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FitEquip: To Monitor & Protect (with Giveaway!)

I’m so amazed by technology sometimes. It’s just so freaking cool. Here are two new products that Erin and I recently stumbled across and investigated at FBG HQ that we thought were cool enough to share. They’re both fashionable and functional!

Puma Cardiac Watch

PumaCardiacHeartRateMonitorTrue confessions of a Fit Bottomed Girl: I’ve never worn a heart-rate monitor. I know! How on earth is that possible? It’s so insane that when Puma contacted us to try out its new Puma Cardiac heart-rate monitor watch, I jumped at the opportunity. Plus, the company generously offered to give away a watch to one of our readers (a $100 value!), so we wanted to hook you guys up. You’re welcome!

Now, technology sometimes intimidates me, but the monitor was really easy to set up. You simply hook the chest strap around your chest, put the watch on, and your heart rate magically appears on the watch with the touch of a button. The watch also has a count-down timer, lap counter, alarm and LCD display, which are all cool, but the heart-rate feature is the belle of the ball.

Now that I’m pregnant, it’s especially important that I keep my heart rate in a healthy range, so I had fun testing it out on my walks and seeing how hard I could push myself. During my tests, I got solid, hilarious proof that the monitor worked: When I got attacked by a freaky black bug, my heart-rate went off the charts!

The watch is available in white, black, red and yellow, so you can easily find one to match your taste. The look of the watch is really sporty and almost retro, but it is a solid, well-built watch that will stand up to a lot of use. Plus, it’s funky!


We all know how easy it can be to go for a run with your MP3 player or iPod and come back with it sweaty, or worse yet, banged up from a trip here or a whoopsies there. Gosh knows I’m clumsy enough that it’s a rare occurrence if I don’t drop my iPod while at the gym. And while I’ve always had a rubber protector of some kind on my iPod because of said lack of coordination, I’ve never liked how after a few months it gets kind of dirty looking and little bits of dirt and dust get trapped under it. Ick.

We recently heard of Wrapsol, which  is a thin, clear film that covers your phone or iPod to protect it without a big,bulky covering. According to the company, the film has shock-absorbing properties that help keep your phone protected from scratches and falls of up to 6 feet. Unfortunately, neither Tish, Erin or myself have cell-phone technology cool enough to be coveredwith Wrapsol (although it does also protect GPS systems, cameras, iPads and more!) but it sure does look wicked cool. And with Wrapsol kits starting at about $25, it’s not too expensive!

Do you have a protector for your iPod or cell phone? Do you rock a heart-rate watch? Tell us all about it in the comments! —Jenn & Erin

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