Posts Tagged ‘Nicole Bergot

Mmmn … Gummie supplements

- July 9th, 2010

nic(Note: Nicole Bergot, the Edmonton Sun’s uber-fit city editor writes today’s post. Bergot, who’s training for the St. Albert triathlon on Aug. 8, reviews the Movit Performance Gummie supplement.)

I didn’t really give them a fair test run, eating all four sample bags in one afternoon. But the new Movit Performance Gummie supplement tastes like Red Bull in a gummy bear costume and I like anything with an RB kick!

Created by gold-medal swimmer Setsuko Hansen, the ‘no-crash finish product for active women’ had me helping myself to 60-calorie-per-bag goodies before swimming 30 laps after work one hot day.

I became a shark, fin slicing surface. With porpoise even! (Each bag has 32 mg of caffeine compared to 80 mg for a Red Bull).

So, the bears I think boosted my sugars and caffeine to give me some edge.

This is how they break down in the scheme of that day’s fuel:

• 7:30 a.m. — three granola bars, glass of greens, dollop of fish oil, cup of black coffee, three glutathione caps (imported, legal), two adrenal caps, three chromium caps, one pricey multi, six vit A drops, six vit D drops, one iron cap, though I prefer drops but frickin’ ran out.

• 10 a.m. — as per usual, starving, eat bowl of raisin pine nut couscous (yum!) and handful of cherries.

Movit_2color• Noon — FedEx package arrives for Keeping Fit columnist Cary Castagna. Box dumped on his desk. Beside me. I snoop. I shake it. Smell it. Read it, seeing someone’s chicken-scratched ‘gummies’ on the delivery form. I risk jail, opening Cary’s mail. Because I help him sometimes. With the blog. I test girly things he can’t and should not. The four packets fall out. They are pink! Intuition spot on. Mine to assess!
I eat one bag, sharing a couple bears with online guru Max ‘fit-pack’ Maudie (because when you’re that fit, man, you swagger more than a six-pack; yo just call him girl for taking the gummies … Hardeee!).
Mmm. I taste Red Bull. Yes. Good.

Movit_Supplemental• 12:30 p.m. — Eat orange found at bottom of purse. Eat another bag.

• 2 p.m. — Calculating if I will be starving by 6 p.m. pool time. Nope. Two bags left. Go for round of coffee for staff, get green tea latte. Figure third bag will taste just right with drink. Does so. Max leaves for dentist appointment. I beg of him food, thinking I will get a banana. He one ups and gives me half a choc protein bar!

• 3:30 p.m. — Eat last bag.

• Now after 5 p.m. — Gather items to leave, find stray banana under pile of paper. Set aside for morning.
Hit pool, swim like fish!

• After 7 p.m. – Eat again. Two soy burgers with spinach dip. Straight up burger, no bun. Glass of red wine. For dessert, sweet peanuts. Three more glutathione caps and that’s it save for water, which I take all day, the more the better.

Rating: Four gummies out of five!

(Addendum: Did not fall asleep until 2 a.m. Do not recommend four bags in one afternoon).

‘Frankenshoes’ keep Sun city editor on her toes

- June 4th, 2010

(Note: Nicole Bergot, the Edmonton Sun’s uber-fit city editor writes today’s post. Bergot, a marathoner and triathlete who likes to pump iron, reviews a pair of Trim Treads.)

post-itstorageOh, sweet Frankenshoe, if only it were that easy.

To slip on a pair of thong-toed Trim Treads for a mere half-hour per day and achieve the body of your dreams.

But what fun would that be? What the beefy boat-shaped sandals will give you is a walk workout that might place demands on your lower limbs thus far starved for attention.

I trotted mine out in the ‘burbs of Sherwood Park, passing streams of friendly runners, dog walkers and cyclists who paid no heed to the giganteum cobalt blue arch-rockers.

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Trim Treads didn't exactly knock Bergot off her feet. She prefers her runners.

I only got one questionable up-and-down from a grumpy soccer mom waiting in her mini-van for the kids to wrap it up. She wouldn’t be caught dead in those puppies – plus it was windy out, gosh darn it!

They are indeed the ugly duckling of the sandal world. But walking atop them, just maybe you can become more swan like. A  ballerina almost, each footfall landing high on the toe, working the arch and thus the calves.

I am getting carried away — they were OK. I much prefer my runners. The weird sandals, well, they get two footprints out of five.

Blinged-out sports bra: girly-sweet meets steel

- April 30th, 2010

(Note: Nicole Bergot, the Edmonton Sun’s uber-fit city editor writes today’s post. Bergot, a marathoner and up-and-coming triathlete who likes to pump iron, reviews a sizzling BodyRock Sport top.)

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Bergot's rating: three gold studs out of five

Warning gals: this bra delivers one hell of a workout.

The blinged-out black BodyRock Sport top offers so much sizzle, the golden zipper front may sear a strip of fire up your chest.

That was the case for me, but only during standing presses.

And I’m not complaining – I like the burn!

This particular model – the Andrea – is made for mid- to high-impact workouts.

I tested its mettle through bench presses, kettlebell lunges, pullups ‘n dips, finishing off with push ups and a few K.

It’s hot to look at, supportive through lifts and speed, with no threat of chaffing.

The pretty studded racerback could have just a tad more spandex give.

I prefer a second-skin feel and this little number drifted more towards armour on my frame.

Designed by California-born Kelly Dooley and manufactured in New York, the infusion of girly-sweet and steel gets three gold studs out of five.

Visit www.bodyrocksport.com.

Thumbs up for Injinji socks that fit like gloves

- April 8th, 2010
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(Note: Today’s post comes from Nicole Bergot, the Edmonton Sun’s uber-fit city editor. Bergot, a marathoner who likes to pump iron, reviews the Injinji Performance Toesock after testing her tender tootsies in a pair.)

The Injinji Performance Toesock truly fits like a glove.

With its individual toe sleeves, it’s like every digit is spring loaded. And every advantage helps, especially on the night I tested them out, a seven-hill 10k.

While having each toe bound in its own individual snuggly may take some getting used to – you may initially find they’re a little warm – they certainly keep nasty toe friction, and resulting stingy blisters, at bay.

To give sportsters a leg up, I give them a big thumbs up. Four socks out of five, at least!

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Edmonton Sun city editor Nicole Bergot's rainbow-striped Injinji Performance Toesocks fit like gloves. The eco-friendly socks are made from recycled plastic bottles and sustainable fabrics.

Visit www.injinji.com for more info.