Product Reviews: Flip Belt, Wojo Wallet, The Fitness Games

Flip Belt and Wojo wallet: Two unique "runner" products!

First, I was asked to test the Wojo wallet. At first, I was pumped. I've always struggled with carrying cards (especially hotel key cards) and cash on a run - they always get really wet and I wonder if either 1) the key will still work or 2) how long I have to dry out the cash before I can safely put it back in my wallet.



This seemed like the perfect solution! It's a thick plastic sleeve that fits snugly over credit cards and folded cash.

But... I can't say that I was in love with it. Yes, it protected my cash and cards from sweat, but I didn't know how to carry it. Was I supposed to carry it in my hand? The sleeve made it big enough that it didn't fit well into any shorts pocket I had...

But then Flip Belt contacted me to see if I'd be interested in trying their product! I ordered an XS in teal, which obviously doesn't fit me now in my very-pregnant state - but after just playing with the belt, I know it's going to be just awesome for those "I need to carry cash/cards/phone/keys" with me runs. It's basically a piece of breathable fabric you wear around your waist that has several small slits in it for openings.

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I think this, in combination with the Wojo wallet, will take care of all of my carrying needs - and not look like I'm carrying the entire house with me.

Nate was jealous when mine arrived. I think he'd actually appreciate one for his marathons - an easy way to carry gels!

If you wanted to try one for yourself, they were generous enough to offer 33% off to readers: just use the code SPBLOG33.  Take a look at their site. Perhaps it would make a great gift?

My only concern would be adding fabric around your waist -- would that trap too much sweat and heat, then?

Does anyone else have any creative way of carrying items with them on runs?

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Last, I was also given the opportunity to test The Fitness Games, a free fitness phone app (you can upgrade to the Platinum edition for a small fee). It allows you to enter a workout and then challenge others you're connected to (or are close by). You can either do cardio, cross training, or strength workouts.



I liked the strength routine options. I tried a couple of these (I haven't lifted through the pregnancy so didn't want to do too much!), and really liked that they had great descriptions of the lifts for the pre-loaded challenges.

Once I'm back to regular strength training, I think I'll use the app to enter in Chris' strength workouts (you can load your own workouts). Then I'll have a place on my phone to record what I've done. The app will record reps and weight lifted. I have a harder time sticking to my lifting routine, so I'm hoping this might help a little.

I don't know if I like the cardio challenges, but that could be because I don't usually need the extra motivation to start a cardio workout. Perhaps if I was training away from my training partners for a short amount of time, it might be fun to do things virtually with them.

Overall, I think it's a fun app that I'll use sporadically. If you're interested, check out their website or download the app for iOS or Android. Has anyone else tried the app? Do you have any other favorite fitness apps?

*Disclosure: this post is sponsored by The Fitness Games. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

1 comment:

  1. This is something I have always struggled with too!! Sounds like it is worth a shot!

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