Ally’s Holiday Fitness Gift Guide 2021

Ally’s Holiday Fitness Gift Guide 2021

Can you believe we are in the thicket of holiday season already? The holidays can be stressful, especially on your wallet. With all the talks of inflation, shipping delays and shortage of products, it is even MORE crucial to knock out your holiday shopping early and take advantage of extra discounts when you can get them!

I’m going to make it simple for you and share some of my FAVORITE fitness and wellness products to give to your friends and loved ones or add to your own holiday wish list this year.  I PROMISE that I only share and rep products that I absolutely love and want to pass along the extra savings to you:-)

Fitness Toys:

Terra-core & Terra-Glide

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I absolutely LOVE my Terra-core and Terra-glide! These two super versatile pieces of equipment complete my home gym and has been a lifesaver during the pandemic.  The Terra-core weighs 28lbs. and has a dome shaped surface to challenge your regular step moves to become more dynamic (which means burning more calories and fat during your workouts!).  The Terra-Glide is a little lighter at 15lbs and has a smaller surface area as well as pop out handles and wheels to challenge you even more! 

Check out their website for more information as well as gift bundles which includes the power long loop bands.  Also, if you want to workout with me and other Master Terra-core Trainers, download the ON DEMAND app!

Use my discount code to save 25% off your total purchase (including bundles):  ALLYFIT

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Hope Fitness Gear Bands

The PERFECT fitness travel companion! If you follow my Instagram account and have seen my travel workouts, you know that I don’t go on any trips without my Hope Fitness Gear mini loop bands!  They are lightweight, compact and such a versatile piece of fitness equipment! 

Save 20% off with my promo code:  ALLYFIT

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Jade Yoga Mat

I finally caved a couple years ago and purchased the BEST YOGA MAT I’ve ever owned!  I was buying cheap mats before (not thinking what a difference it really makes) and after getting this mat, I’ll never go back!  The Jade Travel Yoga Mat is super durable, non-slip and made of high quality materials.  Check out the description and reviews on Amazon and give your Yogi friend (or non-Yogi like myself) the perfect gift! I don’t have a discount code for this, but I believe it’s worth the extra $$ for an incredible mat!

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Gorilla Mat

You’ve seen this mat in pretty much every fitness video I’ve made and that’s for a reason….it’s AWESOME!  I have an up close and detailed review on YouTube that you can check out about the Gorilla Mat.  https://youtu.be/NRBfmBE__0w

Between the large size (which you have many to choose from), durability and non-slip factor, this is a MUST HAVE if for your home gym!  The best part is that there is a lifetime warrantee on all the mats. 

Save 10% off with my Promo Code:  ALLYFIT

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The Bootykicker

For all your Barre and Ballet friends, the Bootykicker is the perfect at-home piece of equipment they need to tone, stretch and lengthen! This portable bar can be taken and set up anywhere. It also holds up to 3 pairs of dumbbells and newest version can also hold an iPad to stream in your fav workouts!

Use my link to save $20 off your next purchase AND receive a FREE Bender Ball:

https://booty-kicker.com/pages/bb?ref=allisonaslaksen1

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Tidal Tank

You’ve probably seen my Tidal Tank workouts on Instagram and Youtube and it is no joke!  Don’t be deceived by the water weight…it will test your strength, balance and core stability.  The Tidal Tank comes in a variety of weights and sizes (my fav is the Slim fit design).  Use my link and code to save 10% off your next purchase: ALLYFIT

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Health & Wellness Products

The Lumen

I recently got the Lumen this past summer and my husband and I have been hooked ever since! This is little device takes biohacking to the next level.  All you do is download the Lumen app and connect it to your device.  Once some basic information is entered, you can begin tracking your metabolic flexibility all in one breath!  The app will also give meal suggestions based on your reading and adjusts accordingly each day.  I highly suggest testing first thing in the morning, before and after working out.  After using the Lumen for a few months, I’ve noticed a huge change in my food choices.  Check out their website for more information and my Instagram video for my review. 

Save 10% off your next purchase with code: ALLYFITATL

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Fré Skincare

My new skincare obsession! If you have sensitive skin like I do and sweat most days with your workouts, this is the skincare product for you! The amazing part about all the products is that it won’t clog pores, is hypoallergenic, is vegan and paraben-free and is made from natural ingredients.  Plus, for every one set of facial products sold, an Argan tree is planted in Morocco. 

