and love Vita tops! I’ll stay tuned. Congrats on one year!

  8. ONeener says

    Happy Birthday FBG! Loved your “Fittie” awards. Not a huge fan of VitaTops, though… I tried an Appley one, and it smelled like feet. Sadly, it turned me off to all things VitaTop :(

  9. texas@The Fitness Underground-Los Angeles says

    Couldn’t agree more with thr review of TRX – LOVE it!
    Keep up the good work ladies – you rock!

  10. Betherann says

    I have totally been wanting to incorporate a balance ball into my workouts, but haven’t had the courage to go for it yet. Happy birthday, girlies!!

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