Resistance Bands- Perfect for fitness on the go (Review)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Baby J and I are spending three weeks with Hubby, and we’re living out of what is, essentially, an extended stay hotel. When you’re traveling, it’s nearly impossible to pack up your free weights and bring them with, especially if you’re flying! That can be problematic for someone like me, who’s trying to build muscle.

Even when I’m at home, I don’t always have gym access and many times I end up working out in our living room. There’s not a lot of space. Resistance bands are great because they’re lightweight and small, but still bring an extra oomph to your workout by providing resistance during strength training. They’re also inexpensive. The band I’m reviewing is currently on sale for $14.99.

Resistance bands are made of rubber with handles on the ends. The DynaPro ProGrade resistance bands are 100 percent latex dipped. The idea is this makes their bands more durable than standard bands. A durable band means the resistance during use is more consistent, and the band itself is less likely to snap.

The band I’m reviewing is the medium band, which provides a resistance of 20 lbs. DynaPro also sells 10 lbs. and 30 lbs. bands.

If you’re not sure how to use a resistance band, a quick Internet search will result in dozens of exercises to help you workout your whole body. Here are a few photos of me in action, in our hotel room. If I look like my form is wrong, it might be! I’m new to resistance bands.

Left: squat with overhead press (It’s not a very low squat, I know…I was in the process of squatting when Hubby took the photo!) -Top Right: Lunge with biceps curl -Bottom Right: Row

One thing I’ve really been trying to do lately with my workouts is mix things up. I have to, or my body will “plateau,” and I’ll stop seeing results. I like that the resistance bands open up a plethora of workout possibilities that I can rotate through. It also keeps me from getting bored. 🙂

The handles are very comfortable, and the band also features adjustable attachment (see photo below) that allows you to adjust the length of the band.

If you’d like to know more about these resistance bands, visit You can purchase the bands directly from (affiliate link>) Amazon.

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Want to win a resistance band from DynaPro? Enter this flash giveaway below! US only. Ends March 18 at 9pm Central Time.

This giveaway has a very quick turnaround, so I’ve included a mandatory entry that asks for your name and shipping address. This information will ONLY be used if you’re the winner. It will be given immediately to the sponsor, so they can ship your prize. If you don’t feel comfortable submitting that info, that is fine, you can let me know, by typing that into the box. However, if you’re then selected as the winner, I will send you an email, and you will only have 12 hours to respond, or I will randomly select someone else. So if you prefer to not share your details with me unless you’re the winner, I understand…but stick by your email once this giveaway has closed!

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Note: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Giveaway: Armpocket The Ultimate Armband, Jan. 15-29 #MamasNewLook

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We just rang in 2014 and with a New Year comes the chance to develop a new YOU! Welcome to the 2nd annual Mama’s Got a New Look Giveaway Hop Event. The Blogging Mamas Network, along with co-hosts Mama’s Baby Cupcakes, So Easy Being Green, and Viva Veltoro want to give the special, deserving mamas a chance at a New Look for the New Year!

This event will run from January 15-29 and each blogger in the hop has a great prize, worth at least $25, to help you achieve that new look!

After you enter the giveaway here on My Life: A Work in Progress, keep scrolling down to learn about the grand prize (2 winners!). And, at the very, very bottom of this post, you’ll find a list of blogs participating in the event. You can use this list to “hop” around from blog to blog, entering more awesome giveaways!

Armpocket Ultimate Armband Giveaway

Win the Armpocket model, size, and color of your choice on My Life: A Work in Progress

Thank you to for this awesome giveaway!

Designed by runners, the Armpocket is The Ultimate Armband. The makers of Armpocket understand that not all phones are one-size and neither are you! There are several Armpocket models available to fit your phone model or devices up to 6″ long (with or without a case). Not only that, measure your arm then choose the strap size that fits your arm.