Save 10% off your next purchase with Promo Code: ALLYFITATL

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Motiv8 Performance Health Products

Give the gift of health and wellness with Motiv8 Performance! Products range from aiding energy, weight loss, sleep, nutrition, protein and more! All Motiv8 health supplements are all natural, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, sugar-free and has no artificial colors. On top of all that, they taste AMAZING! My favorite is the dessert protein powder in Blueberry Cheesecake flavor!

Save 15% off PLUS Free Shipping with promo code: ALLYFIT

Shop Here: https://bit.ly/3Epumnv

Goli Gummies

The perfect stocking stuffer!  Goli gummies known for their delicious tasting apple cider gummies but also offer Superfruits, Ashwa, Super Greens and Chocolatey Bites (multi-vitamin).  All of the vitamins are gluten-free, plant-based, kosher and have no artificial colors flavors or preservatives. 

Save 10% off with my Promo Code: ALLYFIT

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FitTrack Dara Smart Scale

If you know me, you know that I’m not someone that weighs myself everyday and gets focused on the lbs.  Having the FitTrack Smart Scale gives so much more information about your body aside from just the weight number!  After pairing with the free app, get personalized insights like your body fat percentage, body water mass, bone mass, muscle mass, BMR and more!  You can even track your daily nutrition and take part in fitness programs all through the app. Check out the FitTrack website for more info and bundle options and use my promo code to save even more! 

20% off Promo Code: ALLISON20

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Ice Shaker Premium Drinkware

My new favorite insulated water bottle! As seen on Shark Tank, Ice Shaker water bottles are premium quality, double wall vacuum insulated bottles that hold ice for over 40 hours!  All the bottles are BPA free, leak proof and dishwasher safe. I also love all the different styles and colors they come in!  This is an awesome stocking stuffer to give your friends and loved ones. Check out all the products on the website and use my promo code to save $5 off your next order!

$5 off Promo code: ALLISON

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Just for Fun

Carbon38

Y’all know I sport A LOT of Carbon38 outfits in my videos.  It’s so hard not to just want everything on the website!  Carbon38 has their own brands as well as a ton of other big name brands like Adidas, Beyond Yoga, Nike, Beach Riot, Reebok and more! There’s everything from workout and casual clothes, shoes and accessories. Use my affiliate link and discount code to save 15% off your first two purchases.

Save 15% off your first TWO purchases! Promo code:  ALLISONLEEA20

https://ambassador.carbon38.com/allison8

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

OK, this one is a SPLURGE but totally worth it especially if you have thick hair like I do.  If you are looking for salon quality blowouts, you NEED this blow dryer!  This super compact, ultra-fast dryer has everything you need for a quicker blowout.  It also includes magnetic attachments, Dyson smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, and diffuser. 

Purchase on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3rbl8HY

Amazon

Check out my Amazon Shop for more holiday gift ideas!

https://www.amazon.com/shop/allyfitatl

I hope this guide can help you find the PERFECT gift for your friends and loved ones this year!  Happy holidays from my family to yours!

XOXO,

Ally

**Affiliate links and codes may be provided to help support my blog and channel. 

Foolproof Guide to Staying Fit While Traveling

Foolproof Guide to Staying Fit While Traveling

With the combination of the pandemic slowing down, warmer weather and kids on school breaks, it’s a time that people are starting to travel again!  Believe me, I am VERY EXCITED to get back to “normal”, whatever that may be moving forward.  Planning a trip is definitely in the near future! 

Making exercise a priority while traveling is usually not the top of my list of things to do.  There are so many better things to do and time is very short!  However, believe me, you will feel better even if it’s just 5-10 minutes of extra movement each day. 

