Protein Shots and Jello

You know the warm jello liquid, all sweet and delicious, in that moment right before it goes into the fridge to set into jello? I used to love taking sips of that. What? Am I alone here? Liars. I am not the only one who drank the jello juice. 😉

Last night I taught a class similar to my Tabata Hell class. Tabatas, barbells, hand weights. Yes, I am sore right now. It was freaking awesome! (there’s a breakdown of class at the end of this post) I typically do the kickboxing class that happens right after my class, but what I taught really kicked my bootie, so I only did half of Megan‘s TurboKickboxing class, and then walked home (it’s a nice 20 minute walk, perfect for cooling the body down.) I wanted to stay for the whole class, but I was hitting the wall. Plus, I wanted to get home in time to watch So You Think You Can Dance. 😉

When I got home, I started to think, “What the hell am I going to eat? I need some major protein right now, but really don’t feel like cooking. . .” Insert “DUH” moment here. I had a Protein Shot from my Bulu Box waiting in the cupboard for me! YAY!!! So standing at the counter, I popped that sucker open.

Here comes the explanation of that jello comment earlier. The Fruit Punch Protein Shot tastes EXACTLY (and I really do mean EXACTLY) like warm liquid jello!!!!! I couldn’t believe it!! Since it was so sweet, and really concentrated, it took me about an hour to finish it. Since it’s only 2.5 oz, you’d think I could drink that in less time. But it was just toooooooooo sweet for me to really knock it down.

But I’m totally sold on it. I think next time I have one, though, I’m going to dilute in a bottle of water first. I could really get spoiled with 25g of protein in one little bottle! So if you ever come across Protein Shots, get one! Or three! 😉

So coming back to last night’s class. Here’s the breakdown of the torture that ensued:

~Warm up

~Tabata Squats

~3 mins Barbell Pilé with Overhead Press

~Tabata Pushups

~3 mins Barbell chest press

~3 mins hamstring curl with biceps curl on step with risers

~3 mins Barbell biceps curls and platter lifts

~3 mins knee lifts with triceps kickbacks on step with risers

~3 mins Barbell skull crushers

~1 mins jumping jacks with overhead press

~3 mins Barbell standing oblique crunch

~3 mins crunches and leg lowers

~stretch

It was an amazing class last night!! I love my 24HF peeps! I can throw anything at ’em! And they’re just like, “Sure, Heather! Let’s crush it!” So try this exercise list today! Give yourself a good hour to do this, make sure you have your water bottle, too! Pull your abs in, stand tall, squat low, and CRUSH IT!!!

Have you tried Protein Shots? What’d you think?

What’s your favorite Barbell move? 

My first Bulu Box!!

I’m pretty sure 99% of the people reading this are going “WTF is a Bulu Box?!”

Don’t worry. I’ll get you up to speed!

So, a few weeks ago, I got an email from FitFluential. In this email was a link to Bulu Box. I know the name sounds weird, but seriously, the person who thought up of this is a freakin’ genius. This company, Bulu Box, partners with a bunch of different health/fitness/supplement companies to provide you with SAMPLES of their new products!!! SCORE!!! I mean, come on, who doesn’t like samples?! Plus, most of the companies that provide samples also  give you coupons for when you want to buy the full-sized product. Now that’s what I call a WIN-WIN! (The monthly cost is $10, and you get discounts if you prepay more than one month at a time. There’s no shipping, and you can cancel your subscription any time.)

So each month, you get a box in the mail with about 5 different samples of things everyday athletes might like. My box this month:

In my box was: (click on the links to get to the company’s site)

~ShowerPill wipe

~Click (yay! a sample of what I already buy! double score!!)

~Protein Shot

~Defend+ Energy

~Vplenish Vitamin Boost

~Probulin (pro- AND pre-biotics)

*All of the stock photos came from Bulu Box’s website*

 

I got a 9″x8″ ShowerPill Athletic Body Wipe. You know, for those sweaty gym sessions when you just don’t have the time (or typically in my case, the energy) to shower afterwards. I’ve seen SkinnyRunner and OnceUponALime talk about ShowerPill, and they love ’em, but I haven’t tried mine yet, so I’ll get back to you on this one.

Click. Come on, seriously? I drink this stuff every day. Sometimes twice a day. (Thank goodness for decaf.) So if you haven’t heard of Click yet, it’s pretty simple: a protein powder that contains 15g protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, and a double shot of espresso. Oh, and it’s only 120 calories. Yes, please! The sample that came in my Bulu Box was the regular Mocha (Click also has a decaf mocha version).

Next up, the Protein Shot. 25g of protein, 5g sugar, 120 calories. All in 2.5oz. Yowza! That’s some concentrated protein! The one that came in the Bulu Box is Fruit Punch, but it looks like there’s a few different flavors that you can purchase these in. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve got a major lifting session tomorrow, so I’ll be having it then for my recovery. I’ll letcha know how it goes!

The Defend+ Energy reminds me of Emergen-C. But instead of just vitamin C and some energy boosting, Defend has a pretty good mix of anti-oxidants in it. I had one last night before my workout, so here’s my breakdown: I found that it didn’t mix very well in room-temp water, it was kinda grainy.The flavor is nice, but there’s a strong “zing” to it at the end that makes you forget about the beginning niceness. I didn’t end up finishing it. It’s probably great to store in your gym bag, just in case, but I wouldn’t keep them in stock in my house. I’d prefer just the regular Emergen-C and a well-rounded diet. But I think it’s a great idea for a product! They just need a bit more development. . .

Vplenish comes in these green little “sweet n low”-type packets. Not gonna lie: kinda creeps me out. hahaha Vplenish is a powder-form vitamin, that you can add to drinks and food (it’s tasteless). So that way, people who don’t like to, or can’t, take pills can still get a vitamin every day. Good idea. Not sure I’m actually going to try these. I already drink vitamins in Click, and eat pretty seasonally, so I’m not sure I’m willing to double up on vitamins. But I’m going to keep the samples in my pantry, just in case!

Probulin. Now this one’s a keeper!!! Thank goodness for the coupon that came with it, cuz I want it!! Probulin is a probiotic: live bacteria that your digestive system can’t function without. This kind of bacteria is important! What’s special about Probulin is the incorporation of Inulin. Inulin is a dietary fiber, and helps your body absorb all the vitamins and minerals that you get from your diet and supplements. See? What’d I tell ya?  Important! The sample was of 15 capsules, and the recommendation is that you take 3 a day. A sample that lasts for 5 days? Whoo hoo!!

Needless to say, I’m really happy with this month’s haul, and I can’t wait for next month’s!!!

Have you tried any of these products? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Can’t live without ’em?

Have you tried Bulu Box?!