Hey everyone! Long time no see, you guys have been hibernating as well? Now that I’m slowly crawling out of my bear cave, I’m getting pretty excited about the Spring (and the – gasp – 40 degree weather we’re having here in NYC!) It feels almost like summer. Keyword, almost.
About a month ago I was introduced to a product making its way into the market and it is a sports bra that goes by the name NuMetrex. Here’s a really cool intro video:
Amazing right? The video makes me want to get up and workout, and that’s how workout gear should be right? Basically they created this product because its a more comfortable way of getting HRM tracking without having the separate band. A lot of people suffer with difficulty with keeping the band up and tight around their waist so having it built in into clothing is a perfect way of handling that issue. Men’s clothing is available too!
They were bought out by adidas so everything has the backed quality of adidas which I love. It goes to show how great their product was if adidas decided they wanted in on the product!
My takes on the bra:
1. Definitely a snug fit. They did some product testing and their first model didn’t have enough support so this one feels a little tighter than most bras maybe, but it isn’t restricting or constricting in anyway. Just hugs you a little tighter : )
2. Love the seamless! The entire bra is seamless so it doesn’t have any painful spots or points that jab or cut in.
3. Cute color! I was sent the berry/pink one and I think it’s so cute! Would definitely like to see them bring out some more colors as they go on.
4. Inserted HRM does not bother or add any discomfort.
Putting into practice:
I was asked to come in and test out the HRM bra with the adidas miCoach app and get instructed on how to pair the two in real life.
Basically the app syncs with your HRM (doesn’t have to be the adidas brand one) and then you select what workout you want to do. You can download hundreds of workouts from the online site to your phone and it will step by step take you through workouts. Best part? It knows if you are doing it or not because of your HR! So for example, I chose do the sample 30 minute cardio workout (you can define it as running, walking, cycling, other etc) and got on the spin bike. It took me through a workout based on HR and told me to peddle faster or slower based on what HR I needed to hit. Was so cool! Such an amazing tool if you can’t get to (or afford) instructed spin classes all the time but have access to a bike.
Not only does it do that, but it can ALSO create a legit training plan for a race for you! The online version (which will sync with your phone) will ask you to input goals (time, pace etc), the date of the race, how many days you want to run, which days are rest days, and then it will generate a training plan for you and it will be your little virtual coach! I think this would be so much fun for someone who’s just starting out and might be interested in getting a semi-personalized plan!
Lastly, at the event I got to speak with Kim the product developer and I asked her a few quick questions.
1. What is your favorite sports bra color you guys have made?
My favorite color sports bra we ever did was a light mint – it was one of the development rounds on the bra you wore and it’s one of a kind (when we make a sample, we ask the mill to toss it in with whatever dye bath they are running that day – we’ve had some wacky colors but the mint was one that has stayed in my drawer). Out of the colors we have today the blue is my favorite!
2. What is your favorite workout through the app?
My most favorite workouts on miCoach are in the Women’s Training section – the “30 minute Cardio” and the “Non-equipment training” in strength and flexibility. Elliptical is my cardio equipment of choice – I’d love to run (that’s an exaggeration – slowly plod) around the neighborhood with my dog but my back and knees don’t like the pavement. So, I do my cardio on an elliptical machine in the basement. I enjoy the No Equipment needed workouts because I can add weights or cable machine in if I am at the gym – or I can do them in my bedroom if I can’t get to the equipment.
Yay, thanks to the lovely folks over at NuMetrex, they’re giving away one of their sports bras to one of you guys (actual HRM is not included but the bra fits any standard 2 snap HRM)! Follow this link to the giveaway and we’ll set you up with one if you are the lucky chosen one! (or click the image below!)