After over a year of home workouts ONLY, it is so easy to transfer those good habits when you’re not at home!  Here’s a few fun tips to get extra exercise in throughout your vacation without sacrificing a ton of time:

  • Make workouts FUN and involve your entire family or partner!  You don’t have be on your own or away from your loved ones during your workout.  Find family friendly activities you all can do!  For example:  go on a hiking adventure (our family’s favorite!), go for a stroll on the beach, have a push-up contest with your family and see who can do the most in good form, play a game like soccer, football, tag, etc., take a walking tour around the city you’re staying at. 
  • Wake up 30-60 minutes early and get your own workout in! OK, so I’ll admit, I don’t always want to exercise as a family because my workouts are ME TIME.  If you’re in the same boat and don’t want to take away family or couple time during the day, wake up 30-60 minutes before everyone else and knock it out!  If there’s a hotel gym or fitness center nearby, do that or complete one of my no equipment home workouts (YouTube link at the end of the post).  Also think about packing light weight fitness equipment like resistance bands and maybe the TRX (it goes with me on every vaca!).  I’ll put links at the bottom of this post for discount codes for my favorite bands!
  • Don’t skip breakfast!  I totally believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even on vacation.  If you don’t want to eat out, pack yourself some staples from home so you can have a quick and healthy meal or stock up at the local grocery store and stock your fridge (if you have one).  It’s also nice to have your own food with you in case you don’t want to eat out for every single meal.  If you have the option where you’re staying, plan a few healthy meals to stay in and cook.  Easy foods to keep on hand are:  packets of oatmeal, low-sugar cereals, protein bars, yogurt, fruit (think bananas, apples, grapes and oranges), veggies and hummus, cheese sticks. 
  • Sneak exercise in throughout the day!  Exercise throughout the day without having to change your plans!  The first tip is to work your abs!  Anytime you’re sitting or standing, engage the core (suck it in!) and hold for 15-20 seconds.  Slowly release and repeat again 3-5 times.  Do this throughout the day to work your transverse abs. Another tip is to add in extra steps like park the car a little further away, take the stairs, get up and move or walk around at least once every 30 minutes.  Sneak in some calf raises every time you’re in a standing position, do some chair stretches, treat your water bottle like a dumbbell and do some curls or overhead presses! Before you know it, you’ve completed an entire workout through the course of the day

If you do plan on traveling this summer or in the near future, be safe, have fun and get your workout in! 

SAVE THIS and SUBSCRIBE! No Equipment YouTube Playlist:  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtLE2bWSgRRAPC5YB7Fr8DZlBLsu3iwA0

Hope Fitness Gear:  I LOVE their mini loop bands and they come in a set!  Check it out and save 20% using my promo code:  ALLYFIT

https://www.hopefitnessgear.com/?ref=allisonaslaksen

TRX products:  I have the TRX HomeSystem2 and it’s AWESOME and so easy to travel with!  Save 10% off with my affiliate link and promo code: TRXAMB10V2AC7X

XO,

Ally

Holiday Fitness Series 2020

Holiday Fitness Series 2020

Seasons Greetings!  ‘Tis the season to stay in shape and not gain the dreaded holiday L-B’s. Join me in this 3-part Holiday Fitness Series that will keep you moving and in shape throughout the holiday season! 

Here’s the Challenge:

  1. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, Allyfitatl, and get notified when videos are released!
  2. Complete all three videos at your own pace within one week during the holiday season.
  3. Follow my fitness account on Instagram, @Allyfitatl, and share a post or story that you completed the Holiday Fitness Series.  TAG ME and at least one other fitness pal to complete the series next! 
  4. Use the hashtag: #allyfitholiday and I’ll share your success in my IG Stories!
  5. Last but not least, HAVE FUN!!!  It’s all about enjoying yourself during the crazy holiday season. Laugh, eat, drink and workout! It’s all about the balance!  Grab a virtual workout buddy and let’s get moving together. 

Let’s finish the year STRONG!

Is it Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?

Is it Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?

