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Save Your Do – Gym Wrap Review

15 Mar

As I mentioned last week I purchased the Save Your Do Gym Wrap online a few weeks ago. I’ve used sweat bands for my workouts and always found that though they kept the sweat out of my eyes during my workouts they just left my hair a sweaty mess, so I haven’t used one in years.

I found out about the Save Your Do Gymwrap on Twitter and thought it was a great idea. It was created by actress Nicole Ari Parker as a way to wick moisture away from your hair and leave hair drier and flatter. She created it also so women would stop using their hair as an excuse to not workout.

“The idea for the Save Your Do™ Gymwrap came to me last year when I noticed a common excuse emerge among busy everyday women (myself included) about why they couldn’t work out: their hair. Hair is a serious issue for most of us women because after spending a ton of time and money to have it washed, blowdried, flat-ironed and curled, none of us want to sweat and mess it up all over again.” Nicole Ari Parker

The Gym Wrap comes in 3 sizes and a few colors, a bandana, medium and narrow width.

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I purchased the narrow width, which cost $24.98. The company was having a $5 off deal if you liked the product during checkout. Shipping was $7.20 and the final cost was $27.15, kind of steep but I was willing to spend it if the product worked and some of the proceeds go to a great cause. 10% of the proceeds go to the Sophie’s Voice Foundation. A non-profit created by Nicole and her husband actor Boris Kodjoe that was create in honor of their daughter to further research for Spina Bifida.

I ordered the Gym Wrap on February 21 and it arrived on March 8, about 14 business days.

Before my run

I tried out the Gym Wrap for an in-home strength training/ cardio workout and also out on a run.

After the at home workout I noticed that my hair was pretty dry and the Gym Wrap did a great job of keeping the sweat out of my eyes.

Kind of stylish, I like the simple black color.

The real test though was the run. I went on a 6.5 mile run and was out for about an hour in 60 degree weather. During the run I liked that the Gym Wrap felt airy. Normally with other sweat bands you can feel the heaviness of it, but that is not the case with the Gym Wrap. The only thing that I found a little uncomfortable at first were the ties at the neck. They flapped around during the run so next time around I think I’ll try to find a better way to tie it to avoid that.

After my run I stretched at home. I took the Gym Wrap off and it was soaked through, which I wasn’t expecting since it felt so light during the run. My hair was noticeably drier than it usually is after my runs, I was really surprised. I also didn’t have to constantly wipe sweat from my eyes. My hair wasn’t totally dry (I think that would be unrealistic), but I am very satisfied with the Gym Wrap.

The Gym wrap is also very easy to clean. It says it can be put in the washing machine and tumble dried. I put it on the gentle cycle and let it air dry. I do this with a lot of my exercise clothes that have wicking material to try to extend the life.

I would definitely recommend the Gym Wrap. I feel like anything that keeps my hair in decent shape after a run is worth it. The cost is somewhat high, but I will be getting a lot of use out of it. In the future I might consider trying out the bandana or even the wider width band so I can have a few to transition through between washes.

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A Little Free Music To Spice Up Your Workout

9 Mar

You know what I love? Free Music!

I was browsing through Pinterest yesterday when I came across a spring playlist and found a bunch of awesome songs to workout to. They are from the Refinery29 web site and are all mixes from a DJ (hence why you don’t have to pay). So check them out. Just right click on the links and choose “save as.” Pretty easy. You can click on the links if you want to preview the songs before downloading them.

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I ended up adding them to my running playlist yesterday. I haven’t bought much new music lately. The last song I purchased was Beyonce’s Countdown, which I loove, have on replay, and haven’t gotten sick of yet. So it was nice to add some new songs to my current list to mix it up. Some of the songs are great running songs, there are a couple I may end up taking off the list because they are a bit slower. The new music definitely made my run fun and different. Mixing up my playlists always gives me an extra burst of energy.

Yesterday I got in a run outdoors, the temperature was really nice, but it was super windy. There were a few times I thought it might be very possible that I could blow away. I know it’s ridiculous, but these are the random things I think about when I’m running. I’m looking forward to the clocks moving forward Sunday so I can run outside all the time. After my run I stopped at the gym and did legs – lunges, squats, step ups, abductor and adductor machines. I also did some back extensions and some ab exercises.

This morning I did a 15 minute Youtube workout from Zuzana Light. I also tried out the Save Your Do gym wrap, sweat band that I recently ordered. It’s supposed to help wick away sweat from your hair during your workout. I’ll do a full review next week after I put it to the real test and go for a run with it.

What songs get you pumped during your workout?