Kikay Reviews: Lemongrass House

As much as I love training and being outdoors, I also balance this out by relaxing and resting at home in a sanctuary I make for myself. I discovered Lemongrass House last year during one of my many trips to Phuket and have not gone a day without using one of its products since!

Lemongrass House recently opened its second branch here in the Philippines, which means I no longer have to fly to Phuket to get the essential oils, sprays, and creams I use to pamper and take care of myself. All of its spa products are handcrafted in small batches with natural plant-based ingredients, ensuring freshness and sustainability for the environment — at pocket-friendly prices. <3 Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Lemongrass House”

Kikay Reviews: Flyweight Boutique Boxing Studio

A few months ago, someone approached me about becoming an instructor at their upcoming boxing studio. I’ve retired from teaching group exercise, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy attending group classes now and again. For many people, group classes at a gym or studio are an easily accessible way of getting a guided workout in a fun setting. So I told them to let me know when they were opening, and I’d come along and attend a class.

That day has come. Flyweight at Eight Forbestown Road in Bonifacio Global City is the premier boutique boxing studio in Asia, with a revolutionary program that reinvents traditional boxing workouts. With the grand opening a few months away, a few of us fitness and running bloggers were treated to a trial class so we could see what Flyweight is all about.

Flyweight Boutique Boxing
I’ve booked my bag

The Boutique Boxing Program is a 45-minute group boxing workout that combines shadowboxing and heavy bag work, as well as body weight, core, and footwork exercises to develop technique, power, endurance, and speed. The hashtag #jabcrosshookburpee addresses exactly what makes Flyweight workouts unique. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Flyweight Boutique Boxing Studio”

Kikay Reviews: Fitbit Charge 2

Ever since I received the Fitbit Charge HR early this year, life hasn’t been the same. I’ve been able to:

  • determine how much I actually move around and sit still throughout an entire day (on rest days I’m a sloth!)
  • accumulate enough daily steps to have walked the entire length of Italy (that’s 1,184 kilometers since I started using a Fitbit)
  • see that I’m not recovering fast enough from a lengthy illness (which led me to decrease end-of-season racing plans)

My Fitbit has enabled me to “quantify my life” and you know what the numbers nerds say: what can be measured can be controlled. 
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Kikay Reviews: Under Armour Charged Bandit 2

With the start of the UA Run Crew last week, Under Armour is poised for a bigger presence in the Philippine running community. The brand seeks a bigger share of the running shoe market with their latest offering, the Charged Bandit 2.

Under Armour Charged Bandit 2

I’ve mainly been running in the Speedform Apollo for races and short distance sessions, and the “Speedform Gemini for marathon training. This was my first experience with the Bandit line, which is on Under Armour’s second tier of neutral running shoes, at a slightly lower price point. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Under Armour Charged Bandit 2”

Kikay Reviews: A Week with the Moto 360

I love gadgets that help track fitness and training, so when I got a chance to try the new Moto 360 smartwatch for a few weeks, I pounced at it. I mean, just look:

Moto 360
the new Moto 360

The Moto 360 comes in Black Leather, Rose Gold, and Sport styles. The Moto 360 Sport is available in Black, White, and Flame colors, so I chose white.

The Moto 360 is powered by Android Wear™, is Wi-Fi enabled and runs with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It also features Moto Body, is water resistant with IP67* rating and features scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. It is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms, but because I’m already an Android phone user getting the Moto 360 to work with my phone was a breeze. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: A Week with the Moto 360”

Kikay Reviews: Nike LunarEpic Flyknit

Like I mentioned in my weekly wrap-up post on Monday, I’m going to tell you about the Nike Epic Run held last Saturday at Nuvali where we tested the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit running shoes.

Nike Epic Run
with a few of the 5:30min/km pace group

I mentioned the midcut LunarEpics a few months ago that were launched alongside the twice-weekly Nike Run Club sessions. Now Nike has introduced low-cut versions for women with the same sole and insole technology to make you feel like you can run forever. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Nike LunarEpic Flyknit”