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Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Review

This is my Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Review.

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Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Review

About:

An ultra-dense and spacious performance yoga mat that has unmatched comfort and cushioning. The PRO® will never wear out, guaranteed.

Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Specs:

Standard: 7.5 lbs; 71″ x 26″; 6 mm thick
• Extra Long: 9.5 lbs; 85″ x 26″; 6 mm thick
• Closed-cell surface to keep moisture and sweat from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria (ideal for hot yoga).
• High-density cushion for unparalleled experience, joint protection, and versatility on any surface (carpet, cement, hardwood floors).
• Fabric-like surface finish for optimal movement between poses.
• Sustainable engineering ensures high quality material will not peel, flake or fade. Product improves with use over time.
• Proprietary dot pattern bottom to resist sliding.
• Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®️ certified.
• Emissions-free manufacturing.
• 100% latex free.
• Actual logo color may vary.
• Please note: PRO mats are hand poured and colors may vary slightly from mat to mat.

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Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Review: My Experience

It doesn’t take more than a few poses on this mat to notice that it’s truly engineered to compliment your practice. The grippiness, the thickness and the overall feel all work together to make my practice feel stable and supported.

I’ve tried a few other yoga mats of lesser quality in the past, and I can definitely tell a difference between those mats and this mat by Manduka. The Manduka Pro Yoga Mat is superior in durability, grippiness, ease of storing and is thick without sacrificing stability. I’ve used a mat before that was very cushy, but it didn’t feel as high performance and would often times stick to my hands and feet as I moved through my flow.

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Would I Recommend?

I would absolutely recommend this mat. With yoga mats, you do tend to get what you pay for. Another important thing to consider is that when you invest in a nice mat for yourself, you shouldn’t have to ever purchase one again. With cheaper mats, you may mow thru them with daily use because they get scratched and break down with time.

This is a more sustainable way to buy yoga gear, from my vantage point. Plus, when I have a nice mat to retreat to, I truly look forward to my practice because I know that my mat will elevate the energy I am putting into my mobility work.

Some side notes on this mat:

-Easy to clean (I use a non toxic, all-purpose cleaner with probiotics)

-Love the dark green color (they’ve named this color Black Sage)

-Also very useful to do home workouts, bodyweight movements and some Crossfit movements on this mat. It’s not just for yoga!

-If you’re taller than I am (5’9″), you may opt for the long mat at 85 inches in length

Thank you for stopping by my Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Review!

ProBar Organic, Gluten Free Nutrition Bar Review: Part 2

Pro Bar

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I immensely enjoyed sampling Pro Bar’s “Bite” bars prior to this goodie bundle. You can check out my thoughts on those bars here: Bite Bar Review. They are incredibly delicious! I also appreciate that Pro Bars are 70% raw, as well as organic.

My eyes got really big when I opened this assorted box of Pro Bar awesomeness. I especially go bonkers for their Base protein bars. They taste good, they’re more macro balanced than most nutrition bars and they pack a good punch of protein.

I see the Fuel bars as more of an intra-workout snack boost for when I need a source of carbohydrates that my body can quickly tap into. I

The Meal bars are perfect to pack in my gym bag when I need a well-rounded, convenient “meal” at my fingertips when I’m leaving the gym. They’re satisfying and make me feel like I’ve ingested enough to tide me over until I get home and have the kitchen to prepare in.

The Bolt energy chews are not something that I see as a necessity in my daily routine, but I did recently find them super handy to hand out to the players on my 12-year-old elite volleyball team mid-tournament. They loved that they resembled candy (except they’re worlds healthier in reality), gave them a boost and tasted yummy. I can see myself taking these with me for a mid-run refuel for a longer race (at least half marathon length), I just don’t do that as often as I used to. I’m more often in the gym lifting and doing higher intensity circuits to stay lean and strong. These chews would combat the fact that I try to limit extra sugar, so I would only consume them as needed during a grueling, endurance workout or race.

I totally dig on the tee & water bottle they threw in! I’m impressed with their range of products and suggest you give them a try if you are apprehensive about bars–the flavor & quality will get you on board!

 

Pro Compression Sock Review

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Pro Compression Socks

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Pro Compression:

“Experience maximum benefit with the Marathon full-length, graduated compression sock. Compression technology helps improve blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster, more efficient recovery. In addition to improving vascular performance, Marathon compression socks provide support to critical muscles and tendons, helping reduce inflammation and soreness.

Put it all together for the perfect sock for endurance, recovery and travel.

Features

Full-length, graduated compression design for maximum blood flow
Non-slip design, even after hours on your feet
Lightweight construction for incredible feel
Blended materials provide maximum comfort and support
Moisture control keeps you dry during your biggest efforts
Made in USA.”

My Thoughts:

To be completely honest, if you were to rewind a year from now, I would have been very skeptical of a sock like this and what it claims to do. I’ve always been a pretty simple runner with minimal gear and recovery aids.

All I know now is that I am absolutely a believer in compression socks since trying them out. I have worn them both during my run and through an entire night’s sleep. Both ways have proved to be beneficial to me. I love sleeping in them–they help my legs feel rested and fresh in the morning. When I wear them during a run, I always have more endurance in my legs. Typically on a longer run (10+ miles) my knees get a little bit achey at mile 7 or 8. With these socks on, my legs and knees feel fresher for longer. I don’t know and completely comprehend how that is. It almost doesn’t matter though–it just works and that rocks!

These socks have been an integral part of my marathon training (my race is April 26th) and I am grateful that I’ve had the chance to benefit from them amidst all of these miles. I would recommend them to any runner looking for that extra edge that gives them better/quicker recovery and extra leg endurance and comfort.

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