The answer is…YES! According to ACOG guidelines (The American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists), “Women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be encouraged to engage in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises before, during, and after pregnancy”. It is recommended that pregnant and postpartum women get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity spread throughout the week. Here are just a few of the benefits of staying fit during pregnancy:

  • Women who exercise during pregnancy have been shown to have a decrease risk of cesarean birth, operative vaginal delivery and reduced postpartum recovery time.
  • Feel more energetic throughout pregnancy.
  • Helps prevent depressive disorders in the postpartum period.
  • Experience less overall bodily pains and aches during pregnancy; in particular lower lumbar and sciatic.
  • A reduced risk of gestational hypertensive disorders, gestational hypertension and lower glucose levels.
  • Experience quicker recovery postpartum.
  • Aerobic training in pregnancy has been shown to increase aerobic capacity in normal weight and overweight pregnant women

Here are some great types of exercise to do while pregnant:

  • Walking
  • Stationary cycling
  • Prenatal fitness classes
  • Dancing (low impact)
  • Resistance exercises (eg, using weights, elastic bands)
  • Stretching exercises
  • Hydrotherapy, water aerobics

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, try one of my online virtual classes for FREE!  Send me a message or check out the Perinatal Fitness Class page for more information and schedule. 

The takeaway is, do not be afraid to workout or begin a fitness program while pregnant!  It is the BEST thing you can do for yourself and your little one.

XO, Ally

*Please consult with your physician or OB before beginning any fitness program during pregnancy and postpartum.

For more information about exercise guidelines, visit: http://www.acog.org

How to Stay Active During Covid-19

How to Stay Active During Covid-19

What a crazy time it is for everyone during this Covid-19 pandemic.  With schools and businesses shut down and people being encouraged to not leave their homes, it still feels surreal and like we’re all in really bad long movie where we don’t know the outcome.  Learning how to adapt to homeschooling AND entertaining my 6-year-old son, Apollo, has also been a challenge as well. I miss teaching my fitness classes, training clients and being around all of my wonderful work family.  

Despite all the negatives, it’s important to still see the bright side and positives in this unique situation.  If you’re at home with your family, take advantage of this quality time to play with your kids more, re-connect with your partner and do more fun home activities together!  For instance, something that we did not do consistently before was eat meals together.  Now, we are eating most all our meals together, playing more board games and just enjoying the little moments!

When it comes to YOUR health and fitness, this is a GREAT time to begin a workout program or continue to progress with your current fitness routine. I totally understand that space and equipment may be limited at home, but that’s no excuse to not get moving!  Here are some fun suggestions on how to “sneak” in exercise while stuck at home:

  • Take a walk outside– Do this as a family!  This will also be a great way to break up the day from work and homeschooling. Commit, as a family, to do at least one physical activity together each day.
  • Do push-ups, jumping jacks, planks, or whatever floats your boat during commercial breaks when watching TV.
  • Wake up an hour earlier (yes, I know that sounds hard) and workout BEFORE everyone else is up- This is what I do for myself most everyday to guarantee a workout.  I get to zone out on my indoor bike or complete a virtual workout sess. Just GET.IT.DONE!
  • Not an early morning person?  Workout at night after the kiddos go to bed!
  • Play like a kid again!  Grab your bikes, ball, have a race or play an active game outside with your kids.
  • Sneak squats and lunges in throughout your day– while brushing your teeth, do some squats, calf raises while cooking dinner, or lunges while taking a conference call. There are so many ways to sneak in exercise throughout the day! 
  • Work those Transverse Abs!  What are the transverse abs (TA)?  They are deep, innermost abdominals closest to your organs and helps support your lower back. When you suck in your stomach (think about pulling the bellybutton towards the spine), you’re working your TA’s!  Do this when sitting or standing and hold for 20-30 seconds increments throughout the day. 
  • Have an accountability buddy! Challenge your friends to a virtual workout sess!  Whether it’s hopping on Zoom, Facetime or House Party and working out together or challenge each other to complete an online workout!  
  • Invest in some affordable home workout equipment.  Here’s a list and link to my favs:
    • TRX Home2System
    • Gymwell Portable Resistance Workout Set– Use my code to save: GYMWELLAA
    • Hope Fitness Gear bands and sliding discs- A portion of all proceeds goes towards helping children battling cancer and other serious illnesses. Use my code to save: ALLYFIT
    • Tidal Tank on Amazon!
    • Carbon38– OK, it’s not fitness equipment but look stylish while working out! Use my code to save on your first two purchases: ALLISONLEEA20
    • Alo Yoga– Just one more for fabulous and perfect fitting fitness clothes!
  • Take virtual fitness classes on YouTube or follow my daily workouts on Instagram @Allyfitatl 

Stay healthy and safe everyone!

XOXO, Ally

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