Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Piyo on the go & Asics Gel-Fit Sana Review

In the past, while traveling for the holidays, I would pack up my running shoes and clothes before packing anything else. I love that about running; you can work out anywhere. After awhile though I realized that although I was running several days a week and my endurance was great, I was weak in many areas such as but limited to upper body strength. Over the past six months, I have made some adjustments, both personally, which I will write about another time, and with my workouts.
I have certainly not stopped running; but I only do so about 2-3 times a week now. When I am not running, I really enjoy doing piyo with Chalene Johnson from the comfort of home. My favorite piyo workouts are Buns, Sweat, or Drench and I prefer to do them in shoes although you certainly do not have to. I find that when I do piyo barefoot, I slip around and lose my stability with some of the moves.
I was thrilled when given the opportunity to try out the Asics Gel-Fit Sana active athletic shoe because I had been looking for a new shoe to wear during piyo workouts. I had been wearing my running shoes but found that I was stretching out my shoes during piyo and not feeling as much support while running.

As described by the Asics America website:

The GEL-Fit Sana™ features a Flexible Fit system with flexible support bands from heel to forefoot, to provide adaptable support in designated areas. Designed with a stretchable mesh upper and MONO-SOCK® upper construction, it gives a sock-like fit and feel that makes for a secured comfortable wear. A smooth inner lining and lightweight, low-profile midsole gives this GEL-Fit Sana™ a barefoot-like sensation and an overall customized fit. Weight: 5.6 oz.
Asics Gel-Fit Sana Specifications along with my thoughts:
*MONO-SOCK® Fit System which is an elastic internal sleeve that replaces a traditional tongue providing a "sock-like" fit. I prefer to wear socks with my shoes because I am afraid I will get blisters. I did find that my favorite athletic socks were a bit snug in these shoes but I was able to work out in comfort. I did notice that the tongue of the shoe was different that my other athletic training shoes in flexibility. The tops of my feet have a tendency to get sore after working out but I was pleasantly surprised that these shoes did not cause soreness and I would attribute that to the Mono-Sock fit system.
*Rearfoot GEL® Cushioning System attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance. I did notice that these shoes provided support and grip in some of the more challenging piyo moves that running shoes do not. For example, the abduction plank requires strength and balance and it is really helpful to have good gripping shoes so you don't slip.
Fit: I wear a size 7 and find that these shoes fit true to size. However with that said, if you are the kind of person who likes to wear thick athletic socks to work out, I would suggest getting a half size up.
What is your favorite fitness activity?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of ASICS.

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