The no-slip memory foam contours to the shape of your arm, making the Armpocket comfortable to wear. The fabric is breathable and moisture wicking. It’s even water resistant, designed to keep your electronics safe.

Each Armpocket model is also large enough to carry small items in addition to your phone like a single key, lip balm, etc. Several models can hold multiple items. My Armpocket model i-25 can hold my phone in its Lifeproof case, my entire set of keys, lip balm, and face blotting sheets!

It’s perfect for busy mothers, making it easier to go from the gym or running trail to the grocery store and home again. See the full review HERE.

One winner will receive the Armpocket of her choice (ARV $29.95 to $39.95)! If you agree to the terms and conditions listed directly below, scroll on down and enter via the Giveaway Tools widget.

Terms & Conditions: Sweepstakes open to residents of the US. Must be 18 years or older. Void where prohibited by law. Two entrants allowed per household. Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received. Once winner has been selected and emailed, winner will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be selected. Winner’s name may be posted on this blog and other social media and Web sites. My Life: A Work in Progress (MLAWP) is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Sweepstakes not associated with Facebook or any other social media platform. Entrance into the sweepstakes indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.


Grand Prize

This wonderful Grand Prize has two packages up for grabs. The first prize pack, Fashion Mama, features a whole Gel Nail Kit from Couture Gel Nail Polish, a $100 Gift Code to the online jewelry retailer The Vintage Pearl, and a crocheted Infinity Scarf in winner’s choice of color from Treasured by Holly.   Our second prize pack, New Mama, features a breastfeeding camisole from Undercover Mama, a Chewbeads “Jane” necklace in winner’s choice of color, winner’s choice of fabric for a diapers/wipes carrying case from The Diaper Clutch, Bamboobies set of Multi Pack Pads, and winner’s choice of item shown from Loving Moments by Leading Lady and their Maternity to Nursing line.

Note- My Life: A Work in Progress received a complimentary Armpocket for review purposes but was not compensated for this post.

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Review: Handana- sweatbands for running, yoga, cycling, and more!

Although I’ve slowed down my half-marathon training to running just twice a week during the holidays, I’ll be picking up the pace soon in the New Year.

One of the things I dislike most about running is the sweat on my face. A good headband keeps my head/hair sweat from trickling down my face, but won’t do anything about my forehead sweat, etc. It’s gross talking about sweat, I know, but that’s part of working out!

Sometimes I remember to bring a little towel with me that I toss in the jogging stroller, but it’s not the most convenient thing to reach for while I’m running. If I’m running without the stroller, then the towel’s just not an option, since I have no way to carry it.

The folks at sent me one of their Handanas to review. Made of a soft, durable Supplexâ„¢ Lycraâ„¢ fabric, the handana is worn wrapped around your hand. Use both sides of the Handana to easily wipe sweat from your eyes, forehead, etc. You still have complete movement of your hand and fingers, which is important if you’re biking or want to use your water bottle or open snacks.

Use your Handana for running, yoga, tennis, Zumba, etc. Multiple size and colors are available, and Handanas retail from $13.99 (on sale) to $15.99. Best yet, Handanas are made right here in the USA! See the styles HERE.

Handanas are sweat bands that slip on and wrap around your hand. They're convenient and they work! Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

I received the True Red on White Handana in size medium. It’s stretchy and very comfortable to wear, and I got used to the feeling of having something on my hand in just a few minutes. It fits on either hand, which is convenient. I’ve also worn the Handana over my Nike tech running gloves on a cold day.

I haven’t used one of the wrist sweatbands, so I can’t compare the two, but the Handana does a great job of soaking up sweat from my face, and it’s easy to toss in the washing machine with my workout clothes. From looking at wrist sweatbands in the store, I’d say the Handana has a much larger surface area. I’d also assume it’s easier to reach areas of your neck and face with your hand than your wrist.

You can check out Handana and follow them at the links below: | Handana on Facebook | Handana on Twitter | Handana on Pinterest

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