There are products you use, and products that you need in life & training. These are a few of my “must haves”.

Brooks Launch running shoes – My days go way back with Brooks. Weekly miles toppling 70 miles per week, track practices, multiple 5K wins, marathons, and everything in between. I use to sell Brooks at running stores I managed and then carried them at my own store. The Brooks rep had given me a pair and within months I knew it was “my shoe”. I have worn over 12 different Brooks shoes (racing flats, trainers, trail shoes, etc). When the Brooks Launch got on my feet, it was an incredible experience. No shoe had fit so well and to this day the Brooks Launch is my shoe choice. So much cushioning, yet responsive, springy, and fast. The upper could not be more comfortable! Women’s shoe weight 8.3 oz, Men’s 9.0 oz $100

Resistance Bands – Functional strength training, muscle activation, mobility, and good movement patterns are crucial for wellness and performance. Resistance bands (especially the small “ankle” bands) are crucial for me to make sure muscles are activated and strong before workouts and heavier strength days. These bands are inexpensive, easy to take on the road or place in your gym bag, and have so many uses to help improve strength and mechanics.

Nuun tablets – These electrolyte enhanced drink tablets contain an optimal blend of electrolytes that are gluten free, dairy and soy free, safe for Clean Sport, and made from plant based ingredients. I have used Nuun products for several years with no stomach upset in the hottest most intense workouts. I now use Nuun Vitamin and Nuun Immunity to keep my system strong while training hard. These are great for kids as well. Each tablet of Nuun Hydration contains; sodium 360 mg, potassium 100g, magnesium 25 mg, calcium 13 mg, Vit C 38 mg, 10 calories and 1 g. Sugar.

Hawaiian Heat hot sauce – This incredible tasting hot sauce was created by together by IFBB Pro, Laura Zuniga and Chef, Rick Ray. The hot sauce is a flavor explosion of sweet heated hot sauce. With just 1g of carbs and no sodium this needs to be in your arsenal of “must haves”. Perfect way to dress up foods with guilt. The hot sauce goes great on just about everything; including meat, eggs, rice (or cauliflower rice), and fish. I personally put this on “rice” bowls, eggs, chicken and fish. It’s amazing!!! If interested click on the link or contact me and I will put you in contact with the creators.

TPI grid foam roller – Foam rolling is crucial to help anyone move better. My self massaging the fascia and connective tissue, you can decrease knots, tightness, and soreness. When fascia begins to get tight and we get knots/kinks in our body we create compensation patterns that often lead to injury. TPI grid is easy to store, take on the road, and feels great after a hard training session. $35 and in a multiple colors.

Tiger Tail rolling muscle massager – this 18” massage stick is like a lifeline to me some days. The Tiger Tail helps you apply rolling and compression massage techniques to reinvigorate tired muscles and prepare them for exercise. I use this before workouts to increase mobility and after workouts to decrease soreness. Recommended and used by professional athletes, sports trainers, massage & physical therapists, chiropractors and doctors. $30

Isotonix OPC-3 and Isotonix Immune – In my opinion there is simply no better vitamin and supplement line. OPC-3 is the most powerful antioxidant supplement on the market today. From decreasing inflammation to helping maintain cholesterol and blood glucose levels. OPC-3 Helps maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins. In addition to promoting healthy blood vessel dilation. Isotonix Immune boosts the body’s natural immune system. Promotes beneficial activity of macrophages, T cells and natural killer cells, which engulf and destroy pathogens and foreign matter. Promotes healthy energy levels and increases clarity. All products are in an isotonix state Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears.. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state. These products are absorbed within minutes and have no additives or binders to decrease absorption. Isotonix has a full line of incredible products that I use daily. Contact me if you have any questions or are interested in trying these products. Cvandriel@runcvd.com 

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