The Puma Pounce Workout & Puma Review

by TaylorR

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Puma.

Happy Labor Day! I hope you’re enjoying the last bit of summer. Family, sunshine, and bbq! If you’re like me you may have indulged a bit too much this weekend which means I am starting the week off with a killer workout. A killer workout doesn’t have to last an hour! In fact, the one I’m getting ready to share is only 12 minutes.

12 minutes. I think we can all fit that in!

The Puma Pounce

I was really excited to finally film at this specific location in Charleston. Dan and I have tried several times over the past few weeks, but weather, crowds, or heat has kept us from succeeding. Finally, we had a gorgeous, quiet day. The heat was still killer but I didn’t mind, I mean these views it’s hard to complain.

puma workout

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Why The Puma Inspired Workout? 

Through my partnership with FitFluential LLC, I was able to test out some awesome new Puma attire. The best way to test new outfits? Try to film a workout in them. If I end up having to pull my capris up, tug at my shirt or feel insecure at anytime during filming then I know the clothes aren’t going to cut it.

As you can see, they passed the test.

First… the shoes. Because I am obsessed with shoes.

These are the Puma Formlite XL Ultra Shoes.

puma-shoes

Since getting my Nike’s I have fallen in love with light, minimal shoes for cross training workouts. These shoes, while extremely light are very padded which is extremely important. I feel like a lot of minimal shoes lack comfort in an effort to make it lighter. These retain comfort while weighing close to nothing.

I’ve worn them several times now for everything from running to weight lifting and plyometrics and so far so good. I feel like they give me a great mix of stability and flexibility which is really important for my workouts which involve a lot of jumping and mobility (still on a plyometric and kettlebell kick).

Bottom line, these shoes rock. Just wish they had a bit more color… if they Puma design on the sides were the orange-coral color then they would be bad ass.

puma workout top

This is their Tech Performance Tank and it feels like a sleep shirt. Silky and extremely light, plus I thought it was cool that it’s made with coconut fibers. Something they call “Cocona Technology”r which is suppose to help with whisking and odor. I could definitely tell it’s whisking abilities… as for the odor control? Not so much, I was rolling in the grass… I was smelly all over. Part of the job. I love the lose fit, especially for running! 

puma-pocket

Dan was a bit taken back by the capris. When ever I get a new pair of workout pants, my techie, entrepreneurial husband likes to come up with ways to improve the fitness fashion world. For months he’s been saying that workout capris should have a drawstring (because my pants ALWAYS fall down) and that high sweat areas like the knees should have breathable fabric.

Well, apparently Puma heard him and stole his ideas.

Drawstring? Check!

puma-drawstring

Wasn’t so sure about the drawstring at first. I thought it was feel annoying and that it would bulge out (not a good look for photos and videos) but it didn’t. And as Dan predicted, my pants didn’t fall down. And I didn’t have to deal with a string hanging between my legs (a weird fear of mine with drawstrings).

Breathable Fabric? Check

puma-butt

I feel as if every time I get a new pair of capris, they become my new favorites. But these might really be “the ones”. the material is soft, not too thick (like my Lulu’s) and very breathable. Even though it was over 95-degrees, I survived filming 2 workouts.

And that pocket on the right hip? So much better than being on the back like a few other brands. I hate back pockets because any time I have to lay down to do exercises, the zipper digs into my back and leaves awesome bruises. Problem solved.

And of course my number one requirement… the butt. Are they flattering? That’s what I ask Dan every time I try on capris.

He loved these!

Do you run in the same shoes that you lift in or do you have separate shoes? 

Plans for Labor Day? 

For long runs, I am loyal to my Mizuno Wave Riders. For gym workouts and short runs, I alternate between a few different shoes. If I know I’ll be doing a lot of jumping, I stick to my minimal shoes like these and my Nikes.

*Even though this is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

  • http://eatgreatbegreat.wordpress.com Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat

    I love this workout! I’m currently recovering from a stress fracture in my foot, but just as soon as I get the okay from the doctor, I’ve got to try this one out!

    I actually don’t own any Puma workout clothes, but they seem great! I really like the capris! I really like that they’re breathable and they seem to fit really well!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Hopefully your stress fracture heals up quickly! Definite give it a go when you have the okay! How much longer do you think it will be till you’re cleared? SF’s stink!

  • http://itzlinz.com Linz @ Itz Linz

    love your puma gear!!! such a fun workout too!! thanks for sharing! :) :)

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thanks girl!

  • http://day-with-kt.com Kim

    Love this workout!!! In fact, I think I might expand it and do something similar for boot camp this week!!!
    I use different shoes for running, boot camp, walking around……
    Love the Puma gear – one of the few brands that I’ve never worn.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      We did this workout last week in boot camp, well something similar, and it went really well! We actually did the squat jacks for 5 minutes straight (a total of 125 SJ at the end) before going into a different 12 minute circuit… then repeating the entire thing. Kicked butt! Let me know how it goes!

  • http://inshapecupcake.com Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake

    I would prefer shoes to lift in. But sadly, I have to run and workout in my running shoes. Awesome workout btw

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thanks! If your running shoes work for you then that’s great!

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  • Laurie

    So what is the name of the Puma pants then? I would like to check them out. Thanks.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      To be honest I don’t know! I know that’s terrible, but I couldn’t find them at the puma.com store. I’ll find out today and let you know!

  • barbara

    I just did this workout but only two rounds less than a minute 20 seconds each exercise. I haven’t worked out since sat so I wanted to take an easy. Q I do once a week leg workouts for building muscle. What should I do. Or should I do full body. Also this workout u gave us is it for building. I dont want to lose tush.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Great, I am glad you did it! Awesome job. I am personally a big fan of total body workouts over split workouts. I think they offer a lot more bang for their buck and put much more emphasis on big muscles with deadlifts, squats, lunges, etc. That way you get ot work the legs 3x per week instead of just once. No, this workout isn’t going to make you lose your tush! For more workouts, make sure to check out FitWomensWeekly.com! I have lots of bootilicious workouts!

  • Michelle

    Do you think it is just as effective to split up cardio during the day say 30 min before work 30 after to lose weight?

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Yes, I do. Sometimes even more so because you can keep up the intensity a lot easier for 30 minute than you can 60.

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