One cool perk of being a blogger is being asked to review new fitness and wellness products. Sometimes it can get a little annoying because sleazy companies try to push shady products (i.e. diet pills, super expensive weight loss plans, etc.). However there are lots of cool new fitness and wellness start-ups that are making honest, high integrity, effective products. A few weeks ago, 2 products in particular caught my eye so I agreed to write a review.
First up is an innovative energy and nutrition drink that intrigued me. Let me caveat this review my affirming that I’m not a huge fan of fancy, expensive supplements (sorry Advocare but I think you’re a huge rip off). I fundamentally believe that one can obtain superior nutrition through eating lots of fruits of veggies, taking a multivitamin daily and drinking plenty of water. However, us “gym junkies” can benefit from supplements on long, strenuous workout days. For me, this is every Saturday when I do my 2 Hour Saturday Detox. In these cases, a little supplement can help me power through a long workout and perform at my optimum level. Okay, done with my rant…here’s my review!
PePod Energy & Nutrition Supplement
So I tried PepPod out before a 6am spin class. I usually don’t eat breakfast this early in the morning. I anything I’ll take a few sips of black coffee for a little energy boost. Only issue with this is that I’m exhausted by the midpoint of my workout. Fortunately, PepPod was quick and easy to prepare and gave me a sustained energy throughout my spin class. I was feeling good well into our arm circuit at the end of the ride
- Tastes okay – not terrible. It’s an orange/Citrus flavor that reminds me of Airborne
- Def gave ma burst of energy without feeling the jitters. Some supplements have way too much caffeine, but PepPod has just the right amount within its propriety blend
- Small portion, easy to consume quickly
- Conveniently comes in a tiny packets that are easy to throw in my gym bag.
- Lots of essential vitamins. One dose of PepPod provides 100% of the recommended daily intake of the Vitamins B1, B2, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid.
- Other than the added caffeine/ginseng proprietary blend, I’m not sure what really differentiates PepPod from like Emergen-C or Airborne. A part of me thinks I could just take one of the over the counter supplements + a shot of espresso and get the same outcome
- Difficult to purchase. PepPod is still a new product and not in a ton of retail stores yet
Overall PepPod is a legit product. It’s not amazing, but it’s effective. Go ahead and give it a try.
Next up is a super cool new gym bag designed by a company called FitMark. The bags are made especially for the fitness enthusiast. FitMark is interesting because I know of no other company that solely designs gym bags. I mean I have a ton of Nike gym bags, but Nike makes a million other fitness products. I also just wanted a new gym bag (let’s keep it real). Here’s review #2!
- Lots of little compartments to store keys, sunglasses, headphones
- Separate section for sweaty gym cloths
- Separate section for shoes
- very durable – clearly high quality manufacturing
- The bright red color makes me feel energized!
- The logo is a little tacky – I think it’s too big and not very sleek or original
- The outer material shows water/sweat stains
Overall, I’m not really feelin’ the brand. For me, fitness apparel, bags, shoes etc. really need to evoke some sort of emotion. Like Nike and Lululemon – when I walk into the store I feel inspired. Fitmark needs to really target a certain wellness-minded consumer and customize their bags towards that group. While I like my backpack, sometimes I felt like it would be better for a more outdoorsy/hiker guy. Not me, a tight clothes wearing-kickboxing-yogi. Ultimate verdict = can’t say I recommend spending your money on this one. You may be better off get a cheap $30/40 dollar bag from your local sporting goods store.