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Spring is upon us — even if it doesn’t feel like it in your locale — so what better time to try new things?
Each month, we round up some of our favorite fitness and wellness products to take some of the work out of optimizing your routine. Here are some of the products we’ve tried and loved this month.
1. ZOA+ Preworkout Energy Drink
Meet Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Zoa+, a preworkout. Founded by a guy who knows his way around the gym and formulated by a world-renowned strength and conditioning specialist, Zoa+ provides long-lasting energy for high-performing workouts.
In it, you’ll find nitric oxide support via 3,000 mg of L-citrulline, electrolytes, and a slew of superfoods, vitamins and essential nutrients to help bolster immunity and focus. There are three tempting flavors — Pineapple Passion Fruit, Blackberry Acai, and Mandarin Orange Grapefruit — and they’re all gloriously sugar-free.
$40 for 12, zoaenergy.com
2. AshtaLuxe Patella Pad
Whether you’re doing yoga or a bodyweight HIIT routine, your knees are probably begging for mercy long before the rest of your body feels the wrath of your workout. Protect your knees (and sit bones!) with the Patella Pad from AshtaLuxe.
This ergonomic pad is made from high-density material, easy to clean, and provides the support you need when you step onto your mat.
3. PÜL SmartCap Hydration Technology
When it comes to staying hydrated, the struggle can be real. But not if you have a PÜL SmartCap, a mobile-connected smart cap and app system for tracking, reminding and rewarding hydration.
The proprietary technology accurately measures hydration in real time and provides reminders throughout the day to take another swig of water. It comes with a BPA-free stainless steel bottle, but it pairs with most standard wide-mouth bottles. It even integrates with Apple Health, so you have all your info in one convenient spot.
4. BlazePod Reaction Training System
BlazePod is a training system like no other to boost both cognitive and physical reaction times. Here’s how it works: Set up the portable lighting devices around your workout space, select a program in the corresponding app, and touch/kick/hit each pod when its light illuminates. It works well for solo or group training, and in every capacity from kickboxing to team sports drills.
Every personal trainer should add this to their clients’ repertoire — Odell Beckham Jr. used it leading up to the Super Bowl, and 300,000 other professional and amateur athletes and trainers across 120 countries are fans, too.
Starting at $299, blazepod.com
5. Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh Zip-Front Sports Bra
Every good workout needs a sports bra that’s up to the task, and this front-zip option from Nike is just what the doctor ordered. It’s easy to put on and take off, and features a classic racerback cut with a mesh-paneled back to keep you as cool as possible while your get your sweat on.
If any and all front-zip sports bras elicit a fear of wardrobe malfunctions, rest assured this bra features a semi-auto lock zipper that won’t budge unless you want it to.
6. Naboso Training Mat
At first glance, this might look like any other mat you probably have at home — but trust us, the Naboso training mat is different. It’s designed to stimulate more of the nerves at the bottom of your feet while you train, which, in turn, helps improve your mind-body connection.
Try using it the next time you do standing exercises (like kettlebells, sandbags or weights) or during standing bodyweight moves, like lunges and squats.
7. MUD\WTR Adaptogenic Drink
If you love wrapping your hands around a warm mug of comforting liquid but are trying to cut back on the caffeine, it’s MUD\WTR to the rescue!
The Morning Ritual formula is a blend of masala chai and adaptogens with only 1/7th the caffeine of coffee — which means you’ll enjoy natural energy and increased focus without the accompanying jitters and crash you’re used to. The Evening Ritual is a caffeine-free blend made with rooibos chai and adaptogens that help promote relaxation, perfect as a calming bedtime treat.
$40 for 30 servings and a free frother at mudwtr.com