Loving the Olympic Winter games so far? It’s hard to believe that they are wrapping up on Sunday! I am actually more of a summer games person, but hockey is our family favorite since my husband played hockey for years. Keeping all the Olympic athletes fueled through rigorous routines is a tall order, and Core Power has stepped in as the Official Protein Drink sponsor of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Core Power sent me a Fit Kit to review, along with a Fit Kit to give away to one of my 30/31 Challenge participants! The Fit Kit is awesome – it came with 3 Core Power drinks, an exercise ball, gym bag, sweat towel, water bottle (my favorite kind!), and a yoga mat with a nice mesh tote.
Core Power is an all-natural protein drink made with simple ingredients. Core Power is…
- Made from real milk – the whey and casein are never separated from their natural liquid state
- High in protein for muscle growth and repair
- Made with electrolytes for hydration and recovery
- Fatty acid-rich to improve recovery
- Full of carbohydrates for energy and glycogen replenishment
- Lactose free!
Core Power is also available in a light version for those watching their calories, plus it’s available at many convenience and grocery stores so it’s easy to find. I wasn’t able to drink the Core Power shakes since I have dairy allergies (bummer!), but my husband LOVED the drinks Core Power sent us! It’s nice that we can find these in stores our area too: he can grab one for a quick protein-packed snack when he’s working. His favorite flavor was Vanilla 🙂
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Core Power sent me a Fit Kit, and I was thrilled that it included an exercise ball! A stability ball is a great addition to any home gym if you have the space for it.
Some of the benefits of stability ball exercises:
- Adds challenge to traditional exercises
- Improves balance
- Improves coordination
- Improves body awareness
- Improves body stabilization
Just be certain that if you are a beginner at stability ball exercises, find a stable surface like a wall to prop your feet on for added stability until your balance improves. And please, please, PLEASE don’t stand on top of a stability ball! Even if other people do it…it’s just plain stupid (yeah I said it!). That’s a surefire way to end up on someone’s YouTube fail video. You might feel like a bad-a@@ but the risks outweigh the benefits.
This stability ball core workout is designed to hit all areas of your core, plus the ball helps engage your stabilizing muscles = a stronger core overall. Beginners start with 2 rounds and advanced exercisers can go up to 5 rounds, just go at your own pace and challenge yourself!
Exercises in this workout:
Ball Jackknife (instead of ball pike for beginners)
I was provided Core Power samples and a Core Power branded Fit Kit in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are my own