The Magic Bullet

Now THAT'S what I call an innovative shoe!
Now THAT'S what I call an innovative shoe!

I was flabbergasted the other day when I saw the latest Reebok Commercial:  “Reebok Easy Tone…Take the Gym With You!”  I often marvel at the many shoes on the market that promise to tone your entire lower body.  For my own wicked pleasure, I can’t help but review this “innovative” Reebok Easy Tone sneaker.

This life changing shoe is said to help you burn more calories as you move about your day-to-day activities.  Let’s find out how, shall we?  These little magic bullets are said to target the glutes, hamstrings and calves.  They do this by using DMX technology (DM..who now?) which features balance pods under the forefoot and heel of the foot.  These balance pods exchange air flow, creating the feeling of walking on sand, forcing leg muscles to work harder without discomfort.  I’m imagining that this is sort of like walking on two “Bosu Balls”.  This natural imbalance allegedly requires your legs to adapt and stabilize you, which in turn works your glutes, hamstrings and calves.  Glory be!  Um, I wonder what happens if you go for a run in them…

The whole idea behind this shoe is that you actually have to “put a little more effort into your walking motion” (A novel idea!).  As you trot along, this oh-so-scientifically engineered imbalance causes all the additional muscles in your legs to fire and give you that sought after toning effect.  The numbers are in, and they claim you’ll see 28% more muscle activity in the Gluteus Maximis, 11% in the thighs and hamstring area, and 11% in your calves while using the Reebok Easy Tone shoe.

If only I had purchased a pair of these shoes sooner, I never would have had to kill myself at CrossFit to get killer legs!  Such a shame.  I committed to all that healthy exercise, mental toughness, total body strengthening and aerobic conditioning, when all I really had to do was learn how to tie my Reeboks.  Sound too good to be true?  Well, that’s because IT IS.  It’s days like this that I’m so happy I CrossFit.  I admire CrossFit for many reasons, the simplest of which being because it makes me smart enough to know what my body REALLY needs.  A challenging workout, healthy food, a well-structured training plan and some good old fashioned hard work.  If you don’t believe me, just wait until shorts season and I’ll prove it to you! 😉

Buy In – 4×6 hang squat snatch practice, bar only

WOD – “Pistonays”

· Four times through each of the following for max repetitions
· 10s of work, 20s rest, 2 min between rounds

1. Jump squat – full depth (65/95)
2. MedBall Rebound throws (2kg/4kg)
3. Side-side Cone hops
4. Push Press – (65/95)
5. Ring Inverted Rows

Zone 3: Scale to 55/75

Zone 2: Scale to 45/65

Zone 1: Scale as needed

Cash Out – Ring Support Practice – practice basic holds, straddles, Lsits, 5 attempts

Running WOD

5 x 400 at 5-K pace

Please post in the comments when and where you are doing your run if you would like people to join you!

100 Day Burpee Challenge:

Burpees today: 50

Buy-in: 1275


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